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Spybot Search and Destroy Malware Detection and Removal (Version 1.5.2)

There are four options on this page.

 

A Machine without Spybot

 

First, lets click this link and select save. Save it in a place you will easily find later (To the desktop).

 

   Spybot 1.5.2 (10 Mb)

(Link last verified 15 June 2008)

 

Now, open My Computer or whichever method you prefer to navigate to your download.

It is easiest to locate if the file is downloaded to your desktop.

 

Double click the download (Called spybotsd152.exe).

 

Select English, Next, Accept the Disclaimer and Next. Accept the default install location, Full installation (If you do not have internet access, deselect the Download updated immediately option and refer to the Spybot needing manual updates section) and Default name for the new item on your start menu.

 

Accept the default options (Check boxes) and click install.

( I usually deselect the Tea timer as it gets annoying, it is a real-time Malware protection tool).

 

Once it is done, leave the check box selected to run Spybot and click finish.

 

Click past the warning about removing Malware.

 

When the Wizard appears, Create a registry backup, Search for updates, Download

all available updates, immunize your system and finally click to start using the software.

 

Click Search and destroy from the side bar menu (The icon) and the check for problems button. This will take some time to run and will slow down your PC. It is looking for all kinds of Malware (Adware, Spyware, Dialers, Cookies, Trojans, key loggers etc)

 

Once this is done, you will get a report of the Malware found. Read the information in the side bar for each one (Do this by clicking the arrow tool bar on the right hand side of the screen). Now click fix selected problems. Generally, the fixes will not cause you any issues. If Malware is running in memory and Spybot can not remove it, it will ask if it can run at next startup. Please say yes.

 

Now, you need to scan your system for viruses. As some Malware will render antivirus useless, please use an online scanning system for the most reliable results.

 

I recommend Trend Micro Housecall.

 

 

 

Spybot already installed

 

If you already have Spybot installed, double click the icon for the tool and start it. From the side menu, click update, then search for updates, in the update area, right click, select all. Click download updates. (You can also download Beta updates)

 

If the update fails (Due to corruption or the server being to busy to give you the file), click the server name icon and change to another server and attempt the download updates button again.

 

The server icon looks like . After the update, Spybot will be restarted.

 

Once you have the updates, click immunize, it will give you a quick report and now immunize from the toolbar.

 

Now run a scan as per the previous procedure (Above)

 

You now need to scan your system for viruses. As some Malware will render antivirus useless, please use an online scanning system for the most reliable results.

 

I recommend Trend Micro Housecall.

 

 

Manual Updates

 

If you can not get internet access due to internet issues (Likely the Malware) please use another machine to download the updates. These can then be transported via CD or USB key back to your machine and you can double click each update to manually update Spybot.

 

If you are installing Spybot 1.5.2 for the first time, please install it without the updates and then run them afterwards from your media disk (USB, CD etc) once you have downloaded them.

 

Double click the download (Called spybotsd152.exe).

 

Select English, Next, Accept the Disclaimer and Next. Accept the default install location, Full installation (Deselect the Download updated immediately option) and Default name for the new item on your start menu.

 

Accept the default options (Check boxes) and click install.

( I usually deselect the Tea timer as it gets annoying, it is a real-time Malware protection tool).

 

Once it is done, unselect to run Spybot and click finish.

 

The updates are:

 

Once updated, run Spybot as per the above discussion in "A machine without Spybot"

 

 

 

 

From the Spybot site you can also download Spybot for your phone and PDA

 

Now, you need to scan your system for viruses. As some Malware will render antivirus useless, please use an online scanning system for the most reliable results.

 

I recommend Trend Micro Housecall.

I also recommend you use Spybot at least once a month, if not weekly.

 

Note: The latest Trend Micro products prefer if you do not have Spybot installed. If you install any of their products, please uninstall Spybot. Trend includes anti Malware within their products.

 

 

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    NOTE: If you double click the Spybot icon and it does not start, even if after waiting considerable time, then it is likely a Virus or Malware is preventing it from working. You need to seek a professional for assistance.

     

     

     

     

     

     

        

     

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                                                                 This page was written and designed by Michael Jenkin 2011 © (Best viewed at 1024 x 768)

     

     

    DISCLAIMER:

    This is not a Malware (Spyware) solution. This is part of a solution. This is the first step to removing Malware from your computer. You need resident antivirus and a good firewall. Now, please download Spybot and run it on your machine.