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Spybot 2.5 and Scanner 2.6

Spybot version 2.4 is the most recent version of Spybot available on our website. Users of the Windows 10 Operating System may encounter issues using this version of Spybot, so we have included files in Spybot’s updates to allow users … Continue reading

Error Sending Request: Error message displayed when downloading and installing Spybot 2

The “Error Sending Request :” error ususally occurs when the license installer tries and fails to download the Spybot program. To solve this, you can manually download Spybot using the link below: If you are using Windows Vista or XP, … Continue reading

Spybot – Search & Destroy 1.6.2 Free Download

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Spybot 1.6.2 Mirror 3

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Spybot 1.6.2 Mirror 2

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Spybot 1.6.2 Mirror 1

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 system scan freezes at Zlob.ZipCodec

This problem was caused by a minor issue in the Spybot program. We are now providing a small installer that will correct this issue on your PC. Symptoms: – The scan proceeds as normal, but will stop progressing at Zlob.ZipCodec … Continue reading

Spybot 2.4 Free Download

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Running Spybot and Windows Defender – Windows 10

User of Windows 10 may have noticed that Windows Defender will stop running in Windows 10 when Spybot is installed. Windows will disable this program if it detects another antivirus program on your PC in order to prevent conflict between … Continue reading

Spybot 2.5 Prompt – Post Windows 10 Spybot-install

If you have installed Spybot recently, you may have noticed the appearance of a “Post Windows 10 Spybot-install” file on your Desktop after installation. What is it? This file was included in our updates for users upgrading to Windows 10. … Continue reading

Spybot – Search & Destroy Update Failed

If your issue has begun since upgrading to Windows 10, or installing a new update for Windows 10, see here. — The Spybot updater can fail from time to time on its 1st attempt to donwload the latest updates. Please … Continue reading

Windows 10 Installation/Upgrade/Update Removed Spybot

If your copy of Spybot was not reinstalled correctly during the upgrade/update process to Windows 10, you can uninstall and reinstall Spybot using the instructions below to see if this solves your issue. Please open our uninstall tool page. Here, … Continue reading

Spybot Anti-Beacon Analysis and Tutorial

Some users of Spybot Anti-Beacon may be happy to learn that Youtube user Barnacules Nerdgasm has recently released an informative tutorial about disabling telemetry in Windows 10. In this video, Barnacules installs Spybot Anti-Beacon, and provides a detailed walkthrough of … Continue reading

How do I open Spybot with Administrator privileges?

Windows may sometimes tell you that you are not allowed to operate at the administrator level when you try to run a program. You can solve this problem as follows: – Open Spybot by right-clicking on the Spybot icon and … Continue reading

How do I check my Spybot version?

To check your Spybot version, open the Spybot Start Center. Under the Spybot logo on the top left corner of the Start Center, you should see the Spybot Edition written in blue writing. If you are a licensed user you … Continue reading

How do I view Spybot Help?

To view Spybot Help, open Spybot’s Start Center and click on “Help” in the top left corner of the Start Center. This will open the Spybot Help file.

How do I view the Spybot License Agreement?

To view the Spybot License Agreement with Spybot installed, you can go to: Start Center > Help (top left corner of the Start Center) > About Start Center > License Two versions of this can also be found on our … Continue reading

How do I schedule updates in Spybot 2?

To schedule Updates: – Open Spybot’s “Start Center” by right-clicking on the Spybot icon and choosing the option to “Run as administrator”. – Go to “Settings” (tick “Advanced User Mode” if you do not see “Settings”). – Go to “Schedule”. … Continue reading

How do I view the update log in Spybot 2?

To view the Update Log: – Open Spybot by right-clicking on the Spybot icon and click “Run as Administrator”. – Click “Advanced User Mode”. – Click on “Update”. – Click on “Show Update Log”. This open the Update.log file.

Can I manually download Updates for Spybot 2?

It is possible to manually download the antispyware definitions. You can download the manual update file from here: https://www.safer-networking.org/updates/files/spybotsd_includes.exe When you run the file it will ask you to select a folder. Please select the Spybot program folder: C:\Program Files … Continue reading

How do I update Spybot 2?

