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    hi. i have some suggestions to spybot, i can see that i have 11 hostsfile backups in the hostsfile folder, maybe they can be removed by spybot so we dont have to do that manually because the folder is just growing and growing and some people maybe dont know the folder is growing, i mean it is just necessary to have just one backup.

    the other one is that maybe the installation wizard can ask if you want to disable the dnsclient to avoid slow browsing speed, maybe someone dont understand why their browsing is a bit slower than before. and it have been great to have a hostsfile server to serve up images or empty images to make the browsing even faster, and to avoid to having to hit the backbutton in the browser several times to get back to where people was, but that happenes only sometimes and mostly when a ad or something is blocked on the site they are visiting, maybe you should link to hostsman wich has a hostsserver and is able to download other hostsfiles and then we just merge spybots hostsfile to the others, that will be even more protection than we had before. i use hphosts and mvpshosts together with the spybot hostsfile and almost never see ads and other annoyances.

    its sad to see poor test results by spybot on the calendarofupdates site made by donna, but i love spybot anyway and will never stop using it, and i hope that all the tools and immunize will never be removed from spybot

    and maybe the logs should be not only in the advanced mode, but in the standard mode, to be easy for newbies to delete them when they are not needed anymore, to avoid the growing of the logs endlessly.

    is it safe to remove the usage tracks found by spybot?

    maybe you should go together with the makers of hphosts, mvpshosts, hostsman, spywareblaster, ccleaner and an antivirus to make a powerfull security suite

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    Quote Originally Posted by blues View Post
    its sad to see poor test results by spybot on the calendarofupdates site made by donna, but i love spybot anyway and will never stop using it, and i hope that all the tools and immunize will never be removed from spybot
    This is because Spybot scans specifically for certain entries. Spybot however, does not function like AV... it does detect trojans, malware, spyware, keyloggers, bots, and some rookits. But it does not detect viruses.

    However, compared to SAS and A-squared they have a vast database, enabling the user to scan with 'Smart' scan or a 'Deep' scan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blues View Post
    and maybe the logs should be not only in the advanced mode, but in the standard mode, to be easy for newbies to delete them when they are not needed anymore, to avoid the growing of the logs endlessly.
    Your post should have been posted in the SUGGESTIONS forum, as these features are suggested by users to be added into future Spybot versions.
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    hey are not needed anymore, to avoid the growing of the logs endlessly.

    is it safe to remove the usage tracks found by spybot?

    maybe you should go together with the makers of hphosts, mvpshosts, hostsman, spywareblaster, ccleaner and an antivirus to make a powerfull security suite
    This would depend on what the trackage is. If it is tracking cookies, then it would safe to remove. You can also clear the cookies, cache, and temp. files once in a while manually.

    As for the integrated Security, I honestly don't think that SaferNetworking will do that. AV's, CCleaner, Javacool, and MVPHosts are separate companies who do their own work and create their own software.

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    i asked about usage tracks because it seemed like spybot finds registry entries and tracks in the registry, and i saw a thread here today about that registry cleaners was not recommended and was because of that worried to delete what spybot finds.

    i didnt mean that spybot was no good, sorry if i seemed to mean that as i have read about spybot it is mostly scanning the registry to see if there is malware on the computer, and that explained why i almost never hear or see disc activity, but maybe i have misunderstood.

    i like this forum and is reading here everyday

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    Hm. It's okay.

    You don't see Spybot's scanning activity? When you do a scan, Spybot shows your the progress and if there are any found entries.

    Can you give some examples of the entries Spybot found? Like what name of the "user trackage".

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    yes i see the progress bar.

    this is what spybot found: almost all are usage tracks.


    --- Report generated: 2008-06-26 20:02 ---

    Microsoft.Windows.RedirectedHosts: [SBI $97C2C277] Omdirigert vert (Omdirigert vert, nothing done)
    www.experts-exchange.com=127.0.0.1

    Microsoft.Windows.RedirectedHosts: [SBI $926098F7] Omdirigert vert (Omdirigert vert, nothing done)
    experts-exchange.com=127.0.0.1

    Microsoft.Windows.RedirectedHosts: [SBI $C1DEB1AF] Omdirigert vert (Omdirigert vert, nothing done)
    ask.com=127.0.0.1

    Microsoft.Windows.RedirectedHosts: [SBI $25161DD4] Omdirigert vert (Omdirigert vert, nothing done)
    www.ask.com=127.0.0.1

    Log: Activity: SchedLgU.Txt (Backup fil, nothing done)
    C:\WINDOWS\SchedLgU.Txt

