Spybot - Search & Destroy

What is Spybot - Search & Destroy

Spybot - Search & Destroy (SSD in this article) is a freeware program used to detect and remove spyware. 1

Benefits of Spybot - Search & Destroy

  • Removes spyware from computer
  • Frequent Updates
  • Scheduler that allows for regular scans
  • Tools for deleting viruses and malware in memory that can't be deleted using the delete button(Secure Shredder).

Concerns for Parents

  • Although not intended for this purpose, it can be used to disable internet filters.



In 2003, PCMag editors gave this product a "very good" rating (4 out of 5).They liked that the SpySweeper feature warned you that removing adware could disable ad-supported software. They also noted taht the program detected all spyware on the test systems, however the program didn't detect keyloggers and missed a trojan.

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In 2009, PCWorld reviewer, Jon L. Jacobi, gave this product a favorable review. He liked that it didn't interfere with browsing and detected more cookies and spyware than he expected.

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In 2008, CNET editors gave this product 3 out of 5 stars.

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