Spybot-Search & Destroy is a veteran player in the anti-spyware industry - pure freeware that is good for both expert and home users, providing fast scanning and proactive protection, highly configurable and providing regular automatic updates. This anti-spyware supports most older version of Windows, including Windows 95, and can run from a Windows Pre-installation Environment (PE) boot CD, and comes with a built-in tutorial. Where most windows-based programs do not support Netscape and Opera, it supports both, as well as Internet Explorer. It also supports 30 different languages - much of the reason behind its international appeal.
In the PC Pro Lab's tests, Spybot-Search & Destroy 1.4 was able to detect 56%, remove 52% and block 36% of spyware installation. Once you download the 4.8MB file, installation is simple and smooth. You just need to select the language you require.
The easy-to-use interface makes it easy to configure - from the main window you can scan your system for spyware, update the program and recover your system to a previous state. It maintains backup copies of all the changes made to your machine and can restore it back to the pre-scan condition if anything goes wrong. The default configuration is good enough for the home user, but an advanced mode is available to customize your configuration. You can also schedule your scan using Windows task manager, manage cookies, and add different skins.
Spybot also allows customisation such as launching the programme during start-up, creating log files and displaying warning messages, etc. It also displays Windows host file that are often targeted by phishing malwares. It has a built in shredder for destroying deleted files, and its anti-spam protection provides a long list of-opt out addresses to avoid spam. However, Spybot has failed to gain the trust of many test labs, due to its weak detection and blocking capabilities.
Author Angela Parisdate added 2009-09-07 11:59:47