Spybot update - IE immunization

May 5, 2005 at 14:30:02
Specs: W98se, pentium II SRAM 128 MB

When I downloaded a Spybot update, I inadvertently installed the IE immunization bug and got a pop-up that I didn't quite understand and tried to X it out but it said I had to exit through the file menu and ask something about acceptance. I clicked no and eventually had to exit and restart my system.

Did I download something wrong because the system doesn't work as efficient as it did previously.

I reran Ad-Adware and Spybot OK and then made a virus scan that found none.

Any help to remedy my situation would be greatly appreciated.


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#1
May 5, 2005 at 15:22:48

Err...what's the IE immunization bug and in what way is your system less efficient?

Note, by the way, that if you download SpywareBlaster (free) this prevents stuff getting in. When you then use SpyBot's immunization feature it tells you to use SpywareBlaster because that is better, or words to that effect.

Not sure I understand your problem but SpywareBlaster is well worth having at some stage.

Derek.W


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#2
May 5, 2005 at 15:38:24

Derek,

In getting a list of updates in Spybot, this IE Immunization Bug Installed was in the update list along with Main Skins, English Language and the recent file of newly discovered spy files. I'm using the free Spybot Version 1.3.

Bob


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#3
May 5, 2005 at 16:43:19

Haven't run into it and assume you mean an update to SpyBot's immunization feature and/or a bug fix.

Maybe worth uninstalling the whole thing, rebooting, then downloading and installing SpyBot again. There's always the odd chance of an update going awry, although SpyBot has had a good record.

You could also, as previously suggested, avoid the immunization feature and use SpywareBlaster instead.

Sorry can't think of much more, maybe someone else will have some ideas.

Derek.W


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#4
May 5, 2005 at 17:32:32

The bug fix was to fix a problem in the immunization function of spybot. Spybot kept on reporting two items were available to immunize. You would immunize them, but on closing program then reopening spybot, it would still report two items needed to be immunized. Bug fix update is meant to fix this.

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#5
May 5, 2005 at 18:34:53

Derek & Ken,

Thanks for the responses. Very helpful in my learning processes.

Ken...I'm not sure what you meant by "it would still report two items needed to be immunized. Bug fix update is meant to fix this." Would this mean that it is a fix in Spybot and results in no effect or change in the Microsoft operating files?

Bob



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#6
May 5, 2005 at 18:49:25

Seems that there was a bug in SpyBot's immunization feature that this update was supposed to fix. Hitherto there was an error whereby it was reporting two items needing immunization instead of one. This update should not have affected the working of your system. In fact it sounds as if it was more likely to have given problems before the update.

SpyBot should never touch files (MS or otherwise) unless it finds that they have been infected by some nasty or other.

SpyBot immunization is very similar to what SpywareBlaster does. It doesn't fix problems but stitches up the registry so that nasties don't take hold in the first place.

Seems like it went wrong in your case, so I can't think of any other way forward except what I've already suggested (uninstall/re-install SpyBot).

Derek.W


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#7
May 5, 2005 at 19:06:51

Derek,

Thanks for the explanation and your suggestion.

Bob


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