Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies.
If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven't intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been "hijacked" (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware.
Even if you don't see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging. Spybot-S&D is free, so there's no harm giving it a try to see if something has invaded your computer.
Spybot-S&D can also clean usage tracks, an interesting function if you share your computer with other users and don't want them to see what you have been working on. And for professional users, Spybot-S&D allows you to fix some registry inconsistencies and extended reports.
Spybot-S&D can start in two modes: Easy mode for new users who want just the basic features, and Advanced mode for professional users and those who want more control. Both modes are available in the free version.
|Removal of adware and spyware |
Removal of dialers
Removal of keyloggers
Removal of trojans and other baddies
Removal of usage tracks
|Save removal of threats by shredding them||Yes||Yes|
|Backups of every removed problem||Yes||Yes|
|Exclude option to ignore specific problems||Yes (1)||Yes|
|Permanent blocking of threatening ActiveX downloads |
Permanent blocking of known tracking cookies for IE
Permanent blocking of threating downloads in IE
|Command line parameters to automate tasks||Yes||Yes|
|Number of targets||> 600||> 600|
|Number of detection files and entries||> 10000||> 10000|
|Detailed information about problems found||Yes||Yes|
|Strict criteria to define targets||Yes||Yes|
|Integrated update function |
Update notification by mail
|Free email & forum support||Yes||Yes|
|Settings to automate scan, removal and update||No||Yes|
|System reports to locate even unknown threats||No||Yes|
|Skins to adjust interface to the users liking||No||Yes|
|(1) Can only be undone in advanced mode|
(2) Planned for the near future
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