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Why you should update to the latest version of Spybot

Improved Features Since we introduced Spybot 2.0 we have constantly been working on improving the product.  The introduction of Spybot 2.3 brought a product that was easier to use and had more useful features, Spybot version 2.4 continues to add … Continue reading

New Spybot 2.4 fixes several updating problems

Responding to user reports we released Spybot 2.4 today which fixes some bugs in Spybot’s Updater: problems when bdcore.dll is updated (only Spybot +AV editions) for antivirus updates the proxy settings were ignored (only Spybot +AV editions) we rephrased the … Continue reading

Version 2.3, a more user orientated version of Spybot has now been released

In response to the latest techniques used by malware developers we have added new enhanced detection methods. This means better protection against the new wave of spyware, rootkits  and viruses. Scanning and cleaning is now much faster. We have ‘tweaked’ … Continue reading

The public beta test of the next release of Spybot +AV is now finished

The public beta test of the next release of Spybot +AV is now finished. Many thanks to our many beta testers who gave a lot of constructive feedback to our team. This is the reason, why we decided that this … Continue reading

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What malware does Spybot +AV protect against?

You will find the up to date list of detections by clicking here. This list is constantly being updated as we detect new malware or find new varients of existing malware.

Spybot +AV 2.3 beta released

Do you want to beta test the latest version of Spybot +AV? The first public beta version of Spybot +AV 2.3 is ready for testing. Responding to requests from our users we have incorporated more than 100 usability and functionality … Continue reading

How to start your system using Spybots Boot CD?

The allows you to create a bootable CD to repair or clean your computer. Some computers are set up to prefer booting from bootable removable media if it inserted, others do have this feature disabled to protect the computer from … Continue reading

New Spybot 2.2 to support Windows® 8.1

Microsoft will soon be releasing version 8.1 of their Windows® operating system. While testing Windows 8.1 for Spybot +AV compatibility, we encountered changes to the Windows® Security Center and some other security techniques that made an update to Spybot necessary. … Continue reading

Windows 8.1 patch for Spybot 2.1

Microsoft released Windows 8.1 on October 17th, 2013. Safer-Networking released Spybot 2.2 the same day, fixing Security Center integration issues Spybot had on Windows 8.1. If you intend to upgrade to Windows 8.1, we recommend that you install Spybot 2.2 … Continue reading

Spybot 2.1 Service Release

The second service release of Spybot 2.1 is now available. As well as background improvements we have also included updated language files and installation is now smoother. As a result of feedback from users we have also changed the default … Continue reading

Why do I see “Internet protection: basic” in Spybot’s Start Center?

If your Internet protection is set to ‘Basic’ the most likely reasons are that when the software was installed the default setting was ‘Disabled’ or when updates were installed the setting was changed automatically. This setting can also be changed by the user. … Continue reading

Spybot +AV 2.1 Released!

Not only does Spybot +AV version have an award winning antivirus engine but it has many new features and enhancements:-   Virus scanning and removal (Home Edition and above): The inclusion of the anti-virus engine means that we can now … Continue reading

Spybot +AV 2.1 Beta released, final version will soon be available!

The release of Spybot +AV 2.1 in early May will mark a big change in the Spybot product. We will soon be offering a product that not only provides detection and removal of adware and spyware but also antivirus protection. … Continue reading

Spybot 2 now available.

It is done! We are proud to release version 2.0 of our anti malware tool Spybot – Search & Destroy. In our discussions with our users we realised at an early stage that they wanted a more modern user interface. … Continue reading

Spybot 2 own mirror 3

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Spybot 2 own mirror 2

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Spybot 2 own mirror 1

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Mirror selection Spybot 2

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In which languages is Spybot – Search & Destroy available?

Spybot 2.3 is currently available in the following languages: English French German Hungarian Italian Polish Russian Spanish Spybot 2 is also being translated into other languages by volunteers, which will take some time. Other languages will be added in later … Continue reading

Why does Spybot – Search & Destroy freeze when doing an update?

SDUpdate can freeze up if the servers are reacting very slowly. This can happen the day new updates are released (usually on Wednesdays), when too many people try to download them at the same time. But Spybot 2 isn’t really … Continue reading

Does Spybot – Search & Destroy Support Windows 8?

There should be no problems with the compatibility under Windows 8 (also 64 bit): http://www.safer-networking.org/about/compatibility/ For all those using Windows 8.1, please use Spybot 2.2 or later. Spybot 2.2 solves any incompatibility issues and allows to run Spybot on Windows … Continue reading

Why do other spyware programs appear to find spies in Spybot – Search & Destroy’s directory?

Please have a look at the path where such a program has found the spyware. As Spybot 2 has no spyware integrated, this must be a false alarm. The reason for such a false alarm is simple: Spybot 2 saves … Continue reading

Is Spybot – Search & Destroy compatible with WinPE/BartPE bootable?

Yes, Spybot 2 offers full support for PE in general and PEBuilder. You can download the necessary plugin here, or just run Spybot-S&D from your harddisk after booting a PE disk. Once run from your bootable PE CD, Spybot 2 … Continue reading

Is Spybot – Search & Destroy compatible with other resident protection?

Usually there are no problems with the compatibility. If you also plan to use the Live Protection of Spybot +AV together with your already installed antivirus software, you might experience a decrease in system speed. In general we recommend to … Continue reading

Why does Spybot – Search & Destroy flag changes in the Windows Security Center?

Spybot 2 detects registry changes associated with Microsoft Security Center; they are listed as “Windows Security Center”. This is neither a false positive nor a bug. It is just an information about a potential threat – Spybot 2 only wants … Continue reading

What can I do if Spybot – Search & Destroy freezes during the scan?

