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Spybot - Search & Destroy User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Keeps me worry free."

    February 14, 2014  |   By S_Bays

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.2

    Pros

    Works every time. Updates often.

    Cons

    I can not think of any.

    Summary

    I use it often and I can not think why anyone wouldn't want to keep their system working as well as it can. Thank you for your program.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great,been using for years good 2nd line with antivirus"

    February 12, 2014  |   By nosrepsa

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.2

    Pros

    Lots of good additional features,

    Cons

    none other than the system scan is long, But not as long as Norton's

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  • 1.0 stars

    "waste of space"

    February 6, 2014  |   By corydennis2014

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.2

    Pros

    easy to install and uninstall

    Cons

    takes a ridiculously long time to scan. could take as long as 90 minutes

    scans only for known malware and misses any other malware you may have. What it DOES find spybot will opt for you to remove it and sometimes you will be surprised to find the malware still on your computer and running even after spybot's supposed "successful removal"

    Summary

    waste of hard drive space

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  • 2.0 stars

    "frustrating, slow and clunky...."

    February 1, 2014  |   By ferree01

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.2

    Pros

    keeps my computer safe (?) with assistance from Malwarebytes antimalware and Microsoft Security Essentials

    Cons

    slow! takes 28 minutes for a scan of a 1Tb drive where the old 1.x version was much quicker and seemed to do the job just as well. The program stopped working, so had to uninstall and download again, this time the program refuses to allow me to delete temp files.....

    Summary

    I feel it may be too smart for it's own good, I don't know what enhancments Spybot added other than a new gui...but it is very frustrating!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great improvement over old version"

    January 28, 2014  |   By derrol b

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.2

    Pros

    More tools and more user interface.

    Cons

    Anti virus in depth coverage now costs.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Product"

    January 19, 2014  |   By johnkschau

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.2

    Pros

    Excellent detection rates with nice features

    Cons

    None really

    Summary

    An excellent anti-spyware product I would recommend to everyone

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not the "good old" Spybot I was used to!"

    January 18, 2014  |   By wdwrkamp

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.2

    Pros

    I downloaded it twice successfully.

    Cons

    It didn't update or detect the threats I had after I downloaded version 1.6.2.

    Summary

    I am glad I have an expert to go to about these things. He told me that the new version doesn't work and recommended the version 1.6.2 as he had done the same thing for one of our computer users at my work. That is he uninstalled the new version and loaded the old version. Then he recommends only updating the definitions and not the software. I have done that, and as I said, the old version detected what the new one did not. Maybe it is only because it would not load or update the definitions. Either way, it didn't do what it claimed.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Definitely NOT free!!"

    January 13, 2014  |   By CherylInAz

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.2

    Pros

    Found lots of adware.

    Cons

    Doesn't "fix" anything unless you pay for registration. This is NOT free!

    Summary

    I'll keep look for an adware removal program that really is free, or go to Staples.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "New Version ???? joke"

    January 10, 2014  |   By terryjcesq

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.2

    Pros

    Its free thats about all..

    Cons

    Takes hours to scan updates too slow why is every thing on different screens ???

    Summary

    Bring back the old interface please !!!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "A shell of its former self"

    January 3, 2014  |   By Rorrik

    Version: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.2

    Pros

    Immunisation appears to have avoided the commercialisation culling, then again, if it didn't there'd be nothing for them to offer for free.

    Cons

    Bad Detection Rate (based on test vm)
    Teatimer gone! - Aka. No Registry protection.
    Cluttered interface - They seem to have split the application so they can make people believe they have more. You used to be able to run a malware detection, which also included rootkits, now they've split out rootkits for no good reason.
    No Anti-Malware detection - Virus detection removed.

    Summary

    As a tech I used to highly recommend Spybot as a valuable tool for protecting your machine. Immunisation reduced my work in fixing customers machines as it would prevent basic problems coming back. The anti-malware was great for cleaning up general PC usage.
    This version of Spybot however, has gone the way of Realplayer. Once one of the best tools available it is now nothing more than bloat ware, whose job is done far better by other free software (such as MalwareBytes). As a religious user of Spybot for many years I'm sad to see it go.
    This is unequivocally the "End of Spybot", I strongly recommend avoiding this software (version 2.1+).

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