    Log: Activity: imsins.log (Backup fil, nothing done)
    C:\WINDOWS\imsins.log

    Log: Install: comsetup.log (Backup fil, nothing done)
    C:\WINDOWS\comsetup.log

    Log: Install: ocgen.log (Backup fil, nothing done)
    C:\WINDOWS\ocgen.log

    Log: Install: setupact.log (Backup fil, nothing done)
    C:\WINDOWS\setupact.log

    Log: Shutdown: System32\wbem\logs\wbemess.lo_ (Backup fil, nothing done)
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\wbem\logs\wbemess.lo_

    Log: Shutdown: System32\wbem\logs\wbemess.log (Backup fil, nothing done)
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\wbem\logs\wbemess.log

    Log: Shutdown: System32\wbem\logs\wmiprov.log (Backup fil, nothing done)
    C:\WINDOWS\System32\wbem\logs\wmiprov.log

    Ahead Nero Burning Rom: [SBI $F3FD92E9] Working directory (Registerendring, nothing done)
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-329068152-789336058-1343024091-1003\Software\Ahead\Nero - Burning Rom\Settings\WorkingDir

    Internet Explorer: [SBI $FF589D0C] Download directory (Registerendring, nothing done)
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-329068152-789336058-1343024091-1003\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download Directory

    MS Management Console: [SBI $ECD50EAD] Recent command list (2 filer) (Registernøkkel, nothing done)
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-329068152-789336058-1343024091-1003\Software\Microsoft\Microsoft Management Console\Recent File List

    MS Direct3D: [SBI $7FB7B83F] Most recent application (Registerendring, nothing done)
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Direct3D\MostRecentApplication\Name

    MS Direct3D: [SBI $C2A44980] Most recent application (Registerendring, nothing done)
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-329068152-789336058-1343024091-1003\Software\Microsoft\Direct3D\MostRecentApplication\Name

    MS DirectDraw: [SBI $EB49D5AF] Most recent application (Registerendring, nothing done)
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\DirectDraw\MostRecentApplication\Name

    Windows Explorer: [SBI $2026AFB6] User Assistant history IE (5 filer) (Registernøkkel, nothing done)
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-329068152-789336058-1343024091-1003\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\UserAssist\{5E6AB780-7743-11CF-A12B-00AA004AE837}\Count

    Windows Explorer: [SBI $6107D172] User Assistant history files (51 filer) (Registernøkkel, nothing done)
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-329068152-789336058-1343024091-1003\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\UserAssist\{75048700-EF1F-11D0-9888-006097DEACF9}\Count

    WinRAR: [SBI $B510882E] Extraction directory history (1 filer) (Registernøkkel, nothing done)
    HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-329068152-789336058-1343024091-1003\Software\WinRAR\DialogEditHistory\ExtrPath

    Cookie: [SBI $49804B54] Cookie (42) (Cookie, nothing done)


    Cache: [SBI $49804B54] Cache (4565) (Cache, nothing done)


    History: [SBI $49804B54] Historie (538) (Historie, nothing done)



    --- Spybot - Search & Destroy version: 1.5.2 (build: 20080128) ---

    2008-01-28 blindman.exe (1.0.0.7)
    2008-01-28 SDDelFile.exe (1.0.2.4)
    2008-01-28 SDMain.exe (1.0.0.5)
    2007-10-07 SDShred.exe (1.0.1.2)
    2008-01-28 SDUpdate.exe (1.0.8.8)
    2008-01-28 SDWinSec.exe (1.0.0.11)
    2008-01-28 SpybotSD.exe (1.5.2.20)
    2008-01-28 TeaTimer.exe (1.5.2.16)
    2008-05-26 unins000.exe (51.49.0.0)
    2008-01-28 Update.exe (1.4.0.6)
    2008-01-28 advcheck.dll (1.5.4.5)
    2007-04-02 aports.dll (2.1.0.0)
    2007-11-17 DelZip179.dll (1.79.7.4)
    2008-01-28 SDFiles.dll (1.5.1.19)
    2008-01-28 SDHelper.dll (1.5.0.11)
    2008-01-28 Tools.dll (2.1.3.3)
    2008-06-17 Includes\Adware.sbi (*)
    2008-06-18 Includes\AdwareC.sbi (*)
    2008-06-03 Includes\Cookies.sbi (*)
    2008-06-03 Includes\Dialer.sbi (*)
    2008-06-24 Includes\DialerC.sbi (*)
    2008-06-03 Includes\HeavyDuty.sbi (*)
    2008-06-16 Includes\Hijackers.sbi (*)
    2008-06-17 Includes\HijackersC.sbi (*)
    2008-06-25 Includes\Keyloggers.sbi (*)
    2008-06-24 Includes\KeyloggersC.sbi (*)
    2004-11-29 Includes\LSP.sbi (*)
    2008-06-24 Includes\Malware.sbi (*)
    2008-06-24 Includes\MalwareC.sbi (*)
    2008-06-17 Includes\PUPS.sbi (*)
    2008-06-24 Includes\PUPSC.sbi (*)
    2007-11-07 Includes\Revision.sbi (*)
    2008-06-10 Includes\Security.sbi (*)
    2008-06-18 Includes\SecurityC.sbi (*)
    2008-06-03 Includes\Spybots.sbi (*)
    2008-06-03 Includes\SpybotsC.sbi (*)
    2008-06-17 Includes\Spyware.sbi (*)
    2008-06-17 Includes\SpywareC.sbi (*)
    2008-06-03 Includes\Tracks.uti (*)
    2008-06-24 Includes\Trojans.sbi (*)
    2008-06-25 Includes\TrojansC.sbi (*)
    2008-03-04 Plugins\Chai.dll
    2008-03-05 Plugins\Fennel.dll
    2008-02-26 Plugins\Mate.dll
    2007-12-24 Plugins\TCPIPAddress.dll

