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Spybot immunization and compatibility with firewalls?


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#1 Scooter B

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Posted 15 June 2010 - 06:21 PM

I have used Spybot S&D for years without a glitch until after recently installing Zone Alarm Free.

Now when I run the Immunize function a significant number of items (over 2,000) now are "unprotected" and Spybot's info/help box references problems with various firewall programs including Zone Alarm mis-identifying Spybot as potential malware and it refers you to the Spybot online help files. It seemed to indicate that various help documentation specific to Zone Alarm and others would direct you on how to change the settings or properties of one or both so they work together.

Thirty minutes of searching mostly Spybot online and some here and I have not found any specific references other than what the original pop up warning in Spybot originally told me was a likely problem.

Anyone know how to resolve this or at least have a link to where the solution is posted on Spybot's website?

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 07:57 AM

Looking through the forums, it seems they are blaming each other...those at ZA are referring folks to ask at Spybot and vice-a-versa.

Spybot's immunization is passive protection, meaning it does not run in the background. When you "Immunize", entries are added to the system Registry. This blocks cookies from some sites, places other sites in the restricted zone and blocks the download of selected ActiveX scripts. This feature is similar to SpywareBlaster in that it adds registry entries for bad sites which are then blocked by IE. In fact Spybot will tell you if SpywareBlaster is installed on your computer and that it offers more control over your settings by letting you add and remove sites very easily. Spybot blocks the download/execution ActiveX processes, blocks the storing of cookies and places a large number of sites in the restricted zone, by domain (site name) and by range (IP address). SpywareBlaster does the same on a larger scale but places sites in the restricted zone, all by domain (site name).

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)
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