Spybot Search and Destroy 1.4 now available.

One of the two spybot removal applications that I consider must haves has just released a major new version. Head on over to the official webpage to grab a copy now. Here’s some info on what’s new:

It takes us a long time to get satisfied, but we’ve finally reached the point where we are ready to release version 1.4 of our anti-spyware solution Spybot – Search & Destroy. Here are some of the new features it offers:

First native multi-installation scanner
On PE boot CDs as well as on any system with multiple installations of Windows 2000 or later, Spybot-S&D 1.4 is able to scan the other installations as well, including the registry. From what we know, Spybot-S&D is the first anti-spyware solution that offers inactive registry scanning as a native feature.

Speed boost-ups
Spybot-S&D 1.4 should work noticeably faster than 1.3 during scans. And if you still don’t like to wait, you can play our easter egg while scanning.

Improved tools
We’ve improved the Tools section that Spybot-S&D offers in advanced mode – the process list now offers a list of open network connection per application (Windows 2000 or newer only), helping you to quickly identify which applications are local and which do use connections to the outside. Our detection mechanisms have also been updated, from detecting and cleaning services over protocol filters to the afore-mentioned scanning in inactive installations registries.

Graphics remake, and more
We’ve replaced the old home made icons with a bunch of great graphics provided by the guys at Yellow Icon Studio to make the user interface look smoother. But while this is highly visible on the surface, there have been more than 104 important changes underneath.

If you think you’ve got spyware on your system then it’s worth checking this program out.

4 thoughts on “Spybot Search and Destroy 1.4 now available.

  1. This is great news.  Some awesome new features from, as Les said, a must have application.  I worked at a computer repair shop and every system that came in went out with Spybot, Adaware, Avast, and the Google Toolbar to keep them safe from viri and spyware.  This may seem like overkill but there is, in my experience, no single security solution for PCs right now that is economical and easy to use.

  2. I use Ghostsurf because it not only handles those damned spybots, but you can also totally shred cookies, temp Internet files, etc… with the click of a button.  You can also use it to find proxies, or block certain addresses.  I use McAfee Security Center for spam, anti-virus and firewall.  If I still had broadband (hazards of country living), I would also use a gateway/router.

  3. I run Adaware, Spybot S&D, and Spywareblaster (which blocks things rather than spots things), and have a reminder pop up every two weeks to update each of them and let them do their thing.  My machine stays remarkably clean of crap—well, that sort of crap, at least.

  4. Any idea on the stability / bugs of this release? I used to use Spybot S&D and I agree it was an invaluable tool to find spyware and other issues on your computer. However, when I got my new PC I went to download it and there was a new version, which I installed, but it caused my system to run really slow after I applied some of the fixes. I read reviews later that showed alot of people had the same problem. I never found out if they fixed that version… but would like to know if anyone notices this problem in the new version.

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