Spybot resident teatimer - do I need it? *I did search around*

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  1. fonduekid

    fonduekid JSUTAONHTERBIRCKINTEHWLAL

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    Hi people,

    I am just wondering how good it is to have this resident teatimer thing?

    I wanna know if it takes too much of system resources while startup?

    Second, is it really important. From what I learnt in this forum and on the web, I was thinking it was important.

    Now after reading more, I learnt its also protecting the registry settings, which is good I guess. But now when I want to do something thats clean but which is going to change the registry in a good way, then I am guessing I will have these popups warning or something like that, no? And then will I able to like say "yes, allow these changes" or something like that and similar warnings do not appear again?

    So is it worth the popups for the sake of extra security so that my system doesnt get screwed up?

    I am asking because I keep my systems usually very clean, both the desktop n lappy... and now in this lappy I have a pretty good security set-up. *Please have in mind I am not a computer expert. So every bit of security thats essential / important for a laptop, I am willing to have. But at the same time, not too much where my system resources are being drained off* :) So, I would be happy if you guys can tell me according to this. :)

    Thanks a lot in advance. And please keep it simple people :) :) too much of tech info all at once some times tends to drive me off the wall.. lol... lol... :p :p

    Cheers
     
  2. Jakpro

    Jakpro Notebook Evangelist

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    I quit using Spybot when they changed it to be too much of a system hog. It is also not as effective as it used to be.

    Having said that, the Tea Timer does work and it is not that intrusive. If a program is trying to access a port, it tells you which can help identify malware. If you are going to use Spybot, use the Tea Timer function, IMHO.

    I have been using A-squared with Background Guard and Hijack Free now, instead, and it works better than Spybot and Adaware.
     
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    Prasad NBR Reviewer 1337 NBR Reviewer

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    No, turn off and remove that annoying-as-hell TeaTimer crap.... keep the other Immunization thingy though.
     
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    Thank you so much for the information. :)

    Jakpro - I understand what you are saying. And also since it lets us know what is happening, and since I am learning about all these things I was wondering if I should install it together with spybot. But yeah, resource hog is a question mark which I am not sure how to answer, because I don't want it to really drain the resources.

    Btw, I forgot to add this in my OP - I learnt that you could install teatimer while doing the initial spybot installation process. But once u install it, how do you turn it off or how do you remove that part alone or how do you disable it? Is it just enough to prevent it from starting, like lets say through msconfig? or is there a way within spybot where you can permanently disable it?

    Thanks again people.
     
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    Prasad NBR Reviewer 1337 NBR Reviewer

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    I haven't found a way to disable it myself. I just uninstalled Spybot completely, and then reinstalled it without TeaTimer.
     
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    predatorramboxxx Notebook Deity

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    honestly now spybot is junk ..it use to be amazing... it is as good as windows defender...
    if you look on giveaway of the day they have a very good virus program with a year support for free
     
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    Prasad NBR Reviewer 1337 NBR Reviewer

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    What makes you say that ? So which software is good nowadays ? I know, I have been a bit out of touch with security software... :p
     
  8. fonduekid

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    I think these days a good protection software will always be a "DIY Combo" of couple of programs out there.. :) ;) May be each of us should start making "Home Made Combo" packages of security programs and start selling them... lol!!!!! ;) ;)


    Anyways, I just installed spybot and there is a function within spybot to turn off teatimer in the tools section. But I don't know if on reboot the teatimer will start again. Though when I turned it off and turned it back on, the tea timer started and immediately there was a cute little popup that said changes have been made to the reg., but its an allowed on (I think it allowed itself as Ok, because it came from spybot, LOL) and when I looked into the log file, it said, "teatimer added to the start up programs" (meaning in msconfig). So, does this mean, after installing spybot, you can go withing tools anytime and turn it off / on again, provided you installed it the *first* time when installing the spybot package?? Ohhh.. I looovvveee computers!!!

    Hmmmm.... nice though to try and learn about these things. lol....
     
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    I use Spybot for it's tools, SD Helper and an occasional scan. I never liked Teatimer and disabled it. Mode, advanced mode, resident (in left hand panel, untick Teatimer.
     
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    This is what I tried. So when I start my computer the next time, teatimer won't start again?
     
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