Your users heard about spyware, malware… and they speak to you about it, with that worried look in their eyes… “Am I safe using my computer ?”

Do yourself a favor and be able to say “don’t worry, it’s under control” without lying. Stop worrying about malware / spyware / adware, get rid of malware / spyware / adware by setting up Spybot Search & destroy on clients computers.

Get it

Spybot Search & destroy is a free software that protects your computer against malware / spyware / adware. It has been acclaimed for years by the whole IT community for its effectiveness. Moreover, it is possible to set it up so that it protects your computer without you having to think about it anymore.

You can learn more about it and download it at

Set it up

Once you have download the installation file, double-click on it and follow the installation instructions. The defaults are fine, and I recommend:

– When choosing the components to install, select only the main files. You do not really need the other components.

– When you have to “select additional tasks”, be sure to select “Use Internet Explorer protection (SDHelper)”.

“Use system settings protection (Tea timer)” is good also, but not essential. It will use some system resources after, so I usually do not select it.

After the installation completes, launch Spybot Search & Destroy. Be sure to click the “Do not show this message anymore” check box before clicking “OK” on the first message box that appears. Then:

“Create a registry backup” –> Yes, it’s a good idea to create a registry backup.

“Download all available updates”. This will install the latest updates and re-start Spybot. Be sure to click the “Do not show this message anymore” check box before clicking “OK” on the message box that appears again. It’s the last time you do this, don’t worry.

Once Spybot has restarted, go to “Immunize”, and immunize your system against common threat (Click on the + sign at the top left of the window)

Then, click the “Mode” menu (next to “File” menu), and select “advanced” mode.

Then, on the left pane, expand “Settings”, and select the “Settings” sub-menu. Basically, the defaults are fine, but make sure you also select the following settings, in order to automatize the protection of your computer against malware:

– Automation –> Program start –> select “Immunize on program start if program has been updated”

– Automation –> System start –> select “Automatically run program at system start up”

– Automation –> System start –> select “close program if everything’s ok”

– Automation –> web update –> select “Search the web for new versions at each program start”

– Automation –> web update –> select “Download updated include files if available online”

That’s it. This will automate the update of the program each time your system starts.

Then, on the left pane, select “Scheduler”, and set up a full system scan (click the “+ add” icon). Don’t forget to check the boxes “Fix problems after scheduled scan” and “Close program after finishing schedule”. I would recommend a full scan once a month.

You’re done.

Scan a computer

If the computer has already been used prior to installation, I would recommend to scan it completely.

On the left pane, expand “Spybot-S&D” and select “Search & Destroy”. Click “Check for problems”.

After the scan has completed, don’t forget to click the “Fix detected problems” button to fix the troubles.

A very useful tool

Spybot includes a tool that enables you to check which programs are automatically launched at system start up, and to eventually block those you do not want to be ran.

On the left pane, expand “tools”, and select “System startup”. The list of all the programs that are launched at system start up is then displayed. Browse it, and uncheck the programs that you don’t want to be ran when your system starts.

Be careful not to uncheck genuine entries, as you might prevent some software you use on a regular basis from working properly. If you have doubt whether an entry is genuine or not, whether it is unuseful or not, check its name on You will get more information.

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