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What is Spyware?
Spyware quietly tracks your online behavior and makes a marketing file of you that is sent without your permission to the compilers. This information is then sold to companies that advertise. You may notice different toolbars on your browser that you did not install. You could have problems with your browser crashing or your home page can be changed (hijacked) without your permission. If you have any of these things happening to your system you most likely have spyware on your computer. You may have spyware without seeing any of the symptoms mentioned so it is a good idea to have your system scanned. There is a free spyware program you can get to keep your system free of it.

How To Get a Free Spyware Utility
Spybot – Search & Destroy finds and gets rid of spyware. You can download it from here: http://www.spybot.info/en/download/index.html

Download
When you open this page you will see an area to donate for the use of this free program – it is up to you; you do not have to donate to download. Below this area you will see various program download sites listed. Click on the “Download” for Spybot – Search & Destroy to begin the download procedure.

This will take you to another page with all of the possible download sites – choose one and click on the “Download here” button. To start the download you will have to click on “Run” in the File Download – Security Warning box.

Installation
You will then see the program being downloaded. When it finishes you will have to select “Run” again to install it. Select the language you want and click on “OK”. A Setup Wizard will appear to complete the installation. Click on the “Next” button to install. You will have to read and accept the License Agreement and click on “Next”. You can keep all of the default settings (or if you want – make changes to any of them along the way) by click on the “Next” button through the Setup Wizard. It will be installed on your system. You will see this process in a File Download and Setup window. If the wizard does not automatically run the program, click on the icon to open it.

First Run

When you open the program for the first time you will see a Wizard that will assist you through the process. You will be able to put in or take out any icons you did or didn’t create during the install.

If you use a proxy in Internet Explorer you will be shown it and you will be able to also allow Spybot – Search & Destroy to use it. If the field for the text is blank then you don’t need to worry about it. If it shows an address in the text area you need to import the proxy settings.
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