☼shine asked in Computers & InternetSecurity · 1 decade ago

Is Spybot Search & Destroy a good tool to use to remove spyware?

Would you recommend Spybot Search & Destroy?

Why or why not?

Thanks :)

9 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Spybot Search & Destroy still gets pretty good rankings. The last time I saw a bench-test on the effectiveness of anti-spyware tools, they were in the top 5 or so.

    Disturbingly, though, none of the rated tools found much more than 60% of the spyware in the test. (For comparison, antivirus applications are mature enough to identify 99.9...% of viruses.) The strong implication from the study was that you should have and regularly run two different programs. There will be some overlap but there will also be a good chance that your secondary program will be able to deal with at least some of the spyware that your primary program missed.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Here are some very good Antispyware programs with good detection rates (not perfect). The more you use, the better, but more than 3 is getting a bit too much. All is free

    ***Antispyware software (use as many as you like)

    - Spybot-S&D


    - SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition


    - Ad-Aware Free


    - AntiVir


    - Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware


    I would recommend Spybot Search & Destroy because is is a very good Antispyware program with good detection rates, good protection mechanisms that prevent spyware from installing in the first place, and its free. Use it with multiple other spyware applications and most (if not all) spyware will be removed.

  • 4 years ago

    I guess it should be fine. Spybot Search and Destroy do not have real time protection, it should not try to kill the other anti-spyware. But I can't say about the other spyware. They might kill the Spybot Search and Destory. Normally, we do not recommend to use more than 2 similar software on the same computer, to avoid crashes.

  • Gary
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Spybot is a very good tool. It's one of the most well-respected anti-malware programs. I've used it for years with good results.

    I also use these anti-spyware programs:

    • Ad-Aware http://www.lavasoftusa.com/products/ad-aware_se_pe...

    • Windows Defender http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/s...

    • SuperAntiSpyware http://www.superantispyware.com/

    You should use at least 2 because they have different definitions. And always update before running a scan


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  • 1 decade ago

    Its a good tool for its extra features however, the best removal tools these days are superantispyware and malwarebytes antimalware. This is because they have a much higher detection rate. In my opinion, use all 3 as they don't conflict each other. Personally I use, Comodo Internet security (firewall only), Superantispyware, malwarebytes antimalware, avira antivir, spybot s&D, threatfire, windows defender and hijack this. Thogether I think I have made quite an effective security package.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Spybot was good back in the day. Today most people

    are using Malwarebytes or Superantispyware or both because they

    are better at detecting and removing Spyware and Trojans.



  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Anti-Malware/Spyware suggestions:

    Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware: http://www.download.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/... is a good choice and has gotten many people out of jams if you keep it updated.

    Spybot: http://www.download.com/Spybot-Search-amp-Destroy/... is also a good choice if you use it regularly and keep it updated.

    Do not use more than one Antivirus on active mode (it is OK to have one active and others in passive (manual scan) mode), one "software" Firewall (no options there as war between them will shut down your communication system if you have more than one), one good cleaner, two or three Anti spyware/Malware (they each detect something that the others have not seen) and one Email scanner (if your Virus scanner does not include one) but have at least one of each (for security) as there is no excuse to leave yourself wide open.

    Cleaner suggestion:

    Glary Utilities: http://www.glaryutilities.com/gu.html to remove junk files or remnants of installs (there is always some).

    Do not use Ccleaner ( In my time at helping others, I have found it more destructive than helpful and I had to rebuild systems nuked by it in the past ).

    And of course, NEVER have them working scans at the same time.

    When you scan, only the Firewall should be running alongside (in learn mode if need be).

    Use a methodic "one after the other" kind of scan !

    P.S.: DO NOT USE toolbars as they contain a form of spyware (even the ones from big names)

    Source(s): Links listed and experience (25 years + on computers, 8 years + on the internet and 3 years + as a buyer for Government before retiring in 2007)
  • 1 decade ago

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  • Jane
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Yes it is, I've used it for many years with excellent results.

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