Replace Spybot TeaTimer?

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  1. george75

    george75 Registered Member

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    I see that Spybot TeaTimer is now taking up 75 MB of RAM. This is huge. I am obliged since my machine is old and has only 512 MB RAM to disable TeaTimer in order to do memory intensive processing, only using TeaTimer on the Net. Anyone know of a free alternative to TeaTimer with a smaller footprint, but with the good reputation of Spybot? I would then only be using the immunization and on-demand features of Spybot.

    Thanks.

    George75
     
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    george75, for an older computer (Win98?), you could try WinPatrol 2008, compatible with all Windows versions.

    RegDefend is another alternative (full trial version turn into free limited version after 14 days) for Win XP.

    As acr1965 stated, the best is ThreatFire, for Win XP and above, with its minimal impact in system performance.
     
  4. george75

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    Thanks.

    I will check out Threatfire, which I have never heard of.

    Perhaps I was a little dramatic about the computer being old: I run Win XP Pro SP3 fully updated. It's just that the computer was made a few years ago and did not allow for anything beyond 512 MB RAM. This I am told is an issue with the BIOS not the hardware, but the manufacturer isn't likely to issue an updated BIOS so I don't have to buy a new laptop. And it seems beyond my skills to change BIOS. Otherwise it's a good machine, very solid, very reliable.

    I once ran RegDefend. I didn't like it. Moreover, as I recall it had a conflict with another program and caused problems elsewhere.

    For clarity, let me say what I do run (all free versions):

    I have Sunbelt (Kerio) Personal Firewall.

    I have Avast!

    I have Spybot.

    I have ProcessGuard--which seems to be useful.

    The rest are on-demand.

    I never find a virus, possibly because I don't go slumming.

    Apart from Threatfire, are there any recommendations for free products to fill in any security gaps?

    Thanks.

    George75
     
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    Does Threatfire do the same as TeaTimer? Where are the differences? :blink:
     
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    ThreatFire is a behavioral blocker, TeaTimer is a process monitor program that uses a database and protects some registry items, sort of a light HIPS + AntiSpyware if you like :)
     
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    Is it wise to run a lot of security programs? I have been told that they can confuse one another.

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    Not so wise, it's quality that matters, not quantity :)
     
  10. progress

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    I noticed black- and whitelists, so it is an easy-to-use light HIPS :p
     
  11. dw2108

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    Let TeaTimer run at that RAM usage for a few hours while you're not doing anything. Then, reboot and let TeaTimer run again for a few hours. After that, TeaTimer should drop its RAM usage to a very, very low value. The "first time run" with the new TeaTimer allows it to sniff out your OS for bad apps. Hope that helps.

    Dave
     
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    You could try Arovaxshield. It's a freebie which monitors much in the way Teatimer does. It's free, easy to use and light on a system.
    http://www.arovaxshield.com/

    muf
     
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