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 are probably Pushover and Boxcar. Depending on the delivery methods you choose, you might need to provide some details for new notifications.

The Settings tab includes a ”Test” button you can use to check whether notifications are delivered as expected.

Boxcar (for iPhone, iPad and iPod)

To set up delivery via Boxcar (e.g. to your iPhone, iPod or iPad), install Boxcar from the iTunes Store, then enter the e-mail address you use to set it up in Spybot.

Email via SimpleMAPI (for email)

If you’ve got a mail program installed and don’t just use e-mail through a webmail interface, your computer most likely supports SimpleMAPI. You need to set up the e-mail address that should be used as the sender, and the one to receive the notification.

One disadvantage (and advantage from another point of view) of this method is that the computer might first ask the user if the message should be sent, so it won’t notify right away on unattended computers.

Email via SMTP (for email)

The second e-mail method avoids the user confirmation, but needs more details. Next to the sender and receiver e-mail addresses, you need to specify the SMTP server information, including host name and, if necessary, username and password. You can find these details if your search your email providers documentation for the keyword ”SMTP”.

Growl (for Macintosh and Windows PCs)

Growl is a desktop computer notification system well known on Macintosh computers, but also available for Windows. If you want a local Growl installation to notify you, you don’t need to enter any details. You can also set up remote computers running Growl to receive notifications, but in this case, they still need to be without password (we’ll be updating this feature to support password protected Growl installations in the future).

HTTP (direct email to personal email/server)

HTTP notifications might be of interest to network administrators, since they allow easy communication with other existing services. To set up a HTTP notification, you just need to enter an URL to be contacted, and specify how details are transmitted. For example


The templates that can be used as part of the URL are:

  • <$TITLE>: will be replaced with title of notification.
  • <$TEXT>:will be replaced with text of notification.
  • <$URL>: will be replaced with URL of notification, if specified.
  • <$URLTITLE>: will be replaced with title of URL of notification, if specified.

Jabber/XMPP (for chat or messenger applications)

XMPP is the protocol used by Google Talk (if you haven’t started using Hangout) or Facebook Messenger, as well as many independent providers. To set it up, you need the same details you would need to set it up in any other Chat application (like for example Pidgin).

  • host (required): specify Jabber server hostname.
  • port (optional): specify Jabber server port, defaults to 5222.
  • username (required): specify username to log into server.
  • password (required): specify password of user to log into server.
  • to (required): comma-separated lists of receivers.

Logfile (as a text file saved to your PC)

You can have all notifications written to a file as well, to be able to check what you should have received, for example. You’ll need to specify the name of the file notifications should be appended to, and can optionally adjust how each notification should look like using the following templates:

  • <$TITLE>: will be replaced with title of notification.
  • <$TEXT>: will be replaced with text of notification.
  • <$URL>: will be replaced with URL of notification, if specified.
  • <$URLTITLE>: will be replaced with title of URL of notification, if specified.
  • <$CRLF>: a line break

Pushover (for Android, iOS and desktops)

To set up delivery via Pushover (e.g. to your Android smartphone or tablet, iPhone, iPod or iPad), install Pushover Notifications from the iTunes Store or Google Play Store, then enter your Pushover key. You can find this key by starting Pushover and looking for it on its Settings page.


The Simple Network Paging Protocol is for the tech savvy administrator and can be used to communicate with existing network paging. There also are SNPP to SMS services on the Internet that could be used to set up SNPP to inform you via Short Message Service. Setup needs the host name and pager ID, with optionally a port if it’s not the default. These settings are provided by the SNPP provider.

Spybot Tray

This is the default notification – Spybot’s tray icon will show text in the lower right corner of your screen whenever new notifications are distributed.


Syslog is another service for network communication of system messages, in use only by tech savvy administrators. Host and optionally port can be provided here.

Windows Alert message

This notification method will simply have a Windows message be shown on your desktop. If the computer in question is running Terminal Services, the session ID can be specified as well. Unless you are looking for special Terminal Services solutions, you probably should simply be using the Spybot Tray notification if you want a message on your desktop.

Windows Event Log

This notification method needs no configuration – when added, it will write entries to the Windows’ event log. This can help administrators to get a better understanding of relations of malware appearance to other system events.

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