Spybot Immunization -- What does it do?

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  1. Hungry Man

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    I see something about the host file in there and I assume it just redirects/ blocks certain known malicious sites.

    My question about that is: if I already have a modified host file will it delete those entries/ check for duplicates?

    Doesn't really matter since I have a host file on my router but I'm curious.

    And what about the rest of the immunization process?
     
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    "The Immunize function prevents e.g. Tracking Cookies from entering your system. Immunize works with Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera, allowing you to adjust specific settings of the browser to block known spyware installers, (and similar baddies) already included in Spybot-S&D's database. You start the Immunize function by clicking on Spybot-S&D → Immunize on the left navigation bar."

    The home of Spybot-S&D!

    Use Spybot's Immunize Function

    "Spybot - Search & Destroy includes a featured called Immunize designed to prevent spyware infection in real-time."

    Use Spybot's Immunize Function

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  3. Rodster

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    If you use the "Better Privacy" extension in FF it does pretty much the same thing as Spybot Immunize.
     
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    I gotcha. I use Chrome anyway so I just see the benefits with my host file.
     
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    does spybot S&D still has a feature blocking programs from modifying the registry?
     
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    It adds a bunch of sites to IE's restricted zone in a bunch of redundant, difficult to reverse, ways. It also severely slowed down IE8 for a while till MS released a patch (I hear it still slows it down a bit).

    It seems kind of pointless if you don't use IE (EDIT: and if you do use IE there are much better metods, like HOSTS files), I'm not sure what else it does.

    Spybot has been obsolete bloatware for years anyway.
     
  8. Hungry Man

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    I don't use IE. I use Chrome so it doesn't effect the browser. It does definitely effect the host file though.

    Why would it be obsolete? I used it just yesterday and it caught things that SAS didn't.
     
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    It adds a trivially small amount of entries to the hosts file (about a thousand, I think), a relic of the old hosts file spybot used to maintain years ago. The bulk of the immunization is related to IE's zone settings. Users are much better off using the one put out by MS MVPs if they want HOSTS file level protection.

    Spybot S&D is obsolete because it's slow, bloated and ineffective.
     
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    I use the one by MSMVPS + another + spybot.
     
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