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Spybot S&D Questions for Quietman7


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#1 heavydude

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 11:53 AM

In another thread you wrote:

"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 how to use Spybot's 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"

I've used many anti-spyware programs over the years and have narrowed my choices down to MalwareBytes and SpyBot S&D. Sometimes one will find something the other one missed.

I learned early on that Tea Timer was problematic and have kept it disabled.

I read mvps.org's statement about Spybot S&D not being recommended due to poor testing results but there didn't seem to be anything there to back up that statement.

Any idea where those test results reside?

I'm currently using Spybot S&D version 1.6.2 with satisfactory results.

I went to Spybot's home page and learned that Spybot S&D version 2 beta 4 has just been released. So far all I've found is the announcement in a variety of places.

http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

Are you aware of any sites that have tested and reviewed that version yet?

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 07:54 AM

I had read a long time ago that mvps.org does their own testing. I don't know what criteria they use for testing or who actually conducted the tests....but since they are associated with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) program, I trust the information they provide.

My primary concern has always been that a 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.

Then there are the potential conflicts that can occur when using TeaTimer 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.
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