If you have been around the Web long enough to see malware epidemics come and go, then you have likely heard of the Spybot Search and Destroy (S&D) tool. It is one of the oldest and most reputable anti-malware products in the freeware space, and guaranteed to eliminate any strand of spyware or adware on your device. People have long preferred it for its ease of use, array of interface options, and powerful immunization tools.
In fact, its features are so effective that if used all at once, your computer’s performance could be drastically hampered. This is what makes the Spybot Antivirus (stylized as “Spybot + Anti-Virus”) premium so essential for the lay user. It’s Home and Pro versions are choked full of tools like task scheduling and live protection, and works alongside other anti-virus (AV) programs for an added layer of security.
By now you realize the risk of using free apps. The media players and photo editors made available to the general public are always prone to malware infection. Installing Spybot Antivirus by Safer-Networking, Ltd—the same brand that brought us Spybot Search and Destroy—you can make certain you are protected against a variety of threats in digital ecosystem.
Unboxing Spybot Antivirus
Upon running Spybot Antivirus for the first time, you will be prompted for your choice in how the software operates. Automatic mode enables the software to carry out its tasks automatically (no big surprise here), while manual mode allows experienced users to configure their settings. It’s obvious that Safer-Networking is catering to two types of users here; Novice users can avoid intimidation and easily switch between modes as the gain more experience.
Regardless of what option is chosen, every user will have to manually update the malware signatures. Viruses and other threats are constantly released in the wild, and updating signatures upon fresh installations ensures that newly discovered malware can be easily detected. Updating the signatures should be the first thing you do after installing any AV program.
Next, you can choose to either scan your entire system or a few selected files, like the ones located in your “Downloads” folder. This is called System and File scanning, respectively. With the former, you will have to wait (sometimes a good while) for the scanning process to complete, but will immediately be notified in the application’s interface when malicious programs are detected. You will have the option of quarantining these files and programs after the scanning process is complete.
After a thorough analysis of the Spybot Antivirus product, it could be concluded that its scanning and immunization tools are among its best features. They are perfect for blocking websites known for hosting malware. In addition to this, the all-in-one suite is capable of tracking cookies and other susceptible components that could easily infect your computer. The only issues (if any) are that there isn’t a Spybot Antivirus for Mac users, and power consumption when performing a full system scan. There are certainly other products that work much faster without slowing down your computer. I’d argue, however, that Spybot Antivirus is thorough, and will detect almost any malicious program that might be lurking on your computer.