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How to effectively remove Malware using Spybot Search & Destroy – Part 2 Installation & Update

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Place a checkmark in the box beside "Use Internet Explorer Protection (SD Helper)" then click "Next" and let the installation finish.

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In the next screen, place a checkmark in the box beside "Run SpybotSD.exe" and click "Finish".

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The first time you start Spybot-S&D, it will display a Wizard, a small window helping you through the first steps. "Ok" past the legal stuff and you will be presented with an option to make a registry backup, click on "Create registry backup" and wait till it completes, then click "Next"

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The next screen provides a way to update the malware definition files, click on "Search for updates" and download all available updates to the detection rules and then click "Next".

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The next screen provides a shortcut to immunize the system. This should not be confused with the "SD Helper" protection which we have enabled earlier. This protection allows you to tweak some internal Internet Explorer settings to block the installation of known malware installers. Spybot-S&D is able to set all entries for those that are in its database to be blocked


Click "Immunize this system" and click "Next" in the following screen.

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Now that we have backed up the registry, updated the detection rules and immunized the system, lets start using the program.

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A reminder: If you had skipped updating the detection rules during the installation as indicated above, please do it now as it is very important to keep up-to-date with the detection rules to have the best chance of finding and eliminating the latest malware.


You can do it easily from the main interface, the left side of the program has a navigation bar that can lead you to all functions of the program. Make sure that you are connected to the internet and click on the "Update" button on the left pane, then click "Search for Updates" on the right pane to open the update dialogue box. Select your preferred updates by placing a checkmark on the box provided. You need to select a nearby server out of the available download locations, Click on the preferred server.


Click on "Download Updates" on the right pane to commence the download. The selected updates will be downloaded and installed automatically.Wait till the updates are downloaded and installed.

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This concludes Spybot Search and Destroy Tutorial Part 2


Part 3 Scan & Cure



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