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    Expertise Level for Spybot Search and Destroy

    Hi all,
    Am currently taking a CNET online free course on spyware (looks good and will happily provide link if that's a "proper" Lounge thing to do) and found this message on the course's Message Board:
    "Most people will recommend using SpyBot search and destroy, but unless you know what you are doing, you could do more harm than good. Spybot is a great option, but I would only recommend it to advanced pc users."
    Being in the non-advanced category, I now worry about having started using SSD 2 weeks ago! Should I be? Am seeking comments from my technical experts, the Woody Loungers!!

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    Re: Expertise Level for Spybot Search and Destroy

    Linda,
    There are two modes for SpyBot - Default and Advanced (which can be selected from the menu bar). I use the Advanced mode as it allows me more configuration options. As for the Spyware that SpyBot discovers, I have always accepted the program's advice and deleted every item identified. By default, SpyBot generates backups of "fixed" problems so that if necessary, you can reverse an action, but to date, I have not had to "undo" anything. I certainly wouldn't want to be without this tool.
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    Re: Expertise Level for Spybot Search and Destroy

    I'm with John on this one. I let 'er rip 'n clean because I'm always confident I can restore baclups if there's a hiccup. OTOH, its most recent scan (correctly) identified a newly installed utility as a potential security threat, which it could be, but it is a useful tool to me that I just installed deliberately. This is now on S&D's ignore list. So sometimes it might be a judgement call. Some people have run into problems (<post#=435614>post 435614</post#>) but I think you're pretty safe with backups.

    Running in advanced mode is potentially no more dangerous or "severe" than in normal mode. In fact, I think it's a good way to learn about malware etc. by following various links about the badies found, copying info to Google and reading up etc.

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    Re: Expertise Level for Spybot Search and Destroy

    John and Alan,

    Thanks for your input. Although I'd probably have more trouble than either of you with knowing what removed item would need to be restored (or not removed in the first place), it sounds as if the program is pretty safe for us "non expert types" - and that there is a fail safe built in.

    Appreciate your taking the time to offer your opinions and your experiences.

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    PS I'll check to see if I've selected Advanced or not. Sounds as if doing so would be a good and not too dangerous way to go.

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    Re: Expertise Level for Spybot Search and Destroy

    I'm not sure what the alternative is... either a program identifies and removes spyware, or it doesn't. I just can't see how one program is any safer or more dangerous to use than another, unless it is known for a lot of "false positives" and deletes things you actually need.

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    Re: Expertise Level for Spybot Search and Destroy

    Linda

    One of the Sypybot Settings options is "Create system restore point when fixing spyware/usage tracks (Win XP only). If that option is set you have an (almost?!) foolproof recovery mechanism in the event of not being able to restore the files you "quarantined" by clicking on "Fix Selected problems".

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    Re: Expertise Level for Spybot Search and Destroy

    Thanks again for your input. I understand what Jefferson is saying - you have to do something to protect yourself. Did check, John, and I do have that restore point checked. So looks as if I just go ahead, use the program and not worry - there is a way to recoup quarantined items if I need to. And the Lounge is always here for specific direction if I'm not sure what to restore in any given situation.

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    Re: Expertise Level for Spybot Search and Destroy

    It doesn't always work, John. I had some utility that had to be totally uninstalled and reinstalled. It *thought* it was OK but blew up when you tried to run it.
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