To Update Spybot: – Open Spybot by right-clicking on the Spybot icon and click “Run as Administrator”. – Click “Advanced User Mode”. – Click on “Update”. This will open a separate Update Window, which will search for new updates. If … Continue reading

Why do I need to Update Spybot 2?

It is important to update Spybot regularly to ensure that you have all of the latest definition updates installed on your PC. By having the latest defitition updates installed, it means you are better protected and more likely to detect … Continue reading

How do I scan other hard drives with Spybot?

To scan other drives with Spybot, please do the following: – Open Spybot by right-clicking on the Spybot icon and choosing the option to “Run as administrator”. – Click on “System Scan”. – A System Scan window will open and … Continue reading

After installing Spybot 2 +AV, my PC is running extremely slow

This could possibly be caused by Spybot’s Live Protection. This scans all programs before they start to prevent any infections or threats from entering your system. The benefit of this is that it keeps your system free from malware and … Continue reading

After installing Spybot 2 +AV, certain programs won’t open or the internet seems slower

This could possibly be caused by Spybot’s Live Protection. This scans all programs before they start to prevent any infections or threats from entering your system. The benefit of this is that it keeps your system free from malware and … Continue reading

How do I download Spybot 2 – Search & Destroy?

To download Spybot 2: Please go to our Downloads page, where you can download Spybot 2 from one of our trusted mirror sites. These mirrors allow you to securely download Spybot 2 from one our partners. https://www.safer-networking.org/mirrors/ Alternatively, you can … Continue reading

How do I install Spybot 2 – Search & Destroy?

To begin the installation of Spybot, double click on the “spybot-2.4.exe” file. You will then be asked to select your desired language for the installation. Once you have selected the desired language, the installation wizard will begin. Please follow the … Continue reading

How do I install my Spybot license?

Please download the “spybot2-license.exe” file which you should have received in an email, shortly after purchasing Spybot. If you did not receive your Spybot license please go to the link below: https://www.safer-networking.org/contact/resend-license/ Please run the file to begin the installation. … Continue reading

How do I uninstall Spybot 2 – Search & Destroy?

To uninstall Spybot 2, go to the “Programs & Features” section of the Windows Control Panel. – Open the Start Menu. – Type “Control Panel” into the search box. – Click on “Small Icons” in the “View by” dropdown menu. … Continue reading

How do I upgrade to the latest version of Spybot 2?

To upgrade to the latest version of Spybot, please download the Spybot installer from here: http://spybot-mirror.com/files/spybot-2.4.exe When you run the installer it will detect the older installation of Spybot and ask you to uninstall it. This will run the uninstall … Continue reading

How do I reinstall Spybot 2?

To reinstall Spybot, please download the Spybot installer from here: http://spybot-mirror.com/files/spybot-2.4.exe When you run the installer it will detect the older installation of Spybot and ask you to uninstall it. This will run the uninstall wizard. Once you have uninstalled … Continue reading

When I try to uninstall Spybot it says that the unins000.msg / unins000.exe file(s) is missing. How do I replace it?

It is possible that the unins000.msg/unins000.exe file(s) was mistakenly deleted by another security program or the file(s) has become corrupted. To replace the file(s), you can download them for our Download Missing Files page: Missing Files Once you have downloaded the … Continue reading

Spybot Anti-Beacon Privacy-Protection Tool

Spybot Anti-Beacon is a simple, portable and free tool built by Safer-Networking Ltd. It was designed to disable the various tracking (telemetry) features present in Windows 10. It has since been modified to disable similar tracking functionality in Windows 7, … Continue reading

Why choose Spybot Anti-Beacon?

It’s sincere – Spybot Anti-Beacon is transparent and open in what it does, listing details of the changes it makes to your system for those interested. It’s affordable – Actually, it’s free! And it’s created by a passionate, privacy-concerned team. … Continue reading

Why do I need Spybot Anti-Beacon?

