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    Just recently happily updated to Spybot 1.6, but noticed massive slowdowns in IE7 when opening IE7 for the first time, and opening any new tabs. It could take literally up to a minute. This also coincided with the most recent Windows Update, so at first I suspected that. But then I ran IE7 without any addons, and it worked flawlessly as before. Doing trial-and-error I uncovered that the two Spybot addons were responsible for this effect. This is with both Vista and XP.

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    Have you checked if this is due to the large size of the Hosts file immunisation? You can test this by disabling just this specific immunisation - if this is the cause there is a fix some are already using. Try disabling the DNS Client Service (works on both XP and Vista) to avoid this symptom - which can be caused by an overload of the DNS Cache.

    Run Services.msc and Stop the DNS Client Service and then change the Startup Type to Manual or Disabled. Any problems or this doesn't fix the problem then you just turn it back on.

    Despite the MS description this service is not required for normal DNS resolution (unless you use Active Directory domains) and my systems seem to run just fine without it. Turning this service off just disables the DNS cache - all lookups go to the DNS servers direct. In my tests this doesn't seem to slow DNS lookups as long as your ISP's DNS servers are quick.

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    Just disabled DNS Client Service in Services and reenabled the Spybot addons in IE7. IE7 went back to the very slow startup and opening new tabs.
    Last edited by jmj713; 2008-07-15 at 03:35.

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    Any other ideas, anyone?

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    are you running T-timer?
    lots of threads on t-timer perceived slowness
    also track the fix on the False Positive issue for Dos commands

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    I am running TeaTimer, of course. Can you give me a bit more direction as to what I could do?

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    I'd take a look at the t-timer related threads in this forum and

    http://forums.spybot.info/showthread...ewpost&t=30994
    track this thread

    then just let t-timer do its thing till all the dust settles
    I take it that you do NOT have any other Antispyware active- right?

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    i'm actually having this problem with SDHelper and not TeaTimer. And It's not just a problem in IE. It affects Windows Explorer as well.

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    Yes, looks like the offending software is the Spybot IE7 addon:

    "Spybot-SD IE Protection" (SDHelper.dll)"

    I have it disabled in my IE7 via Manage Addons, and IE7 works fine. If I enable it, IE7 becomes exceedingly slow.
    Last edited by jmj713; 2008-07-16 at 18:04.

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    There is a reason there is a Firefox
    PepiMK is on top of the perceived slowness with T-timer
    and
    Zero has reported what may be a bug with T-timer hanging

    anything out there on SD-Helper?

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