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I frequently use FileHippo.com to check for updates etc and saw Spybot Search and Destroy 2 was available for download.

Firstly, I uninstalled the old version (Spybot S&D1.6.2)that I have been using for quite a while,rebooted and then installed the new version 2.

After restarting my PC,the whole system was extremely slow,start up took a very long time and the desk top icons flashed on and off for a while.

I have now discovered ( from research I probably should have done in the first instance!) that Spybot S&D 2 has created a whole load of back up files

that CCleaner revealed on a Registry scan.

All of these back up files have used a lot of valuable disk space,slowed the performance of my PC and thwarted all my attempts to remove Spybot 2.

I have tried the normal:

>control panel

> add/remove programs

and also:


>all programs

>select spybot 2 / uninstall

But still cannot remove this program at all.

Any thoughts welcomed,many thanks in advance,


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Hello and welcome:

I haven't used it in quite a while, but..........

See here:




And then try CCleaner again.

Reboot to fully clean everything out afterward.

You may want to reset your hosts files to the default if you are still having system slowdowns after that.


Also, Spybot S&D teatimer (real-time protection) conflicts with many of the major AV suites.

And it is superfluous.

You will have better performance if you disable that feature.



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Hi daledoc1,

Thankyou for your reply.

I have now managed to completely remove all traces of Spybot 2 and all is well again with my PC.

The solution was to remove the program in Safe Mode,reboot and then perform a registry scan with CCleaner

just to make sure. Also, I had to manually delete the file: c;/documents and settings/all users/application data/spybot search and destroy

The last step was to reconfigure the Hosts file using the Microsoft 'Fix It' download.

I will no longer be using Spybot in the future, I do not want to black list their program it just didn't work for me!

Thankyou once again for providing an in depth and very useful solution.



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Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.0 is still a beta and not ready for regular usage.

Spybot-Search & Destroy 2.0 beta has a modern appearance but it isn't just the design that has changed. Discover the fast performance, enjoy the completely automated updates and new command center that will suit both new and advanced users.

Our team has tested this complete new version thoroughly but there will be some bugs. Remember it is a beta and as such not a replacement for the stable version 1.6.2.

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