We at Safer-Networking Ltd respect Microsoft’s wish to get feedback from users to improve their operating system, but we firmly believe it is the user’s right to choose how much of their data they wish to share. While Microsoft have … Continue reading

What is Spybot Anti-Beacon?

Spybot Anti-Beacon is a small utility designed to block and stop the various tracking (aka telemetry) issues that come with Windows. Seeing the bunch of incomplete or broken scripts to disable tracking in Windows 10, and the tools that install … Continue reading

Spybot Anti-Beacon

Spybot Anti-Beacon is a standalone tool which was designed to block and stop the various tracking (telemetry) issues present in Windows 10. It has since been modified to block similar tracking functionality in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 … Continue reading

Spybot 1.6 and sbNet Update Issue

Update (24-08-15): This issue has since been resolved. We are currently experiencing issues providing our latest updates for Spybot 1.6 and sbNet Business Edition users. We are working on this around the clock and expect to have this problem fixed … Continue reading

Spybot 2.5 Compatibility

Spybot 2.5 is soon to be released for download. While it may look the same as version 2.4, there have been some changes made to this version to ensure compatibility with Microsoft’s new Windows 10. Unfortunately, these changes mean Spybot … Continue reading

Spybot 2.4 and Windows 10

Spybot 2.4 runs fine on current Windows 10 test versions, even if the Windows Upgrade Advisor advises otherwise. Microsoft has announced, on a page no longer online, that they will uninstall antimalware software on an Windows 10 upgrade, and re-install … Continue reading

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Spybot in Croatian is here!

Your favourite antivirus and anti-malware internet security software, Spybot – Search and Destroy, is now available in Croatian! To change to the language settings within Spybot select ‘Advanced User Mode’, choose Settings/Language and select your language from the list. Spybot … Continue reading

Spybot will soon be available in Croatian

We will soon be adding Croatian to the list of languages that Spybot is provided in. For all the Croatian-speaking people who have been waiting anxiously for this, we are proud to say that your favourite antivirus and anti-malware software … Continue reading

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.

How to start your system using Spybot’s Boot CD?

The Boot CD Creator 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 inserted, others do have this feature disabled to protect the … 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

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

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 2 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 2 own mirror 1

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

In which languages is Spybot – Search & Destroy available?

Spybot 2.4 is currently available in the following languages: English Croatian French German Hungarian Italian Polish Russian Spanish Ukrainian Spybot 2 is also being translated into other languages by volunteers, which will take some time. Other languages will be added … 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): 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 either partners who provide servers to host Spybot, or our own servers. You can download from any of these, … Continue reading

How to Uninstall Spybot 2

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

Spybot 2 First Steps Tutorial

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

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

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

Spybot – Search & Destroy 1.6 Free Download

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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 to Uninstall Spybot 1.6

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 Spybot

Updating Spybot 1.6: 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 … 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 Spybot Update and Configuration Server not work?

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 … Continue reading

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

Manual Removal Guide for Ad.BrowseBeyond

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.BrowseBeyond” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.YiqilaiLyrics

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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.Yawtix

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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.AdvanceMark

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.AdvanceMark” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.Adanak

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.Adanak” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.WebSparkle

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.WebSparkle” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.SerialTrunc

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.SerialTrunc” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.BlindBat

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.BlindBat” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Fraud.WinIFixer

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Fraud.WinIFixer” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Fraud.MalwarePatrolPRO

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Fraud.MalwarePatrolPRO” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.PursuePoint

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.PursuePoint” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.GearScroll

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.GearScroll” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.Albrechto

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Payment System Issues 2016-04-20

Please note that if you tried to purchase a Spybot license in the last 24 hours, your order may not have been processed properly due to technical issues with our payment system. If you encountered this issue, your license request … Continue reading

How do I disable tracking cookies?

