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    Default Announcing betas: TeaTimer / Updater / Vista integration

    We are proud to announce new versions of miscellaneous tools are now available for beta testing!

    Scanning engine

    This update cannot be disabled in the download package below; it is not only used if you install TeaTimer, but by the main Spybot-S&D scanner as well. The methods available to detect malware have been more than doubled, including new ways to generically detect malware mutations.

    TeaTimer

    Aside from the fix of the graphical glitch so many users have been waiting for, there have been some important changes under the hood, which will reduce the number of change dialogs where the user has to decide.
    TeaTimer now automatically allows any changes during the installation of other security software which follow the ASCs guideline of code-signing all files, as well as a much improved scan of the files associated with registry changes.

    Vista Security Center

    The Windows Security Center included with Windows Vista has a dedicated entry for malware protection software.
    Microsoft ships Windows Defender with Vista, however, Spybot-S&D can now easily integrate into the Vista Security Center; which will then monitor if Spybot-S&D is up-to-date and whether the permanent protection (TeaTimer) is running or not.
    This update will only show on Vista systems, since previous Windows versions do not offer anti malware integration into WSC.

    Download beta versions of above tools here
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    Great news! Spybot hasn't really been updated for a while, apart from definitions. I'm curious to know if this integration with Windows Vista is also available on XP?

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    Should users uninstall 1.4 before installing the beta? Or can users install over 1.4?

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    djpailo,

    As the last line of the post states:
    This update will only show on Vista systems, since previous Windows versions do not offer anti malware integration into WSC.
    TeMerc,

    You must install over Spybot S&D 1.4, since this beta install only includes the components mentioned. It's meant as a file refresh, not a complete install.

    Bitman

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitman View Post
    djpailo,

    As the last line of the post states:


    TeMerc,

    You must install over Spybot S&D 1.4, since this beta install only includes the components mentioned. It's meant as a file refresh, not a complete install.

    Bitman
    TYVM

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitman View Post
    djpailo,

    As the last line of the post states:


    TeMerc,

    You must install over Spybot S&D 1.4, since this beta install only includes the components mentioned. It's meant as a file refresh, not a complete install.

    Bitman
    argh sorry


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    Default 1.5 beta scanning engine

    I have installed the scanning engine improvement but preferred to skip the Teatimer. However on checking the 'About' info, it stills states 1.4 there not 1.5 beta. Is that ok?

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    The old TeaTimer has that ugly glitch that makes it difficult to click the buttons, so I would really replace it
    The version number shown by Spybot-S&D will still be 1.4, that's ok. Spybot-S&D itself doesn't really show the engine version (yet) I'm afraid. The main user interface will be updated as soon as more changes for Vista have been implemented

    Regarding XP: should a future XP service pack include an anti-malware option in the Security Center as well, we'll try to make an update very fast.

    Oh, and if this should be bug-free (and after that much bug testing, we really hope that), it'll be available through the integrated update soon as well of course.
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    Default 1.5 beta scanner

    I don't use the Teatimer facility, just the scanner as a backup, once a week; which itself is an excellent program. Incidentally, I found the speed of the scanning noticably faster after the 1.5 beta upgrade.

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    1.5 beta works perfect for me!

    Great job!!

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