February 10th, 2005, 02:29 AM #1
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using Firefox, Spybot, and Adaware
I have a question about these programs.
I just installed all 3 of them today. Adaware worked good, it cleaned up about 12 cases of spyware which I don't think is too bad but i'm glad it's gone.
My biggest question is about Firefox and Spybot. Is Spybot worth having if I'm not using IE? It says it will immunize and block some sites if I'm using IE but what if I'm using Firefox, am I still Immunized?
I just don't quite understand how spybot works. Adaware makes a lot of sense and so does Spybot but I don't understand the Iummnize feature.
February 10th, 2005, 07:59 AM #2
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As far as I know, the Immunize feature of Spybot isn't IE specific. It monitors certain things like registry values and prevents nasties from changing things without your approval. I believe it also monitors some IE specific stuff to prevent hijacks. I believe Spybot has a program called TeaTimer (or something like that), that is meant to be IE specific and prevent hijacks and such. AdAware Pro has a similar feature to Immunize, AdWatch. That's what I use as it's more configurable than Immunize.
February 10th, 2005, 09:14 AM #3
Spyware Blaster immunises both Internet Explorer and Firefox.
February 10th, 2005, 11:14 AM #4
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Yeah, that's what I was wondering about: The TeaTimer.
I don't understand what the TeaTimer does. It asked me if I wanted to turn it on when I loaded Spybot 1.0. I thought it was only for internet explorer, and it said something about immunizing IE but I turned it on anyway.
I guess to simplify my question I would like to know if I'm using Firefox 1.0 and I have Adaware, Do I really need Spybot. The only reason I wanted Spybot in addition to Adaware was because it had "immunization".
I already downloaded everything so I'm going to keep them in case I need them, but I don't understand what "TeaTimer" and "Immunization" do. And are they only effective with IE?
February 10th, 2005, 11:18 AM #5
Spybot and AdAware find different things. While their databases overlap neither is a subset of the other. Use them both.
The Tea Timer watches the registry basicly. It will tell you when changes are made so you can approve or disapprove them. These changes include things like hijacking abrowser, adding startup programs, changing reg keys. If you aren't doing anything that would trigger this you know it is malicious and can choose not to let the change go through. Use tea timer.
February 10th, 2005, 11:20 AM #6
I'm afraid that Adaware and Spybot are not enough these days...check out the programs I have listed here: http://www.techimo.com/forum/showthr...27#post1385127
You'll be surprised at what they can pick up after using Adaware/Spybot.
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