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

SDDisableProxyResult Why do I see Internet protection: basic in Spybots 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.

The ‘Proxy’ feature filters all Internet traffic thus it can reduce your browsing performance. While this provides maximum protection it can sometimes be annoying. We therefore issued an update to 2.1 and released a new Software installer (Spybot 2.1.20 SR 1). This update turns off the Proxy and so the Start Center to display “Internet protection: basic” instead of “full”.

If speed is not an issue and you want all data coming from the internet to be filtered, you can enable the proxy by opening the Start Centre selecting ‘Settings’ clicking the “Internet Protection” tab and ticking the box ‘Use Spybot proxy’.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, Known Issues, Spybot 2, Updates

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.                    You should also visit our OpenSBI forum .

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, How to, Spybot 2

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 scanned in the future unless they have been altered in some way.

30 days after the time Spybot +AV was installed this option will no longer appear in the ‘Start Center’. The reason for this happening is that it is recommended not to create a whitelist on systems that have been in use for some time as you may ‘whitelist’ files that have become infected.

If you want to refresh your whitelist and the option is no longer available in the ‘Start Center’ it can still be done manually. To do this navigate to the folder where Spybot is installed, locate the executable file ‘SDPrepPos.exe’ and run it. You will now be prompted to create a whitelist.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, How to, Spybot 2

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

 

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, How to, Spybot 2

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 the left. You can now choose where to save the log.

2. You can also start from the Start Center to create a more detailed report. After choosing the “Advanced User Mode” by ticking the checkbox to activate it you can click on “Create Report”. Make sure the lastest logs are available and are activated. Now click on “Create log archive”. The log file archive is now on your Desktop.

3. If you also want to create a HijackThis log please open the Spybot 2 Start-Center.
Choose the “Advanced User Mode” by ticking the checkbox to activate it. Now click on “Startup Tools”. If being asked what you want to do choose “Save a log file”. Go the tab “Logs”. Make sure all 10 checkboxes are ticked on top. Now click on “Create SBSD log” and “Create HJT log”. Afterwards click on the “Save” button. You can now choose where to save the log.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, How to, Spybot 2

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 on the Spybot – Search & Destroy icon in your system tray beside the Windows clock and navigate to “Basic Tools“ → “Quarantine“. Once “Quarantine“ has been started feel free to select the product you want to restore and hit “Restore selected“.
If you want to get rid of fixed entries permanently just hit the purge selected button.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, Spybot 2

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 versions of Spybot 2

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, General Questions, Spybot 2

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 icon beside your systems clock in the taskbar) → “Advanced Tools“ → “Settings“. Once “Settings“ has been opened switch to the “System Integration“ tab. Via the buttons to the right you can install or uninstall those plugins.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, How to, Spybot 2

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 icon beside your systems clock in the taskbar) → “Advanced Tools“ → “Settings“.
Once “Settings“ has been opened switch to the “System Services“ tab. Depending on your operating system you can change the status via a drop down menu (Windows Vista and higher).
If you are running Windows XP you can “Start“ or “Stop“ the services via the button to the right.
If you want to un-/install a service, just right click and select “Un-/Install“. With the checkbox “Active after every reboot“ you can change the service’s behavior on system start. Beside the configuration options in the Settings module, you can also edit the Services via the Windows service management console.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, How to, Spybot 2

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 have to switch to advanced mode previously) or via “SDTray“ (the small Spybot 2 icon beside your systems clock in the taskbar) → “Advanced Tools“ → “Settings“. Once Settings has been opened switch to the “Dialogs“ tab and make sure the checkbox “Show various non-critical dialogs“ has been marked.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, How to, Spybot 2

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 to the “Ignore List“ tab. Via the “Add“ button you will get a list of products to be excluded. Just select the product you want to exclude and hit “OK“.
Settings can also be launched via SDTray (the small Spybot – Search & Destroy icon beside your systems clock in the taskbar).

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, General Questions, How to, Spybot 2

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“ (the small Spybot 2 icon beside your systems clock in the taskbar) → “Advanced Tools“ → “Settings“.
Once “Settings“ has been opened switch to the “Language“ tab and click on the desired language.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, How to, Spybot 2

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 Protection”.
  • Here you can untick the checkbox in front of “Use Spybot proxy”.

