if a previous infection disabled the Spybot link by adding it to your host list or by putting it in the IE Internet Options>Security> Restricted sites list? The list of blocked sites is quite long but organized in a manner that should allow you to scan down to the "S's"
and delete it if its there.Option: try adding the site to safe zone.
This is based on the idea that IE is actually blocking.
Also check security center & firewall to see if both Spybot main exe & update exe are permitted there-in.
Another option is to install say a Mozilla Browser like Firefox or Sea Monkey, make it your default browser, and then visit S-N site and then try clean install (possibly by-passing IE block).
One other thought, AVG may be interfering with S&D access & or install. It shouldn't but they , at one time, were NOT installing
AVG IF Spybot was detected as onboard until you removed it. This was based on not liking S&Ds Tea Timer (ability to change registry) as well as some False Positive findings on some S&D components & definition files.
I thought they got past that but since I no longer use AVG, can't say for sure. There is an AVG forum here monitored by AVG staff you might ask for clarification there. Good Luck!
This system is workiing on Windows XP pro Sp3 fully updated.
I have recently been deleting and uninstalling redundant apps and have not updated Spybot for some weeks. After these housekeeping jobs I find now that any reference to Spybot or the developer website results in a message from IE that it has a broken link.
Like the fool that I am I uninstalled Spybot and tried a reinstall. The installer needs to refer back to the homepage for the setup and configuration.
I have AVG ver 9 and after a full scan no infections have been found and Trend House-Call report none either. Is this a security issue and can my reckless action be overcome?