Tuesday, April 15, 2008

How to stop Spybot S&D from running at Windows startup

Spybot S&D advanced menu mode

I've noticed several people arriving here from a Google search on how to stop Spybot Search and Destroy from running at startup. When you install Spybot, by default it installs the resident protection to run at startup. Since this resident protection consumes quite a bit of resources, it can slow down older PCs quite a bit.

To turn off resident protection in Spybot S&D, you have to enable Advanced menu mode. Follow the steps below:

1. Run Spybot Search and Destroy.
2. From the top menu bar, choose Mode > Advanced.
3. This enables a small menu in the lower-left-hand corner of the screen - You'll miss it if you don't look closely (see the screenshot above).
4. From this new menu, click on the + sign beside Tools. This expands the Tools menu.
5. Now, from the expanded Tools menu, click on Resident.
6. Clear the check marks beside "Resident SDHelper" and "Resident TeaTimer".
7. Close the program and your changes will be saved.

Restart your PC, and the resident protection has been removed. If you have any questions or experience problems with this, just post a comment - I'll be glad to help if I can.

If you need to stop other programs from running at startup, see these posts:

How to stop programs from running at Windows startup

Startup Monitor 1.02 Review - Stop programs from setting themselves to run at startup


Kalpana said...

thank you. This tip helped so much!

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