Spybot Search & Destroy

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Spybot Search & Destroy
Spybot search and destroy logo.png
Classification Security
Type Anti-Malware
Creator(s) Safer-Networking Ltd.
Development status Active
License Freeware, Professional, and Commercial (Proprietary)
Website Safer-networking.org

OS Microsoft Windows, Windows Mobile, and Symbian (1.x versions only)
R.A.M. 1 GB[1]
Permanent Storage 200 MB[1]

Spybot Search & Destroy is an anti-malware program offered by Safer-Networking Ltd. This program scans for non-virus malware such as Trojans, Worms, and Adware. The newer versions of Spybot (versions 2.0 and above) also tries to remove neutral traces and history which could be used against you. There are both paid and free editions. The paid version also offers anti-virus protection, and a boot disk scanner.[2]


Spybot Search & Destroy was previously free to all private uses. While donations are still accepted at any time, a paid private version was released with version 2.0. These paid editions offer more features such as real-time virus protection.

In general, the license categories are as follows:

  • There is a free edition, which can be downloaded and used indefinitely without any kind of payment
  • Individuals must only pay for Spybot if additional features are wanted. Watch out for scams!
  • Businesses must pay for a commercial license as well

Fakes and scams

As a well-known security program, people have created fakes which use the same name and logo as Spybot. Such software is available on a variety of websites, some of which use paid advertizing to show up at the top of web searches. Ideally, people should never download Spybot from anywhere other than Safer-Networking.org. If anyone is going to download it from another source, they should make sure it is reliable website.


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