Using Spybot Search & Destroy to Protect Your Computer
- What is Spybot S & D?
Spybot, much like Lavasoft's Ad-Aware, is software that can be used to clean your computer of spyware and other harmful files.
- If I have Ad-Aware, should I get this program as well?
Lavasoft's Ad-Aware, and Spybot Search & Destroy both work to find spyware and other malicious code on your computer. Since they are made by two independent sources, each program is able to search a bit differently than the other. The best way to keep your computer clean is actually to use Spybot S & D in conjuction with Ad-Aware.
- How do I get Spybot Search & Destroy?
Spybot S & D can be downloaded from its website at http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html. Follow the links to download the proper version of the program for your operating system.
Steps to download and use Spybot S & D:
- The makers of Spybot have actually provided us with a tutorial that covers the download, installation, and initial use of their program. This tutorial can be found here, or off of the 'Tutorial' link on their home page.
- After learning to set up and use Spybot, it's important to remember to check for updates and scan once a week. Each time you run your scan, make sure to check for new updates -- the procedure for this can be found here.