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2.0.7 22.96%
2.0.6 28.15%
2.0.5 8.89%
2.0.4 11.11%
2.0.3 28.89%

Spybot - Search & Destroy 2

What is Spybot - Search & Destroy 2?

Spybot Search & Destroy (S&D) is a spyware and adware removal computer program compatible with Microsoft Windows. It scans the computer hard disk and/or RAM for malicious software. In addition to spyware and adware detection and disinfection, Spybot-S&D can repair the registry, winsock LSPs, ActiveX objects, browser hijackers and BHOs, PUPS, computer cookies, trackerware, heavy duty, homepage hijackers, keyloggers, LSP, tracks, trojans, spybots, revision, and other kinds of malware. It can also delete tracking cookies.

About  (from Safer-Networking)

Spybot Search & Destroy is improved and greatly optimized version of the award winning spyware and adware removal computer program that currently protects millions of personal computers and businesses from online threats. By using knowledge accumulated over last 10 years and advices from millions of their users, develo...  Read more

Overview

The most common release is 2.0.3, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The primary executable is named sdwelcome.exe. The setup package generally installs about 60 files and is usually about 242.94 MB (254,743,954 bytes). The installed file SDUpdate.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.safer-networking.org/2012/spybot-2-now-available-for-download
Help link: www.safer-networking.org/index.php?page=support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy 2\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy 2\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 242.94 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Spybot - Search & Destroy 2

Program executable:sdwelcome.exe
Name:Spybot - Search & Destroy
Welcome Center
Path:C:\Program Files\spybot - search & destroy 2\sdwelcome.exe
MD5:d714d74f1cae456c001c0d17fa8a6f85
Additional files:
  • blindman.exe - Spybot - Search & Destroy (Dummy)
  • explorer.exe - Malware Scanner
  • SDAdvancedCheckLibrary.dll - File check library
  • SDBootCD.exe - Create a bootable CD with Spybot-S&D on it.
  • SDCleaner.exe - Search results cleaner
  • SDCoffPH.dll - Hooks for on-access monitoring
  • SDDelFile.exe - File remover for stubborn files
  • SDDialogs.dll - User Interface dialogs library
  • SDECon32.dll - Windows Explorer context menu integration
  • SDECon64.dll
  • SDEvents.dll - Event Log helper for Spybot - Search & Destroy
  • SDFiles.exe - Single file on-demand scanner
  • SDFileScanHelper.exe - File scan helper for network files.
  • SDFileScanLibrary.dll - File Scanning services library.
  • SDFSSvc.exe - Scanner Service
  • SDFWSvc.exe - Firewall Service
  • SDHelper.dll - Blocks URLs that could install spyware, malware etc.
  • SDHook32.dll - Live Protection
  • SDHook64.dll
  • SDHookHelper.exe - Live Protection Helper
  • SDHookInst32.exe - Live Protection Configuration Tool
  • SDHookInst64.exe
  • SDHookSvc.exe - Live Protection Service
  • SDImmunize.exe - Pro-active browser protection
  • SDImmunizeLibrary.dll - Immunization handling library
  • sdinsTasks.dll - Helps the installation schedule a task.
  • SDLists.dll - Malware list management library
  • SDLogReport.exe - Create report archive
  • SDMain.exe - Launcher for WSC integration
  • SDMonSvc.exe - On-Access monitor
  • SDPhoneScan.exe - Scans local files belonging to mobile phones.
  • SDPrepPos.exe - System Whitelist Preparation
  • SDQuarantine.exe - Allows to restore cleaned files.
  • SDResources.dll - Various user interface resources.
  • SDRootAlyzer.exe - Rootkit scanner
  • SDScan.exe
  • SDScanLibrary.dll - Spybot - Search & Destroy Scan Engine
  • SDSettings.exe - Settings
  • SDShred.exe - Permanently removes ("shred") files.
  • SDSysRepair.exe - System Repair
  • SDTasks.dll - Library to help managing scheduled tasks
  • SDTools.exe - Autostart and Configuration Manager
  • SDTray.exe - Spybot - Search & Destroy tray access
  • SDUpdate.exe - Update
  • SDUpdSvc.exe - Spybot-S&D 2 Background update service
  • SDWinLogon.dll - Logon time cleaner
  • SDWSCSvc.exe - Windows Security Center integration.
  • Tools.dll - Library for various small tasks.
  • UninsSrv.dll - Uninstallation survey
  • DelZip190.dll (by DelphiZip) - DelphiZip (Freeware Zip/Unzip)
  • ntrights.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Autoplay Handlers
  • SDFiles.exe is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'SpybotScanFiles' with the ProgID of 'SpybotFilesScanner' and the action verb 'scanfiles.
  • SDSettings.exe is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'SpybotScanFiles' with the ProgID of 'SpybotFilesScanner' and the action verb 'scanfiles.
2 Context Menu Handlers
  • SDECon32.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'SDECon32' with a class of {44176360-2BBF-4EC1-93CE-384B8681A0BC}.
  • SDECon64.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'SDECon64' with a class of {44176360-2BBF-4EC1-93CE-384B8681A0BC}.
Internet Explorer BHO
  • SDHelper.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Spybot-S&D IE Protection' with the class of {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F}.
Internet Explorer Extension
  • SDHelper.dll is installed as an Internet Explorer extension using the class {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2}.
3 Scheduled Tasks
  • explorer.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Scan the system (Spybot - Search & Destroy)' (runs daily at 3:00 AM).
  • SDImmunize.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Refresh immunization (Spybot - Search & Destroy)' (runs weekly on Thursdays at 10.30).
  • SDScan.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Scan the system' (runs monthly on Mondays at 12:30 AM).
4 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • explorer.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Scan the system (Spybot - Search & Destroy).
  • SDImmunize.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Refresh immunization (Spybot - Search & Destroy).
  • SDUpdate.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Check for updates (Spybot - Search & Destroy).
  • SDScan.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Scan the system (Spybot - Search & Destroy).
6 Services
  • SDUpdSvc.exe runs as a service named 'Spybot-S&D 2 Updating Service' (SDUpdateService) "Downloads updates and installs them.".
  • SDHookSvc.exe runs as a service named 'Spybot-S&D 2 Hooks Service' (SDHookService) "Helps Spybot monitoring the system.".
  • SDFSSvc.exe runs as a service named 'Spybot-S&D 2 Scanner Service' (SDScannerService) "Offers malware scanning services to Spybot-S&D modules.".
  • SDWSCSvc.exe runs as a service named 'Spybot-S&D 2 Security Center Service' (SDWSCService) "Integrates Spybot into the Windows Security Center.".
  • SDMonSvc.exe runs as a service named 'Spybot-S&D 2 Monitoring Service' (SDMonitorService) "Offers on-access protection from spyware, viruses and other malware.".
  • SDFWSvc.exe runs as a service named 'Spybot-S&D 2 Firewall Service' (SDFirewallService) "Offers various network protection services.".
Startup File (User Run)
  • SDCleaner.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Spybot-S&D Cleaning' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy 2\SDCleaner.exe" /autoclean.
Startup File (User Run Once)
  • SDDelFile.exe is loaded once in the current user (HKCU) registry as a startup file name 'SpybotDeletingF6579' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy 2\SDDelFile.exe" "C:\Program Files\SweetIM\Toolbars\Internet Explorer\resources\yahoo.png".
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • SDTray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SDTray' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy 2\SDTray.exe".
  • SDCleaner.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Spybot-S&D Cleaning' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy 2\SDCleaner.exe" /autoclean.
6 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • SDFSSvc.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Anti Virus\Spybot - Search & Destroy 2\SDFSSvc.exe'.
  • SDMonSvc.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\ProgramyMnouInstalovane\Spybot - Search & Destroy 2\SDMonSvc.exe'.
  • SDFWSvc.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\ProgramyMnouInstalovane\Spybot - Search & Destroy 2\SDFWSvc.exe'.
  • SDUpdSvc.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy 2\SDUpdSvc.exe'.
  • SDUpdate.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy 2\SDUpdate.exe'.
  • SDTray.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy 2\SDTray.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