1. Please disable all other security programs that you run and close all other programs during the work with Spybot 2. 2. Also run a scan in safe mode. 3. It should also help to deactivate the scanning for usage … Continue reading

Why does Spybot – Search & Destroy also remove IE toolbars that seem useful to me?

Nearly all add on IE toolbars make the web access easier for you. Sadly, to tailor their information to your needs, they need to collect data about you; and most privacy statements are unclear about how they do use this … Continue reading

Which browsers does Spybot – Search & Destroy support?

Spybot – Search & Destroy has dedicated support for most browsers. It can, for example immunize these browsers, or create restricted access shortcuts for your safety. Where we list product versions, these are the ones that have been tested; other … Continue reading

How to download Spybot – Search & Destroy?

There are two options to download Spybot 2: You can choose a download location on our website. The displayed mirrors are partners who provide places to host Spybot 2 for us. You can download from them, it is secure and … Continue reading

Spybot 1.6

Spybot 1.6 Support information for users that use Spybot 1.6.x. Here you can find relevant support information about our previous software version: First Steps Tutorial Frequently Asked Questions How Tos You may also discuss with Team Spybot and other experienced … Continue reading

Third release candidate of Spybot 2 available

Spybot 2 is the next generation of our anti malware software and we are pleased to announce Release Candidate 3 is our last release candidate. We have fixed the last few bugs and further polished the user interface. In Release Candidate … Continue reading

Second release candidate of Spybot – Search & Destroy 2.0 available

Spybot-S&D 2.0 will be our next generation software to find and destroy Spyware, Trojan horses and other Malware on your computers. After the release of our first release candidate we fixed a lot of bugs and polished the user interface. … Continue reading

Spybot’s own mirror 3

We provide our own mirror sites so that you will not have to put up with annoying advertisements and pop-ups that you often encounter on free download sites. Donate Download If you would like to show your appreciation for this … Continue reading

Spybot’s own mirror 2

We provide our own mirror sites so that you will not have to put up with annoying advertisements and pop-ups that you often encounter on free download sites. Donate Download If you would like to show your appreciation for this … Continue reading

Spybot’s own mirror 1

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New Spybot Website

After many months of hard work by our staff and volunteers our new look multilingual website is now live. Over the next few months with the help of our volunteers we hope to add all the additional languages we had … Continue reading

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Where will I find documentation for the Spybot-S&D Update and Configuration Server?

The manual for the Spybot S&D Update and Configuration server is copied to your disk when when you install the product. If you want to you can also download a copy from this location: Spybot S&D UCS manual  

We are almost there! First Spybot – Search & Destroy 2 Release Candidate available!

You may not notice any visual changes in Spybot Release Candidate 1 (RC1) if you compare it to the beta versions but there are a lot of improvements below the surface. One thing you will notice is the new licensing … Continue reading

How to disable Spybot-S&D temporarily

You only need to disable the resident feature of Spybot-S&D. And that is the way to deactivate it: Run Spybot-S&D, switch to the Advanced mode via the menu bar item Mode → hit Yes → select Tools in the navigation … Continue reading

How to download Spybot-S&D

There are two options to download Spybot-S&D: You choose a download location on our website. The displayed mirrors are partners who provide places to host Spybot-S&D for us. You can download from them, it is secure and they all contain … Continue reading

How can I prevent users from changing the options in Spybot S&D?

You can deny users access to Spybot S&D’s configuration by defining the Settings password. See section Generic client settings in the web interface of Spybot S&D Update and configuration Server. After this the user is prompted for this password before … Continue reading

Why does reconfiguring paths in the Server configuration section of Spybot S&D Update and Configuration Server not work for me?

When reconfiguring the paths in the Server configuration section, the corresponding directories must exist. If the directories do not exist any changes you make will not be saved.

Why can my clients not reach the Spybot S&D Update and Configuration Server?

Check the firewall settings of the computer the Spybot S&D Update and Configuration Server is running on. Also make sure the port it is listening on (port 80 by default) is not used by another network service like a general … Continue reading

Why does Spybot-S&D not scan network drives (shares)?

Scanning network shares sounds like a good idea at first – the scanner needs to be installed only on a single machine and one person can do the scan. To simply remove installers, this is not a bad idea at … Continue reading

What can I do if Spybot-S&D freezes during scan?

Please disable all other security programs that you run and close all other programs during the work with Spybot – Search & Destroy. Also run a scan in safe mode: http://www.computerhope.com/issues/chsafe.htm That should fix it. It should also help to … Continue reading

Why does Spybot – Search & Destroy slow down my System?

Maybe you run more than one security software that interferes with each other. The resident protection of Spybot – Search & Destroy monitors the processes the whole time, so that nothing bad gets on your system – that can slow … Continue reading

Why does Spybot-S&D run automatically on every pc start?

Maybe you have automated your Spybot. Open Spybot in the advanced mode via the menu item mode, go to ‘tools’->’System Startup’ Then mark the following entry and remove it: C:\Program Files\Spybot – Search & Destroy\SpybotSD.exe” /autocheck If this does not … Continue reading

Why does Spybot-S&D not open anymore?

1. Please try to rename the SpybotSD.exe into iexplore.exe or firefox.exe and try to run it. Using Windows Explorer navigate to: C:\Program Files\Spybot – Search & Destroy In the Tools menu select Folder Options In the Folder Options dialog select … Continue reading

Why does Spybot-S&D also remove IE toolbars that seem useful to me?

Nearly all IE toolbars make the web access easier for you. Sadly, to tailor their information to your needs, they need to collect data about you; and most privacy statements are unclear about how they use this data beside sending … Continue reading

Why does Spybot-S&D not detect running processes?

This is not correct and is often misunderstood as we do not display an extra list of running processes after the scan. But we do not consider that as necessary – every running process is identical to a file on … Continue reading

Why does MS AntiSpyware complain that Spybot-S&D adds bad sites to the trusted zone?

