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Procedures for Spybot Search & Destroy

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Spybot - Updates

Important: To be best protected you should run this Updates procedure any time you intend to run a new scan in a given day.

1.) Ensure you are connected to the Internet and then run Spybot from the desktop by double-clicking.. Spybot Icon

2.) Click.. Update and then click.. Search for Updates

Note: Wait until it locates any new Updates. If it finds any, they will be listed in the window (large white area). If no updates are found, you should exit this procedure and proceed to Scan for Spyware.

3.) Once the Updates are listed in the window, click each item listed so that all checkboxes are checked.

4.) Click.. Download Updates

Note: Wait for the updates to download. When completed, the update window will automatically close.

Done with Updates! 

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Spybot - Immunize

Note: The Immunize feature in Spybot inserts a list of known dangerous websites into IE's (Internet Explorer browser) Restricted Security Zone. After that, if you ever happen visit one the those websites, IE automatically locks down into a secure mode where things like ActiveX & Scripting are disabled. ActiveX and scripting can be used to install spyware onto your computer.

Important: You should run the Immunize feature anytime you download updates and notice it downloaded an update for the "Immunization Database". However, even if the "Immunization Database" is not updated you should run the Immunize feature occasionally to ensure all available immunizations are installed.

1.) Assuming that Spybot is already started, click... Immunize 
Just click once and then wait up to 30 seconds for the program to respond.

2.) The program will report if there are any new products to be blocked and it will state "Please immunize". If all known bad products are already blocked it will state that. In either case, just click... OK

3.) Immunize by clicking...  + Imunize (at the top menu area).

You are now done with the Immunize process. 

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Spybot - Scan For Spyware

1.) If Spybot is not already running, run Spybot from the desktop by double-clicking.. Spybot Icon

2.) Click.. Search & Destroy and then click.. Check for Problems

Note: Wait about 10 minutes or so for scan to complete. You will see the progress bar at the bottom of the screen moving as the scan progresses. It will automatically list any Spyware found in the window (large white area).

3.) If any Spyware is listed in the window, click... Fix Selected Problems and then click... YES

Note: This will attempt to remove the Spyware from your computer. If it can't remove any particular item it will tell you and you may have to restart the computer and allow it to scan again automatically at startup. Just follow the prompts if that happens.

You are now done with the scan process. 
You may exit Spybot by clicking.... X in the upper right corner of windows.

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Happy & Safe Computing! 
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 ---pete---

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