SDWSCSvc.exe
Memory:1.53 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0002387530%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00011172%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00012704%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:5,270,702
8,062,084 average
Switches/sec:14
70 average

How do I remove Spybot - Search & Destroy 2?

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Or, you can uninstall Spybot - Search & Destroy 2 from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Spybot - Search & Destroy 2, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 65%
Win Vista 1%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 70.37%
Windows XP 18.52%
Windows Vista 11.11%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 38.06%
Microsoft Windows XP 18.66%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.91%
Windows 7 Professional 11.19%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 9.70%
Windows 7 Home Basic 1.49%

Distribution by countryGeography

62.09% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 62.09%
  Germany 9.89%
  France 4.40%
  Brazil 2.75%
  Italy 2.20%
  Portugal 1.65%
  Japan 1.65%
  Belgium 1.10%
  India 1.10%
  Greece 1.10%
  Philippines 1.10%
  United Kingdom 1.10%
  Singapore 0.55%
  South Africa 0.55%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 26.44%
Acer 16.09%
Hewlett-Packard 14.94%
ASUS 11.49%
GIGABYTE 9.20%
Toshiba 9.20%
American Megatrends 5.75%
Intel 3.45%
Samsung 2.30%
Gateway 1.15%
Common models
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.00%
ASUSTeK K53SV 2.00%
Dell Dell System XPS L5... 2.00%
Samsung QX310/QX410/QX510... 2.00%
Hewlett-Packard Presario ... 2.00%
TOSHIBA Satellite P300 2.00%

About (from Safer-Networking Ltd.)

Spybot is maintained by a team of people very dedicated to privacy issues, many of which are working full-time on analysing masses of new threats each week, and the response time from our support team is better than that of many a commercial vendor.
Publisher URL: www.safer-networking.org

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