Many anti-virus software apps do a good job on cleaning up viruses and Trojans, but only relatively recently have they begun to effectively address the newer threat vector of spyware and adware. Paul Mah tests Spybot Search & Destroy, and decides whether it is worthy of a space in your computer first-aid box.
Many anti-virus software apps do a good job of cleaning up viruses and Trojans, but only relatively recently have they begun to effectively address the newer threat vector of spyware and adware. Which anti-spyware utility is worthy of a space in your computer first-aid box?
As its name implies, Spybot Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware as well as adware. For years, it has been available completely free for home and non-commercial use. I put Spybot through its paces and to find out whether it lives up to its promises. Here's what I learned.
SpyBot Search & Destroy's strengths:
- Huge database with more than 90,000 definitions of spyware and adware
- Actively maintained database with downloadable updates
- Simple download-install-scan for basic users
- Powerful advanced features
- Completely free
SpyBot Search & Destroy's weaknesses:
- Malware comes in many forms. You will probably want to pair SpyBot with some solid anti-virus and anti-rootkit software.
The Right Tool for the Job?
Although I would not recommend using Spybot as one's only tool anti-malware tool , it is an outstanding spyware and adware remover. I've made a place for Spybot Search & Destroy in my computer rescue kit. More me, it is definitely The Right Tool for the Job.
Read my comprehensive screenshot review of SpyBot Search & Destroy.