Get Rid of Spyware Now With Spybot S&D!
Spybot Search and Destroy is a powerful free program for your spyware protection arsenal or simply to get rid of spyware already on your machine. This free anti spyware program can detect and remove spyware and adware from your computer as well as passively immunize your computer from future malware threats.
Disable Spybot's Active Protection, "TeaTimer"
Spybot – Search and Destroy also comes with a small active protection feature called "TeaTimer" that monitors your system for known malicious processes. Teatimer also monitors and alerts the user of changes in critical registry keys on your system. However, because your main antivirus has similar active protection (and more), there is a potential for compatibility conflicts. Therefore, we highly recommend you have "TeaTimer" disabled. One way to do this is from the vertical Spybot Menu: Tools>Resident> "TeaTimer" unchecked (not active). WIth TeaTimer disabled, Spybot Search and Destroy is just a passive spyware protection program that will immunize you from future threats and help get rid of spyware already on your computer.
This means Spybot should not be running all the time on your computer. To achieve it's passive spyware protection, you will only need to run it periodically for scans (to get rid of spyware already on your machine) and to update its immunization (spyware protection from future threats).
If you linked to this page from an external site, remember, Spybot Search and Destroy by itself is vastly insufficient as an exclusive security program. It will get rid of spyware on your computer but is only effective as part of a tiered security array of programs to protect you from all angles. Therefore, after downloading Spybot – Search & Destroy, remember to return to Passive Defense or navigate elsewhere on the Netizen Guide: