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How to enable/disable Spybot Tea timer

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Spybot Search and Destroy – primarily a detection and removal tool, comes with a resident real time protection application called Tea timer. When activated it sits in the systray and monitors the system for malicious processes -which is in its detection library – currently 1173 processes – wanting to start and terminates them giving you some options.

In addition, Tea timer also monitors certain critical registry keys and alerts the user when a process, malicious or otherwise tries to change those keys. It also takes a snapshot of these registry keys at the time of system shutdown/restart or when you manually close the Tea timer and alerts you and restores the changes if any.

To activate (enable) Spybot S & D Tea Timer:

Start Spybot S & D, in the Menu, Select Mode and Click Advanced Mode

How to enable/disable Spybot Tea timer

Click Yes in the confirmation dialogue box.

How to enable/disable Spybot Tea timer

Now, in the left pane, click on Tools to expand the menu. Make sure that Resident is checkmarked in the right pane and then click Resident in the left pane.

How to enable/disable Spybot Tea timer

In the right pane checkmark Resident "Tea timer" (Protection of over-all system settings\active.

How to enable/disable Spybot Tea timer

Tea timer will now start and run from the systray How to enable/disable Spybot Tea timer. Henceforth it will start with Windows to alert you against any change to your key settings.

How to enable/disable Spybot Tea timerHow to enable/disable Spybot Tea timer

Here you can allow or deny the detected change and also opt to remember the particular change, so that every time this particular change is detected it will be automatically allowed or denied based on your first input.

To de-activate ( disable ) Tea timer:

At times you may need to disable Tea timer to facilitate proper cleaning of Malware using other utilities like HijackThis.

Right click the Tea timer icon How to enable/disable Spybot Tea timer in the systray and then click Settings.

How to enable/disable Spybot Tea timer

This is the Black & White listed items that you have chosen to remember, that is to say that these lists are only populated by entries which you have chosen Tea timer to remember permanently, so that they are automatically dealt with.

How to enable/disable Spybot Tea timer

Open all the four lists and delete the entries one by one. This will ensure that any bad change which was allowed previously will not be remembered when you restart Tea timer after cleaning the Malware.

To close Tea timer and to disable it from starting with Windows when you restart, open Spybot S & D, open the Tools menu on the right pane and click on Resident and uncheck Resident "Tea timer"(Protection of over-all system settings) active. Exit the program.

How to enable/disable Spybot Tea timer

When Tea timer exits, it takes a snapshot of the registry keys it monitors and on its restart will attempt to restore the Registry keys to the state it was in when the snapshot was taken. There is a chance that the snapshot may include registry keys created by Malware unknown to Tea timer.

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Spybot – Search & Destroy\Snapshots and delete all the files inside the folder Snapshots. The Tea timer will take a fresh snapshot and recreate these files when it is restarted.

Finally restart your system to apply the changes.

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Tom D November 18, 2010 at 1:23 AM

It seems Firefox has crashed often since I’ve installed SpyBot with TeaTimer. Is there a known problem with this combination? If so, is there a way to fix it, or a different spyware program that doesn’t have this problem?


Michael February 7, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Try updating Firefox, removing and reinstalling it. Usually firefox crashes have more to do w/ automatic windows updates that may have coincided with when spybot was installed. But’s it’s also possible you “blocked” a component of firefox w/ the tea timer on accident.

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