Spybot Search and Destroy
This software runs on Microsoft Windows (All)
Download Spybot Search and Destroy Installer - 34.59 MB | version: 2.1
What is Spybot Search and Destroy
Adware files, Trojans, Dialers, Browser Hijackers, Key loggers, Rootkits and other malware types can infect your computer. Spybot Free Edition can detect and remove most of them. By definition, this is a free security software. A classic antispyware, antiadware removal tool. A product for users who need protection against all kinds of online threats. It allows you to fix the Windows Registry inconsistencies, to be more specific - those related to malicious applications that you are installing and adware. It can clean programs and the web usage tracks from your PC. Each time when you browse on the Internet, most websites will track you using all kind of "aggressive" tracking cookies. Visited websites, search habits and almost anything related to Internet and many others. Spybot will detect most of these intrusive tracking methods and most of the well-known malware infections and it allows to remove them.
Spybot Search and Destroy Review
I have used this free anti-malware application for many years. As an old Microsoft Windows user I can recommend you to run such a tool at least once a week. Even if you have a decent antivirus and you have a good antimalware protection, this program will identify most intrusive, spyware methods used by many websites to track your online habits. Almost all antivirus solutions will ignore "tracking cookies" or other invasive privacy practices.
The main software interface has three sections: Basic, Advanced and Professional tools. Even with the free edition, you will find plenty of features that you can use and that without eating the RAM or CPU of your PC. I am sure that you're familiar with the “freeze state” of a computer while it scans for viruses, malware or other known-issues. Although it’s recommended to close all browsers and other programs, I even managed to play games while Spybot Search and Destroy was scanning. I did this to test the resource usage compared with other similar tools. I would classify this in “lightweight usage category”. Also, at least for anti-spyware detection I could not find a better program. The only feature that would be good to have is a customizable “live-protection” such as blocking intrusive websites from getting on your computer. It does have an “Immunization” feature but it has a different purpose and it's best to apply right-after a fresh reinstall of Windows. Another advantage is that it's easy enough to use even by novice users. Download Spybot, install the application. Skip immunization if you suspect an infection – it's useless in this case and you can do more harm than good. Update Spybot and perform a full scan, remove detected problems and that’s it. As a last tip: update the application before every scan and perform a full scan at least once a week. That’s it, you get decent free antimalware protection.
Important: This is Spybot Search & Destroy Free Edition, there are other two versions such as Home and Professional. The main difference is the lack of some advanced features such as the ability to scan mobile phone applications, Protected Repair Environment, Boot CD Creator, command line tools and others. The main difference between all three version can be found here.