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Protecting Your PC for Free

Protecting Your PC for Free

Keep both AdAwares and Spybots adware/spyware databases up to date. When you start up AdAware it will tell you when its definitions database is getting old and ask you if you want to update it. Spybot does not remind you. You should just automatically check every time you start up Spybot by clicking on the Search for Updates button.

Make sure to us Spybots immunization feature. You do this by clicking on the Immunize button on the lefthand navigation panel and then click on the + Immunize button on the button bar at the top of the screen.

Run AdAware at least once a week. AdAware cannot be scheduled to run. It can, however, be configured to run at system startup time. You do this by selecting the button at the top of the screen with a picture of a gear, then selecting Startup on the left, and the selecting Perform smart system scan.

Run Spybot at least once a week. Spybot can be configured to run automatically. To do this you need to access Advanced mode you do this from the Mode menu at the top of the screen. After that select Settings at the bottom lefthand side of the screen. You then select Scheduler from the lefthand menu. Click on + Add button and then the Edit button at the top of the screen to set up a schedule.