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Spybot why does it say i'm not an Administrator

by shaw41225 / March 2, 2009 11:26 AM PST

Hi All, I`ve installed Spybot on my Acer laptop running windows vista and when i try to run spybot it tells me i need to be an administrator which i am, can anyone tell me how to fix this issue?
Cheers Dave.

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Directions here with screen shots Dave
by roddy32 / March 2, 2009 11:55 AM PST
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by shaw41225 / March 2, 2009 11:04 PM PST

Many thanks, problem now fixed.

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(NT) You're welcome Dave :)
by roddy32 / March 3, 2009 1:31 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks
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Administrator Rights.....Again
by wyomingnan2 / August 8, 2011 3:54 AM PDT

I know this is a really old post but perhaps someone can still answer:
I tried this and it opens the program but when I click on "Immunize" it tells me I am not an administrator AGAIN....BUT then it acts like it is still immunizing....then it tells me that 1,000+ files are not immunized. I have even made sure Windows Vista Home Basic has this log on at Administrator status. Also, if you want to schedule Spybot to run at certain times you can't be there to click on "run as administrator" I have also tried to schedule checks at certain times and it tells me the scheduler is not ON. Any advice? It should not be this hard to get this program to run.

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Vista Is A Little Different Regarding Immunize
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / August 8, 2011 6:28 AM PDT

Since the "Immunize" function creates a special HOSTS file on your computer, Vista and Windows 7 have some special hoops to jump through which allow the correct permissions to be alloted to HOSTS.. See the link below and try running Spybot as "administrator".. (RIGHT click on the "Spybot" shortcut, choose "run as administrator".) Set the scheduler in much the same fashion..


And if that doesn't help, we're starting to see a few issues with members running Spybot and it's Tea Timer and "Immunize" sub-programming.. You may want to think about using a different tool.. Just a thought.

Hope this helps.


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what alternatives are there to spybot?
by jayess99 / April 15, 2012 8:32 AM PDT

I'm getting the same crap about not being an adminstrator. I've clicked the "log on as adminstrator" (or whatever), I'm the only one using this thing, and Im tired of stuff that doesn't work. What other choices are there? thanks for your help.

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Plenty. I like what Grif writes at link.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 16, 2012 1:17 AM PDT
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by ZenReputation / April 17, 2012 5:39 PM PDT

reinstall the Spybot by choosing administrator at starting....Does it also problematic in other OS>

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