One of the biggest problems associated with using the internet is that of external agents like virus, spyware entering into the system and taking control over the PC, thus disturbing its working. Spyware is one of the biggest threats to your computer whenever you access internet as it sends some sensitive information like log-in passwords, bank account numbers etc via internet without the your consent.
Normally spyware is not identified and removed by Antivirus software. If infected by spyware, your PC and confidential data are not secure any more. In such a case the only recourse available is to format your PC and lose all your stored data. To escape spyware problems, scanning your computer frequently is beneficial to a certain extent but if the intensity of the virus and spyware problem is high then even scanning won’t be able to protect your computer from these harmful spywares.
Among the range of antispyware software available in the market, Spybot SD a free antispyware software for your PC is quite popular. It facilitates in removing spyware, adware, dialers, key loggers and Trojans. It comes with two user modes viz. Easy mode for new users who want just the basic features and regular protection, and Advanced mode for professional users who want extra cover for their valuable information and want more control. Both modes are available in the free version to download.
The Resident Teatime feature facilitates monitoring the processes running in your PC. As and when the program realizes that some known malicious spyware is trying to enter, it provides you with options to terminate it. It also detects when some external program wants to change critical registry keys.
You can either Allow or Deny the change. The Teatime is always running in the background.
Spybot SD doesn’t have an automatic scanner. Hence make sure you scan the entire PC manually once in a week to keep it free from spyware.
Spybot S&D works with Windows 98/ME, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.