Spybot Free Version - Search & Destroy - Anti-Malware & Anti-Spyware

Protect your Windows from Spyware - Using Spybot-Search & Destroy

Spybot Free Version - Search & Destroy - Anti-Malware & Anti-Spyware

Spybot - Search & Destroy has a long established history of spyware removal (12 years to date). Spybot is a free program which will find and remove computer parasites from your Windows System.

Features of Spybot Search and Destroy

  • Spybot is an easy-to-install tool
  • Spybot was one of the first anti-malware programs available for Windows
  • Spybot claims to kill Malware, adware, spyware, and other malicious threats

Traditional SpyBot users will be pleased to know that Spybot 2 is now out of beta and its final version (v2.4) is available for download. The updated tool assists in removal of malware and rootkits.

Spybot is quite easy to use. There are several advanced features in Spybot to further automate this program to get rid of spyware, adware, malware and Trojans. For now, let us begin to get the basic installation of Spybot completed.

Installing Spybot - Search & Destroy

Spybot is a free download from this official Spybot website link (outside this site)

Double-click on the completed download to start the installation. The setup will prompt you to select the following additional tasks.

Spybot 2 has a new modern user interface. Apart from the (traditional) regular scanning solution, Spybot now includes some new tools that can help you manage or clean the operating system. These new tools are grouped in the Start Center. There are both Basic Tools and Advanced Tools for experienced users. They advanced tool include Startup Tools, Registry Backup & Repair Tool, Secure Shredder, OpenBSI, etc.

Spybot - Install Options

You can select which tools are available during the program's installation

Spybot 2 is more customizable than the older release and you can change its look and feel via the Settings link. It offers a variety of settings, after you have installed this software.

Spybot - Setup

When Spybot scans for malware, you can actually see the name of the malware for which it is currently scanning. The free version spybot includes a Rootkit Scan. You have the option of a Quick Scan or a Deep Scan.

Spybot - Scanning

When the scan is completed, you you are shown the results.

Spybot - Scan Results

Clicking on Spybot's Fix selected, will attempt to fix the identified problems. If a reboot is required, you will prompted.

Using Spybot - Search & Destroy

Removing any threats found

Before you remove any found threats you are advised to distinguish between (normal) usage tracks, cookies and real spyware/malware. The example image shown below ‘Threat Level’ and ‘Type’ will help you here. If leave an item intact you simply disable the checkbox in front of it. To fix a found threats please click on ‘Fix selected’.

Spybot - Scan Results - What to Remove

Spybot Immunization

The Spybot immunization option is accessed via the Start Center or the system tray icon for Spybot 2.x. This option prevents Tracking Cookies from entering your system. The Spybot immunization works with Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer, allowing you to adjust specific settings of the browser to block known spyware installers, (and similar junk) already included in Spybot’s database. From the Spybot immunization page click ‘Apply immunization’ in order action.

Spybot - Scan Results - Apply Passive Protection

Spybot SDHelper

The Spybot SDHelper tool is a second layer of protection for Internet Explorer. While the Spybot Immunize function blocks installers by their ActiveX ID, the SDHelper blocks badware that attempts to enter the system using a different method. Thus Internet Explorer is aided by further ingress (protection) against attacks. You start SDHelper by choosing ‘Settings’ in the Spybot Start Center. Then you open the tab ‘System Integration’. Beneath ‘Internet Explorer integration’ you click on ‘Install’. Finally click ‘Apply’ or ‘OK’.

Spybot - Scan Results - SDHelper

Spybot System Repair

Spybot can optionally check your Registry for errors and inconsistencies. You may pick and choose which items to fix, and also choose whether to backup items before deletion.

Spybot - System Repair

Spybot Rootkit Scan

Spybot offers a separate rootkit scan as well as the regular malware scanning. The Rootkit Scan is a tool that checks the file system, the registry and process related lists for objects that hide themselves at system level.

Spybot - Rootkit Scan

Spybot - Search & Destroy is a very effective spyware cleaner. I have installed it on thousands of client computers aver the last 10 years! The very most important thing is to use it - regularly!