You can disable tracking cookies from the System Scan window: – Open Spybot by right-clicking on the Spybot icon and choosing the option to “Run as administrator”. – Go to System Scan. – The System Scan window will open and … Continue reading

Bitdefender Threat Scanner.dmp

If you receiving the following message, it is possible that one of Spybot’s files has become corrupted and needs to be replaced. Please go to the Spybot program folder and check if a 32kB “SDAV.dll” file is present. C:\Program Files … Continue reading

Manual Removal Guide for Win32.BHO.acsi

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Win32.BHO.acsi” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.ClingClang

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.ClingClang” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.QvodPlayer

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.QvodPlayer” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.Okiitan

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.Okiitan” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.Larparus

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.Larparus” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.FindRight

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.FindRight” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for PU.PrivacyPlus

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “PU.PrivacyPlus” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.WebFrog

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.WebFrog” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.ViewPlay

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.ViewPlay” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.UtilDanawa

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.UtilDanawa” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.SearchFoot

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.SearchFoot” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.MarketResearchHelper

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.MarketResearchHelper” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.LinkiDoo

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.LinkiDoo” manually.
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Fix for System Scan freeze on Zlob.ZipCodec

Many users have recently been affected by a feature in the Spybot program that caused the scanner to freeze on the final file of the scan, and the “Settings” button in the Start Center to become unresponsive. We are happy … Continue reading

Manual Removal Guide for Ad.ResultsAlpha

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.ResultsAlpha” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Win32.Kazy

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Win32.Kazy” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.Outobox

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.Outobox” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.InfoTrigger

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.InfoTrigger” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.DoughGo

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.DoughGo” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.SeekApp

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.SeekApp” manually.
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Unlimited Reinstallations

The Technician’s Edition of Spybot is the only license type that is provided with unlimited reinstallations for a year from the date purchased. This is perfect for Technicians, technical support staff, etc, who would like to purchase a licensed copy … Continue reading

Manual Removal Guide for Ad.ViewPlay

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.ViewPlay” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.BeatTool

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.BeatTool” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Win32.DarkKomet

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Win32.DarkKomet” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.SwiftBrowse

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.SwiftBrowse” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.RavingReyven

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.RavingReyven” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.GrooveDock

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.GrooveDock” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.SizlSearch

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.SizlSearch” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.Laflurla

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.Laflurla” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for PU.PassFinder

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “PU.PassFinder” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.Utilocean

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.Utilocean” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.ProductivityPro

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.ProductivityPro” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.PigSearch

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.PigSearch” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.Norpalla

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.Norpalla” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.Zebar

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.Zebar” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.Yulasee

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.Yulasee” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.WebGet

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.WebGet” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.WebFrog

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.WebFrog” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.GreenerWeb

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.GreenerWeb” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.GooterNet

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.GooterNet” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.DizzyDing

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.DizzyDing” manually.
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Manual Removal Guide for Ad.BuzzIt

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of “Ad.BuzzIt” manually.
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License System Issues (Fixed)

We are currently experiencing technical issues with our licensing system. We apologise to any customers who have been inconvenienced by this issue. If you have purchased Spybot from our website recently but your license was not generated or emailed to … Continue reading

SnapFiles Review

SnapFiles is a website which provides reviews and compiles lists of the best technology products in areas such as Network Security. Their review of Spybot can be found here: Review

FileForum Review

Fileforum is a website which provides reviews for technology products. Their review of Spybot can be found here: Review

GoodGearGuide Review

GoodGearGuide is an Australian website which specialises in technology news and reviews. Their review of Spybot can be found here: Review

SiteJabber Review

SiteJabber is a web-based platform for consumers to find trustworthy online businesses and avoid scams. Their review of Spybot can be found here: Review

CNET Review

CNET (stylized as c|net) is an American media website that publishes reviews, news, articles, blogs, podcasts and videos on technology and consumer electronics globally. Their review of Spybot can be found here: Review

Spiceworks Review

Spiceworks is an online community where users can collaborate and seek advice from one another and also engage in a marketplace to purchase IT-related services and products. The network is estimated to be used by more than six million IT … Continue reading

What is the Start Center?

The Start Center is the home of all of Spybot’s tools and features. This is the main window you see when you open Spybot. Here, the options are categorized as Basic, Advanced and Extra tools (such as System Scan or … Continue reading

What is Advanced User Mode?

