Spybot Search & Destroy searches for spyware and similar malware as wells as PUPs, and eliminates these threats and annoyances upon your confirmation. The application includes a recovery option should Spybot-S&D prevent legitimate programs from working. In addition to scanning you can immunize your browsers against ActiveX execution and spyware installers. ‘Check for problems – Fix problems’, is Spybot Search & Destroy’s means of passive protection, displayed in default mode together with ‘Recovery ‘and ‘Immunize'.
With Spybot Search & Destroy running on your Windows XP or Vista computer you have the options of setting the scan priority, starting the check upon system startup or scheduling Spybot-S&D execution for any convenient time. Furthermore you can whitelist objects like file extensions, system internals and software products to be excluded from scanning.
Additionally, you can set reporting and log options according to your needs, determine whether or not Spybot Search & Destroy will check the registry for inconsistencies stemming from uninstalled or unwanted software, use a secure shredder and safely remove any piece of software.
On top of that you will be able to configure Resident and TeaTimer, the two active means of protection found in Spybot Search & Destroy. The former checks browser downloads, whereas the latter continuously monitors process behavior to allow new, permitted applications and to destroy malicious or unsolicited executables. These and other features can be accessed by changing to advanced mode menus ‘Settings’, ‘Tools’, ‘Info & License’.
As malicious software and PUPs are often poorly coded it cannot be stressed enough that the features of Spybot Search & Destroy are more than helpful in keeping your Windows XP and Vista healthy, and performing as stable as expected .