Spybot 1.6.2

Reviewed by Chad Faith on - Version tested: 1.6.2

"Searches for and removes ad- and spyware"

Winner Best software in 2014 - Anti-Malware.

Overview

Protection against spyware is very important in this day and age. Computers connected to the internet are instantly infected so having a good spyware removal tool at your disposal is vital. Spybot is such a tool and has lots of features that help you to achieve a maximum protection. System scans, schedules scans, real-time protection and much more! Let’s analyze Spybot and its features in this quick article and find out if Spybot rises up to the challenge or not.

Installation

The good news is the fact that the installation of Spybot is really quick. The speedy and smooth installation process also downloads the latest updates and runs the immunization process. As a result, unauthorized changes to your system are prevented. Having support for all the available versions of Windows from Win95 onwards, Spybot doesn’t come bundled with adware/spyware or other programs.

Interface

Spybot has two modes: the default one and an advanced mode. Depending on the selected mode, the interface of the program can change. Simple, clean and intuitive, the default mode is most recommended for novice users. On the other hand, there aren’t so many setting that you can customize here. The advanced users will love the advanced mode which is more sophisticated. Access to all the features of Spybot is provided here.

Pros

Being one of the first emerging anti-spyware tools on the market, Spybot packs a lot of features that will ensure the best protection for your PC. Spybot is divided into a main Spybot scanning module and a real-time protection module. You should be happy to know that the system scans are quick and effective. Windows registry, running processes, web browser cookies, local files and folders are checked by Spybot by using the parasite definitions database (manual update available). The database is full of signatures of adware, keyloggers, spyware, trojans, browser hijackers and other malicious programs. You have lots of tools at your disposal for maximum customization. Basically, you can customize every aspect of Spybot. Various scan and startup specific settings can be modified by the users as well as scheduling system scans and applying different skins or languages. More than 51 languages are supported by Spybot. Cool, isn’t it? Other advanced features of Spybot include useful tools that prevent browser hijacks and allow the uninstalling of unwanted programs. Powerful real-time protection that blocks malicious ActiveX scripts and keeps unsolicited software off the system is implemented by Spybot.

Cons

There are still some spyware threats that aren’t always detected by Spybot. Let’s hope future versions will fix this little issue.

Alternatives

There’s no shortage of anti-spyware tools on the market. Let’s have a look at some of them. These are the alternatives tools to Spybot: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, SUPERAntiSpyware, Ad-Aware, ComboFix, SpywareBlaster, Spyware Terminator, Windows Defender and many more.

Conclusion

As a preventative measure against all kinds of spyware, browser hijacks and other malware, Spybot is essential. Overall, it is a powerful anti-spyware and removal tool that certainly gets the job done.

Winner Best software in 2014 - Anti-Malware.

Requirements: Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or any AMD64 or Intel64 processor, 1 GB RAM, 200 MB free hard disk space

What's new in this version: Updated Translations, Internet Protection fixes, Installer improvements

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Antivirus information

Download3K has downloaded and tested Spybot on 17 Sep 2013 with some of Today's best antivirus engines and you can find below, for your convenience, the scan results:
  • Avast:

    Clean
  • Avira:

    Clean
  • Kaspersky:

    Clean
  • NOD32:

    Clean
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