Advanced User Mode allows you to view all of Spybot’s tools and features from within the Start Center. When you open the Spybot Start Center, by default, only the Basic tools are shown. This is designed for simple users who … Continue reading

It always says “This software is being updated” in the Start Center / System Tray

It states in the Start Center / System Tray “This software is being updated” because in the Licensed Editions of Spybot, the updates are performed automatically through a scheduled task. This message does not mean Spybot is downloading or installing … Continue reading

The update service has stopped. How do I start it again?

If you receive a message telling you that the Update Service has stopped, you must re-enable the service. To enable the Update Service: – Open Spybot by right-clicking on the Spybot icon, and choosing the option to “Run as Administrator”. … Continue reading

How do I perform a System Scan?

To perform a System Scan please do the following: – Open Spybot by right-clicking on the Spybot Start Center icon and click “Run as Administrator” – Click on System Scan. This will open a new System Scan window and the … Continue reading

The detected items were not removed during the scan. How do I remove these items?

If the detected items were not removed by a scan, you can try to remove them again by running SDCleaner manually. – Navigate to the Spybot program folder: C:\Program Files (x86)\Spybot – Search & Destroy 2 – Right-click the file … Continue reading

The System Scan did not detect any threats on my machine. What can I do?

If the System Scan did not detect any items on your machine, it is possible that you have not installed all of the latest updates. Please download and install Spybot’s latest definition updates: – Open Spybot by right-clicking on the … Continue reading

How do I view previous scan results?

You can view previous scan results by opening SDCleaner.exe: – Navigate to the Spybot program directory then run SDCleaner.exe: C:\Program Files (x86)\Spybot – Search & Destroy 2 Or for 32-bit PCs: C:\Program Files\Spybot – Search & Destroy 2 – Right-click … Continue reading

How do I scan different drives on my PC?

There are two ways to scan different drives, such as external drives or networked PCs: If you wish to include the entire drive in your scan, go to: Start Center > System Scan In the “System Scan” window, click “Stop … Continue reading

How do I schedule a System Scan?

Note: *  Task Scheduling is only available in the licensed editions of Spybot By default, the System Scan is set to run on (Default Setting). To schedule a System Scan: – Open Spybot’s “Start Center” by right-clicking on the Spybot … Continue reading

How do I scan all user accounts on my PC?

To scan all user accounts on your machine: – Open Spybot’s “Start Center” by right-clicking on the icon  and choosing “Run as administrator”. – Click “Advanced User Mode”. – Go to “Settings”. – Go to the “Scope” tab and select “Scan … Continue reading

How to enable/disable System Services?

You can enable or disable Spybot System Services from within Spybot – S&D’s Settings:  – Open Spybot by right-clicking on the Spybot icon, and choosing the option to “Run as Administrator”. – Tick “Advanced User Mode” in the Start Center. … Continue reading

What is Live Protection?

Live Protection is Spybot’s Real-Time Protection. This scans all programs before they start to prevent any infections or threats from entering your system. This helps to keep to your PC clean from malware and is the 1st line of defense … Continue reading

How do I disable Live Protection?

To disable Live Protection: – Open Spybot by right-clicking on the Spybot icon and clicking “Run as administrator”. – Click on the Live Protection status in the Start Center. – This will open the Live Protection Settings window. – Untick … Continue reading

What is Live Protection : Partial?

Live Protection : Partial means that Spybot will no longer “Scan all programs before they start”. This means that Spybot will no longer scan all new process when they begin on your PC. It will still continue scan any active … Continue reading

What is SDONACCESS.exe?

SDONACCESS.exe is the file that is related to Spybot’s Live Protection. This is the process that scans all programs before they start.

How do I enable Live Protection?

To enable Live Protection: – Open Spybot by right-clicking on the Spybot icon and choosing the option to “Run as administrator”. – Click on the Live Protection status in the Start Center. This will open up the Live Protection Settings. … Continue reading

Live Protection is conflicting with my other AV Program.

