On-Demand Scanning of Spyware Infections

This section provides a tutorial example on how to scan a Windows system for spyware problems with Spybot - Search and Destroy.

One of the main features of Spybot - Search & Destroy is to scan the Windows system for any spyware infections. Here what I did to try this feature:

1. Run Spybot - Search & Destroy.

2. Click on the "Check for problems" button. Spybot starts scanning the system for any spyware infections.

3. Click to "No" when it prompts for confirmation to remove temporary files. I wanted to keep temporary files for myself to review and remove.

3. Wait for a few minutes or longer until the scan is complete. The scanning report shows up on the screen. I was surprised to see so many tracking cookies on my Windows system. Here are some examples:

AdRevolver: Tracking cookie
Advertising.com: Tracking cookie
Avenue A, Inc.: Tracking cookie
BursMedia: Tracking cookie
CasaMedia: Tracking cookie
CN.wAQdN188: Tracking cookie
CoreMetrics: Tracking cookie
DoubleClick: Tracking cookie
FastClick: Tracking cookie
HitBox: Tracking cookie
MediaPlex: Tracking cookie
MyWay.MySearch: Global settings
Right Media: Tracking cookie
Statcounter: Tracking cookie
TagASaurus: Tracking cookie
Tradedouble: Tracking cookie
Tradedoubler: Tracking cookie
WebTrends live: Tracking cookie
Zedo: Tracking cookie

4. Spybot Spybot - Search & Destroy offers a button "Fix selected problems" to remove those tracking cookies. But don't use it until you have reviewed all reported problems first. See next tutorials for more information.

The following picture shows the progress status of "Check for problems" in Spybot - Search & Destroy:
Spybot Checking for Problems

Last update: 2013.

Table of Contents

 About This Windows Security Book

 Windows 8: System Security Review

 Windows 8: System Security Protection

 Windows 8 System Recovery

 Windows 8 Defender for Real-Time Protection

 Windows 7: System Security Review

 Windows 7: System Security Protection

 Windows 7 System Recovery

 Windows 7 Forefront Client Security

 Norton Power Eraser - Anti-Virus Scan Tool

 McAfee Virus and Malware Protection Tools

Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

 What Is Spybot - Search and Destroy?

 Installing Spybot - Search and Destroy 1.6.2

 Keeping Spybot Up To Date

On-Demand Scanning of Spyware Infections

 What Is AdRevolver Tracking Cookie

 Removing Reported Tracking Cookies

 Deleting MyWay MySearch Registry Key

 Enabling IE Browser Helper SDHelper.dll

 Keeping Firefox Secure

 Keeping IE (Internet Explorer) Secure

 Malware (Adware, Spyware, Trojan, Worm, and Virus)

 HijackThis - Browser Hijacker Diagnosis Tool

 IE Add-on Program Listing and Removal

 "Conduit Search" - Malware Detection and Removal

 "Tube Dimmer", "Scorpion Saver" or "Adpeak" Malware

 Malware Manual Removal Experience

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 PWS (Password Stealer) Trojan Infection Removal

 MS08-001 Vulnerability on Windows Systems

 Antivirus System PRO

 References

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