How do I launch/run Spybot - S&D?
I just downloaded the new Spybot (Version 1.6) and installed it.
However,after the installation I clicked "Run Spybot Now" and it didn't launch. Even when I click the icon on my desktop or the program in my start menu it still won't run.
Any help is greatly appreciated!!
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Spybot - Search & Destroy (often Spybot-S&D) is a popular malware, spyware and adware removal program which works on Microsoft Windows 95 and later. Like most malware scanners, Spybot-S&D scans the computer hard disk and/or RAM for malicious software.
Spybot-S&D was written by the German software engineer Patrick Michael Kolla, and is distributed by Kolla's Irish company Safer Networking Limited. Development began in 2000 when Kolla, still a student, wrote a small program to deal with the Aureate/Radiate and Conducent TimeSink programs, two of the earliest examples of adware.
Spybot-S&D can fix problems with system internals (Registry), Winsock LSPs, ActiveX objects, browser hijackers and BHOs, PUPS, cookie trackers, heavy duty, homepage hijackers, keyloggers, LSP, tracks, trojans, spybots, revision, and other kinds of malware. It can also to some extent protect a user's privacy by deleting usage tracks like tracking cookies. Spybot-S&D also includes an "Immunize" feature to block the installation of spyware before it occurs e.g. by modifying the hosts file. Another tool included in Spybot-S&D is a file shredder, for the secure deletion of files. Spybot-S&D is not intended to replace anti-virus programs, but it does detect some common trojans.
Spybot-S&D also recently added an anti-rootkit function.
The TeaTimer module can be optionally enabled, providing a level of active, real-time protection from undesirable registry changes and the like.
Some programs ship with attached spyware or adware and refuse to run when the undesired co-programs are removed; newer versions of Spybot replace the spyware binaries with inert dummies (designed to fool programs which require the spyware's presence).
In order to efficiently detect recently created programs, detection updates are released weekly along with other improvements such as added languages and better heuristics algorithms. These updates are downloaded from within the software from a variety of mirrors and are then automatically installed.
Spybot-S&D is available for all versions of Windows from Windows 95 and up, and offers more than two dozen different languages and several skins to users. Instructions are available on the website to enable users to design their own skins.
Technical support is currently supplied by means of Internet forums and support e-mails (with a usual response time of no more than 24 hours).
 Reviews and awards
In previous years Spybot-S&D has been applauded for its ease of installation, free updates, and excellent features. It won numerous awards, including the World Class 2003 Awards, the PC Magazine Editor's Choice and PC User Top Buy #1. Additionally, Spybot was recommended by ZDNet, the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, MSNBC, CNN and other reviewers.
Although PC Magazine initially rated it highly in 2003, their rating has declined steadily since, to "poor" in 2008:
PC Magazine Editors' Ratings (out of 5 possible)
2003 4/5 EDITORS' CHOICE AWARD
v1.2 2004 4/5
v1.3 2005 3/5
v1.4 2005 2.5/5
v1.5 2008 1.5/5
In January 2008, PC Magazine, after giving Spybot Search & Destroy 1.5 a score of just 1.5 out of 5, elected it as one of the worst tech products of the first quarter of 2008 and called its malware cleaning-up skills mediocre. As explained in feedback to PC Magazine's review from a reader, that review was however based on a flawed test using an old version of Spybot with malware definition files that were almost seven months older than those available at the time of the test.
Version 1.5 has improved Wine compatibility, and restores compatibility with Windows 95 which was faulty in 1.4.
 Scanning Speed
The scanning speed of version 1.6 is allegedly several times faster than of version 1.5.
 Malicious clones
A number of people have made Spybot 'clones' with similar user interfaces and similar sounding program names. Some clones have been made by spyware manufacturers to make programs that pose as anti-spyware programs, but actually install spyware themselves.
Searching the words "spybot", "search & destroy", "spybot antispyware" or any other related search on Google will often result in a paid advertisement for "spywarebot", a rogue software using the "search and destroy" logo and using a name similar to Spybot to fool users into downloading their product instead of the original Spybot Search & Destroy.
 Compatibility with Norton Internet Security and Kasperky Internet Security
The makers of Spybot-S&D have come into conflict over claims of incompatibility with Norton Internet Security. Symantec recommends uninstalling Spybot-S&D before installing Norton Internet Security. According to Safer Networking, no satisfactory explanation has been provided to them for this decision. Antivirus professional Mary Landesman suggests a possible explanation may stem from a graphical glitch in TeaTimer mod
- The PhlebobLv 71 decade ago
Did you download it from www.spybot.com or from an unauthorized third party? I don't generally trust third parties for major software, especially security stuff. It's just too possible they've gotten a hacked version.
So I guess my advice is that if it's not directly from Spybot or someone they redirect you to, uninstall it (if possible) and get it the safe way.
- 1 decade ago
It should run. There are some windows open or sometimes OS is simply starting to run it and it gets corrupted. Simply uninstall it, re-boot, and install it again, then Re-boot. If problem persists, you need to re-install the whole OS as it seems infected permanently then.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Your PC has spy .the Spy prohibit running Spybot.....
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- 1 decade ago
Make sure that you thoroughly installed the application and you restart your computer.
- jamoramajamLv 41 decade ago
i think the program is called "teatimer" check the start menu... or reinstall...