That is a mistake by Microsoft. Microsoft has since released knowledge base article 902956 that describes this known issue.

Why does Spybot-S&D flag changes in the Windows Security Center?

Spybot 2 detects registry changes associated with Microsoft Security Center; they are listed as “Windows Security Center”. This is neither a false positive nor a bug. It is just an information about a potential threat – Spybot 2 only wants … Continue reading

Why does Spybot-S&D freeze when doing an update?

SDUpdate can freeze up if the servers are reacting very slowly. This can happen the day new updates are released (usually on Wednesdays), when too many people try to download them at the same time. But Spybot 2 isn’t really … Continue reading

Is Spybot-S&D compatible with WinPE/BartPE bootable CDs?

Yes, Spybot-S&D offers full support for PE in general and PEBuilder. You can download the necessary plugin here, or just run Spybot-S&D from your harddisk after booting a PE disk. Once run from your bootable PE CD, Spybot-S&D will automatically … Continue reading

Which browsers does Spybot-S&D support?

Spybot-S&D does support many common browsers. As for resident protection, Spybot-S&D contains the Resident ‘ TeaTimer’ which is completely browser independent. It is a Spybot-S&D tool perpetually monitoring the processes called/initiated. In addition, TeaTimer detects changes to some critical registry … Continue reading

Is Spybot-S&D compatible with other resident protection tools?

Using more than one anti-spyware program with a resident protection tool might cause conflicts. However, Spybot – Search & Destroy’s Resident protection is designed such that there should not be any compatibility issues. In rare cases there could appear a … Continue reading

Are there any command line parameters that can be used with Spybot S&D?

Here is a list of command line parameters that the Spybot-S&D main executable (SpybotSD.exe) supports: /taskbarhide Runs Spybot-S&D completely hidden (no window, no taskbar icon), so make absolutely sure you use it only in combination with /autoclose (otherwise it would … Continue reading

Why do I get a critical license error after installing Spybot S&D Update and Configuration Server?

Make sure the program directory of Spybot S&D Update and Configuration Server contains the files license.txt and license.key and then restart the program. The license files are contained in the installer. If you cannot locate your license details please contact … Continue reading

The sixth beta release of Spybot-S&D 2.0 is ready!

The last beta release of Spybot-S&D 2.0 finally arrived! In this Beta we have fixed a lot of trivial and minor issues. As a result we expect Beta 6 to be the predecessor of the first release candidate. We hope … Continue reading

The fifth beta release of Spybot-S&D 2.0 is ready!

In this Beta, as always, we have reacted to our users requests. As a result Beta 5 has important subsurface improvements: We have revised the Uninstaller. Memory consumption during scans has been optimized. The detection criteria were improved and now … Continue reading

Spybot 1.6 How Tos

This is a collection of How Tos about Spybot 1.6. Please click on the topic you want more information on:

Team Spybot

Team Spybot, the Safer-Networking Ltd. Community In 2000, while still a student, engineer Patrick Kolla-Ten Venne discovered his PC was infected by the Aureate/Radiate and Conducent TimeSink programs. This invasion of privacy really exasperated him so he wrote a program … Continue reading

Spybot 1.6 First Steps Tutorial

Spybot 1.6 First Steps Tutorial This is a short tutorial to show you the first steps you have to do to remove spyware and other kinds of malware from your computer, using Spybot-Search&Destroy 1.6. 1. Download Obviously, the first thing … Continue reading

Spybot 1.6 Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions concerning Spybot 1.6. If you do not see your question answered here you could try posting it on our forum.

May the fourth be with you! Spybot Search & Destroy 2.0 Beta 4 is here!

The fourth beta release of Spybot-S&D 2.0 is now ready! We would especially like to thank all users who have submitted bug reports and suggestions for Spybot-S&D 2.0 in recent weeks. Your efforts greatly helped to eliminate lots of bugs. … Continue reading

Third beta version of Spybot – Search & Destroy 2.0 released!

The third beta release of Spybot-S&D 2.0 is now ready! After one more month of public beta testing many of the bugs that were reported have been fixed. We have also included your suggestions into this release. Beta 3 sees … Continue reading

Second beta version of Spybot – Search & Destroy 2.0 released!

The second beta release of Spybot-S&D 2.0 is now ready! After one month of public beta testing we fixed many bugs that you reported and incorporated your suggestions into this release. The user interface has been improved and Beta 2 … Continue reading

Se habla español!

We have finally completed the Spanish translation of the Spybot user interface and it will be available for those who update their software after 30th July. Now our loyal Spanish speaking users will be able to access all functions of … Continue reading

Ransom and Blackmail DDoS— who’s really behind this?

Ransom and extortion is no longer reserved for sensational news and bad movies; cyber hackers are diving headfirst into this growing area of criminality. Hackers know you care dearly for your website, and they expect your protective instinct will translate … Continue reading

How to create a bootable CD

Creating a bootable CD involves a handful of steps that are explained in detail here. Requirements Windows Automated Installation Kit The first thing you need is the Windows Automated Installation Kit, also called WAIK. This software includes all the Windows … Continue reading

How to configure Notifications

Notifications Configuration Notifications can be configured from the ”Notifications” tab in Spybots Settings. Pressing ”Edit” will open a details window where you can add, change or remove different notifications. For the home user, the easiest and yet most powerful notifications … Continue reading

Notifications

What is the Notifications feature? The Notifications feature allows you to configure Spybot to alert you when issues occur and you are not at your computer. For example, if malware is detected on your computer an email message could be … Continue reading

Summertime Giveaway 2013

It’s that time of the year where you would like to spend your money on a six pack of coke, beer or iced tea and not on software licenses, so we decided to host another giveaway of Spybot Professional Edition … Continue reading

