Security Software Spyware Removal Spybot - Search & Destroy

Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.6.46.0 for Windows

by Safer-Networking Ltd.

Avg. Rating 4.1 (1,343 votes)

File Details

File Size 48.2 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows 7/8/10
Date Added
Total Downloads 94,491,622
Publisher Safer-Networking Ltd.
Homepage Spybot - Search & Destroy
Other Versions

Publisher's Description

Spybot Free Edition is an on-demand anti-spyware scanner. Spyware is software that not only gathers information about your activities on the Internet without asking your permission but also can change the configuration of your computer. The actions or information gathered by of this type of software can be used for targeted advertising and also for forcibly directing you to certain websites. Spybot searches your hard disk for all known types of spyware, adware and potentially unwanted programs. It offers powerful features to remove these threats and thus protect your privacy. It automatically detects adware networks, attempts at host redirection, registry modifications or unwanted changes in the browser configuration of Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera. If an attempt is made to redirect your computer to a different name server without your permission Spybot can detect and stop this happening.

Another way that Spybot protects your privacy is by removing ‘Usage Tracks’. Usage tracks are the history of websites you have visited, web pages pages you have opened, documents you have read or edited, programs you have run and other information recording your activities. This information is stored on your computer and can be useful as it can speed up access to data but it can also be used in attempts at identity theft or to compromise your computer. Spybot can remove the Usage Tracks that could possibly cause problems if used by an attacker. Spybots team of ‘Forensic Detectives’ constantly monitor the Internet for new threats and attack vectors so it is important, that in order for software to give maximum protection, it is regularly updated. The signatures for Spybot Free Edition are updated once a week.

Spybot +AV is a licensed version of Spybot that enhances the protection offered by Spybot Free Edition. This product not only protects against spyware but also incorporates an aware winning antivirus engine licensed by Bitdefender.

Latest Reviews

Skikrazi

Skikrazi reviewed v2.3.39 on May 13, 2014

Love Spybot 2.0. After 2 weeks of struggling trying to remove Coupon Dropdown, I finally tried Spybot 2.0 and it was the only one that worked--after trying Malwarebytes anti-Malware, McAfee and many others.

NyaR

NyaR reviewed v2.3.39 on Apr 29, 2014

I like the immunization feature, that's all I like. I run it once a month or so. However, for some reason, SpyBot wants to run on startup every time.

System services are all deactivated (security center, scanner, updating). All system integration is deactivated/uninstalled. However, for some strange reason, SpyBot runs on startup.

I have unchecked every option within the program but it still wants to run on startup. WHY? I just want to use the immunization feature. Why is it so difficult to design the application to not run on startup? It is doing absolutely nothing when it runs. It isn't scanning, it isn't immunizing, it isn't updating, WHY IS IT RUNNING ON STARTUP? Why do I need to use a 3rd party tool to remove your application from startup? Honestly it is really simple, don't force your app to run if the user doesn't want it. Who are you to decide you know better?

mikebratley

mikebratley reviewed v2.2.25.0 on Mar 11, 2014

good stuff

olivergiving

olivergiving reviewed v2.1.21 SR2 on Sep 25, 2013

3 stars only

nvic

nvic reviewed v2.1.21 SR2 on Sep 24, 2013

This has been Bloatware ever since 2.x came around, and detection rates aren't all that great compared to something like MalwareBytes. You're better off looking elsewhere for anti-spyware now.

Yes it has more features, but many of them are unnecessary. Some of the paid stuff like command line options is available in the older version for free.

Using 1.6.2, and plan to keep doing so.

tomkelly

tomkelly reviewed v2.1.21 SR2 on Aug 22, 2013

love it

dmathwizard

dmathwizard reviewed v2.1.19.0 on May 27, 2013

Spybot is great at what it does, and that is to remove spyware and ad-ware. I use it daily for repairing machines. Its the only one I use. It is way better and more thorough than MalwareBytes, SuperAntiSpyware, and Microsoft's Spyware Removal.

I have performed multiple testing with this and other applications because I want the best tools. It doesn't claim to remove malware so I won't dock it for that. It will not detect malware like MoneyPak etc.. I use a malware scanner for this.

Cons
Being able to make a boot-able CD. It will start and use 100% CPU but never go past that point.
I think the phone application on it is useless.
Certain sections that are no longer updated are being updated in a different file so it looks like updates aren't being performed.

dagold

dagold reviewed v2.0.12.0 on Apr 9, 2013

Are any of these reviews actually getting to Spybot S&D? I sure like v 1.6.2 and rely on it a lot and hate to see it go downhill with ver 2.x. I hope Spybot can fix all their bugs - FAST!.
I also noticed Spybot ver 2 does not list Windows 7 as one the the supported OS's. Although win7 sucks in user friendliness, Win7 is far better than Win8.
I'll try and load Spybot 2.x for my own review. ONE crash though and I go back to v1.6.2. Spybot and all other programs would have an easier job if Microsoft would fix their whole OS concept.

