Spybot Immunization -- What does it do?

Discussion in 'Security and Anti-Virus Software' started by Hungry Man, Mar 30, 2011.

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  1. nemt

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    probably a lot of redundancy there
     
  2. Hungry Man

    Hungry Man Notebook Virtuoso

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    lol obviously I check for duplicates first. It's a single host file.

    edit: Although I do have another host file on my router. That's just the MVPS one. The one on my computer is the 3 parter.
     
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    As Spybot's isn't really maintained most of its entries are probably long dead 404 errors or harmless registrar default pages, as well.
     
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    A new Spybot 2.0 beta is expected to be released on May 11th.
    Spybot forum link.
    I've not used Spybot S&D for a long time and I've no idea what the 2.0 beta holds so for further info, check their forum.
     
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    Spybot used to be gold, but I haven't used it in a couple of years when it seemed to have been overtaken by newer programs.
     
  6. nemt

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    I was just referring to the Spybot HOSTS file, not the program itself, which is obviously maintained (but it's anyone's guess why - as most have moved on to Malwarebytes AM or other superior products).

    IIRC their hosts file was overwhelming aimed at blocking CoolWebSearch and didn't even do an adequate job at that when CWS was a relevant threat.
     
  7. Hungry Man

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    Adding 8 letters to a file won't exactly slow my computer down lol I'm willing to take that hit if spybot blocks a single site.
     
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    It's not a performance hit, it's just pointless. I doubt any of the still valid entries aren't also covered by MVPs.
     
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    Maybe, maybe not. I know that spybot has updated its host file in the last week.

    It is literally a lossless defense. I lose nothing by adding spybot entries, it could add 1000 lines of garbage and I wouldn't lose anything because checking the host file takes no time.
     
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