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What is Spybot-S&D?

Spybot - Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware.

Current version available: Available from Spybot website


  • Windows Yes
  • Macintosh  No
  • Linux  No  

Does NUI Galway have a site licence for Spybot-S&D software?

No. However, Spybot-S&D is available free to download

How can I get Spybot-S&D software for my computer?

Spybot-S&D is available free to download

Can I install Spybot-S&D software on my home computer?

Spybot-S&D is available free to download

Where can I get technical support about Spybot-S&D?

Customer Support is available from the Spybot website

Known Issues

Some Spybot-S&D users on-campus at NUI Galway may experience technical difficulties due to the particular network setting for some desktop computer connections. To resolve this issue, check that the following settings are configured in Spybot-S&D.

  1. Open Spybot-S&D 

  2. From the  Mode menu, click Advanced Menu 
    Click Yes when warning dialog box appears 

  3. Click Settings in the left hand column 

  4. From the Settings menu, click Settings

  5. Scroll down to Web Update 
    Un-Tick Use proxy to connect to update server 

  6. Click OK 

  7. From the  Mode menu, click Default 

  8. Click Updates button and follow on-screen instructions to update definitions.