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Spybot Search Destroy for Windows® XP
Do you want to install Spybot – Search & Destroy©® on your Windows® XP-based system and want to find out its compatibility with the OS?
As there are many types of malicious programs floating around the world of web, it is very important for a PC user to stay protected from such online threats as they can bring your life to a standstill. These online threats are known by many names, and include malware, adware, botnets, viruses, spyware, Trojan horses, and so on. There are many antivirus and antispyware software available in the market to fight against these malicious programs. Spybot – Search & Destroy©® is one such antispyware software.
Here, we discuss about the features of the Spybot – Search & Destroy©® software and its compatibility with the computer systems having Windows® XP as their operating system:
- About Spybot – Search & Destroy©®
- Its compatibility, impact on speed, and performance on Windows® XP
- Tips for getting the maximum output from Spybot – Search & Destroy©®
About Spybot – Search & Destroy©®
Spybot – Search & Destroy©® is an antispyware software that has earned the reputation for detecting and getting rid of spyware. This antispyware is very easy to use. Even a novice user can use it on his or her computer system to prevent attack from spyware. Spybot – Search & Destroy©® offers a ‘Default’ and an ‘Advanced’ mode. This antispyware software has many options for customizing scans as well as some unrelated functions like Secure Shredder and Start-Up Manager.
Its compatibility, impact on speed, and
on Windows® XP
Spybot – Search & Destroy©® has very little impact on your system’s performance. Its ‘Default’ mode is easy to use and ideal for home users, whereas its ‘Advanced’ mode offers features that suit the most high-end users. Besides Windows® XP, this antispyware software can also work out of the box with the Windows® 98 and Windows® Me operating systems. Apart from this, it also does not interfere with the browsing and supports both Internet Explorer® and Firefox®. This antispyware software is also a good cookie tracker. It can easily differentiate between useful cookies and those cookies which are marketing spies. The program also offers a restore function in case you delete any of the useful cookies by accident. The effective resident shield (TeaTimer) will warn you of suspicious behavior, like registry entries being changed or removed.
Spybot – Search & Destroy©® has many options that can make this antispyware a user-friendly security software. The hosts file normally acts as a network translation mechanism, so that you can access certain network resources without having to go through DNS (domain name services). You can help protect your hosts file from modification by having Spybot – Search & Destroy©® write-protect it. To prevent the accidental modification of your hosts files, click ‘Mode’, select ‘Advanced Mode’, click ‘Tools’ in the left pane, then click ‘IE Tweaks’ in the right pane, and, finally, check ‘Lock Hosts file read-only as protection against hijackers’. To delete certain hard-to-delete adware and spyware, you can perform two scans in a row with Spybot – Search & Destroy©®. Two scans are required because some spyware and adware may hide the existence of other malware, thus running just one scan is not enough. This can be done by clicking ‘Mode’, selecting ‘Advanced Mode’, clicking ‘Settings’ in the left pane, then clicking ‘Settings’ in the right pane, and, finally, under ‘Automation’, clicking ‘Program Start’, and then checking ‘Rerun checks after fixing problems’.