On-Demand Scanning of SpyWare Infections

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

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. After a couple of minutes, the scanning report shows up on the screen. I was surprised to see so many spyware problems on my Windows system:

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

There are two types of problems reported here: "Tracking cookie" and "Global settings". See next sections for more details.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction to Microsoft Windows

 Introduction to Windows Explorer

 Introduction to Internet Explorer

 "Paint" Program and Computer Graphics

 GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program

 JPEG Image File Format Quality and Size

 GIF Image File Format and Transparent Background

 "WinZip" - ZIP File Compression Tool

 "WinRAR" - RAR and ZIP File Compression Tool

 FTP Server, Client and Commands

 "FileZilla" - Free FTP Client and Server

 Web Server Log Files and Analysis Tool - "Analog"

 Spyware Adware Detection and Removal

 IE Addon Program Listing and Removal

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

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

Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

 Downloading and Installing Spybot 1.4

On-Demand Scanning of SpyWare Infections

 What Is AdRevolver Tracking Cookie

 Removing Reported Tracking Cookies

 Deleting Cookies Stored in Firefox

 Deleting Cookies Stored in IE

 Deleting MyWay MySearch Registry Key

 Enabling IE Browser Helper SDHelper.dll

 Setting Up and Using Crossover Cable Network

 Home Network Gateway - DSL Modem/Wireless Router

 Windows Task Manager - The System Performance Tool

 "tasklist" Command Line Tool to List Process Information

 "msconfig" - System Configuration Tool

 Configuring and Managing System Services

 Windows Registry Key and Value Management Tools

 Startup Programs Removal for Better System Performance

 Winsock - Windows Sockets API

 Java on Windows

 Glossary of Terms

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

 PDF Printing Version