Do I need anti-spyware software?

You could probably get away with not running any, but I sure don't suggest it.

So, what can I do about it?

Over time, I have developed a simple, yet effective, method of dealing with the majority of spyware problems. To start with, I'll list what I call the "critical precautions." In an extra section below, I'll add a list of extra things you can do if you want to, but you sure don't have to.

Important steps for everyone

  1. If you are going to use Firefox, install it here if you haven't done so. Check out my Firefox page if you need more information.
  2. Download and install SpywareBlaster. Run the program, update it, and click Enable All Protection. I'll try to add a step-by-step page with pictures later to help out anyone who might not understand. If you aren't sure what to do, check out my Step-By-Step SpywareBlaster Walk-Through with pictures.
  3. Download and install Spybot Search & Destroy. When you install it, don't click to enable the TeaTimer. Also do not run a spyware scan with this program. There are some types of spyware that this program will not properly remove, and will instead make your computer unable to access the internet at all! We'll use another program to perform these functions. Run the program and update it. From the Mode menu, select "Advanced Mode". Then click Immunize on the left and click the "Immunize" button that appears at the top. Now, at the bottom left of the window, select Tools. One of the icons in the main window says "Hosts File." Click it, then click "Add Spybot-S&D hosts list" at the top of the window. You can exit Spybot now; we are all done with it!
  4. Download and install Microsoft Windows Defender. This program will be our choice for running in the background. I use all the default settings with it and just let 'er run. I suggest running the immediate scan just to make sure things are good to go.

Created: 20 February 2005
Last Updated: 04 December 2006