Spybot - Search & Destroy (Beta) 2.0.11 RC3 Fileforum Pick

2.2 out of 5 stars 2.2 (170 votes)

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Windows (All) / Freeware / 65,122 downloads

Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven't intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been "hijacked" (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware. Even if you don't see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging. Spybot-S&D is free, so there's no harm giving it a try to see if something has invaded your computer.

Spybot-Search & Destroy 2.0 beta has a modern appearance but it isn't just the design that has changed. Discover the fast performance, enjoy the completely automated updates and new command center that will suit both new and advanced users.

The team has tested this complete new version thoroughly but there will be some bugs. Remember it is a beta and as such not a replacement for the stable version 1.6.2.

Reviews of Spybot - Search & Destroy (Beta)

  1. 2 out of 5 stars
    LarkBee

    Reviewing 2.0.11 RC3 (Nov 24, 2012)

    Some years back (2008), my son acquired the RustockB rootkit while using my computer. Spybot was the only program that found it. My antivirus (Avira) and antispyware (Malwarebytes) did not. It took jumping through more hoops to remove it, but at least the problem was identified.

    This newer version, while trying to become more relevant and responsive to the newer types of malware, adversely impacts system performance to such a degree that I won't be using it. v1.62 is still being supported so I will be keeping it as a secondary "on demand" scanner. If/when the Spybot devs work out the bloatware issues with this version or at least provide an easier way to opt out of unwanted/unneeded features, I might try it again but for now, no...can't recommend it.

  2. 1 out of 5 stars
    nilst2006

    Reviewing 2.0.11 RC3 (Oct 25, 2012)

    As adaware it has become bloated and unuseful...

  3. 2 out of 5 stars
    JRice

    Reviewing 2.0.10 RC2 (Oct 4, 2012)

    malwarebytes is lightweight and 100% BETTER than spybot ...too bloated :(

  4. 1 out of 5 stars
    TomWibbaert

    Reviewing 2.0.10 RC2 (Sep 4, 2012)

    lol. I'd rather have malware too.

  5. 1 out of 5 stars
    gatorfan95

    Reviewing 2.0.10 RC2 (Sep 4, 2012)

    It has nothing to do with being beta. This program use to be the "go to" to get crap off your computer, then about 4 years ago they decided to make it more than it needed to be. Now it's a bloated mess and resource hog. Ever hear of the old adage "if it aint broke, don't fix it?". The developers of this thing should have thought of that a long time ago.

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