[ An update to this: They don’t make it very obvious but you need a license for Enterprise use of this product. So much for leveraging this at work. I’ll have to pull back on my installs and figure out about purchasing it for some. I hope this note helps some folks to make sure they have a proper license.]

In the battle against malware at work I have finally decided to use Spybot. For years everyone has always used it to clean up a machine after someone complained about a problem, but I thought maybe I could use it proactively, and hopefully silently. I did a lot of Googling but it is so very hard to find all the information in one place so I thought I’d share the commands I use to install and update Spybot.

The below is one very long line. It will install Spybot but not put any icons on the desktop or quicklaunch bar. It will also not launch TeaTimer which is the system level protection that would possibly conflict with our management tools. The !updatedl stops the windows from coming up that prompts you to update.

spybotsd162.exe /SP- /NORESTART /VERYSILENT /NOCANCEL /SUPPRESSMSGBOXES /components="main,!updatedl" /mergetasks="!launchteatimer,!quicklaunchicon,!desktopicon"

Once installed I wanted to make sure the detection was up to date. To do that use the below one long line. It uses %programfiles% so that this even works on our Spanish language OS machines.

"%programfiles%\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SpybotSD.exe" /taskbarhide /autoupdate /autoclose

If you want to immunize IE then the below should work for you. Note that if you have IE 8 you may not want to immunize. There are some performance issues with IE 8 and immunization as of Spybot 1.6.2 so please check their website before doing this to make sure you will be ok.

"%programfiles%\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SpybotSD.exe" /taskbarhide /autoupdate /autoimmunize /autoclose

Lastly here is my command for updating and then repairing any issues silently and automatically. It is again one long line.

"%programfiles%\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SpybotSD.exe" /taskbarhide /autoupdate /autocheck /autofix /autoclose

I hope this is of some help to someone out there. It took me a weekend to figure this out so if I save your weekend let me know 🙂  And please do let me know if anything posted here is incorrect. I will say that a small number of machines seem to launch SpyBot at the end of the install. I’m not 100% sure why. It’s not everyone. Also on some machines after install you will see IE hang on launch. After scanning the machine with SpyBot and removing all the tracking cookies it finds then IE behaves normally on these few machines.

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