OpenSBI is an initiative by Safer-Networking to make Spybot - Search & Destroy a more open platform for malware fighting. There are five main components to the OpenSBI initiative:
- Spybot - Search & Destroy - all releases since version 1.6 fully support OpenSBI files as an additional source of detections.
- FileAlyzer - our file analysis tool offers dozens of functions to create detection patterns for files. RegAlyzer and RunAlyzer also have OpenSBI Editions with support for creating OpenSBI code.
- OpenSBI Edit Lite and OpenSBI Editor - a full text editor for OpenSBI files, including syntax highlighting, import of InCtrl5 and HijackThis logs, and context sensitive help. Formerly a stand-alone product, it has become part of Spybot itself.
- This Wiki - a documentation wiki with hundreds of pages explaining the usage of the OpenSBI file format.
- 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
- Diversity - everyone can create detection templates for any software, without depending on a central authority to acknowledge its threat.
- 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.
- 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).