Giveaway #2 Terms & Conditions

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Safer-Networking Mirror Policy

1. Visitor Privacy 1.1. Hosts mirroring Spybot-S&D or other Safer-Networking software (simply called mirrors from here on) may not collect data about their visitors/downloaders for any other reason than demographic purposes, and that only in compiled shape. 1.2. Mirrors may … Continue reading

Scripting

The Script Editor allows users with malware and basic software development skills to create complex malware detection patterns using our OpenSBI syntax and the Pascal language. A simple script that you could implement using a simple .sbi file might look … Continue reading

Task Scheduling/Automation:

If you are using the Home or a higher Edition of Spybot +AV tasks can be automated. Spybot can create a Windows scheduler task to keep your Spybot up to date, immunized and run system scans regularly. Of course manual … Continue reading

Supports hyper threading and multi core processors

With the Home or higher Edition of Spybot +AV the program uses multiple CPU cores during the system scan to improve the speed of on-demand scans. Live Protection benefits as well and can scan multiple processes at the same time.

Startup Tools:

Startup Tools are Spybot’s swiss army knife for handling what gets started and runs on your computer in the background. From the visible Startup category you’ll find in your start menu down to locations found in the registry, or even … Continue reading

Secure Shredder

The Shredder has been designed to completely eradicate files and malware. While this is not a core feature of Spybot, it can help you keep your privacy. Once files have been shredded they can not be recovered – not even their … Continue reading

Scans iPhone® Apps

Mobile devices are a rich target for tracking and advertising companies. Most free and some paid mobile apps are either displaying ads or using various tracking mechanisms. While not available for modern mobile platforms directly yet, Spybot on a machine … Continue reading

Scans for and fixes Rootkits:

Malware sometimes uses rootkit technology to hide itself at system level. This makes it undetectable by standard tools. Our plugins help Spybot to detect this form of malware. Our Rootkit Scan tool shows anything that uses certain rootkit technologies, even … Continue reading

Scans for and fixes malware

The main purposes of Spybot – Search & Destroy are preventing new and locating and removing existing malware. The first purpose is taken care of by Live Protection, a feature of all paid editions, and the second one by our … Continue reading

Open SBI Detection Rules:

The OpenSBI Editor is an advanced editor for the detection database. This allows you to create your detection rules to be used by Spybot +AV. Using the OpenSBI syntax, which is documented on a dedicated OpenSBI wiki, you can use … Continue reading

Updating

To keep up with current malware, Spybot needs to be updated with new definitions regularly. Spybot Free Edition definitions are updated on a weekly basis, and can be manually updated using the Update symbol in Start Center. The Home Edition … Continue reading

Live Protection:

Live protection monitors all processes created or running on your system and scans them. Malicious processes are blocked even before they start. If you have another antivirus engine running you can choose to disable the one integrated into Spybot +AV from … Continue reading

Internet Protection:

Spybot +AV has its own web proxy server that protects your system against malicious websites and cookies. If this feature is enabled it acts as the default system proxy and access to the Internet will use the Spybot proxy. The … Continue reading

Immunization

Immunization pro-actively prevents malware from attacking your system by blocking access to sites known to contain malicious or unwanted software, blocking cookies that have just tracking purposes, and blocking browser plugins that are malware or similar. Immunization supports, next to the … Continue reading

Full Antivirus Protection

The Home, Professional, Technician and Corporate Editions of our product now include full antivirus protection. This means that our product now protects you against all kinds of malicious software. By using both antispyware and antivirus protection Spybot +AV detects adware, … Continue reading

Command Line Parameters

Command Line Parameters allow you to run components silently in the background and automate how the program behaves depending on the results obtained. Spybot allows you to use various command line parameters. The availability depends on the Spybot edition you … Continue reading

Visit our new improved Forum

As part of our service to our users Safer-Networking has always provided a free, independent forum. This forum is maintained by volunteers and Safer-Networking staff. We have now updated this forum to make it even easier to use. If you … Continue reading

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Spybot +AV for home PC users – runs on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.   Free Home Professional Detection & Prevention Full Anti-Virus protection Scans for and fixes Malware Scans for and fixes Rootkits Scans iPhone® Apps … Continue reading

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Spybot for Business users:   sbNet Corporate Technician Detection & Prevention Full Anti-Virus protection Scans for and fixes Malware Scans for and fixes Rootkits Scans iPhone® Apps Live Protection Internet Protection Immunizes System Additional Tools Startup Tools System (Registry) Repair … Continue reading

Protected Repair Environment

Protected Repair Environment When the user chooses the Protected Repair Environment, a new Windows Desktop is opened and the Start Center runs in such a way that other software cannot interact with it. This prevents keyloggers and other malware taking … Continue reading

Boot CD Creator

Boot CD Creator Boot CDs are used to do a ‘clean boot’ of your system. This allows malware detection and cleaning without the interference of malware that your  system might be infected with. This is extremely useful when targetting rootkits … Continue reading

Features

Features To find out more on the features available in Spybot +AV, you can find more details below: Finding and removing malware Scans for and fixes malware Scan iPhone apps Anti virus protection – paid editions of Spybot offer you … Continue reading

EULA for Business Users

1 Terms of Corporate Use This License Agreement (hereinafter “Agreement”) between Safer-Networking Ltd.of Millroad, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, Ireland (hereinafter Safer-Network­ing Ltd.) and the Customer (hereinafter Licensee) deals with the terms and conditions of the Licensee’s use of Spybot – Search … Continue reading

EULA for Private Users

1 Preface Our old license terms needed some legal adjustment to comply with licensing issues with third parties (e.g. the Windows PE that was used in pre-built CDs). Our Free Edition still allows private use for free, just like you … Continue reading

