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Spybot Search & Destroy searches your hard disk for all known types of spyware, adware, and potentially unwanted programs. It offers powerful features to remove these threats and thus protect your privacy. It automatically detects adware networks, attempts at host redirection, registry modifications, or unwanted changes in the browser configuration of Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Opera. If an attempt is made to redirect your computer to a different name server without your permission Spybot can detect and stop this from happening.
It searches your hard disk for all known types of spyware, adware, and potentially unwanted programs. It offers powerful features to remove these threats and thus protect your privacy. It automatically detects:
- Adware networks attempt at host redirection,
- Registry modification,
- Unwanted changes in the browser configuration of Internet Explorer and Firefox.
Another way that the app protects your privacy is by removing ‘Usage Tracks’. Usage tracks are the history of websites you have visited, web pages you have opened, documents you have read or edited, programs you have run, and other information recording your activities. This information is stored on your computer and can be useful as it can speed up access to data but it can also be used in attempts at identity theft or to compromise your computer. It can remove the Usage Tracks that could possibly cause problems if used by an attacker.
Spybots team of ‘Forensic Detectives’ constantly monitors the Internet for new threats and attack vectors so it is important, that in order for the software to give maximum protection, it is regularly updated. The signatures for Spybot Free are updated once a week.
It can detect and remove a multitude of adware files and modules from your computer. The program also can clean program and Web-usage tracks from your system, which is especially useful if you share your computer. Modules chosen for removal can be sent directly to the included file shredder, ensuring complete elimination from your system. For advanced users, it allows you to fix Registry inconsistencies related to adware and to malicious program installations. The handy online-update feature ensures that Spybot Free Edition always has the most current and complete listings of adware, dialers, and other uninvited system residents.
Features and Highlights
- Removal of keyloggers
- User-extendable database
- Save removal of threats by shredding them
- Backups of every removed problem
- Exclude option to ignore specific problems
- Permanent blocking of known tracking cookies for IE
- Permanent blocking of threatening downloads in IE
- Command-line parameters to automate tasks
- Detailed information about problems found
- Strict criteria to define targets
- Integrated update function
- Settings to automate scan, removal, and update
- System reports to locate even unknown threats
- Skins to adjust the interface to the users liking