Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.3.39

Spybot - Search & Destroy is an anti-malware application designed for on-access and on-demand scanning and removal of various kinds of malware, including spyware, adware, hijackers and trojan horses. 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.

Spybot not only provides detection and removal of adware and spyware but also antivirus protection. Spybot v2.3 includes a Professional Edition license valid for 30 days, so you can try and test all the features of the program.

What's new in this version:

  • New enhanced detection methods. This means better protection against the new wave of spyware, rootkits  and viruses.
  • Scanning and cleaning is now much faster. Tweaked the scanning engine so it now scans faster and some cleaning tasks are now fully automated.
  • Improved Startup Tools. These powerful tools now work with even the latest Windows Operating Systems.
  • SDScan now runs automatically with escalated privileges. This means no more annoying restarts and no need to run SDCleaner.
  • New ‘Notifications’ feature: Spybot can now be configured to send the results of scans on your PC to your mobile device, server, chat or website. You no longer have to wait around while Spybot is doing a scan. As soon as your scan finishes a message will be sent to your chosen device and you will be informed of possible threats. This means you can react and make decisions on what action to take much faster.

Download: Spybot - Search & Destroy 2.3.39 | 44.2 MB (Freeware)
View: Spybot Search & Destroy Website | Release Notes

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I like the immunization feature, that's all I like. I run it once a month or so. However, for some reason, SpyBot wants to run on startup every time.

System services are all deactivated (security center, scanner, updating). All system integration is deactivated/uninstalled. However, for some strange reason, SpyBot runs on startup.

I have unchecked every option within the program but it still wants to run on startup. WHY? I just want to use the immunization feature. Why is it so difficult to design the application to not run on startup? It is doing absolutely nothing when it runs. It isn't scanning, it isn't immunizing, it isn't updating, WHY IS IT RUNNING ON STARTUP? Why do I need to use a 3rd party tool to remove your application from startup? Honestly it is really simple, don't force your app to run if the user doesn't want it. Who are you to decide you know better?

I downloaded it and gave it a shot. Seems to be trying to make like malwarebytes antimalware program.
Its changed to push the paid versions more, but still lets you do the important things. It still looks like a useful tool for an infected machine but without one to test on I don't know how useful.
The old version is still on the site if you like that better.