Spybot – Search & Destroy

Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. Spyware silently tracks your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven’t intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been “hijacked” (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware. Even if you don’t see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging. Spybot-S&D is free, so there’s no harm giving it a try to see if something has invaded your computer.

Spybot features

Along with spyware and adware detection and disinfection capabilities, Spybot-S&D can repair the registry, winsock LSPs, ActiveX objects, browser hijackers and BHOs, PUPS, computer cookies, trackerware, heavy duty, homepage hijackers, keyloggers, LSP, tracks, trojans, spybots, revision, and other kinds of malware. It can also, to some extent, protect a user’s privacy by deleting usage tracks like tracking cookies. Spybot-S&D also includes an “Immunize” feature to block the installation of spyware before it occurs e.g. by modifying the hosts file. Another tool included in Spybot-S&D is a file shredder, for the secure deletion of files. Spybot-S&D is not intended to replace anti-virus programs, but it does detect some common trojans.
In 2008 Spybot-S&D announced that they could recognize rootkits much better, and also provided a free-standing rootkit finder, RootAlyzer.[2]
The TeaTimer module can be optionally enabled, providing a level of active, real-time protection against unwanted registry changes. This comes in the form of pop-ups which alert the user to registry changes, and ask for approval before allowing the change. Registry changes are mostly (but by no means always) made when programs are installed, uninstalled, or updated; changes when program modification is not known to be happening can be due to hidden installation of malicious software.
Some programs ship with attached spyware or adware and refuse to run when they are not present; newer versions of Spybot replace the spyware binaries with inert dummies (designed to fool programs which simply check for the presence of the spyware’s file).
In order to detect recently created programs efficiently, detection updates are released weekly with other improvements such as added languages and better heuristic algorithms. These updates are downloaded and installed from within the software from a variety of mirrors.
Spybot-S&D is available for all versions of Windows from Windows 95 and up, and offers more than two dozen different languages and several skins to users. Instructions are available on the website to enable users to design their own skins.
Technical support is currently supplied by means of Internet forums[3] and support e-mails (with a usual response time of no more than 24 hours).
Reviews and awards

This section Survey dated (September 2011)
In previous years Spybot-S&D has been applauded for its ease of installation, free updates, and excellent features. It won numerous awards, including the World Class 2003 Awards, the PC Magazine Editor’s Choice and PC User Top Buy #1. Additionally, Spybot was recommended by ZDNet, the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, MSNBC, CNN and other reviewers.
Although PC Magazine initially rated it highly in 2003, their rating declined to “poor” in 2008:
PC Magazine Editors’ Ratings (out of 5 possible)[4]
v1.2 2004 4/5
v1.3 2005 3/5
v1.4 2005 2.5/5
v1.5 2008 1.5/5

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Spybot – Search & Destroy

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