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Spyware Guard Vs Spy Sweeper - Which Is Best?


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#1 Paulrenno

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 05:39 AM

My subscription to Webroots Spy Sweeper has run out, and I have heard good reports about free Spyware Guard.
Would this be as efficient as spy sweeper?

I just want to make sure before I buy a new spy sweeper

I have already zone alarm free
avast
ad aware
spybot
a2 free
windows defender
spyware blaster

thanks

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 10:28 AM

Someone will answer your spy sweeper quesestion as I do not use it ,only know it's a good product.

But spyware guard is an excellent companion product to pyware Blaster.
There's a BC tutorial on using it here L@@K
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Posted 15 November 2006 - 02:48 PM

:thumbsup: Hi Paul :

SpywareGuard is a program that makes it difficult for your "Home Page"
to be changed without your permission; it is NOT an antiSPYWARE program.
SpySweeper is getting to be like a "Security Suite", with all its various
"Shields", etc ; "Security Suites" usually have only 1 half-decent "component".
With a-squared, Ad-aware, Spybot, & Windows "Defender" ( would not have
the last 2 on my computer ), you seem to have adequate antiSPYWARE
protection and it seems SpySweeper is not needed !? For rootkit detection,
can install a FREE program like RootkitRevealer; there are others.
I have heard that for some people Spybot Updates will "disable" some of
SpywareBlaster's "protection", so be careful. Also, Spybot's "Teatimer"
"conflicts" with SpywareGuard, so should not have both "active" on the
same computer .

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 03:26 PM

I've been running Spybot (TeaTimer enabled), and Spywareguard, for the better part of 4 years, and have never experienced any of the problems mentioned by SpiritWind.
That's not to say it can't happen, I've just never experienced them.
In fact, Teatimer, and Spywareguard, have both caught things the other has missed.
That's one of the reasons I use, both.

Edited by tg1911, 15 November 2006 - 03:29 PM.

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 12:17 AM

I appreciate all of your help, but what is this Tea timer in Spybot? and how do I know if im running it - ive opened spybot and I cant see where it says anyting about teatimer.

What does Tea timer do anyway?

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 12:43 AM

If your running TeaTimer, there will be an icon in your Taskbar.
When you mouse over it, it will say Spybot-S&D Resident.

TeaTimer is a system change monitor that scans for changes to certain registry keys. It's designed to alert you when spyware, or any other program, attempts to make a change to the VERY fragile, and important, System Registry.
It then asks you whether to Allow, or Block the change, and if you want Spybot to remember the decision.
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 04:23 AM

In that case I definitely havent got Tea Timer running. How do I switch it on? I cannot see anything in Spybot.
Would you suggest I have it on?
With the other things I have running, would it be beneficial?

Sorry for all the questions

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 06:50 AM

You can try it, and see if it causes any conflicts.
If it does, you can always disable it.

Open Spybot.
On the tool bar, at the top left, click Mode.
Click Advanced Mode.
A box will open, asking if you want to go to Advanced Mode, click Yes.
On the left, near the bottom, click the Tools tab.
Then on the menu, click Resident.
In the panel on the right, put a check in the box next to Resident "TeaTimer".
Close Spybot.

With the other things I have running, would it be beneficial?

Personally, I don't think there is such a thing as too much protection.

Sorry for all the questions

No problem.
That's what we're here for. :thumbsup:
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 02:27 PM

Hello, This is a very Informative thread. Thank you. ONe question about EWIDO. Is this a very effective program? and do I need it?

currently I use on my XP comp
AVG free
Spybot (tea timer disabled)
Adaware
Spywareblaster
Spywareguard
Kerio Firewall

Thanks for your opinion. (Oh, I'm also a loyal firefox user ver 1.5)

Edited by Bernie70, 16 November 2006 - 02:29 PM.


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Posted 16 November 2006 - 02:40 PM

Ewido, now known as AVG Anti-Spyware, is an excellent program to have in your arsenal.

Why not update to the latest version of Firefox, 2.0?
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 02:53 PM

I have gone into the settings as you outlined, and set up the Tea Timer so it is now on the taskbar.

However, there are 3 user accounts on my pc, all with family names. When I go onto the other 2 accounts and set the tea timer up on theirs, a box comes up saying there is a registry entry change due to the 'default user name' it is prompting me to accept or reject it.

This happens every time I log off and on the various user accounts. I have disabled it on the other two for now awaiting your instruction

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 03:15 PM

Is it Teatimer, or Spywareblaster that pops up?
Do you accept, or deny, the change?
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Posted 17 November 2006 - 03:39 AM

It is definitely a Spybot box that pops up

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Posted 17 November 2006 - 07:45 AM

Try this:
Go to the user account with the problem.
Disable TeaTimer.
Set everything the way you want it.
Reboot back into that account.
Re-enable Teatimer.
See if that clears up the problem.
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Posted 17 November 2006 - 05:20 PM

spy sweeper has got more awards and i don't know anything about spyware guard




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