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#1 Liz1

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 03:12 PM

I regulary get messages telling me "System settings protector" has a problem and has to close, and Windows sends me to the Spybot site. I can't seem to fix this, and I like running Teatimer. Does it conflict with something else that is typically run? I never used to have the problem, but I started getting it at some point. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance for your help.

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 03:19 PM

I regulary get messages telling me "System settings protector" has a problem and has to close, and Windows sends me to the Spybot site. I can't seem to fix this, and I like running Teatimer. Does it conflict with something else that is typically run? I never used to have the problem, but I started getting it at some point. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance for your help.


Having used Spybot Search and Destroy for a few years, I can relate to the "TeaTimer" thing being a headache. Its supposed to monitor overall system settings but I have disabled the feature on my system. There are other utilities out there that can do a better job of this. I use SpywareGuard and SpywareBlaster. You can get both at Javacoolsoftware.com SpywareGuard does essentially the same thing as TeaTimer.

Edited by C J., 30 May 2006 - 03:20 PM.


#3 Liz1

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 04:23 PM

Thanks. I have Spywareblaster, and I used to use Spyware Guard but it wasn't updated, so I thought it was no longer useful. I'll try this.

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 04:39 PM

Thanks. I have Spywareblaster, and I used to use Spyware Guard but it wasn't updated, so I thought it was no longer useful. I'll try this.


You know, I was wondering about the fact SpywareGuard doesn't update. Perhaps its due to the fact everything it has checked is current, and will only alert you if there are changes being attempted.
Hmmmm. I'll have to do more research on this myself. :thumbsup:

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 04:56 PM

Teatimer, when installed correctly does not conflict with anything in Windows.

The Resident TeaTimer is a new tool of Spybot-S&D which perpetually monitors the processes called/initiated. It immediately detects known malicious processes wanting to start and terminates them giving you some options how to deal with this process in the future: You can set TeaTimer to:

- be informed, when the process tries to start again
- automatically kill the process
- or generally allow the process to run There is also an option to delete the file associated with this process.

In addition, TeaTimer detects, when something wants to change some critical registry keys. TeaTimer can protect you against such changes again giving you an option: You can either "Allow" or "Deny" the change. As TeaTimer is always running in the background, it takes some resources of about 5 MB.

Why does Resident TeaTimer terminate the application before asking?

Because threats like toll dialers are time critical - they cost from the first second they've connected. In order to protect you, these have to be terminated at the moment they appear before they can connect at all.

I consider Spybot and Teatimer essential.

Spywareguard, while another excellent tool to use in a layered protection approach does not do all of what Teatimer does.
It does scans and offers protection against browser hijack, but lacks much of the other protection Teatimer can offer.

SpywareGuard now also features Download Protection and Browser Hijacking Protection!

Spywareguard Features Listing:
* Fast Real-Time Scanning engine - catch and block spyware before it is executed (EXE and CAB files supported) with signature-based scanning for known spyware and heuristic/generic detection capabilities to catch new/mutated spyware
* Download Protection - prevent spyware from being download in Internet Explorer
* Browser Hijacking Protection - stop browser hijacking activity in real-time
* SG LiveUpdate - provides an easy updating solution
* Small size - with a small size and small definition sizes, download and updates are quick
* Report Capabilities - keep a detailed log of all spyware detected
* Spyware files are blocked before being opened or run - they are not simply shut down after they are loaded in memory (and after they have performed their tasks)

Both are recommended.

Edited by Enthusiast, 30 May 2006 - 05:02 PM.


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Posted 30 May 2006 - 05:26 PM

Here's why Spywareguard doesn't update often:

Taken from Wilders Security Forums (Javacool Software Forums)

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quoting: Stereo_Type link=board=34;threadid=13138;start=15#msg112632 date=1072107513]My question is, how come other spyware detection tools, like Spywareblaster and many more, update frequently, but SpywareGuard hardly ever updates?

Hi Stereo_Type,

The reason for less frequent updates with SpywareGuard is that it doesn't need to update as frequently. Much of its detection abilities are heuristics in nature. They work for many of the newer versions of spyware installers even without adding "signatures" for them. An update is made when there are new items coming out that are not detected that way.

SpywareBlaster's protections are all specific - target for target with no heuristics. It must be updated to stay on top of any new spyware items.


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Posted 30 May 2006 - 07:58 PM

If you are having trouble with teatimer why not just un-install Spybot and reboot and then re-install Spybot and re-activate teatimer and away you go. This happened to me awhile ago and this is how I fixed it.

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 10:10 PM

Heuristic discovery while good in combination with definitions files tend to miss a lot by themselves.

Both programs are good, and will find things others will not.

Again, a layered approach will be considerably more successful.

I would add the following to my arsenal of anti-malware tools to protect my computer:

Adaware (free)
http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Adawa...nal/965718306/1

Microsoft Windows Defender
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx
This also provides realtime protection. (absolutely necessary)

Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (Win XP and Win 2000):
http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx

AČ - Free from
http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4281.html

#9 Liz1

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Posted 05 June 2006 - 11:42 AM

Thanks for your help. I will try reinstallying Spybot, but it didn't solve the problem when I tried it before. I hadn't heard of the last program on your list, so I'll look into that.




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