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 change the language please do the following:

– Open the Spybot “Start Center”.

Start Center 2.4- Settings

– Click “Advanced User Mode”.

– Go to “Settings”.

– Then click on the “Language” tab.

You can then select your desired language.

Settings - Languages

Alternatively you could reinstall Spybot.

The 1st window of the installer allows you to select what language you would like to install Spybot in.

Please see the link below for instructions on how to reinstall Spybot:


FAQ Category: Download & Installation, Known Issues, Languages, Spybot 2

In which languages is Spybot – Search & Destroy available?

Spybot is currently available in the following languages:

  • English
  • Croatian
  • Dutch
  • 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 in later versions of Spybot 2.

FAQ Category: General, Languages, Settings, Spybot 2

How to change the language for Spybot

Spybot – Search & Destroy supports different languages. You can easily switch to your favorite available language using the instructions below.

To change Spybot’s language, open the Spybot Start Center and choose “Settings”:


Tick the checkbox next to “Advanced User Mode” if you do not see “Settings” in the Start Center.

You can also access it by right-clicking the system tray Spybot icon (the small Spybot 2 icon beside your system’s clock in the taskbar). You can then go to “Advanced Tools” → “Settings”.

Once “Settings” has been opened, switch to the “Language” tab and click on the desired language.


The language tab is one of the two tabs on the far left side of the Settings window.

Choose your desired language from the available options. Click “Apply” and “OK”, and restart Spybot for your changes to take effect.

FAQ Category: Languages, Settings, Spybot 2