You can also access this setting by choosing “Configure Proxy“ in the “Updater“ menu on the left.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, How to, Spybot 2, Updates

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 the Update Service Spybot 2 will be able to update every file without any further interaction.
To have a look or change the scheduler entries, please open the Updater and select “Configure schedules” from the navigation bar on the left.
You can also access this setting by opening the Start Center,clicking on Settings and choosing the tab Schedule.
Here you can Add, Edit or Remove Scheduler entries. It is recommended to use the default entries here that have been created by Spybot 2.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, Spybot 2, Updates

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 Spybot – Search & Destroy program folder as Destination Folder to store the update:
(by default)
Windows XP: C:\Program Files\Spybot – Search & Destroy 2
Windows Vista or Windows 7 or Windows 8: C:\Programs (x86)\Spybot – Search & Destroy 2

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, Spybot 2, Updates

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 freezed up, it’s just delayed. There are a few solutions for this problem:
1. Wait a minute, it should be active again.
2. You can still use the manual updater.
Download the current one and install it, and you’ll be up-to-date. Here is the direct-update-link where you can reach the latest update everytime.
Please use the Spybot 2 program folder as Destination Folder to store the update, by default:
Windows XP: C:\Program Files\Spybot – Search & Destroy 2
Windows Vista or Windows 7 or Windows 8: C:\Programs (x86)\Spybot – Search & Destroy 2

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, Spybot 2, Updates

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 to run properly. It is highly recommended to download files suggested for download in this section.

Support
These files are also important to be kept up to date. They are used e.g. for the Whitelisting.

Detection updates :
Responsible for the detection rate are these files. That is why it is highly recommended to download them whenever there are updates available.
These are usually named:
Detection rules, Advanced detection library, Detection support library or Some plugin.

Help updates:
As the name already indicates, these are for those who like to read up some information on Spybot 2.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, Spybot 2, Updates

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 access this setting by choosing “Configure Proxy“ in the Updater menu on the left. Or you open the Spybot 2 “Start Center“ and click on “Settings“. Choose the tab “Internet Protection“. Here you can deselect “Use Spybot Proxy“. Now click “Apply“ and “OK“.

2. Please check your firewall.
Most people who do not have problem #1 do have Spybot 2 accidentally blocked in their firewall.

3. If nothing else works, you can still use the manual updater, which is available on the website:  Detection Updates

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, Spybot 2, Updates

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 to our Update Service Spybot 2 will be able to update every file without any further interaction from you. Of course manually updates like in the Free Edition are possible, too.
To perform the updates manually:
Please open the “Spybot 2 Start Center” by double clicking. Now activate the “Advanced User Mode” at the bottom by ticking the check-box. Under “Advanced Tools” you will find “Update” which you can simply tick.
Here you have two options:
You can use the “Update” button on the lower right or choose “Update” through the menu on the left. You also have the possibility to start the Updates through the Spybot 2 tray icon (on the lower right of your Desktop beneath your clock). Just rightclick the Spybot 2 tray icon and choose “Update”.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, How to, Spybot 2, Updates

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.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, Spybot 2

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 is the reason why you sometimes have to restart your system to complete the cleaning process.
In this case the SDCleaner/SDDelfile destroys the found items, before they are activated. If you do not want this option you can easily disable it in the SDCleaner itself. Go to the Spybot 2 folder, by default:
Windows XP: C:\Program Files\Spybot – Search & Destroy 2
Windows Vista or Windows 7 or Windows 8: C:\Programs (x86)\Spybot – Search & Destroy 2
and open the SDCleaner.exe.

Uncheck the checkbox in front of “Run cleaner on system startup”.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, General Questions, Spybot 2

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“.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, General Questions, How to, Spybot 2

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 another antivirus engine running you can choose to disable Live Protection.
Live Protection allows the user to choose to run or suppress any starting process.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, Spybot 2

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 8.1 systems.

