May 20, 2004

Spybot Search & Destroy 1.3 Released

Spybot - Search & Destroy version 1.3 was released this week. I've been using version 1.2 for quite a while and strongly recommend it as a very effective and free anti-spyware/anti-malware scanner and removal tool. Simply put, it does what your firewall and antivirus programs can't. Nowadays, spyware and malware are just as serious threats to your data and privacy as viruses.

From the download mirror at "Version 1.3 adds enhanced immunization features, an improved interface, and integration of BrowserManager for spyware detection, plus the new Hosts File feature and bug fixes.'s mini-review states:

The latest version of Spybot - Search & Destroy adds some truly useful features to an already excellent app. The program still checks your system against a comprehensive database of adware and other system invaders, but it works much faster now (in our testing, three minutes versus 10 minutes previously). It also features several interface improvements. Scan results now appear arranged by groups in a tree, and a sliding panel lets you instantly view information about a selected item to help you decide whether to kill it or not. The Immunize feature blocks a plethora of uninvited Web-borne flotsam before it reaches your computer. Other useful tools, including Secure Shredder, complement the program's basic functionality for completely destroying files. Hosts File blocks adware servers from your computer, and System Startup lets you review which apps load when you start your computer. The functionality makes Spybot - Search & Destroy a must-have for all Internet users, and this version is a worthwhile upgrade."
However, the download mirror at has this caution regarding one of the new features:
Editor's Note: The Resident shield in version 1.3 has an issue allowing certain cookies (Specifically Double Click) when set to notify. If page loading becomes a problem, right click the icon in the Systray, select “Resident IE” and either uncheck “Use Resident in IE sessions” or check "Block all bad pages silently.
Due to very high demand, occasionally Spybot's official web site may fail to load, stating that the CGI limits have been reached. Just keep trying to refresh the page, and it will eventually load. However, since you can't download Spybot directly from its site, you may just want to go directly to or MajorGeeks to get it right away. MajorGeeks advises, "Please uninstall previous versions before installing this one." As with all new versions, don't be surprised if there are some new bugs. Therefore, you'll probably want to run the program's internal web updater to get the latest fixes and malware updates.

Topic(s):   Privacy & Security
Posted by Jeff Beard

I used the older version the other day of Spybot Search and destroy 1.2 to fix a very serious problem i was having with windows x.p and the only reason why this worked is because i went into the options of file types and sellected the option for SYSTEMS INTERNAL integrated search for registry inconsistencies and still in shook that it totally corrected everything.But i just installed the updated 1.3 version in a back-up computer and can not find this option anywhere.PLEASE tell me i'm not crazy.WHERE did it go???

Posted by: richard allan at May 29, 2004 12:04 AM