Technician

Spybot – Search & Destroy for technician use Why use the Technician Edition? Spybot 2 Technician Edition has been designed for single support case handling. It combines all our tools including anti virus protection into one package for the technician … Continue reading

Corporate

Spybot – Search & Destroy for corporate use Why use the Corporate Edition? Spybot 2 Corporate Edition combines all our tools including anti virus protection into one package for the business user. With our Corporate Edition you can be proactive … Continue reading

Software support for Home and Professional Edition users

Please read the FAQs first We noticed that many emails we receive ask questions, which are already answered in our FAQ-List. If you use Windows Vista or newer Windows versions, Spybot-S&D might tell you that you are not authorized to … Continue reading

Details

Spybot for private use Why use the Free Edition? If all you require is to be able to scan and remove malware and rootkits from your system. Or if you want to protect your PC by immunizing your browser and … Continue reading

How to write my own detection rules?

If you decide to create detection rules on your own, you should visit our Wiki,                          which offers an overview and descriptions to the available rules and file parameters.                    … Continue reading

How to refresh the system whitelist?

When you first install Spybot +AV you will have the option to create a whitelist. This is a list of programs that are known to be safe. This will speed up the scanning process as these files will not be … Continue reading

How to remove the system whitelist?

  You can delete the whitelist file in the Includes sub-folder of the Spybot – Search & Destroy install folder, which is by default: C:\Program Files\Spybot – Search & Destroy 2\Includes\PosSystem.sbs  

How to create a report?

You have different options to create logs with Spybot – Search & Destroy. 1. The easiest would be after a scan. After performing a System Scan with Spybot 2 you can choose “Save scan log…” from the navigation bar on … Continue reading

How do I use the quarantine feature?

If you want to restore previously removed files for whatever reason you can do this via the Quarantine module. Quarantine can be either launched via the Start Center or can also be found in SDTray’s program list. Just right click … Continue reading

How to enable/disable plugins?

You can manage the available plugins in the Settings module. You can either access the “Settings“ module via the Spybot’s Start Center (you have to switch to advanced mode previously) or via SDTray (the small Spybot – Search & Destroy … Continue reading

How to enable/disable services?

You can manage Spybot – Search & Destroy’s services in the Settings module. You can either access the “Settings“ module via the Spybot’s Start Center (you have to switch to advanced mode previously) or via SDTray (the small Spybot 2 … Continue reading

How to enable/disable non critical dialogs?

Spybot – Search & Destroy can show you plenty of assistant dialogs. If you disabled those dialogs by mistake, you can re-enable these dialogs easily via “Settings“. You can either access the “Settings“ module via the Spybot’s Start Center (you … Continue reading

How to exclude products from the search?

You can edit the ignore list in the “Settings“ module to exclude a product from further searches. In order to do so you have to run the Start Center, switch to “Advanced User Mode” and then open “Settings”. Now browse … Continue reading

How to switch to another language?

Spybot – Search & Destroy supports different languages. You can easily switch to your favorite available language. You can either access the settings module via the Spybot’s Start Center (you have to switch to advanced mode previously) or via “SDTray“ … Continue reading

How to disable the proxy?

Here is how to disable the proxy: Open the Spybot – Search & Destroy “Start Center“. Click on “Advanced User Mode” at the bottom left of the “Start Center”. Rightclick on “Settings“ and choose “Run as administrator”. Choose the tab “Internet … Continue reading

How does the new update service work?

Updates are installed automatically when using a paid Edition. Spybot – Search & Destroy will create a task to keep your Spybot 2 up to date automatically. Regardless if you are logged in as an administrator or not, thanks to … Continue reading

Why do I get a bad checksum error?

If you search for updates and a ‘bad checksum’ error is displayed, this has a simple reason – millions of people trying to download from the same server. Please try again later. Or download the updates manually. Please use the … Continue reading

What files do I need to update?

A general recommendation is that you download all updates presented when you do a “Search for updates”. Updates usually can be divided into the following categories: Essentials The files listed here are Spybot program files that are needed by Spybot … Continue reading

Why do I receive “Error retrieving update info file“?

1. The error message “Error retrieving update info file” usually appears when Spybot – Search & Destroy has accidently imported bad Internet Explorer proxy settings. In this case, it helps just to disable the proxy option in Spybot 2. You can … Continue reading

How to update?

Using a Home or higher Edition updates are automated. Spybot – Search & Destroy will create Windows task scheduler entries to keep your Spybot 2 up to date automatically. Regardless if you are logged in as an administrator or not, thanks … Continue reading

Are there any known compatibility issues?

There should be no problems with the compatibility. If there are issues concerning realtime components, you can disable Live Protection or services that could cause this conflict in Spybot’s Settings.

Why does SDCleaner/SDDelfile run on every startup?

Sometimes Spybot – Search & Destroy can not delete all files. Some files used by Windows are running in the background. If you would delete these files before the application they are involved in ends, your system might become instable. That … Continue reading

How to switch to the free version?

Once your licence has expired Spybot – Search & Destroy will show you a dialog offering three choices. If you want to continue using Spybot 2 without renewing your licence just choose “Switch to Free Edition“.

Is there any replacement for TeaTimer / Resident?

With each paid Spybot 2 Edition there is the new Live Protection available. This Live Protection monitors every process created or running on your system and scans each process. Malicious processes are blocked even before they start. If you have … Continue reading

Are there any command line parameters that can be used?

Depending on the installed version of Spybot – Search & Destroy you can use command line parameters to automate Spybot’s tasks. To get a list of the available command line parameters run cmd.exe and browse to the Spybot 2 directory. … Continue reading

What is the Repair Environment?

