Spybot  Search and Destroy (Free)

Spybot Search and Destroy (Free)

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adware and spyware removal Spybot - Search and Destroy is an adware and spyware detection and removal tool that can protect your system from various malware, keyloggers and other malicious programs. It offers an on-demand scan option as well as real-time protection, browser immunization and tools for advanced users. You can perform a full system scan, which can take some time, or use a file scan to limit scanning to a specific folder. In addition to malware scanning, Spybot provides a variety of advanced tools that allow advanced users to perform manual system inspections by investigating startup areas, browser plug-ins, HOSTS entries and other system settings. Other features include a Rootkit Scanner, system reports, secure file shredding, and more. Besides the free version, Spybot offers Home and Pro versions with additional features. Copyright Snapfiles.com

Product Details

Publisher Safer-Networking Ltd. (3) Price Free
Version 2.9.85  history Last updated Sep 06, 2023
File Size 44.3 Mb Requirements None

User Reviews

5 stars50% 30
4 stars23% 14
3 stars11% 7
2 stars1% 1
1 star11% 7
Based on 59 reviews

Latest user reviews:

Once great, now awful 1 stars by HonestJohn Nov 24, 2021 (Read all my 10 reviews)
Spybot was once a pioneer and staple, a "Must have" program. Not any more. Based on distant past use, I wanted to give it a go. It was a minor disaster. It is way, way too aggressive in removing things. It starts off wanting to remove everything (defaults to remove all), including Windows staple recent files, logs, and contents. There is a menu of sorts, but it is clumsy, disorganized, unclear, and hard to use. I thought I'd unchecked everything I wanted to keep, but within minutes of running Spybot, I had problems such as program's "recent file lists" being wiped out and other issues to broad to list. There is supposed to be an "undo quarantine" that I could not get to work, so I lost it all and spent a lot of time trying to restore lost data. It is a shame a once good program has fallen this far. Hard to use, bad results. show Review details
Caused my whole computer to run stupidly slow 1 stars by coreysugden896 Aug 28, 2016
For a few hours I was trying to find the cause of my computer running slow, baring in mind the OS was just installed on a new SSD and there was almost no CPUMemory usage. Turns out it was this terrible piece of software 'writing' to my SSD and causing my whole system to just chug if I did as little as open Windows Explorer. Thanks for ripping me off. show Review details
Scan took ages, never fixed the issue 1 stars by gfmcculloch232 Mar 30, 2016
Spent two days repeatedly scanning my PC due to the scans taking FOREVER. Spybot kept finding and deleting things but not throughly enough as they just kept coming back. No customer support option, even though I was using the paid version. Ended up using Another popular spyware remover which fixed my issue really quickly and efficiently. show Review details
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