SuperAntiSpyware Settings

August 12, 2011

Here is a quick tutorial on how to set the settings on SuperAntiSpyware (SAS).

By the way, you can click on any screenshot in this article to see it bigger. After you are done looking at it, click the back button on your browser to come back to this article.

The main SAS screen looks like this:

SAS MainScreen

First, click on that big Preferences button and you’ll see the this screen.

SAS Preferences - General and Startup

Under Start-Up Options, make sure “Start SUPERAntiSpyware when Windows starts”, “Show SUPERAntiSpyware icon in system tray”, and “Integrate with Vista Security Center” are all checked. The other two options are your preference.

Also on this screen, I would leave it set so that it does not scan at start-up.

Now click on the “Scanning Control” tab and you will see the next screen:

SAS Preferences - Scanning Control

Under Scanner options, make sure there is a checkmark next to every option except “Ignore System Restore/Volume Informaiton on ME/XP” and “Close browsers before scanning”.

Now click on  the “Real-Time Protection” tab and you will see the next screen:

SAS Preferences - Real-Time Protection

Make sure everything on this screen is checked with the possible exception of “Play a sound…”. That is optional.

Now click on the “Hi-Jack Protection” tab and you will see this screen:

Select all options here with one possible exception. You may not wish to select “Protect home page from being changed. Changes can be made only here.”. If you select this option, if you want to change your home page, you’ll have to open SAS to do so. It also doesn’t allow you to have a multi-tab home page if you select it here.

SAS Preferences - Updates

 Select all options on the screen above except that you may not wish to select “Automatically install application updates”. The only real reason is that if you let it automatically install, then if you have to reboot after the install, it might interrupt your work.

Click the Home button to go back to the main SAS screen. At this point, the only thing left to configure might be scheduled scans. To do that, click on “Configure”. You can also schedule updates on this screen, but to edit y our scan settings, click on “Complete Scan” and then click the “Edit Task” button. You will now get a screen that looks like this:

 We recommend that you perform a complete scan every night. You can choose the time. As far as task option, we recommend you select all of these options except “Power down the computer after the scan is complete.” You may also wish to deselect “Reboot the computer if required to complete the task”. If you left something important running over night, you wouldn’t want SAS to reboot and mess it up for you. By the way, the only reason SAS would need to reboot after a scan is to clean off an infection.

Now you can close SAS.

 

 

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