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

2.2 out of 5 stars 2.2 (171 votes)


Windows (All) / Freeware / 66,101 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

    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

    Reviewing 2.0.11 RC3 (Oct 25, 2012)

    As adaware it has become bloated and unuseful...

  3. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.10 RC2 (Oct 4, 2012)

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

  4. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.10 RC2 (Sep 4, 2012)

    lol. I'd rather have malware too.

  5. 1 out of 5 stars

    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.

  6. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.10 RC2 (Sep 4, 2012)

    they have made it via committee and that is the problem... it used to be one genius in charge.... now it is like norton and all the other committee products....

  7. 1 out of 5 stars
    Tex O Toole

    Reviewing RC1 (Jul 19, 2012)

    I'd rather have malware.

  8. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing RC1 (Jul 5, 2012)

    Used to be king, now its rubbish, no beta and no final release can rescue it from this mess ::vomit::

  9. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing RC1 (Jul 5, 2012)

    I cannot believe what other reviewers have said. They do not appear to understand what a beta product is. If it is just the protection they want, stick to the tried and tested version. If they want a preview of a new product download a beta! I have downloaded the RC1 and I like it. It now has some other free tools they provide integrated. This is useful to the experienced user but they should be used with caution. It is also a lot faster than previous Betas

  10. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta 6 (Jun 16, 2012)

    This is a 'featured file' and all of the reviews are awful. Why the disconnect?

  11. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta 6 (May 11, 2012)

    I used 1.x for years. It was never exciting but worked reasonably well.

    As others have observed, this v2 is a mess. Too much wrong to detail except it's bloated, slows system down and is annoyingly intrusive. If you must try it then use an old or spare system (but really life's too short to bother).

    One star's too many.

  12. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta 6 (May 11, 2012)

    Bleh. I stopped using this a few years ago because of the bloat and other issues. Figured I'd see if anything has changed. It hasn't. Removed.

  13. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta 6 (May 11, 2012)

    Please Do not change from the 1.62 interface!!!!
    this junk was made by a committee....

  14. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta 6 (May 10, 2012)

    Giving such a successful and effective program an overhaul like this is fixing what didn't need fixing. Sorry developers, but as a long-time (many, many years) SB-S&D user, 2.0 needs to be thrown in the garbage with New Coke and Ad-Aware. Chalk it up as a mistake and just build on what works. Unless that happens, I'll stick with 1.x for as long as it's supported, then regrettably uninstall it like I did Ad-Aware and hope something else fills the void.

  15. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.7 Beta 5 (Feb 22, 2012)

    This is the slowest, most bloated, disorganized, and unintuitive software I have ever used. The GUI is all higgeldy-piggeldy, the real time protection is resource hungry, and the scanner is dog slow even on an SSD. Don't even try to use the Explorer context menu to scan a folder, you'l turn into a fossil waiting for it to finish. It's a shame, because the definitions and cleaning are very good. Enough is enough, I can no longer use Spybot until they lighten it up and clean up the GUI.

  16. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.7 Beta 5 (Feb 10, 2012)

    This follow the same path as Lavasoft Adaware....down the sewers.

  17. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.7 Beta 5 (Feb 9, 2012)

    hehe, same story again and again, they keep spoiling descent softwares, WHY?
    These programmers need a slap on the face with my Johnson.

  18. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.6 Beta 4 (Jan 22, 2012)

    I think more thought should be given to the different browsers. Other than that and at this point in time, well done.... The new program not only looks good, but seems faster.... Nice job!


  19. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.6 Beta 4 (Oct 21, 2011)

    it's like adaware or google from bad to worse

  20. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.6 Beta 4 (Oct 20, 2011)

    Version 1 was great. Used in on all of computers.
    Version 2 is a disaster!

  21. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.6 Beta 4 (Oct 13, 2011)

    This is coming off my machine as soon as I finish this. I've seen so much software ruined after too many hands have been into it. Why take something so simple and clean I can put it on customer's machines and they won't screw it up and turn it into something so cumbersome? If this is the future of Spybot I will never use or recommend it again.

  22. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.6 Beta 4 (Oct 7, 2011)

    Beta 4...just as bad, if not worse, than Beta 3. Spybot has successfully ruined a great application.

    MalwareBytes is much better nowadays.

  23. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.6 Beta 4 (Oct 7, 2011)

    no this should be called alpha.... or worse

  24. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.6 Beta 4 (Oct 7, 2011)

    Whohha They just destroyed a legend application.
    What is this?! They follow adaware way. Ahh you Fckrs!

  25. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.6 Beta 4 (Oct 7, 2011)

    Mehha, 2.0 is terrible indeed.

