Spybot Free Edition is an on-demand anti-spyware scanner. Spyware is software that not only gathers information about your activities on the Internet without asking your permission but also can change the configuration of your computer. The actions or information gathered by of this type of software can be used for targeted advertising and also for forcibly directing you to certain websites. Spybot searches your hard disk for all known types of spyware, adware and potentially unwanted programs. It offers powerful features to remove these threats and thus protect your privacy. It automatically detects adware networks, attempts at host redirection, registry modifications or unwanted changes in the browser configuration of Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera. If an attempt is made to redirect your computer to a different name server without your permission Spybot can detect and stop this happening.
Another way that Spybot protects your privacy is by removing ‘Usage Tracks’. Usage tracks are the history of websites you have visited, web pages pages you have opened, documents you have read or edited, programs you have run and other information recording your activities. This information is stored on your computer and can be useful as it can speed up access to data but it can also be used in attempts at identity theft or to compromise your computer. Spybot can remove the Usage Tracks that could possibly cause problems if used by an attacker. Spybots team of ‘Forensic Detectives’ constantly monitor the Internet for new threats and attack vectors so it is important, that in order for software to give maximum protection, it is regularly updated. The signatures for Spybot Free Edition are updated once a week.
Spybot +AV is a licensed version of Spybot that enhances the protection offered by Spybot Free Edition. This product not only protects against spyware but also incorporates an aware winning antivirus engine licensed by Bitdefender.
Spybot-Search & Destroy 2.0 beta has a modern appearance but it isn't just the design that has changed. Discover the fast performance, enjoy the completely automated updates and new command center that will suit both new and advanced users.
The team has tested this complete new version thoroughly but there will be some bugs. Remember it is a beta and as such not a replacement for the stable version 1.6.2.
Reviewing 2.0.11 RC3 (Nov 24, 2012)
Some years back (2008), my son acquired the RustockB rootkit while using my computer. Spybot was the only program that found it. My antivirus (Avira) and antispyware (Malwarebytes) did not. It took jumping through more hoops to remove it, but at least the problem was identified.
This newer version, while trying to become more relevant and responsive to the newer types of malware, adversely impacts system performance to such a degree that I won't be using it. v1.62 is still being supported so I will be keeping it as a secondary "on demand" scanner. If/when the Spybot devs work out the bloatware issues with this version or at least provide an easier way to opt out of unwanted/unneeded features, I might try it again but for now, no...can't recommend it.
Reviewing 2.0.11 RC3 (Oct 25, 2012)
As adaware it has become bloated and unuseful...
Reviewing 2.0.10 RC2 (Oct 4, 2012)
malwarebytes is lightweight and 100% BETTER than spybot ...too bloated :(
Reviewing 2.0.10 RC2 (Sep 4, 2012)
lol. I'd rather have malware too.
Reviewing 2.0.10 RC2 (Sep 4, 2012)
It has nothing to do with being beta. This program use to be the "go to" to get crap off your computer, then about 4 years ago they decided to make it more than it needed to be. Now it's a bloated mess and resource hog. Ever hear of the old adage "if it aint broke, don't fix it?". The developers of this thing should have thought of that a long time ago.
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