Monday, March 4, 2013

Spybot Search & Destroy

It has been a long while since I first tried Spybot S&D Version 2. Back then it was simply a Beta version (at best). It was horrible and I dumped it immediately. I continued to recommend Spybot S&D Version 1.6.2. It was a very stable, tested, and fairly easy to use product.

Today I downloaded the newest version. It is Version 2, known simply as SD2. It is, by the designation lacking any "Beta" or other qualifiers, but simply SD2, ready for prime time.

I am sorry to say that I could not disagree more. It is NOT ready for prime time!

I encourage all of you, who still believe there is a place for Spybot, to stay with or to download Version 1.6.2. It is available at

I will continue to use SD 1.6.2, but the folks who write and support this product will likely stop supporting it (supplying udates). That is a costly proposition for a company who has since moved on.

The installation of SD2 was very difficult, and I had to guess as I went along as to what was the better choice of 2 possibilities - several times. Once I got it installed and updated (I think I updated it successfully), I then found it nearly impossible to run - I mean it was so complex and choices were not at all obvious. They now estimate the remaining time for the user, and when I got down to 60 minutes, I stopped it and uninstalled it.

If you want to see a piece of bad software that has probably cost the company millions, go ahead and try it!

As for me, I will look for a replacement for SD 1.6.2.