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How To Automate Spybot Search & Destroy Scans

Spybot Search & Destroy, used to be the go-to utility for removing spyware. Other utilities like Malwarebytes and Microsoft Security Essentials have taken it’s place. But Spybot Search & Destroy is still a solid program for spyware removal.

Here’s how to scan your Windows PC with Spybot Search & Destroy automatically.

Download Spybot Search & Destroy.

During Installation, uncheck all components except Security Center Integration. Click Next.
Install Spybot Search & Destroy

Like a firewall, TeaTimer will ask you about running processes. While many programs have obvious names, like Excel being excel.exe, others don’t. It’s easy to permanently block a service you need. I find the risk outweighs the benefits.

Uncheck the option to Use system settings protections (TeaTimer). It’s a great idea in theory, but I find many users get themselves into trouble with it.

Spybot Additional Tasks

Now set Spybot Search & Destroy to automatically update and scan. From the main interface go to Mode >> Advanced Mode.

Advanced Mode

You’ll get a warning message. Click Yes.

Warning Message

Now you’ll see more options in the lower left pane. Click the one that says Settings


Click Scheduler.

Spybot Search and Destroy

Then click Add (Updater) in the upper right, then Edit (Updater).


Click the Schedule tab then New.

Schedule Task

Set up the the time to run the update — I suggest weekly. Click OK.

Set Update

Type in the username and password for your account. Windows will not run scheduled tasks without a password.

Username & Password

Now you need to automate the scan process. Click Add and then Edit and set scanning. Make sure your scan is scheduled for after the update.

Schedule Scan

On the Scheduler screen, check both boxes to Fix Problems After Scheduled Scan and Close Program After Finishing Schedule.

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Scheduler Overview

Scans take several minutes to run. Schedule it for a time when your PC is powered on and you’re not using it.

Spybot Search & Destroy Scan

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