What Is Spyware? -
In a nutshell, Spyware, also known as Adware and Malware, are software components designed to spy on your Internet and PC activity without your knowledge or approval. They range in function from simple marketing trend tools all the way to malicious programs that slow down the performance of your computer, cause poor internet performance, and sometimes bring a nasty destructive virus with them that can elude anti-virus software. In some cases they disable internet and network connectivity, or even steal your information. Symptoms are often gradual poor performance, sudden strange behavior of your PC, or pop-ups even if you are not using the web.
These menacing components are picked up by simple web surfing. However, the most troublesome ones tend to come from browsing porno sites, browsing software “crack” sites for illegal copies of software, and downloading/sharing files on free music sites such as KaZaa, Grokster, LimeWire, and others.
Prevention of infection from adware/spyware/malware is accomplished through the use of three products, SpywareBlaster*, Spybot Search & Destroy* (including TeaTimer), and AdAware Personal Edition*. SpywareBlaster is an adware/spyware/malware blocker, while Spybot Search & Destroy, and AdAware Personal Edition are detection and removal tools.
(*SpywareBlaster, Spybot Search & Destroy, TeaTimer, and AdAware are licensed products of Javacool Software LLC, Safer Networking Limited, and Nicolas Stark AB, Sweden, respectively, and are in no means affiliated with That Computer Guy.)
Spybot includes a real time protection feature to protect against unwanted spyware and software installation called TeaTimer. TeaTimer automatically runs in the background when you start Windows.
If a Spybot window pops up while you are installing or remove software, including Windows Updates or changing your Start Page in Internet Explorer, check the box next to Remember this decision, and click on the Allow change button.
If you are not installing or removing software when a Spybot window pops up, it is likely spyware or a virus attempting to infect your system, and you should check the box next to Remember this decision, and click on the Deny change button.
NOTE: An internet connection is required for the following procedures. Please ensure that you connect to the internet before starting. It is recommended that this procedure be applied once every week or two to keep your PC protected.
Click on the Download
Latest Protection Updates link
at the bottom of the screen. The
following screen appears.
Spybot Search and Destroy –
the Spybot icon on your
desktop. It is setup to automatically
connect to the update server, download and install the updates, and install the
latest immunization against known spyware.
It will then automatically run a scan for spyware and remove and found
During the scan the following screen will be displayed.
When the scan is finished, the Confirmation panel will appear if any problems have been found and fixed. Click on the OK button.
The next screen will appear with details of what was found and removed or not removed.
NOTE: Sometimes Spybot cannot remove some of the infected items until Windows is restarted. If Spybot requests to remove spyware upon the next system restart, click on OK.
Click on the x in the upper right corner to close Spybot S&D.