Executing the Repair Environment opens a new Windows Desktop in which the Start Center runs to allow the use of Spybot – Search & Destroy in a way where other software cannot interact and manipulate it as easily. The Windows … Continue reading

What is the immunization feature and what are the other permanent protection options?

Spybot – Search & Destroy offers the Immunization – a feature to allow you to immunize your computer against certain spyware. It also allows you to use native browser settings to block cookies, malware installations, bad websites and other threats … Continue reading

Why did the Whitelist link disappear (from the Start Center)?

The option to create a whitelist is only being offered on systems that are not older than 30 days. If your system has been installed more than 30 days ago, the Whitelist Creator can not be started via the Start … Continue reading

Why does the immunization “not work”?

On Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8, you need to run the immunization with elevated privileges, otherwise all global immunizations will fail. To elevate, right-click the Spybot – Search & Destroy shortcut and choose Run as Administrator. Spybot 2 … Continue reading

How to revert to a backup?

In order to revert to a registry backup, run Windows in Safe Mode. Be sure that hidden files are shown. Now execute the two files (or maybe it is just one of them) regusers.reg and reglocal.reg in the following folder: … Continue reading

Are the found items really Rootkits?

Malware sometimes uses rootkit technology to hide itself at system level. This makes it undetectable for standard tools. Our plugins help Spybot – Search & Destroy to detect this form of malware. Our Rootkit Scan tool shows anything that uses … Continue reading

How to uninstall?

Spybot – Search & Destroy will uninstall from the Windows Add/Remove Software control panel without problems. The following directories will not be removed during the uninstall procedure, if you want those folder to be deleted, you will have to remove … Continue reading

How to use Scripting?

The script editor allows you to create complex malware detection patterns using our OpenSBI syntax and the Pascal language. A most simple script that you also implement using a simple .sbi file as well would be this: begin sbiFile(‘<$FILE_DATA>’,’\Malware.txt’,’filesize=182,md5=83C36C493D7A254F9DE2ED63B3F92548′); end. … Continue reading

How can I get administrator rights under Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8?

To open Spybot as administrator, simply right click on the Spybot desktop icon or the start menu icon and click “Run as Administrator”: Then you can right-click on the module’s icon you are about to run and select “Run as administrator” … Continue reading

First Steps Tutorial

First Steps Tutorial This is a short tutorial to show you the first steps in using Spybot  – Search & Destroy. 1. Download Obviously, the first thing you need to do is download Spybot 2. There are two options to … Continue reading

How Tos

How Tos This is a collection of How Tos about Spybot – Search & Destroy 2. Please click on the topic you are interested in.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions Below is a list of FAQs concerning Spybot – Search & Destroy 2. If you do not see your question answered here try posting it on our forum.

Donate

Donate Spybot 2 is free to download for private use. Please help us to continue to provide this service that helps protect the individual’s right to privacy by making a financial contribution!

What is SDHelper?

Resident SDHelper is a second layer of protection for Internet Explorer. The immunize function blocks installers by their ActiveX ID, whereas SDHelper blocks badware that tries to enter using a different method. Thus Internet Explorer cannot download bad files. You … Continue reading

Skins

Skins are files that allow you to change the appearance of Spybot-S&D. These appearance changes are mostly color changes, so you could also call them Color Schemes instead of Skins.

Usage tracks

Usage tracks are the history of websites you visited, web pages pages you have opened, documents you have read or edited, programs you have run and other information recording your activities that is stored on your computer. This information is … Continue reading

How to make a backup

In order to revert to a registry backup, run Windows in Safe Mode. Be sure that hidden files are shown. Now execute the two files (or maybe it is just one of them) regusers.reg and reglocal.reg in the following folder: … Continue reading

How to make a recovery

Please make sure you have all updates installed. Restore the files you deleted with Spybot – Search & Destroy: Run Spybot-S&D, select Spybot-S&D → Recovery from the left bar and restore all the files and entries which are in association … Continue reading

How to uninstall

Spybot-S&D will uninstall from the Windows Add/Remove Software control panel without problems. If you want to completely get rid of Spybot-S&D and the Add/Remove does not help, you can delete the installation folder (usually C:\Program Files\Spybot – Search & Destroy\). … Continue reading

How to update

Since version 1.5 Spybot-S&D is kept up to date by the Updater, a separate tool. To start it, please click on Update in the navigation bar. If you want to, you can also click on the button Search for Updates … Continue reading

How can I monitor the scans performed on the client PCs?

Configure your email address and your account data for the SMTP server in the web interface of the ‘Spybot S&D Update and Configuration Server’ (UCS). Logs of the scans on the clients will be emailed to the email account you … Continue reading

Why do I receive the error message that there is a problem in Hijackers.sbi and I should look into the Include errors.log file?

This error usually is the result of updates you have missed or installed only partially. To solve the problem, please install all updates checked by default at least, if not all. If you do not want to use the update … Continue reading

Why do I receive the error message “ws2_32.dll missing” (and others)?

Spybot – Search & Destroy 1.4 was incompatible with Windows 95, while version 1.3 or earlier and version 1.5 and later are compatible. However, the lack of following updates usually causes problems: HTML Help 1.3 If you receive the message … Continue reading

Why do I receive the error message “No Zip File specified” when I update or fix?

This happens if you have ZipMagic from Aladdin Systems (to my knowledge it came from Ontrack before) installed. ZipMagic displays all zip files as folders, and even denies other applications access to the real zip file. To allow another application … Continue reading

Why do I receive the error message “User abort”?

Did you use a beta version of Spybot – Search&Destroy earlier? We recommend a fresh install of Spybot – Search&Destroy. Please uninstall your version of Spybot – Search&Destroy considering this information. It is important to use the very small fix … Continue reading

Why do I receive the error message “Problems in the include file (Trojans.sbi)”?

