Softpedia Editor's Review for SpyBot - Search & Destroy
Searches your hard disk for so-called spy or adbots
Written by Bogdan Popa on January 25th, 2013
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Protection against spyware is of utmost importance if you want to prevent others from exploiting your personal information and browsing habits. SpyBot - Search & Destroy is a full featured security solution designed to keep this kind of malware away from you, while also providing a suite of tools for system repair, file shredding and managing autostart items.
The interface has a clean and professional look, with all the modules in plain view. It provides direct access to the scanning modes, namely: a full system scan that thoroughly analyzes your computer for threats and a custom file/folder scan that allows you to manually select the locations to be processed.
The scanning speed is decent and a full-system scan took about twenty minutes in our case, which is acceptable, but the amount of resources it requires is impressive (the CPU usage exceeded 50% at times).
A system immunization feature is also available, aimed to apply preventive measures against spyware in order to block malware from infecting your computer.
The interface also features an option to switch to Advanced User Mode, which triggers a set of complementary tools that you can use to create system logs, manage autostart items, shred files, repair system inconsistencies or scan for rootkits.
The application is not only able to remove spyware, but it also detects and removes keyloggers, providing at the same time a fast update tool to download the latest virus definitions. To make sure you're on the safe side all the time, SpyBot - Search & Destroy automatically creates a backup of every single removed file.
Other customizations can be performed from the Settings window. This section allows you to configure Windows explorer and browser integration, ignore lists and scheduled scans.
SpyBot - Search & Destroy makes the time you spend with it worthwhile. The spyware detection and disinfection capabilities make it a reliable real-time protection solution against malware, turning it into a virtual bodyguard for your computer.
SpyBot - Search & Destroy description
Here are some key features of "SpyBot - Search & Destroy":
· Removal of keyloggers
· User-extendable database
· Save removal of threats by shredding them
· Backups of every removed problem
· Exclude option to ignore specific problems s
· Permanent blocking of known tracking cookies for IE
· Permanent blocking of threating downloads in IE
· Command line parameters to automate tasks
· Number of targets > 600 > 600
· Number of detection files and entries > 10000 > 10000
· Detailed information about problems found Yes Yes
· Strict criteria to define targets Yes Yes
· Integrated update function
· Weekly updates
· Free email & forum support Yes Yes
· Settings to automate scan, removal and update
· System reports to locate even unknown threats
· Skins to adjust interface to the users liking
· 512 MB RAM or more
· 300 MB free hard disk space
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Virus scanning and removal (Home Edition and above): The inclusion of the anti-virus engine means that we can now offer live protection against viruses. The anti-virus signature files are multiple times every day. This means real protection always.
· Simplified view of update screen. Information is now displayed in a clear, understandable graphical format.
· Selective removal. Choose only the malware you want remove. You can view what is suspected to be malware on your system and decide if you want to keep it or remove it.
· Enhanced GUI: We have simplified the view of many component parts to make it easier for our users to understand what is happening.
· Multilingual support: we have now included French and Italian languages. The language can easily be changed from within the settings section in ‘Start Center’
· MRU (Most Recently Used) Scan: If you just want to only do a quick scan you can tell Spybot to only scan the most recently used files.
· Scan mode for usage tracks only: You can...