How to uninstall Spybot serch and distroy

  Danny37 17:36 PM 02 Jun 11

I installed spybot serch and distroy on my windows 7 laptop,and now it is in conflict with other security software. I want to uninstall it but I dont see it in the list for uninstalling in files and settings.Please help.Danny Smith

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:07 PM 02 Jun 11

Spybot-S&D will uninstall from the Windows Add/Remove Software control panel without problems.

If you want to completely get rid of Spybot-S&D and the Add/Remove does not help, you can delete the installation folder (usually C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy).

If you just want to upgrade to a newer version, please follow the same instructions like above and then install the new version.

After following these instructions please restart your system so that the changes can take place.

Also, neither the automated uninstall nor the manual uninstall like described above will remove the following directories, which you will have to remove by hand:

Windows 95 or 98: C:\Windows\Aplication Data\Spybot - Search & Destroy\

Windows ME: C:\Windows\All Users\Application Data\Spybot - Search & Destroy\

Windows NT, 2000 or XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Spybot - Search & Destroy\

Windows Vista: C:\ProgramData\Spybot - Search & Destroy\

(Please note that the Application Data Folder is hidden. So if you cannot find this folder please check your folder properties.)

Explanation: this folder contains the backup (the quarantined files) that Spybot-S&D creates. If the Uninstall would remove this folder as well, this would mean that those backups would be gone. We saw it a few times that new users uninstalled Spybot-S&D in panic after they have experienced a small problem, thus removing the backup that would have undone any changes.

  Danny37 23:31 PM 02 Jun 11

Thanks for ypur help about removing spybot from my Windows (7) laptop but Windows 7 dont have a Add / remove program. I guess that i will have to live with it for now, but thanks for your help anyway. Danny

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 23:40 PM 02 Jun 11

Add/Remove Programs is now called Programs and Features in W7

I also said you could just delete the installation folder if ADD / Remove didn't do the job.

Remember to follow the other instructions to delete ALL the Sybot folders

  I am Spartacus 23:42 PM 02 Jun 11

Click on the Start Orb and type 'add or remove programs' in the search box then click on the result which should be the top item in the list. Find Spybot and double click on it and follow the steps.

  Joe G 01:15 AM 03 Jun 11

I'm surprised its conflicting - never had any problems with Spybot and it seems quite useful. Is there an issue I should be aware of - I'm running Vista with Avira Free, Super Anti Spyware & Malwarebytes & Spyware blaster

  rdave13 06:58 AM 03 Jun 11

I'm not having any conflicting issues either. Using the tea timer on Spybot with Avast, SAS and Malwarebytes and spywareblaster.

  spuds 10:11 AM 03 Jun 11

You could download and install Revo Uninstaller, that will remove the program, plus most other arkward programs that you want to uninstall.

You will find Revo on or plus many other recommended download websites.


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