Probably you use a dated version of Spybot-S&D. Please download our current version Spybot – Search & Destroy 1.6.2. That should fix it. You will find links to several download locations on our download page.

Why do I receive the error message “Server name or address could not be resolved”?

During the installation Spybot tries to download the updates. Whenever a connection attempt to the update server fails, such a message is displayed. You can disable this function in the wizard itself. Just untick the checkbox in front of “download … Continue reading

What should I do if my Internet programs stopped working?

If a spy is removed, the application that has installed it may no longer work . Spybot-S&D is able to replace a few spies with harmless dummies, but sometimes this is not possible. In this case you should either search … Continue reading

Why are some of my favourite Internet sites blocked?

This problem may be caused by the Immunization or the bad download blocker in Spybot – Search & Destroy. Please open the Tools menu in your Internet Explorer and choose Spybot – Search Destroy Configuration. There you will find a … Continue reading

Why are there some items left to immunize?

Vista users On Vista, you need to run the immunization with elevated privileges, otherwise all global immunizations will fail. To elevate, right-click the Spybot-S&D shortcut and choose Run as Administrator. Spybot – Search & Destroy 2 will offer you to … Continue reading

Why has the number of scanned items been reduced (and now searches for only a few items)?

Probably not all file sets are activated for the scan. You can solve this problem as follows: Please run Spybot – Search & Destroy and switch to Advanced mode via the menu bar item Mode, then select Settings → File … Continue reading

Why can I no longer access my IE settings?

Internet Explorer tells you to contact your administrator when you try to access the IE settings? This can happen if you use Spybot-S&D in advanced mode and you have used the Immunize feature without reading all the text. Please start … Continue reading

How can I disable the notifications popping up when a download was blocked (e.g. Avenue A, Inc., DoubleClick)?

This message is created by the bad download blocker for IE, a tool of Spybot-S&D. Since version 1.5 the feature of the silent bad download blocker is in a different place than in older versions. Please open the Tools menu … Continue reading

Why are some products set to be ignored by default?

CDilla and SideStep are listed in the ignore products by default. Please see the topic Why are CDilla & SideStep checked in Ignore Products? in our forum.

How do I edit the Blacklist & Whitelist in resident TeaTimer?

Please right-click the Resident icon in the system tray Spybot-SD Resident and select Settings. There you will find four lists for remembered decisions (allowed/denied processes and registry changes). In order to remove an entry, just click on the cross next … Continue reading

How do I disable the TeaTimer notifications?

TeaTimer will inform you about all changes  in the registry whether they good or bad. There are so many registry keys that it is impossible to classify them by default. So the user needs to decide whether to allow it … Continue reading

What is the Resident TeaTimer?

The Resident TeaTimer is a tool of Spybot-S&D which constanty monitors the processes called/initiated. It immediately detects known malicious processes trying to start and terminates them giving you some options on how to deal with this process in the future. … Continue reading

Why is TeaTimer called TeaTimer?

We used to forget that our tea when it was brewing. This led to us having to drink cold very strong tea. To overcome this serious problem we built a small tool with a system tray icon to remind us! … Continue reading

Why does TeaTimer crash during the Windows shutdown (System Settings Protection Error Message)

Please make sure that you have the most current version of Spybot-S&D installed – version 1.6.2. To see which version number and/or updates of Spybot-S&D you are using please run Spybot-S&D and choose “Help”, “About” in the menu bar. There … Continue reading

Why does the TeaTimer use so much memory / has such a high CPU load?

When the computer is running for a long time without a standby, reboot, or shutdown sometimes memory consumption of  can slightly increase. If you think TeaTimer is consuming to much memory you could try rebooting. Usually TeaTimer will take up … Continue reading

Why do other spyware programs appear to find spies in Sypbot-S&D’s directory?

Please have a look at the path where such a program has found the spyware. As Spybot-S&D has no spyware integrated, this must be a false alarm. The reason for such a false alarm is simple: Spybot-S&D saves backups of … Continue reading

What files do I need to update?

Updates usually can be divided into the following categories: Detection updates and plugins: these updates are usually preselected when you use the updater, it is highly recommended to download them whenever there are updates available, since these are responsible for … Continue reading

Why is the integrated update not working?

The most common reason for this problem is that you need to use a proxy server to access the internet. If this is the case, the proxy server is already set up in your browser. You can check the settings … Continue reading

Why do I receive a “Socket Error”?

Please take a look at the security settings of your firewall (if you are using one) and make sure that Spybot-S&D is not blocked. If it is blocked try un-block it. That should help to get into the updates. If … Continue reading

Why do I receive: “Error Retrieving Update Info File”?

1. The error message “Error retrieving update info file” usually appears when Spybot-S&D has accidently imported bad Internet Explorer proxy settings. In this case, it helps just to disable the proxy option in Spybot-S&D: Open the Settings section and go … Continue reading

Why do I receive “update error – select files from the list”?

There was a problem with compatibility under Windows Vista. You can solve the problem as follows: 1. Download this new SDUpdate.exe. To use this beta file, extract the downloaded archive into the main application folder (usually C:\Program Files\Spybot – Search … Continue reading

Where are features like the Tools or Settings section?

If you have a fresh installation of Spybot-S&D, you may not see functions like the Tools or Settings section. Spybot-S&D has two different modes. From the menu bar item Mode you can choose between Default Mode with the basic functions … Continue reading

What is blindman.exe for?

Some of you may have noticed a new file blindman.exe inside the Spybot-S&D folder, and have asked yourself what it is for. In short words: it does nothing. I guess an explanation is needed why a file that does exactly … Continue reading

Do I need this FAQ?

Before you read this FAQ or other support documents, we would recommend that you use the updater and see if you have the most current updates for Spybot-S&D (we removed some FAQ entries for older versions to keep this FAQ … Continue reading

I have two Windows installations on my hard disk. Can I scan both at the same time?

