Safer Networking heeft de final release van versie 2.0 van Spybot Search & Destroy uitgebracht. Spybot is een bekende speler in de wereld van het opsporen en verwijderen van spyware, adware en malware. Het kan de computer controleren op de aanwezigheid van foute software, maar kan ook de browser- en systeeminstellingen aanpassen, waardoor het voor malware moeilijker wordt om de computer binnen te dringen. Versie 2.0 heeft niet alleen een nieuw uiterlijk gekregen, de software is ook sneller en gemakkelijker in het gebruik geworden. De release notes voor deze uitgave zien er als volgt uit:
Spybot 2 now available for download
We are proud to release version 2.0 of our anti malware tool Spybot – Search & Destroy.
When designing our new product we took on board many of the suggestions from our worldwide user base. Now we believe that it addresses not only the needs the user that wants just protection but also the experienced professionals that need tools to help them deal with the problems created by malware.
In our discussions with our users we realised at an early stage that they wanted a more modern user interface. We believe we managed to create this new front end in our Start Center that has a clean look while proving easy access to many additional new features and tools.
The tools available are grouped in the ‘Start Center’ into three sections. Most of the ‘Basic Tools’ existing users will be familiar with but they have all been improved to increase speed and usability
The ‘Advanced Tools’ really start to let you get to the core of your system and are not for the faint hearted. ‘Settings’ gives you control of how Spybot 2 behaves and really allows you to tailor settings to get the maximum out of our software. Here you have control of everything from schedules to choosing how Spybot 2 interacts with other installed software. By tweaking the settings available scan speeds can be fine tuned. ‘Startup Tools’ give you access to various registry settings grouped logically. This is a tool for real experts and caution should be exercised when making changes. A ‘Secure Shredder’ is also provided which allows you to effectively delete files by making sure that all traces of data have been removed. This is very useful if you are worried about confidential documents falling into the wrong hands.
‘Advanced Tools’ also provide a ‘Rootkit Scan’ which can provide a Quick Scan of you system or a ‘Deep Scan’ which is of course more time consuming. There are also facilities here to check for updates and repairing broken system entries.
Some new tools grouped in the third section ‘Professional Tools’ are only included in the paid versions. With the ‘Professional Tools’ we are really getting into the realm of experienced user that understands exactly how difficult malware can protect itself from less advanced software. Here you will find a tool that allows you to create the popular Spybot 2 liveCD. With the liveCD you can do a ‘clean boot’ of a system and still gain access to registry hives. This is something that cannot be achieved with bootable CDs based on other operating systems. The ‘Protected Repair Environment’ which allows you to scan and clean without the interference of malware. For iPhone users there is also a useful tool provided for scanning ‘apps’.
The ‘Scripting Tool’ and ‘OpenSBI Editor’ found here are not the type of thing that would be used in the everyday detection and removal of malware but are of use in situation where an Administrator wants to provide more protection to users.
As with the previous versions we are still providing a fully functioning version for free download!