Pros

All in one anti-malware

Cons

Old and outdated

Overall Score

6.5
Intro

Intro

Spybot - Search & Destroy is a spyware and adware removal program designed by a German software engineer called Patrick Michael Kolla and has been around for some time, supporting Windows as far back 95. Spybot is predominantly marketed as freeware but it’s possible for users to upgrade to a more feature-full version of the software which includes a fully functional Antivirus.

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Value

Value

As briefly mentioned, Spybot is pushed as freeware but today we are reviewing their full package (Spybot Home or Spybot+AV), mainly because this is more comparable to the other companies we review. It comes in at $15.99 per year, includes Anti-malware, anti-spyware and a fully functional antivirus (this is the additional feature you get from upgrading). It’s a nice, low-cost AV but is it worth the cash?

Reliability and Security

Reliability and Security

Spybot + antivirus hasn’t got the best online record for security tests and performance. The scans are very quick… but maybe too quick? We tested the software on a riddled PC and only 73/100 malicious files were caught and removed. Unless you’re very witty on a computer and feel you know exactly where not to go then Spybot might not supply good enough protection for you.

Support and Customer Service

Support and Customer Service

The Spybot website is very basic and looks like it needs a serious revamp. However, they do still include a knowledge base section, again very basic but does cover most aspects of their software. There’s no livechat or phone numbers, they rely on a contact form and support requests, so don’t expect to get immediate support.

Features

Features

Spybot search and destroy is a basic program but is filled with a few advanced features, one of which is called Immunization. A tool which bans known malware URLs from your PC, so that you can’t visit them. In theory, this is great but it’s quite out of date and only supports IE. There are also a lot of advanced features that are totally unsuitable for a standard user which isn’t ideal.

Customer Feedback For SpyBot

Charles J - 03-22-2017

I installed Spybot version 2.4 and it never really worked properly. I was told to uninstall it and reinstall it and was given a diagnostic tool. Their web page is filled with FAQ regarding technical problems and all they can do is suggest workarounds. DO NOT buy this product.

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