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administrator level for Spybot S/D?


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#1 ltdave

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Posted 29 December 2013 - 09:00 PM

my daughter's computer was acting up and she said there was some updater program she couldnt get rid of so i downloaded the trilogy to her laptop...

 

malwarebytes

superantispyware

spybot search and destroy

 

everything seems to have run well and i decided i hadnt run anything on MY computer in a while so i opened these 3 and updated the libraies and such...

 

i ran them and had several issues found by SB S/D.  i clicked to fix the problems and i got a little pop up saying it cant fix the problems because it needs to be run as an administrator...

 

how can i run this as an administrator?  should i bother with it? i just read another thread that said SB S/D wasnt reliable anymore and was no longer recommended...



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Posted 29 December 2013 - 09:28 PM

While I agree that Spy is not that good anymore, especially with the other 2 you have available. Note that none of the 3 are an antivirus and you need one.


That said "run as an administrator" is important is asked for.

Many times it's simple as Right clicking on say the Spybot Icon and in the popup menu you can select

Run as Administrator.

It can be different in different operating systems..
Such as How to Run a Program as an Administrator in Windows 7
 


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Posted 29 December 2013 - 09:30 PM

I would suggest adding an actual Anti-Virus to your computer as well. I personally use AVG (it's free of charge), and I know others who use some different ones such as Microsoft Security Essentials, Kaspersky, Sophos, etc.



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Posted 29 December 2013 - 09:38 PM

i use Microsoft Security Essentials and it seems to work pretty good...

 

i used to use AVG but it got real buggy (maybe it had a big bloatware upgrade?) and ive not used it since this system (win7)...

 

i uninstalled SB and might try to download it again but im pretty happy with what the other 2 do for me...



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Posted 29 December 2013 - 09:43 PM

i use Microsoft Security Essentials and it seems to work pretty good...

 

i used to use AVG but it got real buggy (maybe it had a big bloatware upgrade?) and ive not used it since this system (win7)...

 

i uninstalled SB and might try to download it again but im pretty happy with what the other 2 do for me...

 

I used to use MSE as well before I got Windows 8, and it was equally as good of an Anti-Virus.

 

In any event, Malwarebytes does a really good job especially when tacked alongside an Anti-Virus. I'd think you'll be fine without SB. Just make sure everything is up to date and Realtime protection is on.



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Posted 29 December 2013 - 09:44 PM

Hello -

Please see Choosing an Anti-Virus Program by quietman7 for full information.

This will add to the information given by boopme above.

 

There are several Free antivirus programs listed, and other options for you -

 

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Posted 30 December 2013 - 11:08 AM

Spybot has several product versions to include their old Spybot Search & Destroy 1.6.2, Spybot 2.2 Free Edition and Spybot + AV (Home & Professional) which adds antivirus protection.

You stated in your initial posting you used Spybot Search & Destroy so it would be helpful if you could confirm which one you are using.


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Posted 30 December 2013 - 11:38 AM

im sorry...

 

its the Free 2.2 version



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Posted 30 December 2013 - 11:54 AM

Spybot 2.2 Free Edition does not include anti-virus.


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. 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.
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