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How to Disable Real Time Monitoring Programs


Real time monitoring programs can interfer with the cleanup of your computer.  It is advisable that you temporarilly disable those programs before cleaning and then enable after the cleanup is completed.

Ad-Aware Ad-Watch

   1. Right click on the Ad-Watch icon in the system tray and select "Restore Ad-Watch".
   2. At the bottom of the screen there will be two checkable items called "Active" and "Automatic".

          Active: Switches Monitoring On or Off without closing
          Automatic: Switches Automatic Blocking On or Off

   3. Uncheck (red X) both items.


   1. Right-click the running icon of CounterSpy in the sytem tray.
   2. With your mouse, hover over Active Protection Status (This should be enabled).
   3. A menu will slide out and then you need to right click on "Disable Active Protection".

Ewido Security Suite (EwidoGuard)

Launch Ewido and in the main window click "Realtime protection" (in green indicating "Active") to change to inactive.

Microsoft Windows Defender

   1. Open Defender.
   2. Click on Tools > General Settings
   3. Under Realtime Protection Options uncheck "Turn on real real-time protection (recommended)".
   4. After you uncheck these, click on the Save button and close Windows Defender.
   5. Right click on the Defender icon on the taskbar and select Shutdown.

Spybot S&D (Teatimer)

   1. Run Spybot-S&D in Advanced Mode.
   2. If it is not already set to do this Go to the Mode menu select "Advanced Mode"
   3. On the left hand side, Click on Tools
   4. Then click on the Resident Icon in the List
   5. Uncheck "Resident TeaTimer" and OK any prompts.
   6. Restart your computer.


   1. Open Spysweeper and click on Options > Program Options and uncheck "load at windows startup".
   2. On the left click "shields" and then uncheck everything there.
   3. Uncheck "home page shield".
   4. Uncheck "automatically restore default without notification".
   5. Exit the program.


Right click the running icon of Spywareguard in the system tray to open the program. Then go to Menu, File, and choose Exit. It will automatically restart at next boot.


Right-click the running icon of Winpatrol in the system tray and choose exit. It will automatically restart at next boot.


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