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Spybot Search and Destroy

Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware of all different kinds (dialers, loggers, trojans, user tracks) from your computer. Blocks ActiveX downloads, tracking cookies and other threats. Scans for over 38,000 objects using detection definitions that are updated frequently. Provides detailed information about found problems.

Where to get Spybot Search and Destroy




How to use Spybot Search and Destroy

The first time you install Spybot Search and Destroy, the program will assist you with a wizard.  When prompted to check for updates, do so and download any new updates.  Also immunize the system when prompted.

Using Spybot Search and Destroy on a routine basis, you should always first click Update on the left, and then Search for Updates.  Click Download Updates to download any new updates. 

After checking for any new updates, click Search & Destroy on the left. 

Then, click:  Check for Problems.

The program will then proceed to scan your computer and list everything it finds.  Be patient.  It may take some time to scan your whole PC.  In most cases you can continue working while the scan proceeds.

When the scan is complete, the program will say how many problems found at the bottom with the time it took to do the scan.  It will also list all the problems it found.  Review the items it found if you'd like.  Those that have the check next to them will be removed when you click "Fix selected problems".  When you click "Fix selected problems", the program will attempt to remove all the items it founds and listed as problems. Those that are removed will be indicated as removed with a green check .

If some problems could not be fixed, it will let you know and ask you if you want Spybot Search and Destroy to try to remove them automatically when the computer is rebooted.


Spybot S&D Tips

Every time you use Spybot Search and Destroy, click update on the left in the program, and then Search for Updates.  Click Download Updates to download any new updates.  Then scan your computer.  This will ensure you have the latest updates available.


Periodically click Immunize on the left in the program.  This will help to prevent new infections of certain spyware programs.


You can cause Spybot S&D to autorun before loading your Windows profile by inserting the following into your Windows registry in the following registry location (for more on navigating and editing the registry, see this page):


Right-click in the white area on the right. Click New, String Value.  Give it a Name like "S&D" in this case.

Right-click on the new entry and choose "Modify".

Type of copy, paste the following into the Value Data field:

"C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SpybotSD.exe" /autocheck

Click OK and close the registry.  Reboot your PC and when the PC starts, Spybot Search and Destroy will load before your profile loads and will have a better attempt at removing stubborn Spyware.