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What percent of users and experts removed it?
12% remove it88% keep it
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Spybot - Search & Destroy PE


Spybot - Search & Destroy PE is a software program developed by Safer-Networking. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The primary executable is named spybotsd.exe. The setup package generally installs about 16 files and is usually about 85.47 MB (89,626,600 bytes). The installed file Update.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. Relative to the overall usage of those who have this installed, most are running it on Windows Vista (SP2). Most users that have installed this software come from the United States.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.safer-networking.org
Help link: www.safer-networking.org/index.php?page=support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy PE\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy PE\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 85.47 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Spybot - Search & Destroy PE

Program executable:spybotsd.exe
Spybot - Search & Destroy
Path:C:\Program Files\spybot - search & destroy pe\spybotsd.exe
Additional files:
  • advcheck.dll - Spybot - Search & Destroy (Dateiüberprüfungs-Bibliothek)
  • blindman.exe - Dummy
  • SDFiles.exe - Single file on-demand scanner
  • SDHelper.dll - SBSD IE Protection
  • TeaTimer.exe - System settings protector
  • Tools.dll - Bibliothek für Spybot-S&D
  • Update.exe - External updater
  • SDMain.exe - Spybot-S&D Security Center launcher
  • SDWinSec.exe - Spybot-S&D Security Center integration
  • aports.dll (by SmartLine) - Active Ports (Maps TCP and UDP ports to the owning processes)
  • DelZip179.dll (by DelphiZip) - DelphiZip (Freeware Zip/Unzip)
  • SDShred.exe
  • SDUpdate.exe
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall
  • sqlite3.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • SDHelper.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Toolbar BHO' with the class of {bf0e7b44-9056-496b-b2fa-afcc455c49d7}.
Internet Explorer Extension
  • SDHelper.dll is installed as an Internet Explorer extension using the class {DFB852A3-47F8-48C4-A200-58CAB36FD2A2}.
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • TeaTimer.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 2.
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.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • 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.

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

How do I remove Spybot - Search & Destroy PE?

You can uninstall Spybot - Search & Destroy PE 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 PE, 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 PE.

How do I reset my web browser?

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

Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 12%
Keep it 88%
Windows Vista (SP2)

Distribution by countryGeography

100.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 100.00%

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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