Spybot Search and Destroy Review – Spybot S&D Antispyware for Malware Protection
Spybot – Search & Destroy Review
Spybot Search & Destroy (S&D) is a popular spyware and adware removal program compatible with Microsoft Windows 95 and later. It scans the computer hard disk and/or RAM for malicious software.
Along with spyware and adware detection and disinfection capabilities, Spybot-S&D can repair the registry, winsock LSPs, ActiveX objects, browser hijackers and BHOs, PUPS, computer cookies, trackerware, heavy duty, homepage hijackers, keyloggers, LSP, tracks, trojans, spybots, revision, and other kinds of malware. It can also, to some extent, protect a user’s privacy by deleting usage tracks like tracking cookies.
Spybot – Search & Destroy is one of the very first spyware removers appeared in the computer security field. It has plenty of functions and is absolutely free to use. The program checks your system against a comprehensive database of adware and other system invaders.
The user can modify various scan and startup specific settings, set the program to ignore certain objects, schedule system scans, apply different skins or languages (Spybot-S&D is translated into 51 languages). The program includes useful additional tools, which prevent browser hijacks, uninstall user-chosen software, unrecoverably delete specified files, display and allow changing system startup settings and other advanced options.
A Serious Disadvantage of Spyware Search & Destroy
However, there is one serious disadvantage with the use of standalone Free Antispyware software like Spybot S&D. Several of the largest commercial security products require users to uninstall Spybot when they are being installed or when they run. Kaspersky Antivirus and Kaspersky Internet Security since version 2009 force users to uninstall Spybot during the installation process, although there is no serious incompatibility yet known. The discussion was concluded in the Kaspersky forum, which said not to install Spybot at all. Kaspersky seems to be reluctant to fix the issue, despite receiving several complaints.
Similarly other popular security software like Norton and Trend Micro also prompt you to uninstall Spybot S&D before letting you use their software.
Here is a youtube video review of Spybot Search & Destroy.