Spybot+AV v2.4 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+AV v2.4 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.
Some of the feature additions/modifications were:
- 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 If you are experiencing problems updating signatures you should install this version. All other users may skip this release.
Supported Operating Systems: Win95, Win98, WinNT 4.x, Win2000, WinXP, WinVista, WinVista x64, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, WinServer, Win8, Win8 x64, Win8.1
System Requirements: not specific