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.
- Problems when bdcore.dll is updated (only Spybot +AV editions)
- For antivirus updates the proxy settings were ignored (only Spybot +AV editions)
- We rephrased the message that is printed when no new updates are available to be more user-friendly
- For users of the Polish translation of Spybot, updating was broken
Reviewing 2.4.40 (Mar 2, 2015)
Still appreciate some of Spybot's functions (immunization of browsers, hosts). Not sure it's needed these days (modern antivirus do much of this in realtime). The 2.x interface is sadly still a total mess, clunky, modulated, loathsome. Always debating whether to go back to 1.x, or hold out hope for 2.x...
Reviewing 2.4.40 (Feb 1, 2015)
good but they are a long way from being a good anti virus
Reviewing 2.4.40 (Nov 9, 2014)
I use Spybot for many years and I'm still impressed by its many functions. Great tool
Reviewing 2.4.40 (Sep 24, 2014)
great tool highly recommended
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