Scanning for Spyware

 

The Faculty and Staff Support Center recommends that users periodically scan their computers for spyware (monthly if not weekly). We recommend using both Spybot Search & Destroy and Ad-Aware, as each scans for different occurrances. If the applications are not already installed on your computer, follow these installation directions.

Spybot Search & Destroy

Configuring and Running a Scan - These steps should be followed everytime a scan is run

  1. Launch the application from the Start->Programs menu
  2. On the left-hand pane, click Update

Spybot opening screen

  1. On the right-hand pane, click Search for Updates
  2. All available updates will display in the list. Click each checkbox to select it.
  3. Choose a server location to download from - e.g. See-Cure #2 (Europe)
  4. Click Download Updates
    • When downloads are complete, green checkmarks will be displayed

Spybot update screen

  1. On the left-hand pane, click Immunize
  2. A warning message, similar to the one below, will appear. Click OK

Spybot immunize screen

  1. On the right-hand pane, click Immunize

Spybot immunize screen

  1. On the left-hand pane, click Search & Destroy
  2. On the right-hand pane, click Check for problems. A progress bar will appear across the bottom.

Spybot start scan screen

  1. When the scan completes, all potential problems will display in the list
  2. On the right-hand pane, click Fix selected problems
  3. Click Yes to remove the entries
  4. When completed a confirmation window will display. Click OK.

Spybot scan complete

 
 

Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE

Configuring and Running a Scan - These steps should be followed everytime a scan is run

  1. Launch the application from the Start-> Programs menu
  2. An update window will open. Click OK
  3. At the Performing WebUpdate window, click Connect

Adaware updater

  1. Click OK to download and install the new updates
  2. Click Finish

Adaware updater

  1. Ad-Aware SE will open. Click Start

Adaware scan

  1. Select Perform full system scan
  2. Click Next

Adaware scan

  1. When the scan is complete, click Next

Adaware scan complete

  1. On the Scan Summary tab, right click in the first checkbox and choose Select All Objects
  2. Click Next

Adaware removal

  1. Click OK to remove all found objects

Adaware removal