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Hosts File and Spybot Immunization

July 24th, 2017

Did you know about the #Hosts file? It is just a text file without an extension. You can find it in the folder C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc on your PC. This Hosts file offers a simple and alternative name resolution mechanism. It maps … Continue reading

Disabling the SMB Protocol in Microsoft Windows

July 7th, 2017

What is SMBv1? SMBv1 specifies a part of your Windows installation that is responsible for accessing documents on other computers in your house (network), and lets them access yours. Why remove or disable it? The SMBv1 protocol is very outdated. … Continue reading

Goldeneye / NotPetya Ransomware

June 28th, 2017

A massive ransomware campaign is currently unfolding worldwide. Several critical infrastructure institutions in Ukraine have already been taken offline. Preliminary information shows that the malware sample responsible for the infection is an almost identical clone of the GoldenEye ransomware family. … Continue reading

Spybot Giveaway!

June 23rd, 2017

Can you help find C-3PO?? Spybot has begun its first Special Giveaway where you have the chance to win a Spybot Professional License and a Spybot T-Shirt. All you have to do is answer the question in the link below … Continue reading

Spybot 2.6 is here!

June 19th, 2017

We at Safer-Networking Ltd. are pleased to announce the release of version 2.6 of our popular anti-malware software ‘Spybot – Search & Destroy’. This version contains not only bug fixes but we have also improved security using Extended Validation (EV) … Continue reading

Updating Spybot +AV (video tutorial)

May 9th, 2017

Safer-Networking Ltd is pleased to announce the release of the latest video in the Spybot tutorial series, “Updating Spybot +AV”. In this video, Rob from Team Spybot outlines the steps required to download and install the latest updates for Spybot … Continue reading

Spybot Digital Signature Publisher Unknown

May 9th, 2017

We regret to inform our users that due to a recent issue with our digital signatures, some Spybot files now have expired certificates. If you are launching Spybot as an administrator, installing a recently-purchased license, or downloading the latest updates … Continue reading

Updating the Free Edition of Spybot (Video Tutorial for installing the latest updates)

April 7th, 2017

We are happy to announce our latest tutorial video has been released. In this video, Rob from Team Spybot outlines the steps involved in updating Spybot, and verifying the latest updates have been downloaded and installed successfully using the update … Continue reading

Upgrading your Spybot license to a new Edition (Video Tutorial)

March 29th, 2017

In our latest video tutorial, Rob details the steps required to upgrade your Spybot license to a different edition. If you have not purchased and installed the correct edition of Spybot, you can contact our Sales Team and purchase the … Continue reading

Upgrading Spybot Free to Spybot Antivirus (License installation video tutorial)

March 29th, 2017

In our latest video tutorial, Rob details the steps required to install your Spybot license, if the Free Edition of Spybot is already installed on your PC. This will upgrade the Free Edition of Spybot that is installed to the … Continue reading

Downloading & Installing Spybot +AV (New-user video tutorial)

March 14th, 2017

In our latest video tutorial, Rob details the steps required to download and install your Spybot +AV license for the first time. He will also show how to verify that the license has been installed, and how to check your … Continue reading

Upgrading Spybot – Search & Destroy to version 2.5 on Windows 10

February 21st, 2017

A new tutorial video is now available detailing the process of upgrading Spybot – Search & Destroy from version 2.4 to version 2.5 on Windows 10. This guide is also relevant for users of Windows 7 and 8, although the … Continue reading

New Spybot YouTube Tutorials

February 8th, 2017

Safer-Networking Ltd is pleased to announce the release of the first video of our official Spybot tutorial series on YouTube. In this series, Rob from Team Spybot (RobBot at the Spybot Forum) will progress through the steps involved in installing, … Continue reading

UK Snooper’s Charter – Spybot Integrated VPN

December 19th, 2016

Due to the recent privacy concerns arising from the UK’s new Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (nicknamed the Snoopers’ Charter or Snooper’s Charter) and the recent ban of Tor and certain VPNs in Turkey, we are happy to announce we have … Continue reading

Spybot Anti-Beacon 1.6 now available

December 5th, 2016

Many thanks for all the patience waiting for an update to Spybot Anti-Beacon! We spent a lot of time working on Spybot 3. And now that Spybot Anti-Beacon will also be integrated into Spybot 3, we found time to continue … Continue reading

Use Spybot to remove WoT (Web of Trust) and avoid unnecessary plugins

November 7th, 2016

If you are following the news, you might already have heard about the Web of Trust browser plugin story (Spybot will remove it for you). German TV channel NDR has unveiled that WoT was stating that it collects and distributes just pseudonymous data. … Continue reading

Fix for recent Spybot AV update error (updated 2nd Feb 2017)

July 20th, 2016

Some users have reported that they are unable to download the most recent antivirus updates for licensed versions of Spybot. Instructions to fix this issue can be found below. For users experiencing issues installing malware signatures or updating the Free … Continue reading

Spybot 2.5 and Scanner 2.6

April 21st, 2016

Spybot version 2.4 is the most recent version of Spybot available on our website. Users of the Windows 10 Operating System may encounter issues using this version of Spybot, so we have included files in Spybot’s updates to allow users … Continue reading

Payment System Issues 2016-04-20 (resolved)

April 21st, 2016

Please note that if you tried to purchase a Spybot license in the last 24 hours, your order may not have been processed properly due to technical issues with our payment system. If you encountered this issue, your license request … Continue reading

Fix for System Scan freeze on Zlob.ZipCodec

March 22nd, 2016

Many users have recently been affected by a feature in the Spybot program that caused the scanner to freeze on the final file of the scan, and the “Settings” button in the Start Center to become unresponsive. We are happy … Continue reading

Spybot Anti-Beacon Analysis and Tutorial

November 26th, 2015

Some users of Spybot Anti-Beacon may be happy to learn that Youtube user Barnacules Nerdgasm has recently released an informative tutorial about disabling telemetry in Windows 10. In this video, Barnacules installs Spybot Anti-Beacon, and provides a detailed walkthrough of … Continue reading

Spybot Anti-Beacon Privacy-Protection Tool

September 18th, 2015

Spybot Anti-Beacon is a simple, portable and free tool built by Safer-Networking Ltd. It was designed to disable the various tracking (telemetry) features present in Windows 10. It has since been modified to disable similar tracking functionality in Windows 7, … Continue reading

Spybot 1.6 and sbNet Update Issue

August 20th, 2015

Update (24-08-15): This issue has since been resolved. We are currently experiencing issues providing our latest updates for Spybot 1.6 and sbNet Business Edition users. We are working on this around the clock and expect to have this problem fixed … Continue reading

Spybot 2.5 Compatibility

July 29th, 2015

Spybot 2.5 is soon to be released for download. While it may look the same as version 2.4, there have been some changes made to this version to ensure compatibility with Microsoft’s new Windows 10. Unfortunately, these changes mean Spybot … Continue reading

Spybot 2.4 and Windows 10

July 1st, 2015

Spybot 2.4 runs fine on current Windows 10 test versions, even if the Windows Upgrade Advisor advises otherwise. Microsoft has announced, on a page no longer online, that they will uninstall antimalware software on an Windows 10 upgrade, and re-install … Continue reading

Malware removal guides

May 12th, 2015

Not all malware, spyware or viruses can be removed automatically by software. Some intrusive software can only be removed manually. Safer-Networking Ltd, as well as providing a free edition of their malware removal tool Spybot Search & Destroy, also provide … Continue reading

Spybot in Croatian is here!

May 6th, 2015

Your favourite antivirus and anti-malware internet security software, Spybot – Search and Destroy, is now available in Croatian! To change to the language settings within Spybot select ‘Advanced User Mode’, choose Settings/Language and select your language from the list. Spybot … Continue reading

Spybot will soon be available in Croatian

April 28th, 2015

We will soon be adding Croatian to the list of languages that Spybot is provided in. For all the Croatian-speaking people who have been waiting anxiously for this, we are proud to say that your favourite antivirus and anti-malware software … Continue reading

Spybot is now available in Spanish!

August 1st, 2014

We have finally completed the Spanish translation of the Spybot user interface and it will be available for those who update their software after 30th July. Now our loyal Spanish speaking users will be able to access all functions of … Continue reading

Ransom and Blackmail DDoS— who’s really behind this?

July 14th, 2014

Ransom and extortion is no longer reserved for sensational news and bad movies; cyber hackers are diving headfirst into this growing area of criminality. Hackers know you care dearly for your website, and they expect your protective instinct will translate … Continue reading

New Spybot 2.4 fixes several updating problems

July 1st, 2014

Responding to user reports we released Spybot 2.4 today which fixes some bugs in Spybot’s 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 … Continue reading

Version 2.3, a more user orientated version of Spybot has now been released

April 28th, 2014

In response to the latest techniques used by malware developers we have added new enhanced detection methods. This means better protection against the new wave of spyware, rootkits  and viruses. Scanning and cleaning is now much faster. We have ‘tweaked’ … Continue reading

Updates around Christmas and New Year

December 23rd, 2013

Due to the fact that Christmas and New Year are on a Wednesday this season, we will postpone the antispyware updates to the Friday after Christmas and New Year respectively. We wish all of you a peaceful and quiet time … Continue reading

New Spybot 2.2 to support Windows® 8.1

October 17th, 2013

Microsoft will soon be releasing version 8.1 of their Windows® operating system. While testing Windows 8.1 for Spybot +AV compatibility, we encountered changes to the Windows® Security Center and some other security techniques that made an update to Spybot necessary. … Continue reading

Spybot 2.1 Service Release

July 30th, 2013

The second service release of Spybot 2.1 is now available. As well as background improvements we have also included updated language files and installation is now smoother. As a result of feedback from users we have also changed the default … Continue reading

Summertime Giveaway 2013

July 23rd, 2013

It’s that time of the year where you would like to spend your money on a six pack of coke, beer or iced tea and not on software licenses, so we decided to host another giveaway of Spybot Professional Edition … Continue reading

Spybot +AV 2.1 Released!

May 21st, 2013

Not only does Spybot +AV version have an award winning antivirus engine but it has many new features and enhancements:-   Virus scanning and removal (Home Edition and above): The inclusion of the anti-virus engine means that we can now … Continue reading

Visit our new improved Forum

May 8th, 2013

As part of our service to our users Safer-Networking has always provided a free, independent forum. This forum is maintained by volunteers and Safer-Networking staff. We have now updated this forum to make it even easier to use. If you … Continue reading

Spybot 2 now available.

November 19th, 2012

It is done! We are proud to release version 2.0 of our anti malware tool Spybot – Search & Destroy. In our discussions with our users we realised at an early stage that they wanted a more modern user interface. … Continue reading

Welcome to our new website

February 21st, 2012

Welcome to the new website of Safer-Networking Ltd., the home of Spybot-Search & Destroy. This new site has been many months in development. Our aim was to make it easier for our valued users to identify the product that best … Continue reading