If you are using another antivirus program that contains Live Protection, Real-time Protection or some equivalent, this could be conflicting with Spybot’s Live Protection and causing your issue. You can avoid this by disabling Live Protection on either Spybot or … Continue reading

How do I restore previously removed items?

If you want to restore previously removed items for whatever reason you can do this using Spybot’s “Quarantine“. – Open Spybot by right clicking on the Spybot icon and choosing the option to “Run as Administrator”. – Go to Quarantine. … Continue reading

What is the Quarantine?

The Quarantine feature allows you to view all of the previously detected items that were removed during a System Scan. These files have been moved to a quarantined location on your PC which prevents them from posing a security threat … Continue reading

What does Purge Old do?

Purge Old allows you to completely remove items from your system. When you click on “Purge Old” a window will open allowing you to select a date. The date you select determines which files will be deleted. – Open Spybot … Continue reading

What does Purge Selected do?

You can remove items completely from your system by Purging the selected items: – Open Spybot’s “Start Center” by right clicking on the icon  and choosing  “Run as administrator”. – Go to “Quarantine”. – Select the items you wish to … Continue reading

How do I view the Quarantine log?

To view the Quarantine log: – Open Spybot’s “Start Center” by right-clicking on the icon and choosing the option to “Run as administrator”. – Go to “Quarantine”. – Click on “Show repair logs”.

How do I restore previously removed files that are in Quarantine?

If you want to restore previously removed files for whatever reason you can do this using Spybot’s “Quarantine“. Quarantine can be either launched via the Start Center. – Open Spybot by right clicking on the Spybot icon and click “Run … Continue reading

What is the File Scan?

The File Scan is an on demand tool that allows you to scan single files and folders on your PC. The File Scan uses the same detection signatures to search for malware, including viruses in licensed editions, as the System … Continue reading

How do I scan a file using File Scan?

To scan a file using the File Scan, please open File Scan window. – Open Spybot by right clicking on the Spybot icon and choosing “Run as Administrator”. – Got to File Scan. This will open the File Scan in … Continue reading

How do I scan a folder using the File Scan?

To scan a folder using the File Scan, please open then “File Scan” window from the Start Center. – Open Spybot by right-clicking on the Spybot icon and choosing “Run as Administrator”. – Go to File Scan. This will open … Continue reading

What is Immunization?

The Immunization feature provides Internet Protection by preventing users from entering malicious, untrusted or potentially dangerous websites. This is done by adding malicious entries to the Windows hosts file. It also prevents tracking cookies from entering your system and blocks … Continue reading

How do I perform Immunization?

To perform Immunization: – Open Spybot’s “Start Center” by right clicking on the icon  and choosing  “Run as administrator”. – Go to “Immunization” – Click “Check System”, then click “Apply Immunization”.

When I run Immunization it says items are still unprotected. How do I fix this?

You need to run the immunization with elevated privileges, otherwise all global immunizations will fail. To ensure that Immunization is applied correctly, Please disable all other security programs that you run and close all browsers and any other programs during … Continue reading

How do I view the Immunization log?

To view the Immunization log: – Open the Spybot Start Center by right-clicking the Spybot icon and choosing the option to “Run as Administrator”. – Open “Immunization”. – Click “Show previous Logs”. If you cannot access this folder, you may … Continue reading

How do I undo Immunization?

You can undo Immunization if you wish, to see if it causing any issues with access to certain websites. To undo Immunization: – Open the Spybot – Search & Destroy “Start Center“. – Go to Immunization and select “Undo Immunization”.

I installed the program in English but it opens in a foreign language. How do I set it back to English?

