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How To: Spybot 2 Free Step-by-Step Guide

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The best way to stay safe and keep your computer clean is to practice safe surfing. Still, sometimes we can contract something nasty despite doing our best to be careful online. Check out Tom's Guide's latest story on installing and using Spybot 2 to get your computer squeaky clean once more.

 
Spybot Search & Destroy is an old hand on the anti-malware scene, and just this November, Safer Networking Limited, the program's developers, released the newest version of the program, Spybot 2. Today, we'll take a quick tour of Spybot 2's free version, guiding you through installation and a few other salient features. The first thing you'll need to do that of course is to grab the installer through the download link above!

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    joytech22 , January 29, 2013 9:22 PM
    Spybot 2? Wow I think I might be a little behind because my copy looks nothing like this lol.
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    infernocy , January 29, 2013 9:29 PM
    its really bad that free apps have sold out lately .. they are full with ads and spyware ... i use fillehippo that stores past versions and i still use zonealarm 9.14 , i really dont want more free apps doing this ..
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    Markon101 , January 29, 2013 9:36 PM
    Do all your browsing in a virtual machine. (virtualbox) Also, if you're really paranoid you can always use snapshots to revert your VM.
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    aaron88_7 , January 30, 2013 2:49 AM
    infernocyits really bad that free apps have sold out lately .. they are full with ads and spyware ... i use fillehippo that stores past versions and i still use zonealarm 9.14 , i really dont want more free apps doing this ..

    I'm not sure what exactly Tom's meant by "crapware", this option appears to merely automate the installation process. I installed on two systems both ways and this option doesn't include any advertisements or spyware.

    Hopefully Tom's can be a bit more descriptive with what they mean before suggesting software they are reviewing includes spyware within the installation. Whoever did this review seemed to be more interested in hitting the 'print screen' key rather than actually writing an in-depth and well thought out review.

    I've been using Spybot for years and I'm surprised they have a new version out. Maybe after a few days of use I should write a real review...
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    infernocy , January 30, 2013 12:40 PM
    aaron88_7I'm not sure what exactly Tom's meant by "crapware", this option appears to merely automate the installation process. I installed on two systems both ways and this option doesn't include any advertisements or spyware.Hopefully Tom's can be a bit more descriptive with what they mean before suggesting software they are reviewing includes spyware within the installation. Whoever did this review seemed to be more interested in hitting the 'print screen' key rather than actually writing an in-depth and well thought out review.I've been using Spybot for years and I'm surprised they have a new version out. Maybe after a few days of use I should write a real review...


    When you install free software , most of them have additional options in the start but even if you say dont install them , the installer still install them ... also look at the comments on filehippo
    http://www.filehippo.com/download_spybot_search_destroy/comments/

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    egmccann , January 30, 2013 1:03 PM
    infernocyWhen you install free software , most of them have additional options in the start but even if you say dont install them , the installer still install them ... also look at the comments on filehippo http://www.filehippo.com/download_ [...] /comments/


    Yes, the point is that Spybot isn't doing that. I was curious as well and ran through the install. The only thing I got with Spybot was Spybot. (As opposed to, say, going to get Flash and ending up with it and Mcafee System Scan and Do Nothing About It.)
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    computertech82 , February 1, 2013 12:25 AM
    pcmag marks it as THE worse anti-malware now.
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2412373,00.asp