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    I'm using Spybot 1.6.1 and the command line switches that are presented in the FAQ are not working for me. I've tried them in a batch file and straight from the command prompt. There is NO SpybotSD.exe, hidden or otherwise, on my computer, just SDMain.exe. Whenever I execute that .exe with switches, all I get is the main window but nothing happens thereafter. Any thoughts?

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    bueet6:

    The executable for Spybot is SpybotSD.exe and its is there or else it wouldn't run when started with SDMain.exe. Add the command line parameters to the following:
    • "C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SpybotSD.exe"

    __________

    Some of Spybot's executables are hidden as protected operating system files. To see them:
    • Using Windows Explorer navigate to:
      • C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy
    • In the Tools menu select Folder Options…
    • In the Folder Options dialog select the View tab.
      1. Under the "Hidden files and folders" options:
        • Make sure "Show hidden files and folders" is selected.
        • Not "Do not show hidden files and folders".
      2. Uncheck the following option:
        • Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)
    • Click the Apply button.
    • Click the OK button.
    • The files should now be displayed.

    Note: If you uncheck the "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)" option to view Spybot's executables, I suggest that you return the option to its original setting when you are done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by md usa spybot fan View Post
    bueet6:

    The executable for Spybot is SpybotSD.exe and its is there or else it wouldn't run when started with SDMain.exe. Add the command line parameters to the following:
    • "C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SpybotSD.exe"

    __________

    Some of Spybot's executables are hidden as protected operating system files. To see them:
    • Using Windows Explorer navigate to:
      • C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy
    • In the Tools menu select Folder Options…
    • In the Folder Options dialog select the View tab.
      1. Under the "Hidden files and folders" options:
        • Make sure "Show hidden files and folders" is selected.
        • Not "Do not show hidden files and folders".
      2. Uncheck the following option:
        • Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)
    • Click the Apply button.
    • Click the OK button.
    • The files should now be displayed.

    Note: If you uncheck the "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)" option to view Spybot's executables, I suggest that you return the option to its original setting when you are done.
    That's a no go. I had already tried viewing hidden files before. I just tried it again on another machine running Spybot 1.6.0, it didn't work, then I updated to 1.6.1 and it still didn't work. Below is the result of 'dir' command while in the Spybot Program folder as you can see.

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    C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy>dir
     Volume in drive C has no label.
     Volume Serial Number is 0033-CBFC
    
     Directory of C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy
    
    10/02/2008  06:10 PM    <DIR>          .
    10/02/2008  06:10 PM    <DIR>          ..
    07/07/2008  09:41 AM           939,344 advcheck.dll
    04/02/2007  08:22 PM            34,472 aports.dll
    07/07/2008  09:41 AM           428,880 blindman.exe
    04/02/2007  08:22 PM             2,128 Default configuration.ini
    06/14/2008  11:24 AM           255,392 DelZip179.dll
    10/02/2008  06:10 PM    <DIR>          Dummies
    10/02/2008  06:10 PM    <DIR>          Help
    10/02/2008  06:10 PM    <DIR>          Includes
    10/02/2008  06:10 PM    <DIR>          Languages
    04/02/2007  08:22 PM            25,726 messages.zres
    04/02/2007  08:22 PM             2,683 OptOut.ini
    10/02/2008  06:10 PM    <DIR>          Plugins
    07/07/2008  09:41 AM         1,562,448 SDHelper.dll
    07/07/2008  09:42 AM           414,544 SDMain.exe
    07/07/2008  09:42 AM           809,296 SDWinSec.exe
    10/02/2008  06:10 PM    <DIR>          Skins
    06/19/2008  06:35 PM           333,288 sqlite3.dll
    07/07/2008  09:42 AM           835,920 Tools.dll
    10/02/2008  06:10 PM            23,692 unins000.dat
    10/02/2008  06:09 PM           696,200 unins000.exe
    10/02/2008  06:10 PM            10,906 unins000.msg
    07/07/2008  09:42 AM           464,720 Update.exe
    10/02/2008  06:10 PM    <DIR>          Updates
                  16 File(s)      6,839,639 bytes
                   9 Dir(s)  37,885,468,672 bytes free
    
    C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy>

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    The results of your DIR listing are exactly what you would expect to see if you did not un-check the "Hide protected operating system files" tick-box - as instructed in step 2 of the notes. Are you sure you completed step 2?

    Spybot sets BOTH the Hidden and System attributes on key files - just displaying Hidden files is going to give the result you are getting and will still hide those files marked as System files. If Spybot actually starts when you click its icon then the files are there - you are just failing to display them.

    If you had used the command DIR/AS it would have displayed any files with the System attribute set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DougCuk View Post
    The results of your DIR listing are exactly what you would expect to see if you did not un-check the "Hide protected operating system files" tick-box - as instructed in step 2 of the notes. Are you sure you completed step 2?

    Spybot sets BOTH the Hidden and System attributes on key files - just displaying Hidden files is going to give the result you are getting and will still hide those files marked as System files. If Spybot actually starts when you click its icon then the files are there - you are just failing to display them.

    If you had used the command DIR/AS it would have displayed any files with the System attribute set.
    Yes I am sure, but I have now realized the error of my ways. I never went in under explorer and checked to see if it was visible, only via command line. I have a command line and an explorer open side by side. The SpybotSD.exe is visible in explorer but not in the command prompt. So anyone out there that expects it to show up in cmd, it won't. Either way, you should still be able to run the command with SpybotSD.exe whether you see the file in there or not.

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    bueet6:

    What is the command you are using?

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