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OpenSBI is our initiative to make Spybot - Search & Destroy a more open platform for malware fighting. There are five major components that define OpenSBI:

  1. Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.6 - this release fully supports OpenSBI files as an additional source of detections.
  2. FileAlyzer 1.6 OpenSBI Edition - our file analysis tool now offers dozens of functions to create detection patterns for files.
  3. OpenSBI Edit Lite - a full text editor for OpenSBI files, including syntax highlighting, import of InCtrl5 and HijackThis logs, and context sensitive help.
  4. This Wiki - a documentation wiki with hundreds of pages explaining the usage of the OpenSBI file format.
  5. The Community - integrated into our support forums is a system that allows you to share your OpenSBI files with other Spybot-S&D users, and comment theirs.

Some advantages we created this for are

  1. Diversity - everyone can create detection templates for any software, without depending on a central authority to acknowledge its threat.
  2. Neutrality - we cannot be bought to remove detections from our database, but if you do not believe us, you can simply publish your own rules against some malware.
  3. Continuity - OpenSBI ensures that you'll get updates as long as someone is interested in updating the database (which does not mean we intend to do less work in adding new detections).