? asked in Computers & InternetSecurity · 1 decade ago

Do you use Spybot Search and Destroy?

How well has it worked for you and can it be used instead of subscribing to the premium McAfee with just as good protection? Thanks.

9 Answers

  • MLM
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Spybot S&D is only an spyware removal tool and shouldn't be used as a replacement for an antivirus program.

    Antivirus and antispyware programs work differently and, even though there is some overlap, each use different detection techniques and look for different types of malware.

    Below is a list of free programs including antivirus, spyware blocker, antispyware and firewall. If you are going to get rid of the McAfee Suite, you'll need to look into your options.



    ZoneAlarm Free Firewall


    Kerio Free Firewall


    (Note: Use only one firewall)


    Spyware Blocker

    This is free and requires you to check for and enable updates manually once a week or so. It uses no system resources. It blocks spyware before it installs.

    SpywareBlaster (inoculates, not a spyware removal tool)



    AntiSpyware Applications



    Spybot S&D (free version requires manual updating)


    AVG AntiSpyware


    Adaware from Lavasoft (free version requires automatic updating)


    (These programs can be run in Safe Mode after installation and updating)


    Cache Cleaning Tool

    ATF Cleaner (An easy program to use to clear all old history, cookies, Java cache, etc.)



    Antivirus Solutions

    AVG 7.5 AntiVirus (Vista Compatible)


    Avast Home Antivirus (Vista Compatible)


    AntiVir PE (Vista Compatible)


    ( Note: Only use one anti-virus product. Running more than one can cause conflicts thus rendering each ineffective.

    http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/nav.nsf/docid... )

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes I have used Spybot S&D. I find it to be an excellent freeware program. I mean, it just as good of a job that a freeware program can. I personally cannot vouch for any other programs that cost money, but I can vouch for Spybot. However, there are still limitations to the program but keep in mind you're better to have it as opposed to not have it. Any help is a big help.

    If you're planning on using Spybot instead of McAfee altogether the answer is a clear no. Spybot is not a virus protection program. It is a Spyware and Adware protection. I currently use Spybot and Norton 360 simultaneously. The more variety in your protection the better.

  • 1 decade ago

    Spybot is a great anti-spyware tool, it also has some great features and useful tools missing from many commercial anti-malware applications.

    You can't go wrong with Spybot, but it is not wise to use it as stand-alone protection against malware, you need to combine it with other programs, like suggested on the page mentioned below, in order to have effective protection against malware.


  • ludden
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Spybot search for&wreck is an antivirus software? Spybot "isn't" an Anti-Virus software that is an Anti-secret agent ware/spyware software. you are able to deploy it with Bitdefender and see in the experience that they play astounding at the same time. in the experience that they don't then attempt turning off tea timer on Spybot.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    spybot is excellent...

    It is geared more towards malware/spyware, but it still catches virus classifications now and then... McAfee is a resource hog... so if this is a home computer, I would just put spybot search and destroy in combination with free AVG or panda.

  • 1 decade ago

    Ive had spybot and ad-aware SE personal for 2 years run manually once a week and Grssoft's AVG automatticly everyday and never had any problems since i deleted the ones i had to pay for and i go and download anything and any where i want and its free

  • 1 decade ago

    i haven't used it but it's got to be better than McAfee and Norton. get Spybot S&D (or Ad-Aware) and a good anti-virus (i use AVG but there are other free anti-virus programs out there) and don't look back

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    One of the best programs I've used

  • 1 decade ago

    I used it but found Ad-Aware better and consuming lesser resources. My personal experience.

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