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Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 29.30 days
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Average installed length: 454.12 days


1.3 100.00%

Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.3

What is Spybot - Search & Destroy?

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 can detect and remove a multitude of adware files and modules from your computer. Spybot also can clean program and Web-usage tracks from your system, which is especially useful if you share your computer. Modules chosen for removal can be sent directly to the included file shredder, ensuring ...  Read more


Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The program adds a toolbar to Microsoft 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. The main program executable is spybotsd.exe. The software installer includes 24 files and is usually about 21.62 MB (22,674,253 bytes). SDUpdate.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.safer-networking.org
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\spybot - search & destroy
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 21.62 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.3

Program executable:spybotsd.exe
Spybot - Search & Destroy
Path:C:\Program Files\spybot - search & destroy\spybotsd.exe
Additional files:
  • advcheck.dll - Spybot - Search & Destroy (Dateiüberprüfungs-Bibliothek)
  • blindman.exe - Dummy
  • SDDelFile.exe - Kommandozeilen-Dateientfernen-Werkzeug für Spybot-S&D
  • SDFiles.exe - Single file on-demand scanner
  • SDHelper.dll - Bad download blocker
  • SDUpdate.exe - Updater for Spybot-S&D
  • TeaTimer.exe - System settings protector
  • Tools.dll - Bibliothek für Spybot-S&D
  • UninsSrv.dll - Uninstallation survey
  • Update.exe - External updater
  • SDShred.exe - Secure Shredder (File shredder formerly integrated into Spybot-S&D)
  • SDFiles.dll - SpyBot-S&D (Spybot - Search & Destroy File Scanner)
  • SDWinSec.exe - Spybot-S&D Security Center integration
  • unins000.exe - Inno Setup (Uninstaller)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • SDHelper.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'McAfee SiteAdvisor BHO' with the class of {B164E929-A1B6-4A06-B104-2CD0E90A88FF}.
Internet Explorer Extension
  • SDHelper.dll is installed as an Internet Explorer extension using the class {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • SDHelper.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'McAfee SiteAdvisor Toolbar' with the class of {0EBBBE48-BAD4-4B4C-8E5A-516ABECAE064} (McAfee SiteAdvisor).
Internet Explorer URL Search Hook
  • SDHelper.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'McAfee SiteAdvisor Toolbar' with a class of {0EBBBE48-BAD4-4B4C-8E5A-516ABECAE064} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.
Internet Explorer Web Browser
  • SDHelper.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named '&Crawler Toolbar' with a class of {C4D78C72-08DB-4A3F-9175-B265157283F3}.
7 Scheduled Tasks
  • SpybotSD.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{DF53BA36-E6AD-4933-ABA4-3205B316BF82}' (runs on registration).
  • SDUpdate.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{DB90B1BA-0DB7-416C-9776-6960F9A69ECF}' (runs on registration).
  • SDShred.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{192F682F-8BC3-4B14-AF53-A907FE8CBCBF}' (runs on registration).
  • unins000.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E253CDA2-9362-4542-A47D-5D5FF5EEF4FA}' (runs on registration).
  • SDWinSec.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{FC9AC3CC-0EC6-4CF1-96F3-CF906C157937}' (runs on registration).
  • SDFiles.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Spybot - Search & Destroy - Scheduled Task' (runs daily at 19:05).
  • Plus 1 more
2 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • TeaTimer.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 2.
  • SpybotSD.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Spybot - Search & Destroy.
  • SDWinSec.exe runs as a service named 'SBSD Security Center Service' (SBSDWSCService).
Startup File (User Run)
  • TeaTimer.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'SpybotSD TeaTimer' and executes as C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe.
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • SpybotSD.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SpybotSnD' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SpybotSD.exe" /autocheck.
  • TeaTimer.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'TeaTimer.exe' which loads as W:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe.
Startup File (All Users Run Once)
  • SpybotSD.exe is loaded once in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SpybotSnD' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SpybotSD.exe" /autocheck.
7 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • SDUpdate.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Spybot\SDUpdate.exe'.
  • SpybotSD.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SpybotSD.exe'.
  • TeaTimer.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe'.
  • Update.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\Update.exe'.
  • unins000.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\unins000.exe'.
  • SDShred.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDShred.exe'.
  • Plus 1 more

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:72.11 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0070373328%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00246928%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00456806%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:14,792,179
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:83.88 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:42.94 KB
105.02 KB average
Memory:44.77 MB
Total CPU:1.6544138927%
Kernel CPU:0.35269601%
User CPU:1.30171788%
I/O reads/min:268.63 KB
I/O writes/min:45 Bytes
Memory:13.14 MB
Total CPU:0.0018679375%
Kernel CPU:0.00121284%
User CPU:0.00065510%
CPU cycles/sec:370,972
I/O reads/min:2.81 KB

How do I remove Spybot - Search & Destroy?

You can uninstall Spybot - Search & Destroy 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.3, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Spybot - Search & Destroy.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.3 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 40%
Win Vista 1%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 43.71%
Windows XP 37.75%
Windows 10 9.27%
Windows Vista 9.27%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 36.81%
Windows 7 Home Premium 21.53%
Windows 7 Professional 9.03%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.33%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 7.64%
Windows 8.1 4.17%

Distribution by countryGeography

52.22% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 52.22%
  United Kingdom 7.78%
  France 7.22%
  Italy 5.56%
  Germany 4.44%
  Canada 4.44%
  Israel 2.78%
  Brazil 1.67%
  Belgium 1.11%
  Finland 1.11%
  Australia 1.11%
  Spain 1.11%
  DK 1.11%
  South Africa 0.56%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 27.91%
Hewlett-Packard 22.09%
Acer 12.79%
ASUS 5.81%
Intel 5.81%
Toshiba 4.65%
Gateway 4.65%
American Megatrends 3.49%
Sahara 3.49%
Compaq 2.33%
Alienware 1.16%
Common models
ECS GeForce6100PM-M2 3.92%
HP G60 Notebook PC 2.94%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.94%
ASUS All Series 1.96%
HP P7-1256C ABC 0.98%

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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