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#1 grg.clny

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 07:53 PM

I have Windows XP professional. When I update Spybot and click on the Immunization icon it starts and before it can finish my computer starts to lock up. I eventually have to pull power. My computer seems to be working fine otherwise. Before I start the immunization Spybot shows that the Windows Global (Hosts) has 14694 items unprotected and zero items protected. Also under the Internet Explorer (32/64 bit) some items are not fully protected.
I have the Zonealarm fire wall and I read somewhere that this may be interfering with Spybot but I do not know what settings to change. I do not know what the default settings for Zonealarm should be?
I also have Spyware Blaster, Avira Antivirus, and Super Antispyware.
Sometimes when I open Spyware Blaster it shows one item is not protected under Restricted Sites:
Cool Web Search Address: okulta.com

I run an update and enable All Protection. I will check it sometimes and it is OK and other times that one item show up unprotected again.
Thank you for your help.

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 11:37 PM

Too many security applications.
They are interfering with one another.
They make your computer less secure, not more.

Since you already have Avira Antivirus, you do not need Spybot nor Superantispyware that much, though others may disagree with me here. If you insist on having Spybot, you must turn off immunization. Get rid of either Spybot or SuperAntispyware, or use one or the other but only for periodic scanning. I'd vote for keeping SuperAntispyware, but only for scans. Don't allow it to run all the time if you want to avoid conflicts.

Zone Alarm firewall (free? paid?) has Operating system protection. Spybot's immunization interferes.
As far as what setting for Spybot? Just allow it to run and update - permit access and don't permit server rights.

Please, also read post #25 which quotes quietman7 - nobody says this sort of thing better than quietman7
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic359416.html/page__st__15

Edited by tos226, 21 November 2010 - 11:47 PM.


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Posted 22 November 2010 - 04:33 PM

Spybot S&D offers four levels of protection: immunization, Resident SDHelper, TeaTimer, Hosts file.

Immunization (passive protection, meaning it does not run in the background). When you "Immunize", entries are added to the system Registry which blocks the storing of cookies from some sites, places a large number of sites in the restricted zone, by domain (site name) and by range (IP address), and blocks the download of selected ActiveX scripts.

SpywareBlaster does the same on a larger scale but places sites in the restricted zone, all by domain (site name). In previous versions Spybot would tell you if SpywareBlaster was installed on your computer that it offered more control over your settings by letting you add and remove sites very easily. If you use Spybot, SpywareBlaster, IE-SPYAD for ZonedOut or other security tools with similar features together, there is some overlap of protection. Thus, if you undo or disable the protection in one product, it may remove some of the protection installed by the other which means you have to re-immunize or re-enable the protection in each tool as appropriate. As such, you really don't need to be using all these tools.

Further, if you have upgraded your browser to Internet Explorer 8 as Microsoft recommends, the SmartScreen Filter provides similar but more comprehensive protection by identifying and blocking sites on the web that are distributing malicious software. Read this comment by a member of the Spybot Advisor Team to see what he has to say about all this.


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).

Ad-Aware has even been placed into the Installers Hall of Shame for bundling and pre-checking Google Chrome during the installation. Also read Lavasoft Turning to the Dark Side? writtne by a former volunteer (now a MVP) who provided support for Ad-Aware but no longer uses the program.

As for Spybot S&D, most people don't understand how to use TeaTimer 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. If you don't have understanding how a particular security tool works, then you probably should not be using it. Additionally, TeaTimer may conflict with other security tools which do a much better job of protecting your computer and in some cases it will even prevent disinfection of malware by those tools.

More effective alternatives are Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SUPERAntiSpyware Free.
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Posted 22 November 2010 - 05:56 PM

I uninstalled Spybot Search and Destroy. I have the free edition of SuperAnti spyware but the real time protection is turned off. I decided to keep the SpywareBlaster. I have Zonealarm firewall free edition. It also has an Anti-phishing feature. I would really like to know what settings to use on the firewall but I am not sure what to do. My knowledge of computers is limited so even if I read the Help menu I don't understand it.
I guess I need to expand my computer knowledge a little bit. Please help.

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 06:26 PM

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