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June 02, 2006

Spybot anti-spyware program bug

I'm fairly new to anti-spyware programs. Mostly I find them useless. Avoiding high risk behaviors with your computer is better than even the best innoculations. When the numbers game works against you and you do get an infection, the anti-spyware program comes in handy to rid your computer of the problem, but that's a one shot deal. And that's what happened to me and it's why I have Spybot on my computer.

Mostly anti-spyware programs bug me because of the hysteria they both feed and feed upon. Anyone, for example, who thinks that any advertising tracking cookie, ever, is something that should be blocked, is a person who has a computer oriented paranoid delusion similar to those who never leave their homes because panic ensues the moment they walk out their front doors.

Nevertheless, computer enthusiast that I am, and in spite of generally wanting to keep a lean machine, I've left Spybot on my computer not only to become familiar with its functions, but also to verifiy my prejudgment and find out if I may actually be happier with it in place. This is one of the annoyances I've encountered:

Spybot alert window too small

That window will not resize. The Spybot version is 1.4. Does anyone know what that button says, or what else may be present in the window? I've received a few of them and I never know what I'm clicking.

Incidentally, I've loaded and used, in the course of working as a tech on other's computers, lots of anti-spyware programs, most of which were quite pricey, and often they're part of security suites. There are more feature rich programs, but this one is the lean mean one, it seems to me. It's the one to get.

Update: I received an answer from Spybot's tech support:

Hello Jeff,

This is a little bug in version 1.4: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/news/2005-06-22.html

We have already been able to locate and fix it. The fix will be downloadable with our next program upgrade. We hope that it will be available soon. As a current solution you can work with your keyboard. Use the cursor keys to switch between the buttons ("Allow" is on the left, "Deny" on the right) and the space key to enter your selection. You can also press "A" on your keyboard for "Allow change" or "D" for "Deny change". The Checkbox for "Remember this decision" will work correctly in spite of the graphical issue. If you don't like to use the above workarounds you can disable TeaTimer as follows:
- Go into Spybot > Mode > Advanced Mode > Tools > Resident.
- Uncheck the following: Resident "TeaTimer" (Protection of over-all system settings) Active.

For more information please have a look here:
And you'll find a little workaround here:

Best Regards,
Team Spybot

Posted by Jeff at June 2, 2006 03:34 PM


The right button is Deny Change and the left button is Allow Change... yes its annoying

Posted by: Clint at June 14, 2006 05:14 PM

Hooray - finally a fix...

Posted by: Peter Pearse at January 23, 2007 02:06 AM

Hi everybody,
I'm new! How are you?


Posted by: ToottTaugWego at February 22, 2008 02:09 AM

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