If you have installed Spybot in a foreign language, you can change the language back to English  from within Spybot’s Settings. This may be difficult as the program is in a different language so the instructions are slightly misleading. To … Continue reading

Start Center

The Spybot Start Center is the first screen that is shown when the Spybot program is launched. By default, the Start Center will just display the basic tools of Spybot, but will allow you to access all of the advanced … 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 … Continue reading

SbNet

sbNet (short for ‘Spybot Network’) is a business user edition of Spybot for enviroments where computers have a permanent connection to the network. This allows for the easy management of updates and scans from one central control point. See our … Continue reading

Pro Edition

Spybot 2 ‘Professional Edition’ adds even more features to the already feature-laden ‘Home Edition’ by including some more powerful tools, such as our well-known Secure File Shredder. The Protected Repair Environment allows you to scan and fix machines already infected … Continue reading

Home Edition

The Home Edition of Spybot is what you need if you want to add anti-virus protection to the features of the Free Edition of Spybot. Spybot 2 ‘Home Edition’ also allows you to automate scanning, fixing, immunization and of course … Continue reading

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 hosts file, the ‘Free Edition’ is the choice for … Continue reading

Logs / Log Files

In computing, a logfile is a file that records either events that occur in an operating system or other software runs, or messages between different users of a communication software. Logging is the act of keeping a log. In the … Continue reading

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 over control of … Continue reading

Renewal

Renewal is the action of extending the period of validity of a licence, subscription, or contract. With Regards to Spybot, this refers to the repurchasing of a License. If you purchase a paid edition of Spybot, a license is sent … Continue reading

ProcAlyzer

ProcAlyzer is the name of Spybot’s process analyzer, which is used to analyze and show in-depth details about running processes on your PC. Apart from the standard list of processes you can look into using the processes tab of the … Continue reading

Phone Scan

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, if Spybot is installed … Continue reading

License

The Spybot license is an executable file (.exe) which is sent to customers who have purchased Spybot. When this file is run, it will check to see if a version of Spybot is installed. If a version is installed, the … Continue reading

False Positive

False positive detections are common in the antivirus industry. They occur when a benign program is wrongfully flagged as malicious due to an overly broad detection signature or algorithm used in an antivirus product. If you suspect Spybot has identified … Continue reading

Secure Shredder

Spybot’s Secure File Shredder is a tool used for destroying sensitive files on your PC in a way that ensures no data or information about these files can be retrieved at a later date. The Spybot Secure File Shredder is … Continue reading

SDONACCESS.exe

This is a Spybot file associated with Live Protection. When Live Protection is enabled, it will scan processes which attempt to run on your PC before they are allowed to execute. The “SDONACCESS.exe” file is responsible for this. When a … Continue reading

Real-time Protection

Spybot provides Real-Time Protection in paid editions of the software. Our real-time protection module in Spybot 2 is called “Live Protection”. See Live Protection for details.

Active After Every Reboot

If Spybot is installed on your PC, it should start automatically each time the computer is booted up. This ensures features like Live Protection are not inactive and your PC is protected. This feature can be enabled/disabled in MSConfig. To … Continue reading

Live Protection

Live Protection is a Spybot feature which 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 which also includes Live Protection, Real-Time … Continue reading

Administrator

A PC Administrator (sometimes shortened to “Admin”) is a user who has permission to add, edit and remove any files or system settings on a PC. When a program is run as an administrator by right-clicking it and choosing the … Continue reading

Glossary

Glossary Below is a glossary explaining many frequently used terms relating to Spybot – Search & Destroy and internet security. If there is a term you did not understand that is missing from here, try posting it on our forum … Continue reading

Malware Lab

Malware Removal Assistance Here you can report malware on your PC which was not detected by Spybot Please enter your details in the form below to send an email to our Forensics Lab. This form should be used to report … Continue reading

False Positive

Submit a False Positive Here you can report any false positives. These are files which were detected as malicious by Spybot but which you know to be safe Please fill in the form below to give us information on the … Continue reading

Additions

Request For Additions Here you can ask for a detection rule to be added to Spybot for a specific threat Please fill in the form below to give us information on the file or program you would like to see … Continue reading

Free User

Selected Options: Request Support Technical Support No License Please select your version of the Free Edition of Spybot: Spybot 2 Spybot 1.6

Technical

Selected Options: Request Support Technical Support I Have a License Select “I Have a License” if you have purchased a licensed edition of Spybot No License Select “No License” if you have never purchased a Spybot License

