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Spybot....WHAT?


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#1 Neuro Nougami

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 07:00 AM

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Spybot looks like this on my computer, is slow to close and start is it glitched or something? I downloaded it via links from this site (from cnet) so I assumed it was safe....but why has it messed up? It still scans.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 07:10 AM

Was it v1.6.2 that you downloaded from Cnet?

Download links provided by Spybot are located here:
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/mirrors/index.html

You may want to uninstall, then reinstall.

FYI: 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.

More effective alternatives are Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SUPERAntiSpyware Free.
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Posted 17 March 2010 - 07:13 AM

I followed the links through this site, from the antivirus resources page, to safernetworking ltd, to a download mirror on that site. I'm not sure which version I downloaded. As I already have MBAM I'll just settle for using that. You don't think the spybot I have is malicious, do you? No other scans are picking anything up.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 07:20 AM

CNET is a reputable site and they are hosting the current version for download. However, there are still links available for downloading older versions. Anytime you are not sure about a program's version you just installed, you can always check by going to the top menu > choosing Help and clicking About.
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Posted 17 March 2010 - 07:22 AM

It is indeed 16.2(.46). I guess it must be safe......I noticed a topic in forums saying cnet was virus-riddled, though, and it preyed on my mind a little.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 07:26 AM

You can always check sites you are not sure about by using:
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Posted 17 March 2010 - 07:27 AM

Thank you for your help, I'm sure spybot is ok now.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 07:33 AM

You're welcome.
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