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How to effectively remove Malware using Microsoft AntiSpyware-Part 1 Download and Install

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Part 1 Download and Install

Microsoft AntiSpyware spyware

The Microsoft AntiSpyware spyware scanning engine scans your entire computer using a regularly updated database of over fifty thousand known spyware signatures. Due to the ever changing environment, spyware signatures are updated consistently through SpyNet to provide you with ongoing, accurate protection. Spyware scanning is used on a manual basis (on-demand scanning) as well as a scheduled basis using the spyware scheduler to perform full system sweeps to locate and remove unwanted spyware threats. Spyware scans perform in-depth scans of your computer's hard drives, memory, process, registry and cookies to seek out and remove any and all known spyware threats.

With real-time protection from Security Agents, Microsoft Anti-Spyware protects your computer, privacy, and personal information from hidden threats before they can run, stopping most spyware threats before they have the chance to be installed. Internet, System, and Application Agents monitor over 50 security checkpoints to verifying any unknown activity with the global SpyNet community.

A caution: This is pre-release (beta) software distributed for feedback and testing purposes. Microsoft does not provide technical support for beta releases. Please visit the Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) newsgroup for support.

Supported Operating Systems:

Windows 2000 Professional Windows XP Professional/Home Edition Windows 2003 Server

If you are installing on Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003, you must install with administrator privileges.

Check here for Known issues with Microsoft AntiSpyware

Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware (Beta): Release notes

Download and Install Microsoft AntiSpyware

Grab Microsoft AntiSpyware download from MS download center

Double click the downloaded file to launch the installation wizard, click "Next" to start the installation

Microsoft AntiSpyware download

Read and agree to the license agreement by clicking on the radio button "I accept the terms in the license agreement".

Microsoft AntiSpyware download

Install Microsoft AntiSpyware to the default location or change it to your desired location.

Microsoft AntiSpyware download

Wait till the installation is complete, checkmark "Launch Microsoft AntiSpyware" and click "Finish" to launch Microsoft AntiSpyware Setup Assistant.

Microsoft Anti-Spyware tutorial

Click "Next" to continue with the setup.

Microsoft AntiSpyware tutorial

This part of the installation provides an option to configure automatic definitions/rules update. Click the radio button "Yes, automatically keep Microsoft AntiSpyware updated (recommended)" and then click "Next"

Microsoft Anti-Spyware tutorial

The next part in the setup process provides an option to activate the real time scanning engine of Microsoft AntiSpyware. Microsoft AntiSpyware comes installed with many real-time active security agents.

With real-time protection activated, many spyware applications can be intercepted and disabled before they can be installed, helping to stop potential security leaks before the spyware has the ability to run. When software is installed or a change is made to your protected computer, internet, or application settings, System Agents react to analyze the change, and either allow the change if it is known to be safe, block the change if it is known spyware, or prompt you for additional action.

When a Microsoft Security Agent prompts you for action, an alert window appears in the bottom right corner of your screen, which includes information concerning the change allowing you to make an informed decision about whether or not to allow the action to complete.

Select the option "Yes help keep me secure (recommended)" and then click "Next"

Note: Do not enable this option now if you are sure that you have Malware in the system and you are in the middle of cleaning your system as real time protection monitors like this and Spybot S & D's Teatimer are likely to interfere with the removal process.

Microsoft Anti-Spyware tutorial

The next step provides an option to join the SpyNet community. SpyNet is a voluntary worldwide online community of MS AntiSpyware that helps catalog and identify the types of programs, users intall on their PCs. Any user can join SpyNet and report about suspicious actions it detects.

Select the option "Yes. I want to help fight spyware(recommended)" and then click "Finish".

Microsoft AntiSpyware tutorial

In the final step, Click "Run scan later", which will open the system summary screen.

Microsoft AntiSpyware tutorial

This concludes Microsoft Antispyware Tutorial Part 1

How to effectively remove Malware using Microsoft AntiSpyware-Part 2 Update, Scan & Cure

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