Microsoft's Windows operating system has a built-in security center that checks whether or not users have enabled security programs. Windows Security Center offers a firewall along with detecting anti-malware programs such as Spybot: Search and Destroy. Spybot is a free program that detects files known as spyware. According to the homepage, "Spyware silently tracks your surfing behavior to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies."
The newer versions of the Windows operating system, Vista and 7, support security center integration, according to the Spybot website. However, the Spybot team has acknowledged that Spybot "will only show on Vista systems, since previous Windows versions do not offer anti malware integration" with the security center.
Users enable Spybot security center integration by selecting the option during Spybot installation.
When Windows Security Center knows Spybot is running, the "Malware Protection" section will display a green light, instead of red, and say "On." This indicates protection against malware. Your computer and Spybot are working in sync to protect against malware.
Windows Security Center monitors whether or not Spybot is up-to-date and will alert the use if this is not the case. In addition to this, Windows also detects whether TeaTimer--a Spybot tool that detects changes in your computer's registry--is running.
Users may run into an issue when running Spybot on a Windows Vista system. Because the operating system handles administrator rights differently, users can right click on the Spybot installation program and select "Run as administrator" from the menu, instead of double clicking to open it.
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