Ultimate Microsoft Replacements - Spybot Search & Destroy

(Archived in: Open Source and Shareware Online Applications)

Series Number Four


This post continues the series on MS replacements. Now that We are keeping the registry clean, making frequent backups, defragmenting the hard drives, it's also time to employ some adware and spyware detection tools.

Spybot Search & Destroy is another tool I have used for years. S&D gets high marks in reviews from users and tech sites like PC World and PCMag.com. Best part is the FREE download and online updates.

From The Website:
"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."

This is a straight forward utility. It take more than a few minutes to run and find problems, but fixes "selected problems" quickly. Although the download is free, you can leave a donation via PayPal at the Spybot S&D Download Page.

There is not much to look at on the interface, so the screen shot above shows only the pertinent control buttons of the control panel. I run S&D along with the tools discussed in the previous posts to date at least once a week.

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