Yes, if you have Windows 2000, XP, 2003 or Vista, Spybot-S&D does allow you to scan inactive Windows versions as well, including the registry of other installations! To scan your system including installations on other partitions, right-click the link/icon you … Continue reading

How can I get Administrator rights under Windows Vista or Windows 7?

On Windows Vista and Windows 7, Spybot-S&D might tell you that you are not authorized to perform some actions, since they require Administrator rights. You can solve this problem as follows: Right-click the Spybot – Search & Destroy entry in … Continue reading

What is the immunization feature and what are the other permanent protection options?

From version 1.2, Spybot-S&D has had a feature to allow you to immunize your computer against certain pieces of spyware. It also allows you to use native browser settings to block cookies, malware installations, bad websites and other threats. SDHelper … Continue reading

Sometimes malware problems reappear when I reboot the computer, why is this and can it be fixed?

A rootkit is a type of malware that can hide the existence of certain processes or programs. These processes or programs can evade normal methods of detection. If your computer is infected with a rootkit it will reload itself each … Continue reading

Welcome to our new website

Welcome to the new website of Safer-Networking Ltd., the home of Spybot-Search & Destroy. This new site has been many months in development. Our aim was to make it easier for our valued users to identify the product that best … Continue reading

Updates

Detection Updates Malware developers are constantly creating more sophisticated attacks and methods for avoiding detection. Our analysts work full time developing new detection rules and techniques to deal with this ever increasing number of threats. Listed on this page you … Continue reading

Detections

Please read the FAQs first We noticed that many emails we receive ask questions, which are already answered in our FAQ-List. If you use Windows Vista or newer Windows versions, Spybot-S&D might tell you that you are not authorized to … Continue reading

Software support for Free Edition users

Please read the FAQs first We noticed that many emails we receive ask questions, which are already answered in our FAQ-List. If you use Windows Vista or newer Windows versions, Spybot-S&D might tell you that you are not authorized to … Continue reading

Software support for business customers

Please read the FAQs first We noticed that many emails we receive ask questions, which are already answered in our FAQ-List. If you use Windows Vista or newer Windows versions, Spybot-S&D might tell you that you are not authorized to … Continue reading

How to update

Since version 1.5 Spybot-S&D is kept up to date by the Updater, a separate tool. To start it, please click on Update in the navigation bar. If you want to, you can also click on the button Search for Updates … Continue reading

The four columns of security for a safe online experience

Anti-Malware Obviously, you’ll find us positive about our own software for this purpose, Spybot – Search & Destroy, which should protect you well. A very important advice when downloading any anti-malware application is to check the source of the file … Continue reading

Die vier Säulen der Sicherheit für eine sichere Online-Erfahrung

Anti Malware Offensichtlich denken Sie, dass Spybot – Search & Destroy besser ist als andere Programme in dieser Richtung und Sie und Ihre Privatssphäre ausreichend schützen kann. Ein wichtiger Hinweis beim Download von Anti-Malware-Programmen ist, sich ausreichend über das Programm … Continue reading

Compatibility

Operating System Operating system Type of support Windows 8 (32/64 bit) Fully functional Windows 7 (32/64 bit) Fully functional Windows Vista (32/64 bit) Fully functional Windows 2008 Fully functional Windows 2003 Fully functional Windows XP (32/64 bit) Fully functional Windows … Continue reading

Forums

Forums Public Forum Open forum where you will find help, news & information. Spybot – Search & Destroy Business Editions Forum for commercial and institutional users of Spybot S&D.

Privacy Policy

If you connect to any web server, you transmit your Internet Protocol (IP) and some demographic information. Safer-Networking Ltd. anonymizes its visitors IP addresses so as not to collect potentially personally identifying information. Information we gather is not used for … Continue reading

RegAlyzer

RegAlyzer is a tool to browse and change the registry. It was created because of a few features we missed in the original regedit tool, from support for exotic value types over background and regular expression search to better bookmarks, displaying .reg files … Continue reading

FileAlyzer

FileAlyzer is a tool to analyze files – the name itself was initially just a typo of FileAnalyzer, but after a few days I decided to keep it. FileAlyzer allows a basic analysis of files (showing file properties and file … Continue reading

Free Software Tools

FileAlyzer© FileAlyzer is a tool to analyze files. It allows a basic analysis of files (showing file properties and file contents in hex dump form) and is able to interpret common file contents like resources structures (like text, graphics, HTML, … Continue reading

Download

Download Free Edition or Upgrade to Spybot +AV and add antivirus protection for as little as €9.99 ($13.99) Upgrade Home Users To add antivirus protection you can upgrade your Free Edition to the Home Edition for just €9.99 ($13.99). Click … Continue reading

sbNet

Spybot – Search & Destroy for corporate use Why use the sbNet? sbNet is designed for environments where computers have a permanent connection to a network. It provides two components, the Update and Configuration Server (UCS) and the Spybot 1.6 … Continue reading

Becoming a Reseller

Why become a Reseller? Generate additional revenue by selling Spybot – S&D directly or by advertising Spybot – S&D on your website. Reseller discounts mean higher margins. Recurring revenue stream. Fully automated Reseller Solution accessed through our Reseller Portal. Privileged … Continue reading

About

About Spybot – Search & Destroy® Spybot – Search & Destroy is a set of tools for finding and removing malicious software. The ‘immunization’ feature preemptively protects the browser against threats. System scans and file scans detect spyware and other … Continue reading

About

About Spybot – Search & Destroy® Spybot – Search & Destroy is a set of tools for finding and removing malicious software. The ‘immunization’ feature preemptively protects the browser against threats. System scans and file scans detect spyware and other … Continue reading