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Spybot - Your Defense Against Bad Software
by Charlie Baerwald & John Myers

Now that you've read about "spyware" and "adware" software, you're wondering "What can I do about it? Which software can I use?" The answer to these questions is Spybot. The remainder of this article will instruct you on how to install and operate the software known as Spybot.

To install Spybot, download spybotsd12.exe from S:\MUCampus\ETCS\Utility to your desktop. When the download is complete, close all running programs, including email, and double click the file and follow these steps.

  1. Click Next on the Welcome Screen
  2. Click to accept the agreement and then Click Next
  3. Click Next on the Select Destination Directory Screen
  4. Click Next on the Select Components Screen
  5. Click Next on the Select Start Menu Folder Screen
  6. Uncheck the "Create a Quick Launch icon" box and then Click Next
  7. Click Install on the Ready to Install Screen
  8. The program will now copy files to your computer
  9. Click Finish on the Completing the Spybot Screen

With Spybot installed, we can start it by double clicking the "Spybot _ Search & Destroy" icon on your desktop. The first time you start Spybot, you will be prompted for the language to use. Click the English icon. A window will pop up describing how removing some files from programs might disable the program. This warning is given out of courtesy and for legal reasons. If you don't want to see this message again, check the box, and click OK. Otherwise just click OK.

Before we check our computer we need to update the database that Spybot uses. This works just like antivirus software _ it needs to be updated as new spyware is discovered. The only difference is that the Spybot update is a manual process. Click the Search for updates button, or the Update icon on the left. When it's finished searching you'll see the updates it found. Make sure all the update boxes are checked, and then click Download Updates. When downloading is complete, the updates are automatically applied, and the listed items will have green check marks beside them.

Now that we have the program updated, we are ready to scan our computer. Click "Search & Destroy" and then click "Check for Problems" on the bottom left of the window. The search process will take around 2 to 10 minutes, depending on the speed of your machine. When it's finished, you'll either get the message "Congratulations No immediate threats were found" or a list of the possible spyware the program found. To remove the spyware, first make sure all the boxes are checked and then click on the "Fix selected problems" button. You'll be asked to verify that you want to remove the files. Click Yes.

When the problems are fixed, the files have been removed, each file "fix" will be verified with a green check mark. In some cases, during or after the fixing process, you may see a message that some problems couldn't be fixed. The reason is that files cannot be removed if they're running in the computer's memory. To remove them, click yes, then restart you computer. Spybot will run automatically on the restart. This recheck can take longer that the original scan, so please be patient.

After you have removed the "spyware" and "adware" programs from your computer, they can be reinstalled. This is why you will need to run Spybot on a regular basis. Once every one to two weeks will be fine. Since the update process is manual, you should check for updates each time you scan your computer.

The "Immunize" part of Spybot does not appear to block all the known bad products, so we will not be using it at this time. If you have any problems or reservations about running this program, please contact someone at ETCS and we will assist you.

 

 

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