Several users have asked if it is possible to disable the antivirus component in paid editions of Spybot. This is not possible, but should not be necessary to fix any issues you may be experiencing with Spybot.
Spybot conflicts with another antivirus program:
Windows Defender is deactivated in Windows 10:
- Windows Defender will be automatically disabled in Windows 10 if it detects another antivirus program on your PC. You can find instructions here for disabling Spybot’s Security Center Integration.
- With this feature disabled, Windows will no longer see Spybot as an antivirus program and Windows Defender can be restarted after a reboot.
- It is also recommended to disable Live Protection in either Spybot or Windows Defender if you do this, because Windows Defender also contains a real-time process scanner which can conflict with Spybot’s Live Protection.
To disable the detection of tracking cookies during a System Scan:
- 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 a scan will begin automatically.
- Stop the System Scan.
- You can then click “Disable these cookies” under the “Tracking Cookies” header.
- This will prompt you to select the profile that you would like to prevent from accepting 3rd party cookies.
- You can re-enable certain profiles by clicking on the dropdown arrow beside “Disable these cookies”.
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.
- The scan proceeds as normal, but will stop progressing at Zlob.ZipCodec and won’t appear to finish.
- The “Settings” button in the Start Center is unresponsive when clicked.
- If you are experiencing this issue, simply download and run this small installer. This installer replaces a file that was identified to cause the issue.
If you encountered this issue:
If you have encountered this issue, your scan has completed but the results were not displayed.
To display the results from your last scan, please go to the Spybot program folder:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Spybot – Search & Destroy 2
Here, run the file “SDCleaner(.exe)” as an administrator by right-clicking the file and choosing the option to “Run as administrator”.
You can fix the issues shown and ticked by clicking “Fix selected” in the window displaying the results.
If this does not work, please contact our support team.
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 do not want to worry about some of the more advanced features that Spybot has to offer.
If you would like to use Spybot’s Advanced and Extra tools, tick the checkbox beside Advanced User Mode, located at the bottom left of the Start Center.
Windows may sometimes tell you that Spybot does not have the correct permissions to your system, or that you need elevated permissions to do what you attempted.
You can solve this problem as follows:
- Open Spybot by right-clicking on the Spybot icon and choosing the option to “Run as administrator”.
- This will require you to be signed into your PC using an administrator account. Administrator accounts, by default, do not run programs as an administrator as this could allow malicious software to have administrator permissions on your PC.
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.
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 definition updates installed, it means you are better protected and more likely to detect and eliminate the most recent forms of malware.
Our analysts work full-time developing new detection rules and techniques to deal with the ever increasing number of threats.
To download Spybot 2:
- For users of Windows XP/Vista: Spybot 2.4 can be downloaded from any of the mirrors provided here. This is the latest version of Spybot compatible with these operating systems.
- For users of 7, 8, 8.1 or 10: Spybot can be downloaded from any of the mirrors provided here.
- Alternatively, you can download the latest version of Spybot directly from here.
- Or for Windows XP/Vista, you can download the latest version of Spybot directly from here.
These mirrors allow you to securely download Spybot 2 from one our partners.
You will then be prompted by your browser to save the Spybot installer to your PC.
This will be downloaded to your default download location (by default, this should be your “Downloads” folder).
You can then run this file to install Spybot.
Spybot is currently available in the following languages:
Spybot 2 is also being translated into other languages by volunteers, which will take some time. Other languages will be added in later versions of Spybot 2.
You can edit the ignore list in the “Settings“ module to exclude a product from further searches. In order to do so you have to run the Start Center, switch to “Advanced User Mode” and then open “Settings”. Now browse to the “Ignore List“ tab. Via the “Add“ button you will get a list of products to be excluded. Just select the product you want to exclude and hit “OK“.
Settings can also be launched via SDTray (the small Spybot – Search & Destroy icon beside your systems clock in the taskbar).
There should be no problems with the compatibility.
If there are issues concerning real-time components, you can disable Live Protection or disable running services that could cause this conflict in Spybot’s Settings.
Sometimes Spybot – Search & Destroy can not delete all files. Some files used by Windows are running in the background. If you would delete these files before the application they are involved in ends, your system might become instable. That is the reason why you sometimes have to restart your system to complete the cleaning process.
In this case the SDCleaner/SDDelfile destroys the found items, before they are activated. If you do not want this option you can easily disable it in the SDCleaner itself. Go to the Spybot 2 folder, by default:
Windows XP: C:\Program Files\Spybot – Search & Destroy 2
Windows Vista or Windows 7 or Windows 8: C:\Programs (x86)\Spybot – Search & Destroy 2
and open the SDCleaner.exe.
