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    Question Spybot-SD Resident (TeaTimer) Automatic Updates

    Is it possible to set TeaTimer to automatically download updates? This way, the malware protection will always be up to date without user intervention.

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    If there are any updates to TeaTimer, they are released with the updates to Spybot itself (currently weekly and normally on Wednesday).

    To schedule Spybot to run, go into Spybot > Mode > Advanced mode > Settings > Scheduler > if the Edit button is grayed out click Add > click the Edit button. You should now be in the Spybot- Search and Destroy – Scheduled Task dialog. In the Task tab look at the "Run:" line of the dialog. You can add/change the "command line parameters" the end of the "Run:" line.

    By adding the following, Spybot should start, update and close:
    • "C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SpybotSD.exe" /autoupdate /autoclose /taskbarhide

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    Actually, since 1.5, you can also just schedule SDUpdate.exe instead of SpybotSD.exe. SDUpdate.exe uses less system resources due to being responsible for just this one thing
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    PepiMK:

    Thanks for the memory jogger, I had forgotten.

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    Freakish:

    In other words, if you are running Spybot 1.5, you could update by scheduling with the following "Run:" line:
    • "C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDUpdate.exe" /autoupdate /autoclose

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    Quote Originally Posted by PepiMK View Post
    Actually, since 1.5, you can also just schedule SDUpdate.exe instead of SpybotSD.exe. SDUpdate.exe uses less system resources due to being responsible for just this one thing
    How should I set Spybot to autoupdate and then autoclose itself as fast as possible?

    Should this appear in the run box of scheduled tasks:
    "C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SpybotSD.exe" "C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SpybotSD.exe" /minimized /autoupdate /autoclose

    or this one?
    "C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDUpdate.exe" "C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDUpdate" /minimized /autoupdate /autoclose

    What I want to do is to run the update weekly, Spybot will automatically download the updates, and automatically close itself while minimized (to alert me that there is an update going on.)
    My setup: Real-time: AntiVir,ThreatFire,Comodo BOClean,Tea Timer | On-demand: ClamWin,SuperAntiSpyware,Spybot | Web : Opera (fraud protection enabled),OpenDNS | Other: Windows Scripting Disabled

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freakish View Post
    "C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDUpdate.exe"
    "C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDUpdate" /minimized /autoupdate /autoclose

    What I want to do is to run the update weekly, Spybot will automatically download the updates, and automatically close itself while minimized (to alert me that there is an update going on.)
    Does that work? Does SDUpdate.exe accept command line switches? (I can't test it right now because I'm up-to-date)
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillGio View Post
    Does that work? Does SDUpdate.exe accept command line switches? (I can't test it right now because I'm up-to-date)
    Well, I tested it - looks like it does work!
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