SpyBot Search

SpyBot Search & Destroy is a powerful application that targets and eliminates malicious types of programs such as malware off your computer.

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SpyBot is fairly straightforward in what it delivers: protection against spyware, malware, and other nasty programs that plague all corners of the Internet. Typically, malware and spyware get onto your computer by visiting dodgy websites, clicking on strange links in emails, or a whole host of other ways.

Depending on your installation settings (see below), SpyBot keeps things simple. It can scan your entire computer or individual files, quarantine nasty files, and provide reports and logs of your scans. For more options, premium versions of SpyBot are available for purchase.

Beginner friendly

When you install SpyBot Search & Destroy, you are immediately given the choice to update, which is all important when dealing with the various forms of spyware that you want to be protected from. Updating can take a while, but it’s definitely worth the wait.

Once you get past the update, you are prompted to create a system backup, just in case SpyBot Search & Destroy happens to remove something that is actually important. It should go without saying that making this backup is recommended after which you may finally immunize your system with SpyBot Search & Destroy from a growing database of malicious processes.

The interface is fairly intuitive and Spybot prompts you early in the installation process to describe what type of user you are. This provides a great option for beginner users who just want a simple scan, and advanced users who would like to customize parameters of the scan.

An excellent line of defense

Although SpyBot Search & Destroy is a powerful piece of anti-spyware software, it may be better to see it as part of your security solution. For example, team this up with Ad-Aware SE and your computer will stand a much better chance against the different types of spyware and malware out there.