Uncheck the checkbox in front of “Run cleaner on system startup”.
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”.
There should be no problems with the compatibility under Windows 8 (also 64 bit):
For all those using Windows 8.1, please use Spybot 2.2 or later. Spybot 2.2 solves any incompatibility issues and allows to run Spybot on Windows 8.1 systems.
Depending on the installed version of Spybot – Search & Destroy you can use command line parameters to automate Spybot’s tasks.
To get a list of the available command line parameters run cmd.exe and browse to the Spybot 2 directory.
That is by default for Windows XP:
C:\Program Files\Spybot – Search & Destroy 2
and for Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8:
C:\Programs (x86)\Spybot – Search & Destroy 2
Now type “modulename.exe /help”, e.g.“SDScan.exe /help“.
Please have a look at the path where such a program has found the spyware.
As Spybot 2 has no spyware integrated, this must be a false alarm.
The reason for such a false alarm is simple: Spybot 2 saves quarantine files of the problems you have fixed, to make it possible to recover them in case something has stopped working after the fix.
If the file found is in the Quarantine directory which would be here:
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Spybot-Search & Destroy\Quarantine
Windows Vista or Windows 7 or Windows 8: C:\Users\All Users\Spybot-Search & Destroy\Quarantine
it is such a quarantine file. It is no longer of any harm, as the file cannot be started anymore.
But once you are sure you do not need the backup, go to the Quarantine section inside Spybot 2 and purge those files.
Current versions compress the quarantine files into password-protected zip archives,
thus avoiding other spyware applications will give false alarms.
Some programs might notify you that they cannot access these zip archives – this can easily be ignored.
As the quarantine files are named after the threat some programs might also naively detect the backups as threats just because of the file name. This can also be ignored.
Usually there are no problems with the compatibility.
If you also plan to use the Live Protection of Spybot +AV together with your already installed antivirus software, you might experience a decrease in system speed.
In general we recommend to run only one AV solution.
Spybot 2 detects registry changes associated with Microsoft Security Center;
they are listed as “Windows Security Center”. This is neither a false positive nor a bug.
It is just an information about a potential threat – Spybot 2 only wants to bring to your attention that someone or something disabled one or more notifications in the Windows Security Center, e.g. the notifications that your virus protection is not active or not up-to-date.
If you changed the settings yourself you can safely tell Spybot 2 to exclude those detections from further scans.
In order to do so you have to run the Start Center, switch to advance mode and start Settings.
Now browse to the “Ignore List“ tab. Via the “Add“ button you will get a list of products to be excluded. Just select the product you want to exclude and hit “OK“.
Settings can also be launched via SDTray (the small Spybot 2 icon beside your systems clock in the taskbar).
The same is true if you have another security solution installed (like McAfee Security Center or Norton Internet Security).
These programs disable announcements of Window Security Center in order to signal things by themselves.
The reason why the changes are flagged by Spybot 2 is that there are also malware programs that disable the notifications so the user does not take note of his security tools not being effective.
More information is available in our forum: Windows Security Center
Spybot – Search & Destroy has dedicated support for most browsers.
It can, for example immunize these browsers, or create restricted access shortcuts for your safety.
Where we list product versions, these are the ones that have been tested;
other versions are likely to be supported depending what changes have been made to them.
Unlisted browsers that are clones of listed browsers are also likely to be supported
(e.g. most IE based browsers and many Google Chrome variants use the same cache location and formats).
Internet Explorer & clones
Mozilla based browsers
- Firebird (early versions of Firefox)
- Firefox (also mobile application)
- Flock (discontinued, not recommended)
- Lolifox (discontinued, not recommended)
- Lunascape (5.x, 6.x)
- Netscape (discontinued, not recommended)
- SeaMonkey (also mobile application)
- Songbird 2 (discontinued, not recommended)
Opera (4, 6.x, 7.x, 8.x, 9.x, 10.x)
Webkit based browsers
In order to revert to a registry backup, run Windows in Safe Mode.
Be sure that hidden files are shown.
Now execute the two files (or maybe it is just one of them) regusers.reg and reglocal.reg in the following folder:
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Spybot – Search & Destroy\Backups\
Windows Vista or Windows 7 or Windows 8: C:\ProgramData\Spybot – Search & Destroy\Backups\
Answer Yes when prompted to add its contents to the Registry.
Subsequent please reboot.
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”.