It’s been over a month since I last posted about Spybot 1.6, so here’s a quick update. I still run regular scans with it, and at present (August 15, 2008) it detects 286,516 nasties. The scanning time has also increased from 8 minutes last month to 15 minutes now, which is still alright for me. Remember that Spybot continuously adds to its malware database whenever you run an update (sorry, you have to do this manually) so as its database grows larger the scanning time increases.
I hope that the next version (2.0?) will have automatic or scheduled updates, plus the ability to pause a scan. 1.6 does not allow you to do this, so if you click Stop Check for some reason, you’ll have to start all over again.
Doris has written an excellent post about Spybot recently [Cue James Bond's signature tune, please] I totally agree with her about disabling SD Helper, Tea Timer, and Immunization-they are not necessary for the program to do its stuff.
Oh, and here’s my “useless” tip of the day: when you’re running a Spybot scan (or any scan for that matter) for goodness’ sake, go and do something else. Take out the garbage, walk the dog, have a shower, watch the TV, etc. Don’t sit and stare at the monitor, unless you want to fall asleep.malware, Spybot 1.6, spyware