 

 

 

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, General Questions, Spybot 2

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.
That is by default for Windows XP:
C:\Program Files\Spybot – Search & Destroy 2
and for Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8:
C:\Programs (x86)\Spybot – Search & Destroy 2

Now type “modulename.exe /help”, e.g.“SDScan.exe /help“.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, Spybot 2

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 quarantine files of the problems you have fixed, to make it possible to recover them in case something has stopped working after the fix.
If the file found is in the Quarantine directory which would be here:

Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Spybot-Search & Destroy\Quarantine

Windows Vista or Windows 7 or Windows 8: C:\Users\All Users\Spybot-Search & Destroy\Quarantine

it is such a quarantine file. It is no longer of any harm, as the file cannot be started anymore.
But once you are sure you do not need the backup, go to the Quarantine section inside Spybot 2 and purge those files.
Current versions compress the quarantine files into password-protected zip archives,
thus avoiding other spyware applications will give false alarms.
Some programs might notify you that they cannot access these zip archives – this can easily be ignored.

As the quarantine files are named after the threat some programs might also naively detect the backups as threats just because of the file name. This can also be ignored.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, Spybot 2

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 will automatically scan all registry and drives it can find. Furthermore we have our own bootable edition.
Spybot 2 Personal Edition includes the BootCD Creator which makes creating a Boot CD child’s play.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, Spybot 2

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 run only one AV solution.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, Spybot 2

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 Login screen and the User Account Control dialogs use the same technology to prevent keyloggers and other malware to have access and control.
A practical use of the Repair Environment would be where Spybot 2 itself cannot be started any more, where it repeatedly closes out of the blue, seems to take actions on its own, or where malware that is known to exist on the system and that is known to be detectable does not appear in Spybot’s results.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, Spybot 2

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 to bring to your attention that someone or something disabled one or more notifications in the Windows Security Center, e.g. the notifications that your virus protection is not active or not up-to-date.
If you changed the settings yourself you can safely tell Spybot 2 to exclude those detections from further scans.
In order to do so you have to run the Start Center, switch to advance mode and start Settings.
Now browse to the “Ignore List“ tab. Via the “Add“ button you will get a list of products to be excluded. Just select the product you want to exclude and hit “OK“.
Settings can also be launched via SDTray (the small Spybot 2 icon beside your systems clock in the taskbar).
The same is true if you have another security solution installed (like McAfee Security Center or Norton Internet Security).
These programs disable announcements of Window Security Center in order to signal things by themselves.
The reason why the changes are flagged by Spybot 2 is that there are also malware programs that disable the notifications so the user does not take note of his security tools not being effective.
More information is available in our forum: Windows Security Center

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, Detections, Spybot 2

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 tracks and Cookies.
In order to do so you have to run the Start Center, switch to advance mode and start Settings.
Now browse to the “Categories“ tab. Here untick the checkboxes in front of “Malware detection -  Cookies.sbi“ and “Usage Tracks – Tracks.uti“.
Afterwards hit “Apply“ and “OK“. Settings can also be launched via SDTray
(the small Spybot 2 icon beside your systems clock in the taskbar).
4. If this does not help, please delete the contents of your Windows temp folder and try it again.
5. Also, you might want to disable the “Create system restore point“ when fixing spyware/usage tracks option.
Therefore run the Start Center, switch to advance mode and start Settings.
Now browse to the “Dialogs“ tab. Disable the checkboxes in front of Cleaner:
“Offer to create a system restore point.“ and “Create restore point if dialog not shown.“.
Afterwards hit “Apply“ and “OK“.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, General Questions, Spybot 2

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 data beside sending you what they think is what you want.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, Detections, Spybot 2

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 via ActiveX.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, General Questions, Immunization, Spybot 2

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 versions are likely to be supported depending what changes have been made to them.
Unlisted browsers that are clones of listed browsers are also likely to be supported
(e.g. most IE based browsers and many Google Chrome variants use the same cache location and formats).

Internet Explorer & clones

Mozilla based browsers

Opera browsers

Opera (4, 6.x, 7.x, 8.x, 9.x, 10.x)

Webkit based browsers

Other browsers

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, General Questions, Spybot 2

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 Center. If you still want to create a whitelist you can use the ‘SDPrepPos’ in the Spybot – Search & Destroy program folder, by default:
Windows XP: C:\Program Files\Spybot – Search & Destroy 2
Windows Vista or Windows 7 or Windows 8: C:\Programs (x86)\Spybot – Search & Destroy 2

Warning:
A Whitelist should only be created on a system that is known to be uninfected.
We recommend that you only use it on a new system, after all software has been set up,
but before connecting it to the Internet.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, Spybot 2, Start Center

Why are some of my favourite internet sites blocked?