  26. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.6 Beta 4 (Oct 6, 2011)

    Alas this application used to be a must have one for me when it was in the 1.xx versions. Like others have noted this now has gotten way too bloated and slow for it to be of value.
    Instead I use the Malwarebytes offering which seems far more responsive and useful.

  27. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.6 Beta 4 (Oct 6, 2011)

    I like Spybot and it has worked well in the past. I was surprised when it would not run at all on my two plain vanilla Windows 7 (64 bit) machines. It seemed to install ok but would not run on either. I think they need to do a bit more wore.

  28. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.5 Beta 3 (Aug 26, 2011)

    You doing WRONG!
    What is this?!!!!
    It's look bloodware , not working freezing...How you can destroy legend application ehhh

  29. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.5 Beta 3 (Aug 7, 2011)

    So, another descent software gone bad, I have no idea what these people are thinking!

  30. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.5 Beta 3 (Aug 5, 2011)

    I used to recommend the 1.6.2 version because it was lightweight, had a decent scanner, and included some nice tools like a startup manager. I have NO plans to recommend 2.x.

    2.x is massive, bloated, and slow compared to 1.6.2. And there's the crap that runs in the background, even with the real-time stuff disabled.

    All most people need is a basic scanner for a periodic checkup. Malwarebytes does this, and it does it well, so I'll be recommending it instead from now on.

  31. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.5 Beta 3 (Aug 5, 2011)

    It has become bloated. I have my anti-virus, I have my real-time application protection/application whitelist... so I don't need them in S&D too. All I want is the basic on-demand scan.

  32. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.5 Beta 3 (Aug 4, 2011)

    I don't know, I have run SBS&D for years and it has worked well. I just installed this beta and I like it, worked perfect for me. It seemed to scan faster than 1.6, using Win7 64. I think they are making some good improvements.

  33. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.4 Beta 2 (Jul 7, 2011)

    this is more alpha
    very buggy

  34. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.3 Beta 1 (Jun 19, 2011)

    Glad to see them update this program. The new interface is not bad.

    1 suggestion. Have SB2 uninstall the SB1.62 when upgraded over the other. Rebooted and had BOTH running.

  35. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.3 Beta 1 (Jun 14, 2011)

    Like some of the others, I too am wondering exactly what happened. I do like to install several spyware scanners and use these only for on-demand full system scan to improve my odds of catching the bad stuff. Most of these products can install and turn off the resident pieces.

    This one apparently cannot. It offers quite a list of always-on options, and try removing any of those and leaving just the "essential" parts, and NOTHING works. I did just that, and was notified when I went to scan that "essential files are missing", which it suggested might be due to malware having removed it rather than the end user (me) using the software's own installation options to not install those "essential" parts that weren't described as "essential" at the time. It never would allow me to even do an on demand system scan. Everything I tried, with the sole exception of updating definitions and doing an immunization, failed due to "essential files missing". How useless is that? Why even offer the option of installing certain components if nothing is going to work without all of those?

    My choices would appear to be either install the full, bloated app with all of its always-running stuff, or ... nothing. Oh well. Uninstalling it now. I had always depended on this as the on-demand sanity check for whatever the other guys left behind (and likewise, all of them were functioning for this role other than whichever was allowed to be active all the time), but I guess I'm down to just SuperAntiSpyware free edition and MalwareBytes free edition.

    I may check back after the beta run is over and see if this has been fixed. I can't imagine this being the way it was designed. Surely one must be able to exclude the always-on stuff and still be able to do a basic scan.

  36. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.3 Beta 1 (May 13, 2011)

    I love Spybot, but V2 is ugly, and is just as bad as the spyware it is supposed to remove. It locks up and is damn hard to get rid of. I will stick with 1.6.2.
    Unless the UI changes to something worth looking at and they make some major changes ( am I sure they will get the bugs worked out ) I will not be donating anymore or even downloading v2.

    It's just toooooooo damned ugly!

  37. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.3 Beta 1 (May 13, 2011)

    Like many users here I've been using Spybot for a long time and although I've never experienced any problems with previous releases this beta didn't work for me.
    CPU usage was at 50% all the time and by clicking the desktop icon it would go as high as 100% bringing the system to a complete freeze (allowing me only to force restart). The uninstall didn't work either, I was able to uninstall it only by entering safe mode (and Revo found more than 200+ leftovers).
    Perhaps it was a conflict with other security software running on my machine, Avast free and Comodo FW but I wouldn't know that.
    One thing I'm sure of is that I was expecting a lot from this application but as I wasn't even able to start it properly I have to give it a low rating.
    And yes, I know it's a beta, but I use a lot of betas and rarely did I have this much trouble...

