SpyBot Search & Destroy

SpyBot Search & Destroy for Windows

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.

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  • Lots of options
  • Powerful search
  • Regular Updates


  • Updating can be slow
  • Indiscriminate about files it removes


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

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User reviews about SpyBot Search & Destroy

  • Jeff Learns Linux

    by Jeff Learns Linux

    I think the paid version of spybot is worth it, they beat the price point of the competition and it works well, also I like the fact I More

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    I been using spy bot for a long time,. perfect wonderful, it is the best spybot spywere and I trust you, Pros: very powerful , trusted More

  • by Anonymous

    Trust is earned NOT bought . I trust Spybot more then any other security app out there. I recommend it to every user that find themselvMore

  • by Anonymous

    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 reMore

  • by Anonymous

    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 ofMore

  • by Anonymous

    spybot just doesnt work on the viruses i installed it for. really the viruses that a need removed savifier, foloskin, pn still infect mMore