You can set the options for Microsoft AntiSpyware by selecting
"Options" in the menu bar, then clicking "Settings". This should
display a window with some clickable icons on the left. They are
labeled "AutoUpdater", "Real-time protection", "Alerts", "SpyNet
AntiSpyware Community", "Spyware Scan" and "General". You can click
any of these icons to view the options for that section.
If you are not sure what an option means, try to click "Quick Help" in
the bottom right corner. This will open a new window with detailed
information about the different options.
You should click the "Save" button (at the bottom right) to ensure
that any changes are kept for the future.
You can also adjust the "Scan options" by clicking the text below the
"Run Quick Scan Now" / "Run Scan Now" buttons.
In most cases, you do not need to adjust these settings from their
defaults. However, you should try to select a "user mode" that best
meets your experience as a computer user. This setting is found in
the "General" section mentioned above. The help file for Microsoft
AntiSpyware describes them as follows:
A knowledgeable user is familiar with many of the functionalities of a
computer. This can range form a very technical user to a skilled power
user. If you select the Knowledgeable User Mode, you will have
complete control of blocking, deactivating, and removing installed
applications. Selecting this mode will allow you to take any action on
various alerts regardless if the action selected is the recommend
action for the software. It is extremely important that when using
this mode and presented with actions such as blocking a program?s full
installation or parts of the installation you completely understand
what you are doing.
A novice user will be restricted on some of the actions that they can
perform when presented with various alerts. These restrictions will
generally be based on Microsoft AntiSpyware?s recommended action under
Please keep in mind that this version of Microsoft AntiSpyware is
"beta" software; i.e., the program will occasionally act up
unexplainably from time to time.
I hope this enables you to change the options as needed. If not,
please ask for an answer clarification.
The software is installed on my computer, I opened the program and
checked how to access the "options" screen.