How to Manually Install Updates for Spybot Search & Destroy

by Jason Artman

Spybot - Search and Destroy protects computers from spyware, the malicious software that can monitor your activities online and potentially steal sensitive information. The Spybot program automatically checks the Internet for new spyware definitions periodically to help make sure that your computer remains protected from emerging threats. You still might prefer to update Spybot manually, however, to confirm you're receiving the necessary updates. This will assure you that you have the latest spyware definitions installed.


Browse to the Spybot - Search & Destroy website (see Resources) and click "Spybot Search & Destroy" under "Products" on the right side of the page.


Click the "Download" icon next to "Detection Updates." A download window opens for the file "spybotsd_includes.exe." Save the file to the desktop and close all running instances of Spybot.


Double-click the file "spybotsd_includes.exe" when the download is complete.


Click the "Browse" button and point the installation utility to the location of Spybot - Search & Destroy on your computer if you installed the application in a directory other than the default. If you used the default directory, click "Install."


Click "Close" and launch Spybot - Search & Destroy when the update is complete.


Click the "Help" menu at the top of the Spybot window, and then click "About." Note the date next to "Latest Detection Update." The date should match the date next to the file downloaded from the Spybot website. This confirms that the update is successful.


  • check You can also download and install updates for Spybot - Search & Destroy automatically by clicking the "Search for Updates" button after launching the program.

About the Author

Jason Artman has been a technical writer since entering the field in 1999 while attending Michigan State University. Artman has published numerous articles for various websites, covering a diverse array of computer-related topics including hardware, software, games and gadgets.

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