Spybot Search and Destroy

This adware and spyware removal program can be downloaded free. Installation on your computer is a simple matter of running the downloaded file and following the prompts.

The next step is to make sure that you have the latest versions of all of the files. Simply select the Search for Updates button and allow the program to download and install any updates that it finds.

Running a scan of your computer for adware and spyware using Spybot program is very easy. All you need to do is to start up the program and then select the Check for Problems button.

Running a scan of your computer will take quite a while because there will be tens (or hundreds) of thousands of files on your computer and thousands of entries that the program will want to check for. You may as well leave the program going in the background while you continue on with doing something else. You can always return later to see where it is at and whether it has found anything or if you like you can switch to advanced mode and tell the program to play a sound to let you know that the scan is complete.

If any adware or spyware has been found on your system during the scan then they will be listed in the problem list at the bottom of the window so you can see how many problems are found as the scan progresses.

The Spybot Scan for Problems screen

Spybot (unlike some other antispyware programs) doesn't bother to report on minor issues so everything reported on the list is a significant threat. Unless you know that a particular entry is required for a free program that you have downloaded to run and you are prepared to accept the program owner spying on you in return for your using their program then you should ask Spybot to fix all of the problems that it found.

Another feature of Spybot not found in many other antispyware programs is the Immunize option. This option allows you to post a list of entries into the registry that identify well known spyware programs and stops them from getting installed on your computer in the first place.

Spybot by default opens with a minimum of options so as to make it aws straightforward as possible to use. If you really need to make changes then you can easily swap to Advanced Mode where just about all of the functionality of the program can be customized. This is the place to go to set up the schedules to get the program to run automatically, to tell it what things you want it to ignore, as well as providing access to extra tools to find and fix problems not found vis the normal scan and heaps of other options too numerous to mention.

While there were some problems with an earlier version of this program that produced incorrect results when the program version and signature file didn't match this problem was rectified long ago and the current version of the program produces the best protection against spyware that I have found in a free program.

My Rating: yesyesyesyesno

 

This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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