What Is Spybot - Search and Destroy?

This section provides a quick introduction of Spybot - Search and Destroy - a spyware and adware detection and removal tool for Windows systems. Free edition offered on version 1.6.2.

What Is Spybot - Search & Destroy? Spybot - Search & Destroy (S&D) is a spyware and adware removal computer program for Windows systems. Spybot-S&D was written by the German software engineer Patrick Michael Kolla, and is distributed by Kolla's Irish company Safer-Networking Limited. Development began in 2000 when Kolla, still a student, wrote a small program to deal with the Aureate/Radiate and Conducent TimeSink programs, two of the earliest examples of adware.

Short product description by safer-networking.org: Spybot - Search & Destroy can detect and remove spyware of different kinds from your computer. Spyware is a relatively new kind of threat that common anti-virus applications do not cover yet. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you didn't intentionally install, if your browser crashes, or if you browser start page has changed without your knowing, you most probably have spyware. But even if you don't see anything, you may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging that is silently tracking your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile of you that will be sold to advertisement companies. Spybot-S&D is free, so there's no harm in trying to see if something snooped into your computer, too :)

The current version of Spybot - Search & Destroy is 2.2 released in June 2013. And it is rated as 3.5 out 5 (Very good) by CNET.com editors.

But back in 2012, pcmag.com (PC Magazine) rated 1.0 out of 5 for Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.0.

safer-networking.org does not offer free edition on Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.2 any more. The latest free edition is offered Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.6.2.

Last update: 2013.

Table of Contents

 About This Windows Security Book

 Windows 8: System Security Review

 Windows 8: System Security Protection

 Windows 8 System Recovery

 Windows 8 Defender for Real-Time Protection

 Windows 7: System Security Review

 Windows 7: System Security Protection

 Windows 7 System Recovery

 Windows 7 Forefront Client Security

 Norton Power Eraser - Anti-Virus Scan Tool

 McAfee Virus and Malware Protection Tools

Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

What Is Spybot - Search and Destroy?

 Installing Spybot - Search and Destroy 1.6.2

 Keeping Spybot Up To Date

 On-Demand Scanning of Spyware Infections

 What Is AdRevolver Tracking Cookie

 Removing Reported Tracking Cookies

 Deleting MyWay MySearch Registry Key

 Enabling IE Browser Helper SDHelper.dll

 Keeping Firefox Secure

 Keeping IE (Internet Explorer) Secure

 Malware (Adware, Spyware, Trojan, Worm, and Virus)

 HijackThis - Browser Hijacker Diagnosis Tool

 IE Add-on Program Listing and Removal

 "Conduit Search" - Malware Detection and Removal

 "Tube Dimmer", "Scorpion Saver" or "Adpeak" Malware

 Malware Manual Removal Experience

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 PWS (Password Stealer) Trojan Infection Removal

 MS08-001 Vulnerability on Windows Systems

 Antivirus System PRO

 References

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