    this comes from hphosts and i just ignore the entries experts-exchange.com and ask.com

    when they recommend to not use registry cleaners in this forum then i am unsure if i should delete the usagetracks because almost everything found is in the registry. i have used glary utilities one time, and that corrupted one of my programs.

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    Ooof. I'm not specialized in these areas *chuckle .

    However, I see there there was a HOSTS redirection...

    Check your IE homepage. What is it?

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    There is a definition of usage tracks here:
    http://www.safer-networking.org/en/d...agetracks.html

    and more info here:
    Usage tracks allow any user with direct access to your machine to see what files you have worked on recently. If that user is you, those tracks are even a feature. There is no other harm done by usage tracks.
    Usage tracks should be pretty safe to fix,I've done it for years and had no problems so far.But,you should do what you feel most comfortable doing,so if you'd rather not fix tracks,you could set Spybot to a spyware scan only by opening Spybot,click mode up top,then select Advanced Mode(say yes to the prompt.)Then,over to the left,click Settings,then File Sets.Rightclick somewhere in the window to the right,and select Spyware check only.You can return Spybot back to Default Mode,using Mode up top once again.

    Or,if you'd prefer to still scan for tracks,but there are some you'd rather not fix,you could get Spybot to ignore that usage track.There is more about that here:
    http://www.safer-networking.org/en/howto/exclude.html
    And more info here:
    http://www.safer-networking.org/en/p...xceptions.html
    Or,you could just decide not to checkmark any usage tracks you don't want fixed.For example,if you wanted to keep your cookies,then you could leave Cookie unchecked.

    Also,if you're looking at one of the tracks and would like more info about it,you could click it and then click the gray button to the right,Spybot sometimes has a description of that particular track.

    When Spybot scans for tracks it just looks for specific things like mrus,cookies,logs,etc,anything tracks related.It's main goal isn't to 'clean' your registry,just tracks.
    Registry cleaners are out to clean only the registry,and registry cleaners scan for a lot more things,like wrong app paths,unused file extensions,missing shared .dlls,obsolete software keys,etc.,etc.By my view,that opens up more margin for error.

    Here,drragostea,the redirected hosts was explained by blues at the bottom of the post,you might have missed it.
    Quote Originally Posted by blues
    this comes from hphosts and i just ignore the entries experts-exchange.com and ask.com

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    my ie homepage is www.google.no

    thanks Zenobia for the explanation.

    i call me blue on the hphosts forum and have made a thread there about spybot and that hostsfile entries, i hope i havent written something on hphosts forum about spybot that offended someone, you can read it if you want. i think ask toolbar tracks users, so thats the reason why it is blocked by hphosts.

    should i submit malicious sites on this forum so that it can be blocked by the spybot immunize?

    i have stopped using ccleaner because i am afraid it will damage my computer like glary utilities did.

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    I've been using CCleaner for 4 years now and it's NEVER caused me any problems, so long as you leave the "Advanced" section alone you can use it without any significant risks.
    If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

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    i have never seen troubles either when using ccleaner, but some pictures on some sites dont show up after using it, but they come back later.

    and another thing is if you dont know, adobe has a page where you can chang different options for flash, but i think i have read about ccleaner deleting the options you set in the flash control panel, but i cant find the thread or forum that i readed it on.

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