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Spybot Search and Destroy
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Help remove spyware, adware, malicious browser helper objects, and more with Spybot Search and Destroy.


#1: Play or Mute Alert Sounds
Play or mute alert sounds when Spy bot finishes its scans.

#2: Lock Your Hosts File
Have Spybot Search and Destroy keep your hosts file locked from accidental modification.

#3: Immunize Against Spyware
Help prevent your machine from getting infected with spyware using Spybot Search and Destroy's Immunization feature.

#4: False Positive with 139mm.com When Upgrading
Upgrading to Spybot Search and Destroy 1.4? Microsoft AntiSpyware might cause minor problems.

#5: View a Detailed System Report
View and create detailed system reports in Spybot Search and Destroy to help determine if spyware is installed and running.

#6: Ignore False Alarms and Un-Ignore Entries Later Found to be Actual Spyware
Keep Spybot Search and Destroy from re-detecting false alarms, or have Spybot redetect previously ignored entries.

#7: Recover Ignored Entries in System Internals Search
Fix errors previously ignored when doing system internals searches with Spybot Search and Destroy.

#8: Fix Problems then Scan Again
Perform two scans in a row with Spybot Search and Destroy to help remove certain hard-to-delete spyware and adware.

#9: View Software Uninstall Information
Easily query software programs for their publisher, help, copyright, and uninstall information.

#10: Modify Hosts File
Help prevent a common website redirection trick spyware and adware try to use.

#11: View Threat Statistics
Learn how much spyware and adware Spybot has cleaned from your system.

#12: Ignore Products During a Scan
Prevent Spybot from cleaning certain types of potential threats from your system, especially if they are just false alarms.

#13: Remove Backups When Fixing Problems
Go 'without a net' by keeping Spybot Search and Destroy from making backups as it cleans your machine of spyware and adware.

#14: Remove Header Text
Expert Spybot Search and Destroy user? Remover header text that describes software features.

#15: Prevent Against Bad Internet Explorer Downloads
Help prevent Internet Explorer from downloading malware ActiveX controls with Spybot Search and Destroy.

#16: Remove Access to Spyware/Adware Sites Through Hosts File
Have Spybot Search and Destroy modify your Hosts file, making it more difficult to even accidentally visit spyware and adware sites.

#17: Send a Bug Report
Did Spybot Search and Destroy crash or show a false alarm? Send a bug report to the author

#18: Do Not Remove Usage Tracks with Certain Extensions
Ignore filenames with certain extensions in Spybot Search and Destroy when deleting usage tracks.

#19: Show or Hide Desktop, Quick Launch, and Start Menu Shortcuts
Display or hide various shortcuts to Spybot Search and Destroy on your Windows system.

#20: Lock Your Internet Explorer Start Page
Help keep your Internet Explorer start page from being changed accidentally or by spyware.

#21: View Currently Running Process List
Help determine if spyware or adware are currently running on your machine using Spybot Search and Destroy.

#22: Unable to Download Updates Due to Proxy Server
Configure proxy settings, if necessary, in Spybot Search and Destroy to download updates.

#23: Keep Certain Cookies from Being Removed
Prevent useful cookies from accidentally getting removed by Spybot.

#24: Not All Updates Are Shown Automatically
You may have to perform extra steps to download some Spybot Search and Destroy updates.

#25: Scan and Fix Registry Errors
Clean your Windows Registry with Spybot Search and Destroy.

#26: Version 1.4 Easter Egg
Play a game while scanning your machine for spyware with Spybot Search and Destroy.

#27: Display Email Opt-Out Addresses
Remove yourself from annoying e-mail lists with this help from Spybot Search and Destroy.

#28: Check for Malware Automatically Upon Program Start
Force Spybot Search and Destroy to automatically detect for threats whenever you start the software.

#29: Spybot Keeps Other Programs From Running
Help force Spybot to allow you to multitask as it scans your machine for spyware and adware.

#30: Print Results of Spyware Scan
Need help diagnosing a spyware scan? Print the results and find a computer / security professional you can trust.

#31: Difficulty Installing Software?
If spyware is preventing Spybot from installing, consider booting to Safe Mode.

#32: Where to Download to Remove Spyware
Download Spybot Search and Destroy to help remove spyware and adware from your machine.

#33: View and Modify Startup Tasks
Use Spybot Search and Destroy to help determine if spyware or adware is starting up on your machine.

#34: View and Change Browser Pages
Change Internet Explorer's home and search pages using Spybot Search and Destroy.

#35: View Installed ActiveX Controls and Browser Helper Objects
Browse detailed information about ActiveX Controls and Browser Helper Objects running in Internet Explorer.

#36: Scan for Usage Tracks
Configure Spybot Search and Destroy to remove potential privacy violations on your machine.

#37: Run Spybot Automatically
Start Spybot Search and Destroy every time you reboot your computer.

#38: Lock Internet Explorer Control Panel From Opening
Help keep scripts from maliciously changing Internet Explorer 6 settings with Spybot Search and Destroy.

#39: View Installed Network Drivers
Help determine if rogue network drivers have been installed on your machine by using Spybot Search and Destroy.

#40: Secure Shredder to Remove Files
Forcefully remove files with Spybot Search and Destroy to prevent easy recovery of deleted confidential and private information.

#41: Immunize After Updates
After updating Spybot, be sure to re-immunize your system against the latest threats.

#42: Do Not Remove Any Cookies
Prevent Spybot Search and Destroy from detecting and removing cookie files.

#43: Change Internet Explorer's Window Title
Make Internet Explorer 6's title say virtually anything you wish.

#44: Always Check for Updates
Keep Spybot Search and Destroy updated with the latest spyware and adware definition files.

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