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					Spybot – Search & Destroy Spybot - Search & Destroy can detect and remove spyware of different kinds from your computer. Spyware is a relatively new kind of threat that common anti-virus applications do not yet cover. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you didn't intentionally install, if your browser crashes, or if you browser start page has changed without your knowing, you most probably have spyware. But even if you don't see anything, you may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging that is silently tracking your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile of you that will be sold to advertisement companies. Spybot-S&D is free, so there's no harm in trying to see if something snooped into your computer, too. Spybot - Search and Destroy searches your hard drive for so-called spy- or adbots; that is, little modules that are responsible for the ads many programs display. Many of these modules also transmit information, including your surfing behaviour on the Internet. If it finds such modules, it can remove them. In most cases the host still runs fine after removing the spyware/adware. Another feature is the removal of usage tracks, which makes it more complicated for unknown spybots to transmit useful data. The list of last visited websites, opened files, started programs, cookies, all that and more can be cleaned. Supported are the three major browsers Internet Explorer, Netscape Communicator, and Opera. Spybot - S&D can be run in two modes: Default and Advanced. Looking at the Default Mode first: the options include Check for Problems; Recovery; Search for Updates & Immunize. Update frequently – This option will check for the availability of new updates, and you can safely download all available. Search & Destroy is the page you use to scan your computer for “problems” - that is Spybot’s coy name for malicious code on your computer – likely downloaded when you have been using the internet. Run Spybot S&D on a regular basis. When you click “Check for Problems” it may take a while to complete the check. Progress is shown by the green progression bar at the bottom of the Spybot screen. Any problems will be listed.
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Red entries indicate spyware problems that should be fixed to avoid security and/or privacy problems. This is the only kind of problem that is preselected to be fixed. Green entries indicate usage tracks. It can do no harm to remove these.

More information on particular problems is often available at the right of the screen if you click on the bar. You will normally want to delete all the problems found, so select them all, and click Fix Selected Problems. There will be a message that Spybot is creating a Restore Point so that you can always return to the settings before removal if any difficulty in running your computer shows up. On 7 July 2006, Spybot checked for (quoting from the website) Total: 336,547 fingerprints in 44407 rules for 2075 products.


Immunize gives you the opportunity to permanently block certain spyware. By clicking it you can (currently) block 11,323 bad products that might appear through Internet Explorer. Whenever you update your Spybot program, tell it again to immunize to update the number of products that can be blocked. This should keep to a minimum the problems that are found when you actually run Search & Destroy. You should also select to run the Browser Helper to block bad downloads. It is best to select “Block all bad pages silently” – the default – unless you want to be bothered by screen messages. If you choose to run Spybot – Search & Destroy in its Advanced Mode, there are more tools available. But beware, as these include some that can alter the setup of your computer, so don’t touch the majority of what is available in Advanced, unless you are really, really very sure of what you are doing. I recommend that only the following should be considered by non-experts. Leave the rest to professionals! In Tools – choose Settings and click on Resident to access two memory resident tools to help protect your system. The first is called TeaTimer (for protection of over-all system settings), the second is called SDHelper (Internet Explorer bad download blocker). Check both the boxes to make both these active on your computer. The Resident TeaTimer perpetually monitors the processes called/initiated. It immediately detects known malicious processes wanting to start and terminates them giving you some options how to deal with this process in the future. In addition, TeaTimer detects, when something wants to change some critical registry keys, giving you the option to allow or deny. Running in the background, it uses about 5MB of resources. Secure Shredder (another of the Tools) is where you can permanently delete material so that it cannot be accessed. (Perhaps your banking passwords or investment access codes) Just move the file from its folder to the shedder and click on “Chop it away”. Be very sure you have the right file, though – there is no way you will get it back! When in any doubts using Spybot – Search & Destroy, there is a very useful Help file on all functions, and a Tutorial that you can elect to run before using the program. There is also Help available on the website, and help by email. Why use Spybot – Search & Destroy? Well, why not – it’s free! To download the program : Spybot Search & Destroy, go to – or Both access the Spybot site. Follow the links and click on “Download Here” alongside “Spybot – Search & Destroy 1.4. This will show four sites to download from; use either FileForum or Planet Mirror. Just be sure that you are downloading at genuine Spybot Search & Destroy 1.4 – various other vendors (some of whom charge) are using names that are misleading. That’s why I suggest going through the Spybot website. The downloaded setup file is only 118 KB. Save it to your Desktop and double-click to unzip and install. 2

What Spybot-S&D can do: Spybot-S&D can start in two modes: Easy mode for new users who want just the basic features, and Advanced mode for professional users and those who want more control. Both modes are available in the free version. Default Advanced Feature mode mode Removal of adware and spyware Removal of dialers Removal of keyloggers Removal of trojans and other baddies Removal of usage tracks User-extendable database Save removal of threats by shredding them Backups of every removed problem Exclude option to ignore specific problems Permanent blocking of threatening ActiveX downloads Permanent blocking of known tracking cookies for IE Permanent blocking of threatening downloads in IE Command line parameters to automate tasks Number of targets Number of detection files and entries Detailed information about problems found Strict criteria to define targets Integrated update function Weekly updates Update notification by mail Free email & forum support Settings to automate scan, removal and update System reports to locate even unknown threats Skins to adjust interface to the users liking (1) Can only be undone in advanced mode (2) Planned for the near future



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