SpyBot Search & Destroy

SpyBot Search & Destroy 2.4.40

Detect and remove different kinds of spyware from your computer

SpyBot Search & Destroy is a powerful application that targets and eliminates malicious types of programs such as malware off your computer. View full description

PROS

  • Lots of options
  • Powerful search
  • Regular Updates

CONS

  • Updating can be slow
  • Indiscriminate about files it removes

Essential
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SpyBot Search & Destroy is a powerful application that targets and eliminates malicious types of programs such as malware off your computer.

Protect your computer

SpyBot is fairly straightforward in what it delivers: protection against spyware, malware, and other nasty programs that plague all corners of the Internet. Typically, malware and spyware get onto your computer by visiting dodgy websites, clicking on strange links in emails, or a whole host of other ways.  

Depending on your installation settings (see below), SpyBot keeps things simple. It can scan your entire computer or individual files, quarantine nasty files, and provide reports and logs of your scans. For more options, premium versions of SpyBot are available for purchase.

Beginner friendly

When you install SpyBot Search & Destroy, you are immediately given the choice to update, which is all important when dealing with the various forms of spyware that you want to be protected from. Updating can take a while, but it's definitely worth the wait.

Once you get past the update, you are prompted to create a system backup, just in case SpyBot Search & Destroy happens to remove something that is actually important. It should go without saying that making this backup is recommended after which you may finally immunize your system with SpyBot Search & Destroy from a growing database of malicious processes.

The interface is fairly intuitive and Spybot prompts you early in the installation process to describe what type of user you are. This provides a great option for beginner users who just want a simple scan, and advanced users who would like to customize parameters of the scan.

An excellent line of defense

Although SpyBot Search & Destroy is a powerful piece of anti-spyware software, it may be better to see it as part of your security solution. For example, team this up with Ad-Aware SE and your computer will stand a much better chance against the different types of spyware and malware out there.

Search & Destroy can detect and remove spyware of different kinds from your computer. Spyware is a relatively new kind of threat that common anti-virus applications do not yet cover. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you didn't intentionally install, if your browser crashes, or if you browser's start page has changed without your knowing, you most probably have spyware. But even if you don't see anything, you may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging that is silently tracking your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile of you that will be sold to advertisement companies.

Spybot-S&D is free, so there's no harm in trying to see if something snooped into your computer, too

SpyBot Search & Destroy

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SpyBot Search & Destroy 2.4.40

— User reviews — about SpyBot Search & Destroy

  • NelsonVe-333

    by NelsonVe-333

    "Trust is earned NOT bought "

    I trust Spybot more then any other security app out there. I recommend it to every user that find themselves stock due t... More.

    reviewed on June 30, 2016

  • karenkaessler

    by karenkaessler

    "Don't expect tech help or email replys"

    They refuse to answer any email sent to them for support.I've written them 4 times and never received a answer.Even thou... More.

    reviewed on June 17, 2015

  • ErickT

    by ErickT

    "You can trust Search and Destroy...our Family has used it for years!!!"

    I've been using SS&D for years now and it's kept all of our Family's Computers clean and safe! I try to remember... More.

    reviewed on May 1, 2015

  • clintii78

    by clintii78

    "spybot just doesnt work on the viruses i installed it for"

    really the viruses that a need removed savifier, foloskin, pn still infect my computer and i think dissabled spybot. kin... More.

    reviewed on February 28, 2015

  • david.prince.733

    by david.prince.733

    "Very poor virus detector"

    Do not purchase spybot! i purchased and used the premium spybot on 2 different pcs and both were infected with viruses ... More.

    reviewed on November 11, 2014

  • Joshua289

    by Joshua289

    "cons i was saying"

    oh and the cons i was saying. nothing missing. it's fine...yea. More.

    reviewed on November 10, 2014