Feedback

Selected Options: Request Support Feedback Report a Bug Spybot Beta Suggestions for Improving Spybot

Uninstall Tool

Uninstall Files This will allow you to download the files needed to uninstall Spybot if your copy of these files has been removed or deleted by another antivirus program by mistake Please download your missing files using the links provided … Continue reading

Missing Files

Download Missing Files This allows you to download files needed to run Spybot if your copy of these files has been removed or deleted by another antivirus program by mistake Please download your missing files using the links provided below. … Continue reading

Ticket

Selected Options: Request Support What can we help you with? Technical Support – Technical queries relating to Spybot – Problems related to installing, uninstalling or downloading Spybot – Functionality or compatibility issues Customer Services – Sales, Payments and Donation Issues … Continue reading

Forensics Lab

Selected Options: Spybot Forensics Lab Welcome to the Spybot Forensics Lab Malware Removal Assistance Request For Additions Here you can ask for a detection rule to be added to Spybot for a specific threat Submit a Suspicious File Here you … Continue reading

Support

Welcome to the Spybot Support Center! Please select one of the support options below, or visit our Knowledgebase for more information about Safer-Networking products! Knowledgebase Visit the knowledge base to view FAQs, how-tos, the glossary, and informational links Spybot Forum … Continue reading

Malware removal guides

Not all malware, spyware or viruses can be removed automatically by software. Some intrusive software can only be removed manually. Safer-Networking Ltd, as well as providing a free edition of their malware removal tool Spybot Search & Destroy, also provide … 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 Spybot’s 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

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 File Shredder

Spybot’s Secure File Shredder is a tool designed to completely eradicate files and malware. Normally when a file is deleted, the PC will simply delete the location information for the file. The file still exists, but is lost on the … Continue reading

iPhone® Apps Scan

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 Virus Protection

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

Command Line Parameters

Command Line Parameters allow you to run components silently in the background using the CLI (Command Line Interface), and automate how the program behaves depending on the results obtained. Spybot allows you to use various command line parameters. The availability … 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

Compare

Spybot +AV for Home PC Users →  Switch to Business Versions sbNet Corporate Technician   Free Home Professional FreeDonate €9.99 / $13.99 Annual License €19.99 / $25.99 Annual License Compatibility and System Requirements Download Order Order Details Details Details Detection & … Continue reading

Compare Business Editions

Spybot +AV for Business Users →  Switch to Home User Versions Free Home Edition Pro Edition   sbNet Corporate Technician from €100 / $139 Annual License from €29 / $39 Annual License from €49.99 / $65.99 Annual License Compatibility and System … 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: Windows XP: C:\Program Files\Spybot – Search & Destroy 2\Includes\PosSystem.sbs Windows Vista or higher: C:\Program Files (x86)\Spybot … Continue reading

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?

Available plugins can be managed by accessing the Spybot’s Settings using the Start Center or the Spybot taskbar tray icon. To do this using the Settings, go to: Start Center > Settings (tick “Advanced User Mode” if you do not … 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 scan?

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 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

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.

Order Form

Order Form Please use this order form to order your license. Please note all our licenses are for one year  and must be renewed annually if you want to maintain full functionality. Please refer to our  EULA before you make … Continue reading

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 create registry 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 switch the language

The option to change languages in Spybot 1.6 is on the the third menu. For instructions to change the language in Spybot 2, please see here.

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)”?

This is usually caused by running an outdated 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, this message is displayed. You can disable this function in the wizard itself. Just untick the checkbox in front of “download updates … 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 some items not completely immunized?

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 named TeaTimer?

We used to forget about 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: Launch Spybot as an Administrator. You can do this … 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

Compatibility

Operating System Operating system Type of support Windows 10 (32/64 bit) Fully functional Windows 8.1 (32/64 bit) Fully functional Windows 8 (32/64 bit) Fully functional Windows 7 (32/64 bit) Fully functional Windows Vista (32/64 bit) Only supported up to Spybot-S&D … 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