Microsoft did the same thing with their geeks (out of touch w real world users) trying to improve MS Windows w bells and whistles and only create new bugs and problems with each new version. They had it right with MSDOS as their OS and "windows" loaded as an "environment" over DOS.

The OS (DOS) should be separate and accessible when the bells and whistles (Windows) crash. They should follow the UNIX concept of building a rock-solid & secure foundation that DOESN'T crash and is non-hack-able with viruses, spyware, malware, etc.

They should have built on that concept to lock down the security and stability of an operating system and allow users to load whichever windows version they wanted over a solid foundation according to their needs. There should be 3 separate Registries, 1.) one for the separate, rock-solid, secure OS, 2.) one for the windows system, drivers and software needed to start and run the ver of windows and 3.) one for ALL Application Programs loaded so when windows crashes, all three Registries are not lost and the entire system w drivers and programs have to be completely re-installed.

I'm ready to go to MAC and junk Microsoft.

I partition my hard drive so the bare minimum Windows files, security sw, hardware drivers, etc., are the only things loaded on the main partition so the PC starts and runs as if there are NO programs on it - it keeps it FAST! I load ALL Program Apps on a separate partition so I have a list of them should they need to be reloaded when windows crashes. To eliminate loss of data, I make sure ALL data, videos, music, images, and anything I create or design is on completely separate partition or even on a separate physical HDD also partitioned. This allows programs to find files a LOT faster than searching en entire HUMONGOUS hard drive for the files - fragmented or not. It also allows for faster backups of data without having to backup programs or Windows files. Think of your hard drive as a 100,000 acre ranch and you have to find 23 calves. If the acreage is partitoned into smaller pastures, it would be a LOT easier and faster to look in one smaller pasture where you put them. The same goes with a 100 GB hard drive.

Pissed

Pissed reviewed v2.0.12.0 on Jan 24, 2013

If I can ever get my hands on the Devs of this. This program nuked my Windows 7 OS and now it looks like it cannot be recovered

JBetaNewsB

JBetaNewsB reviewed v2.0.12.0 on Jan 13, 2013

Even the 'vendor' spiel seems vague and evasive. Spybot program maintenance seems to have been abandoned years ago!?
Where could it have obtained or justified the 5 stars? how old are the 82M downloads?

Avg. Rating 4.1 (1,343 votes)
Your Rating
Skikrazi

Skikrazi reviewed v2.3.39 on May 13, 2014

Love Spybot 2.0. After 2 weeks of struggling trying to remove Coupon Dropdown, I finally tried Spybot 2.0 and it was the only one that worked--after trying Malwarebytes anti-Malware, McAfee and many others.

NyaR

NyaR reviewed v2.3.39 on Apr 29, 2014

I like the immunization feature, that's all I like. I run it once a month or so. However, for some reason, SpyBot wants to run on startup every time.

System services are all deactivated (security center, scanner, updating). All system integration is deactivated/uninstalled. However, for some strange reason, SpyBot runs on startup.

I have unchecked every option within the program but it still wants to run on startup. WHY? I just want to use the immunization feature. Why is it so difficult to design the application to not run on startup? It is doing absolutely nothing when it runs. It isn't scanning, it isn't immunizing, it isn't updating, WHY IS IT RUNNING ON STARTUP? Why do I need to use a 3rd party tool to remove your application from startup? Honestly it is really simple, don't force your app to run if the user doesn't want it. Who are you to decide you know better?

mikebratley

mikebratley reviewed v2.2.25.0 on Mar 11, 2014

good stuff

olivergiving

olivergiving reviewed v2.1.21 SR2 on Sep 25, 2013

3 stars only

nvic

nvic reviewed v2.1.21 SR2 on Sep 24, 2013

This has been Bloatware ever since 2.x came around, and detection rates aren't all that great compared to something like MalwareBytes. You're better off looking elsewhere for anti-spyware now.

Yes it has more features, but many of them are unnecessary. Some of the paid stuff like command line options is available in the older version for free.

Using 1.6.2, and plan to keep doing so.

tomkelly

tomkelly reviewed v2.1.21 SR2 on Aug 22, 2013

love it

dmathwizard

dmathwizard reviewed v2.1.19.0 on May 27, 2013

Spybot is great at what it does, and that is to remove spyware and ad-ware. I use it daily for repairing machines. Its the only one I use. It is way better and more thorough than MalwareBytes, SuperAntiSpyware, and Microsoft's Spyware Removal.

