SpyBot Search & Destroy 2.7 review - January 2019
If you were to look into several lists of best anti-malware software 2018/2019 appearing in Google top results, you would see Spybot Search & Destroy in almost all of them. Spybot has been widely popular since 2000 as a tool to protect operating systems from adware, spyware, suspicious files. Even though the free version of Spybot does not defend against viruses, which are only one of the types of malicious software.
The version we are reviewing and testing herein is Spybot Search & Destroy 188.8.131.52. It supports Windows XP, Vista, 2003, 2008 Server, Win 7 and 8, while versions for
The free version of Spybot provides security tools that protect an operating system from different types of malware. Besides malware removal capabilities, there’s real-time antivirus protection, though only available in paid versions.
To block access to websites that could be potential threats, Spybot offers immunization for the following browsers: Internet Explorer (and clones like
If you start deep scanning, that’s down to detecting rootkit level infections, it is advised not to open any other external applications - for no interruptions. It takes almost 30 minutes to scan the whole file system and Windows registry.
In contrast, the quick rootkit scan runs in a matter of seconds and provides superficial data analysis. Although, it can detect both real malware and mark certain files as “suspicious” that aren’t harmful actually. To set automatically scheduled system scans, you have to upgrade to Home Edition. There’s also the Boot CD Creator, designed to create a bootable disk on PC, which is not available for Windows 10 as of now, we should add.
Interface and user experience
Spybot 2.7 opens as a new separate window on the desktop. Your anti-malware quest starts with three core modules: last system scan, immunization, last update. If any of those is marked red, it is recommended to scan, initiate protection or check for program updates. Green color indicates proper functioning.
Start Center is a user-friendly communicable interface that shows paths to various functions and modules. In the advanced version Start
All log files are saved on a C drive of a computer. It is worth noting, that not only last scan reports are saved, but all previous logs - literally, which one could find in ProgramData folder. Files are saved in .xml format.
Trial and limitations
The free version of Spybot is available to download and install on a desktop PC only. For mobile phones, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch users must use Spybot Home Edition or other paid package. In terms of
Spybot Home Edition version for private use is available for €12. Spybot Search & Destroy Professional Edition costs €22 with the expanded set of features. For
How to use SpyBot, user tips
Easy-to-use modules are activated by clicking one of the buttons - Apply, Start, Scan. If you want to scan other external sources (USB, memory card, etc.), just use File
Using Spybot is straightforward - scan the whole PC anytime, or scan separate files. Infected or suspicious files are sent to
To run the program with administrator privileges just right-click on Spybot icon and choose the option - same as with any other programs.
Performance test on PC
Deep Scan, meanwhile, showed another picture. It took 58 minutes to scan the whole C drive of 70 GB in size. 38 suspicious items were detected with 1 or 2 threat level and were moved to quarantine. To scan other drives or folders, go to
After immunization was finished with 192,001 entries analyzed, Spybot told us there still were 4 unprotected items. Spybot immunized Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Firefox and Opera browsers that are installed on the PC, but unfortunately, 193 items in the browser cache were still left unprocessed.
Spybot is simple to use, it detects malware, it scans relatively faster
Pros: User-friendly interface, log files backtrack, donation system, protection from rootkits, twenty-year history of security software products.
Cons: No anti-virus protection in
Overall, while Spybot Search & Destroy might not be the most popular product in its category of anti-malware, it is effective in detecting malicious files. Paid versions also provide anti-virus protection.