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 allows you to exclude selected cookies, programs or extensions from being reported, allowing you to prevent false positive messages for items that you dont want to be alerted of every time. It can even scan your download directory for files that have been downloaded, but not yet installed, allowing you to detect unwanted programs before you even install them. SpyBot produces a detailed and easy to understand report before it deletes any files and allows you to deselect any item that you do not want to be processed. In addition, a recovery feature allows you to restore your settings if needed.
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.
* Alternatively you can download the latest beta version of this software.
Responding to user reports we released Spybot 2.4 today which fixes some bugs in Spybotís Updater:
* 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
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- Windows XP/Vista/7