Destroy Malware with Free Spybot Utility11 May, 2011 By: Robert Green
CAD Manager's Toolbox: Your coworkers use their workstations for more than just CAD tasks — which means you must be prepared for virus outbreaks.
Do you ever have to "fix" a machine after one of your users contracts a computer virus or worm? For those of you who have these responsibilities, the problem seems to become ever more vexing as more malicious code makes its way into Facebook, Photobucket, and other social media outlets.
To make the ongoing battle a bit easier, consider using a great piece of free software called Spybot Search and Destroy. Just download the files, complete the installation process, and run the Immunize procedure, and Spybot will start blocking known malicious programs. Every so often, check for updates (which are frequent) and you'll avoid most known threats out there.
After installation, run the Immunize procedure using the icon shown in the gray panel on the left.
I've used Spybot for years on my laptops to prevent infection from all manner of threats, and have found it very useful to detect and remove malicious code after infection has occurred on client machines.
I wish we didn't have to worry about users gumming up their machines with malicious spyware and viruses, but that appears to be the world in which we live. At least with tools like Spybot we've got a fighting chance of fixing the problems as they arise — and of preventing future problems.
Do you have a helpful tip or item for the CAD Manager's Newsletter? Send it to me at email@example.com. If I use your tip in the newsletter you'll receive a cool Cadalyst prize!
Autodesk Technical Evangelist Lynn Allen guides you through a different AutoCAD feature in every edition of her popular "Circles and Lines" tutorial series. For even more AutoCAD how-to, check out Lynn's quick tips in the Cadalyst Video Gallery. Subscribe to Cadalyst's free Tips & Tools Weekly e-newsletter and we'll notify you every time a new video tip is published. All exclusively from Cadalyst!