Alongside Ad-Aware the famous Spybot Search and Destroy is the other key player in the anti-spyware arena. For years these bits of software have been protecting uneducated computer users from malicious spyware, trojans and malware. The protection offered by Spybot is slightly inferior to Lavasoft's offering but it comes in at the same low low price of $0 and unlike Ad-aware, you don't have to pay to access the extra features of the software.
Powerful & Low Cost
What do you like best?
Recommending to friends and family to use Spybot holds much more weight when they see that this popular security software is free for personal use.
What do you dislike?
The lack of antivirus for the personal use Spybot version can seem a bit unwelcome, but bundling Windows Defender along with Spybot tends to make up for this.
Recommendations to others considering the product
In recommending Spybot to potential users, I would note that the free personal version typically covers everything that you would need an a personal antimalware solution. Bundle this with a good antivirus program, and Spybot tends to do much of the heavy lifting.
Moving on towards the professional version, it's a one stop shop for anything and everything you may need an an antivirus and/or antimalware solution. Moreso, the expert and advanced settings are very powerful tools in managing a secure IT environment.
Spybot Search and Destroy (Free Edition) is a free security software, an excellent antispyware, anti-adware removal tool. It will detect and remove most of these threats: Adware files, Trojans, Dialers, PUPs, Browser Hijackers (unwanted toolbars), Keyloggers, Rootkits and other malware or junkware files can infect your computer. It will also allow you to fix the Windows® Registry inconsistencies, to be more specific - those related to malicious applications that you are installing and adware.
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