For those of you who use Spybot Search and Destroy, a new version is now available for download. Version 1.6 includes many improvements and fixes some compatibility issues. The author describes the improvements as:

Time for an update! To keep up with the latest threats, and solve some issues and feature requests users had, we’re proud to announce Spybot-S&D version 1.6. Some of the features include:

Improved Scan Speed

Reported a few weeks ago as one of the big issues users face, Spybot-S&D 1.6 integrates parts of the future 2.0 file scanning engine to speed up the on-demand scan.

Up-to-date browser support

Both immunization and the on-demand scan are able to access a dozen different browsers, which now include the latest revisions of the most popular ones, Firefox and Opera.

Easier On-Access Use

Until now, our on-access part was able to block bad entries, but at the same time, confused many novice users by asking for confirmation on changes of other monitored system entries as well. While this is a great feature for all experienced users who want full control over their systems, we decided that we need to make this easier for the average user, and integrated automated decisions based on the system entry database built through our RunAlyzer, containing more than quarter of a million decisions.

OpenSBI

Safer Networking also announces OpenSBI, our attempt at opening up the fight against malware to anyone who wants to participate. OpenSBI means we’ve published documentation and tools that anyone can use to create their own malware detection patterns for use with Spybot-S&D, and share those with other Spybot-S&D users.

  • Diversity – everyone can create detection templates for any software, without depending on a central authority to acknowledge its threat.
  • Neutrality – we cannot be bought to remove detections from our database, but if you do not believe us, you can simply publish your own rules against some malware.
  • Continuity – OpenSBI ensures that you’ll get updates as long as someone is interested in updating the database (which does not mean we intend to do less work in adding new detections).
  • Flexibility – as a system administrator using the network edition, you can make sure that working time is not wasted by employees playing the latest Moorhuhn clone if you add your own detection for it. Keep in mind that some relaxation is said to even improve work results.

And quite a lot more bug fixes and new features, which can be found on bug tracker.

Spybot S&D is one of the better spyware-adware-malware, whatever ware that may be bugging your system. In addition, Spybot S&D has a unique protection system that can also be activated by the user. One of the things I learned about Spybot S&D, is that it is feature loaded, but most users are not aware of all it can do.

Because of this, I highly recommend that you take the time and read the tutorial. You may be surprised at what you may have been missing using this software product. Spybot S&D continues to be free. 🙂

Get your free download from here.