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Old 12-29-2012, 10:20 AM   #1
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Default Spybot Professional vs. Home Edition

I was using Spybot Home Edition, and more recently I tried the Professional Edition trial version, but I never bought the software. I have two Windows XP Pro desktop computers, a Windows 7 laptop and a Windows 8 laptop, but I am a retired computer programmer, not doing any computer work for profit anymore.

Should I have any concern about the difference between the Professional or Home Edition Spybot software? (Professional is $99.96 for 4 computers, and Home Edition is $55.96 for four computers.)

Incidentally, the Spybot Pro removed malware software my wife accidentally installed, and I was unable to remove until I found advice online to use Spybot for the purpose. Good work, Spybot!
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dthomsen8: and I was unable to remove until I found advice online to use Spybot for the purpose. Good work, Spybot!
Is this Spybot Search and Destroy or a different Spybot? I used to use Spybot S&D quite regularly on my WinXP system but sometime over the last 6-8 months, I stopped using it because of problems downloading the signature files. I've been using Malwarebytes Antimalware more consistently.

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Yes, this is the Spybot Search and Destroy.
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Interesting...I had no idea there were paid versions...why not use the free version?

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Old 12-29-2012, 02:31 PM   #5
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Here's what they say the differences are betwee Free and the other two versions:

http://www.safer-networking.org/private/

I'd recommend uninstalling it and installing Microsoft Security Essentials (Called Defender on Windows 8)

It's free, has a good reputation and will give you similar GUIs for all three operating systems.

You could keep a copy of the FREE Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware on board for checking if anything got through your defences, or got invited in, and just update them before running to check from time to time or if you are worried.

   
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