Spybot Search and Destroy Review 2020: Is it Worth Looking Into?
If you use the internet (who doesn’t these days?), you must know the importance of staying protected online. Cybercriminals are getting more creative by the day, and even when you think you have a solid antivirus to protect you, they may be able to wiggle in and do some real damage.
So, what’s the solution? Research! With so many different antiviruses on the market today, you are sure to find one that suits you and your needs. That’s why we are here—to help you made the decision. So, keep reading if you want to know more about the antivirus we are reviewing today.
Spybot Search and Destroy Review 2020
Today we are reviewing Spybot Search and Destroy. With a name like that, it’s got to be good, right? Not so fast. Let us show you what we found. First of all, check out these features and highlights of this product:
Features and Highlights
- Real-time antivirus
- Lots of safety features
- Immunization feature
- Free version is useful (although limited)
- Affordable packages
- Compatible with Windows XP through Windows 10
- Device tune-up
- Phishing protection
- Supports 32 and 64-bit systems
- Ticket support available
Is Spybot Search and Destroy Good?
Since its launch in 2000, this software has been one of the most widely used and popular tools to offer protection online.
Here’s how Spybot works: it combines malware protection and other safety features using their immunization feature in order to optimize your system. Spybot is available as a free and paid antivirus, and we must say, the features are impressive.
So, the answer is, yes, Spybot Search and Destroy is a good choice.
Reliability and Security
Spybot uses a cool feature called immunization. A proactive tool, it protects your system by blocking access to malicious websites. It also works to block dangerous plugins and tracking cookies. Immunization is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Internet Explorer and also blocks phishing websites.
Another cool feature is the Anti-Beacon tool. This tool protects users from telemetry (when the OS spies on your activity). Anti-Beacon has proven to be a great telemetry blocker, and it also blocks personalized advertisements.
Ease of Use
Customers say that the interface is friendly and intuitive. After downloading the software, you simply select your language preference, and you’re ready to go.
The main menu is clear and easy to use. From this menu, you can schedule your scans, manage cookies, or even customize Spybot’s operation, such as deciding whether to launch at start, log files, or display warnings. The buttons are well positioned on the home screen, and most customers said they had no trouble navigating this software.
For scanning options, you will be able to choose from quick, deep, and scheduled scans. You can even choose which folders, files, and apps to be checked.
The full scans do take a fair amount of time to complete—which was a common customer complaint. The good news is, the scans are in-depth, and they work well.
Compared to most competitors, the strain on the CPU and RAM is average when running a scan. However, if you are running this product on Windows 10 and have 8GB of RAM, you probably won’t even notice it.
Spybot Packages and Pricing
There are several packages available—including a free one. Here are the details:
Spybot Search and Destroy Free Edition
The free package offers a basic set of tools to protect against malware. Here’s what you get with the free package:
- System immunization
- Startup tools
- Rootkit scan
The free edition will detect and eliminate most threats, but it is not in real time. However, the paid packages offer real-time protection.
Spybot Search and Destroy Home
This is the most basic paid package, and it includes all that the free version offers plus the following:
- Real-time protection
- Auto signature updates
- Scheduling (for scans, updates, etc)
- PRE (Protected Repair Environment)
This plan costs $15.99 per year for one device.
Spybot Search and Destroy Professional
This plan is the most popular one, and you will soon see why. In addition to all the features that the Home plan offers, you will get all the following tools for just $27.99 per year for one device:
- SSR (system registry repair)
- Priority support
- Secure shredder
- Script editor
- Command-line tools
- Boot CD creation
For Android and iOS
Currently, Spybot is not available for Android or iOS users, but there is talk that this company will design these products in the future.
Other than browsing information (including FAQs) on the website, the only other way to get support is to submit a help ticket. Unfortunately, there is no live chat or phone support. However, if you buy the professional package, you will get priority customer service.
Another perk is that each version of Spybot and Destroy comes with a tutorial, so many of your questions will be answered this way.
Pros and Cons
All products come with pros and cons, meaning there is no perfect antivirus out there. Some are geared towards different users, so it’s important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of the product before you choose to use it.
- Easy to use
- Paid packages come with a great list of features
- Anti-Beacon, System Registry Repair, and Protected Repair Environment
- Automatic updates that don’t disturb your system
We Don’t Like:
- Lengthy scans
- Free edition is limited
- Only available for Windows OS
What’s the Bottom Line?
The bottom line is we recommend Spybot Search and Destroy for Microsoft users. As an all-in-one anti-malware and antivirus program, you won’t need any additional tools to protect your computer or device. “Search and Destroy” lives up to its name!
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