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Can anybody help understand what the Tea Timer is in spybot?

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Re: Spybot S&D 1.3 question

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Berfert, wish I could help. Like you I am curious but unable to find a good explanation. It seem to be some kind of malware blocker but from what I read one needs knowledge of how to handle items found. I have not enabled it for this reason.

I have seen Tea Timer mentioned on these forums but in terms of general talk with little informative discussion. Maybe someone will come forth... hope so!

Good Luck!

Glenn

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TeaTimer

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TeaTimer is an active protection that monitors changes to certain system Registry keys such as System Startup, ActiveX Distribution Unit, Browser page and Browser Helper Object. When any change is detected to these Registry keys an alert pop-up is issued asking you to allow or deny the change and if you want Spybot to remember the decision. TeaTimer also monitors processes that are initiated in the system. If the process being initiated matches a list of processes in Spypot?s detection files, the process is terminated and an alert is issued to notify you and allow you to make choices as to how to handle the same process during future detections.

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Ok, that wasn't too far over my head.

Do you think the alerts are easy enough for a layman to understand and make the proper choice OR should we keep it disabled?

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TeaTimer

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Well, it's up to YOU - I disabled it - as The Cleaner Professional already monitors it. But - I heard from others - it could get "annoying". Give it a try and IF you don't like it - you can disable it IN Spybot . So, NO harm done Happy

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Ok your answer was about what I expected, not that that is a bad thing. Thanks for the assistance.

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You're Welcome :)

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Happy
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Re: Spybot S&D 1.3 question

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From a laymans point of view.

It seems to be a monitor that is monitoring critical areas of the registry.

If someone (like me) or something (like a prog) tried to change any of these areas I would get a pop-up asking if I wanted to allow this.

I have been testing this for the last 5 or 6 weeks and the only pop-ups I have seen is when I try to change one of these areas.

On this machine it does not show as being a resource user or cause any problems that are not easy to get around.

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Tea Timer is a registry protection program. When it's active, if there's an attempt (good guy or bad) to change the registry, Tea Timer interrupts the operation and prompts if it should be allowed. Norton and McAfee also have a feature like this but all may tend to create problems if the change doesn't take place when it's legitimate. In the early days of AV's, many a system crash was the result of McAfee or Norton's system protection scheme blocking changes that Windows needed to make to the registry. Tea Timer is an "option" during install as it should only be used by the professional or advanced computer user. Novice users don't understand most of the messages and, frankly, don't even read them, creating havoc on their systems. This is good for the skilled tech to generate revenue but bad in the hands of the unskilled.

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(NT) (NT) Thank you! Best analysis I have seen. :)

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