  38. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.3 Beta 1 (May 13, 2011)

    I have been using Spybot from the very beginning and I really love it. All the new features are really great. Hope the final version will be available soon.

  39. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.3 Beta 1 (May 12, 2011)

    Did this get bought by Nortons or AOL , just seems to be as bloated and unstable as they are.

    What the hell were the devs thinking (or not thinking) ?

    Adaware went down this route now we loose an even better app :(

  40. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.3 Beta 1 (May 12, 2011)

    This v2 beta of Spybot S&D is seriously flawed. I installed it on two separate XPsp3 machines and none of its modules/parts ran.

    However, loaded Spybot files fully consumed the resources of the machines, CPU loading was essentially 100% (to the the extent that I had difficulty loading the Task Manager to terminate the processes.)

    BTW, I'm familiar with earlier versions of Spybot S&D (1.6.2 etc.), this version-2 beta bears no resemblance to earlier ones.

  41. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.3 Beta 1 (May 12, 2011)

    Missing files? This thing is junk.

  42. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.3 Beta 1 (May 12, 2011)

    no not this !!!!!!!
    very beta
    can not un-install

  43. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.3 Beta 1 (May 12, 2011)

    Dinosaur still here,become a new hit of the year..;) BUT..

  44. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.3 Beta 1 (May 12, 2011)

    Dang...this thing went downhill between 1.6.2 and 2.0...it grew from ~30MB to over 150MB and became bloatware. My antivirus (with the database!) is smaller. This thing is going the way of AVG and AdAware...

    I used to like spybot because it was fast, had a lot of useful tools (the startup tool especially), and didn't need to have background processes. This had 3 by default (didn't change any settings in installation). At least they included a services window where you can turn off what you don't want.

    Some things to fix: updater crashed after update, and the malware scanner froze the system when I tried to cancel it. Running XP SP3.

    On the upside, the bootable CD option looks promising, the rootkit scanner is nice, and it detected PaleMoon as an installed browser (first AS app I've used that did so).

    I'll give it a 3 for now...only because of the bloat.

  45. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.3 Beta 1 (May 12, 2011)

    Did you restart windows after the install?

    I did and I have Windows XP SP3, the program seems to be running fine

  46. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.3 Beta 1 (May 11, 2011)

    i can not install it, xp sp3. 4 times now says i am missing files + 2 retry, should never have uninstalled the old one.
    the installer just says retry abort ignore. i tried retry that didn't work so i just ignore, then it doesn't work, it says files r missing. yes i restarted it still says files r missing? (during the install)?

  47. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.3 Beta 1 (May 11, 2011)

    Looks nice. Couple notes so far for the creators.

    1. "Business" is spelled wrong on the 2nd screen of the installer.
    2. SDUpdate.exe (i think) crashed after updating was completed.

  48. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0.3 Beta 1 (May 11, 2011)

    Looking good.

    Though looks like "Immunization" still does NOT support Google Chrome though.

  49. 5 out of 5 stars
    Blue Joker

    Reviewing 2.0.3 Beta 1 (May 11, 2011)

    One of the best antispyware and spyware shield out there :D

  50. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Feb 25, 2011)

    long history of awesomeness

    any "review" that claims there are 'better tools' but cannot be bothered to enumerate those tools is as useless as the reviewer is feckless

    much as with antivirus the tool cannot properly clean an infected workstation running within the infected operating system -- effective use is beyond the reach of casual users

  51. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 25, 2010)

    you need to install the stable version of the Spybot, then copy paste the beta file to the main file of the spybot search and destroy (usually C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\). this you could use the beta program.

    try to go to the main website of the programs forum.


    no changes noted with the stable version.

  52. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Mar 30, 2009)

    Note from the publisher's website:

    Beta updates for the main executable file of Spybot - Search & Destroy.

    To use this beta file, extract the downloaded archive into the main application folder (usually C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\).

  53. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Mar 16, 2009)

    Same as the last one, its just the executable, dump it in the programs directory overwriting the exsisting one ore you can rename the exe first.
    Its for us BETA testers........................

    Text below is from their site;
    (SpybotSD.exe and advcheck.dll, note these files are for experienced users only and do not contain a full Spybot-S&D installation package)

  54. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Mar 16, 2009)

    How can this version Beta size 2,441 kB whilst present stable version 1.6.246 is more than 16,000 kB ?
    Rating is for stable version.

  55. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Mar 16, 2009)

    Are you sure this download comes from Spybot S & D ? It has completely messed up Spybot so that I cannot use it. It looks more like a Trojan intended to mess up security on the computer, rather than help it. If this actually comes from Spybot, somebody there has really messed up

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