Guide to Spybot Search Destroy 1.3: Downloading, Installing, and Using


Downloading Spybot

Installing and Configuring Spybot

Advanced Options


  This guide will step you through the basic installation and setup for Spybot Search & Destroy version 1.3. Note that the screen shots were taken from a PC running Windows XP with Service Pack 2, using the Internet Explorer browser. If your PC is configured differently, your screens may differ.  Spybot Search & Destroy offers a number of options for scanning and removal of spyware. This guide addresses the basics of setting up and scanning your system. See the tutorial that accompanies the program for more information

Time to complete: 30-45 minutes

How to prepare:

--Spybot suggests that you remove other anti-spyware applications. You may leave them on if desired, but note that anti-spyware software may mis-identify Spybot as spyware.

-- Confirm that you have at least 12 megabyes of hard disk space on your PC. Right click on the local disk (C: drive) icon, choose properties, and note the free space in the resulting dialog box.

-- Read the “fine print” on any file-sharing software that you may have on your system. Some popular software (such as Kazaa, Morpheus, etc) bundles its file sharing software with spyware and will not run without it. When you remove the spyware, your filesharing software may break.

Downloading Spybot

1. Go to and search for Spybot. Select Spybot Search & Destroy from the results list, and click Download Now. You will see a dialog box similar to Screenshot 1 (below). Click Open.


Screenshot 1



Note: You may get an Internet Explorer message that “the publisher could not be verified.” 

Click Run to begin the download.

Security Warning



2. Wait while the software downloads ( Screenshot 2). The dialog box may close when the download is complete. If it does not, click the red X in the upper right-hand corner.

Screenshot 2



2. Select  a language (Screenshot 3).


Screenshot 3



3. You will see the Setup dialog box (Screenshot 4). Click Next.


Screenshot 4



4. Read and accept the license agreement shown in screenshot 5.


Screenshot 5



5. The next screen (Screenshot 6) tells you the program’s default location on your computer. Click Next.


Screenshot 6




6. At the next dialog box (Screenshot 7) select the components to install (or deselect those you do not need). Click Next.


Screenshot 7



7. The next dialog box (Screenshot 8) tells you the folder where the program will appear in the Start menu. Click Next.



Screenshot 8



8. This dialog box (screenshot 9) lets you choose what icons will appear, and you can also select or deselect the type of protection for your system. Click Next when finished.


Recommendation for protection settings:By default, the SDHelper protection is selected (we recommend you retain this). If you have 512 megabytes of RAM or more, you may consider using Tea Timer protection. The Tea Timer setting is best for experienced PC users who want to exercise more control over changes made to their system. It requires 5 megabytes of system resources and results in considerably more pop-up warnings that need to be evaluated. The messages may not be easy for a casual PC user to interpret.  


Screenshot 9



9. At the next screen (Screenshot 10), click Install.


Screenshot 10



10. Click Finish (Screenshot 11).


Screenshot 11




Installing and Configuring Spybot


In this section you will be provided with information on Spybot and asked to make basic setup choices.


1. The message below (Screenshot 1) warns you that disabling spyware may disable some programs that you intentionally downloaded, such as Kazaa or Morpheus. These programs require you to keep the spyware in order to use their programs.


Screenshot 1





NOTE to Ad-Aware users:

You will get a warning message here if you have Ad-Aware installed.

Read it and continue.

Ad-Aware Screenshot

2. Perform a backup of your registry (Screenshot 2) and select Next.


Screenshot 2



3. Click search for updates (screenshot 3) and select Next.


Screenshot 3



4. Click download all available updates (Screenshot 4) and select Next.


Screenshot 4


At this point the Spybot program will appear. Ignore it for now.


5. Click on Immunize this system (Screenshot 5) and select Next.


Screenshot 5



6. Select Start using the program (Screenshot 6).


Screenshot 6



You are now ready to use Spybot. The next section describes how to scan your system for spyware.

Running/scanning your system


You should now see the program screen (Screenshot 1). If not, launch Spybot from the Start menu (it should be under Programs, then Spybot Search & Destroy).



Screenshot 1



2. Click on Search & Destroy (upper left corner of screenshot 1).




3. Click Check for Problems (Screenshot 2).


Screenshot 2




4. The system will run a bot-check (Screenshot 3). As spyware is found it will be added to the problem list.


Screenshot 3




5. After the check is completed, you will be presented with a list of problems (Screenshot 4). To remove them, select Fix selected problems.


Screeenshot 4




NOTE:  You can run a manual bot-check at any time by launching the software application and using these instructions. Before you run a bot-check, make sure to run update so that new spyware is captured in the system scan.




Advanced Options


Below is additional information on Spybot options and features.



Reviewing your search results

There may be cases where you want to review the problems before removal. Spybot tries to assist you in evaluating problems by color-coding your results: 

n      Red entries are probably spyware. These are selected for removal by default.

n      Black entries are system internals – keep them unless you know what they are and what they do

n      Green entries are usage tracks and can be useful/convenient as they “remember” your activities and can (allow you to return to Web pages without typing in the URL). However, spyware can use this info, and it can do no harm to remove it.



You can get more information on a problem, highlight the problem and click the bar  in the middle of the screen.



Setting up scheduled scans

1. From the main screen, select Mode and go to advanced mode (options circled in red).




2. Select settings from the side menu.




3. Select Scheduler.




4. Select add




5. Select Edit





6. Select the schedule tab. 




7. Select New







8. The system will display default settings of daily at 9:00am. Adjust the settings as needed and press OK.








Last updated: Tuesday, 30-Dec-2008 15:22:30 EST