Spybot Search & Destroy 2.0 Beta 4

Spybot - Search & 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-S&D can also clean usage tracks, an interesting function if you share your computer with other users and don't want them to see what you have been working on. And for professional users, Spybot-S&D allows you to fix some registry inconsistencies and extended reports.

Beta 4 has much improved Live Protection and many bug fixes in different areas. This release is also focused on testing Sypbot-S&D 2.0 for compatibility with third-party products in this release cycle.

Some highlights of this release are:

  • Live Protection is now enabled by default
  • Performance improvements for Live Protection
  • Live Protection scans can be cancelled
  • Improved compatibility with third-party products
  • Explorer Context Menu Extension for files and folders

Download: Spybot Search & Destroy 2.0 Beta 4 | 45.2 MB (Freeware)
View: Spybot Search & Destroy Website

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I disagree with the above comments. The program still receives definition updates once a week or so, and offers live protection, which only the PAID version of malwarebytes offers.

Spybot 2 also scanned my PC in about 15 minutes so the scan has improved. I also find updating in spybot to be less of a pain. In malwarebytes it always seems to freeze or do just feel laggy as if the update hasn't worked.

djpailo said,
I disagree with the above comments. The program still receives definition updates once a week or so, and offers live protection, which only the PAID version of malwarebytes offers.

Spybot 2 also scanned my PC in about 15 minutes so the scan has improved. I also find updating in spybot to be less of a pain. In malwarebytes it always seems to freeze or do just feel laggy as if the update hasn't worked.

Once a week or so is horrible. Malwarebytes is updated every day.

Ace said,
How does this compare to MalwareBytes?

Junk!!

Malwarebytes and SuperantiSpyware are the 2 tools to have. Spybot blows chunks anymore. Sure, it offers protection while surfing the net, but only in IE and Firefox and a very small bit of protection for Opera that hasn't changed the origin of this program!! Actually, it may offer protection in Chrome now a days, but I don't and won't use that junk!!

Not to mention Spybot is slower that dog s**t when running a scan!!

I have finally removed this from all of my machines and that part sucked too. Had to reboot after uninstalling!!

Ace said,
How does this compare to MalwareBytes?

There's absolutely no reason to use this over malwarebytes. This hasn't been any good for years.