In that case the immunization has to be undone. To do so run the Start Center and click on “Immunization“. On the navigation bar on the left you can “Undo immunization“.
Please note: Now the bad downloads will not be blocked any longer! You may have to restart your computer. Then try again to open your favourite pages. Do not forget to Immunize again after visiting that page.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, Immunization, Spybot 2

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 will offer you to run the Immunization elevated if you do not run it as described above.
If you have chosen to not have this dialog shown again when it was previously shown,
you can re-enable it by using the Dialogs tab of the Settings window.Immu Check System 300x225 Why does the immunization not work?

If you think nothing has been immunized, please make sure you have clicked on “Check system” which can be found on the navigation bar on the left. This will check for already applied immunization.

In order to immunize correctly please close all open browsers.
Also using more than one security software with resident protection can cause conflicts.
Please take a look at this thread in our forum: Various reasons for incomplete immunization

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, Immunization, Spybot 2

Why did the Startup Tools assistant dialog disappear?

This dialog will only be displayed for a limited period of time.
Once Startup Tools has finished loading all registry and file details,
the dialog will disappear and Startup Tools will switch to the main window.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, Spybot 2, Start Center

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:

Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Spybot – Search & Destroy\Backups\

Windows Vista or Windows 7 or Windows 8: C:\ProgramData\Spybot – Search & Destroy\Backups\

Answer Yes when prompted to add its contents to the Registry.
Subsequent please reboot.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, General Questions, How to, Spybot 2

How to download Spybot – Search & Destroy?

There are two options to download Spybot 2:

  1. 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 they all contain the same data.
  2. You can also choose the direct installation file.

Please search for new updates after installing Spybot 2.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, How to, Spybot 2, Updates

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 certain rootkit technologies. But items with rootkit properties detected here are not necessarily malware. Sometimes, legit software uses rootkit technologies to hide registration data or other
information it does not want the user to see in any case. So please keep in mind that a Rootkit Scan only flags suspicious stuff, not identifying just bad stuff. If you get ‘No admin in ACL’ this thread in our forum should help explaining. If you are not sure about the found items, please ask for ‘help’ in our RootAlyzer Forum before you delete anything. The deletion is final and can not be recovered through the Quarantine. If you still want to remove the found items it is strongly recommended to create a system restore point before doing that.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, Detections, RootAlyzer, Spybot 2

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 them by hand:

Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Spybot – Search & Destroy\
Windows Vista or Windows 7 or Windows 8: C:\ProgramData\Spybot – Search & Destroy (Please note that the Application Data Folder is hidden. So if you cannot find this folder please check your folder properties.)

Explanation: this folder contains the backup (the quarantined files) that Spybot 2 creates. If the Uninstall would remove this folder as well, this would mean that those backups would be gone. We saw it a few times that new users uninstalled Spybot 2 in panic after they have experienced a small problem, thus removing the backup that would have undone any changes.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, How to, Spybot 2

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.

Now imagine you want some user input or custom calculation, because malware is individual to your system.

var sName, sFilename: String;
begin
    InputQuery(‘Username’, ‘Please enter’, sName);
    sFilename := ‘C:\Users\’ + sName + ‘\test.txt’;
    sbiFile(‘test’, sFilename, ‘filesize=10′);
    ShowMessage(‘Did look for ‘ + sFilename);
end.

This demonstrates interaction with the user. In reality, you could of course just use the proper path template for scanning all users directories (see the OpenSBI Wiki). Also, the use of scripting will be more in complex calculations and conditions than user interaction.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, Detections, General Questions, How to, Spybot 2

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”:

Admin Rights1 300x175 How can I get administrator rights under Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8?

Then you can right-click on the module’s icon you are about to run and select “Run as administrator”

.admin rights1 300x277 How can I get administrator rights under Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8?

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, General Questions, Spybot 2, Start Center

How to renew my licence?

Once your licence is about to expire there are different ways to easily get a renewal. You can either use our order form or run the Start Center and select “Renew licence” in the “Your licence is expiring soon” dialog.

FAQ Category: 2.0 only, General Questions, How to, Spybot 2, Start Center