I have performed multiple testing with this and other applications because I want the best tools. It doesn't claim to remove malware so I won't dock it for that. It will not detect malware like MoneyPak etc.. I use a malware scanner for this.

Cons
Being able to make a boot-able CD. It will start and use 100% CPU but never go past that point.
I think the phone application on it is useless.
Certain sections that are no longer updated are being updated in a different file so it looks like updates aren't being performed.

dagold

dagold reviewed v2.0.12.0 on Apr 9, 2013

Are any of these reviews actually getting to Spybot S&D? I sure like v 1.6.2 and rely on it a lot and hate to see it go downhill with ver 2.x. I hope Spybot can fix all their bugs - FAST!.
I also noticed Spybot ver 2 does not list Windows 7 as one the the supported OS's. Although win7 sucks in user friendliness, Win7 is far better than Win8.
I'll try and load Spybot 2.x for my own review. ONE crash though and I go back to v1.6.2. Spybot and all other programs would have an easier job if Microsoft would fix their whole OS concept.

Microsoft did the same thing with their geeks (out of touch w real world users) trying to improve MS Windows w bells and whistles and only create new bugs and problems with each new version. They had it right with MSDOS as their OS and "windows" loaded as an "environment" over DOS.

The OS (DOS) should be separate and accessible when the bells and whistles (Windows) crash. They should follow the UNIX concept of building a rock-solid & secure foundation that DOESN'T crash and is non-hack-able with viruses, spyware, malware, etc.

They should have built on that concept to lock down the security and stability of an operating system and allow users to load whichever windows version they wanted over a solid foundation according to their needs. There should be 3 separate Registries, 1.) one for the separate, rock-solid, secure OS, 2.) one for the windows system, drivers and software needed to start and run the ver of windows and 3.) one for ALL Application Programs loaded so when windows crashes, all three Registries are not lost and the entire system w drivers and programs have to be completely re-installed.

I'm ready to go to MAC and junk Microsoft.

I partition my hard drive so the bare minimum Windows files, security sw, hardware drivers, etc., are the only things loaded on the main partition so the PC starts and runs as if there are NO programs on it - it keeps it FAST! I load ALL Program Apps on a separate partition so I have a list of them should they need to be reloaded when windows crashes. To eliminate loss of data, I make sure ALL data, videos, music, images, and anything I create or design is on completely separate partition or even on a separate physical HDD also partitioned. This allows programs to find files a LOT faster than searching en entire HUMONGOUS hard drive for the files - fragmented or not. It also allows for faster backups of data without having to backup programs or Windows files. Think of your hard drive as a 100,000 acre ranch and you have to find 23 calves. If the acreage is partitoned into smaller pastures, it would be a LOT easier and faster to look in one smaller pasture where you put them. The same goes with a 100 GB hard drive.

Pissed

Pissed reviewed v2.0.12.0 on Jan 24, 2013

If I can ever get my hands on the Devs of this. This program nuked my Windows 7 OS and now it looks like it cannot be recovered

JBetaNewsB

JBetaNewsB reviewed v2.0.12.0 on Jan 13, 2013

Even the 'vendor' spiel seems vague and evasive. Spybot program maintenance seems to have been abandoned years ago!?
Where could it have obtained or justified the 5 stars? how old are the 82M downloads?

gnorf86

gnorf86 reviewed v2.0.12.0 on Dec 13, 2012

This is sad. Spybot was a good program, but the 2.0 version is clunky and overloaded with useless crap.

gatorfan95

gatorfan95 reviewed v2.0.12.0 on Dec 13, 2012

It used to be the "go to" to remove crap from your computer, then they tried to make something out of it it didn't need to be. They made it junk 3 years ago and it is still junk

@JBetaNewsB: If you look at the 5 star reviews, they are all at least 2 years old, going on 3 or more. They were posted back when this thing was worth downloading. Not many use it anymore, hence the lack of recent, lower ratings.

oldog55

oldog55 reviewed v2.0.12.0 on Dec 11, 2012

This "was" a good program, Why do these companys always think changing the format of a good program makes it better?

Andem

Andem reviewed v2.0.12.0 on Dec 6, 2012

This program is pretty ineffective and is prone to false positives. Look elsewhere for spyware/adware protection like a full antivirus suite!

ZenoLabs

ZenoLabs reviewed v2.0.12.0 on Nov 25, 2012

Another one bites the dust.

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