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#1 KMA2


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Posted 16 August 2009 - 10:34 PM

Hello, everyone, and thank you for your time.

I've noticed that since about the beginning of the month, I get an error message whenever I close Spybot after a successful scan. It alerts me of a "Runtime Error 216," which my Google searches tell me is linked to a backdoor Trojan called SubSeven.

However, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, Avast Anti-Virus, and Spybot itself do not detect anything, and other than that one error message, I've had no problems, hiccups, or abnormalities with my computer. Whatever it's worth, I use those three programs, plus the default Windows firewall, for my security.

The above is a link to a thread on the Spybot forums, where users surmise the error is tied to a Spybot update from a few weeks ago. This is consistent with my situation, since I first got the error after running a scan following an update in late July/early August. Many, but not all, of the users there say they only get the error if they scan while Firefox is open, and this seems to be my situation, too.

Is this truly an infection? A glitch? A known problem of any kind, really? Is there any known way to check, or to fix it?

Edited by KMA2, 16 August 2009 - 10:37 PM.

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 08:06 AM

Another suggestion to try and resolve the issue was posted in that thread today.

mvps.org is no longer recommending Spybot S&D or Ad-Aware due to poor testing results. See here - (scroll down and read under Freeware Antispyware Products).

Further, most people don't understand Spybot's TeaTimer or how to use it and that feature can cause more problems than it's worth. TeaTimer monitors changes to certain critical keys in Windows registry but does not indicate if the change is normal or a modification made by a malware infection. The user must have an understanding of the registry and how TeaTimer works in order to make informed decisions to allow or deny the detected changes. Additionally, TeaTimer may conflict with other security tools which do a much better job of protecting your computer and even prevent disinfection of malware by those tools.
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