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  #1  
Old April 17th 10, 07:40 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.general
SGB
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Posts: 138
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Hopefully you folks have an answer
Spybot starts daily at 1:00am
Recently, still running 8-9 hours later
Click 'Stop Check'
Reads - "Thread Error: The parameter is incorrect (87)"
I uninstalled and reinstalled it deleting any leftover registry keys
Ran task
Stopped task about 10 minutes later
Reads - "Thread Error: The parameter is incorrect (87)
Could not find a good answer doing a Google search

New problem only the last few days

What to do... any ideas?

TIA!
SGB


  #2  
Old April 17th 10, 08:46 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.general
SGB
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Posts: 138
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P.S. Did system restore as well.

"SGB" wrote in message
...
Hopefully you folks have an answer
Spybot starts daily at 1:00am
Recently, still running 8-9 hours later
Click 'Stop Check'
Reads - "Thread Error: The parameter is incorrect (87)"
I uninstalled and reinstalled it deleting any leftover registry keys
Ran task
Stopped task about 10 minutes later
Reads - "Thread Error: The parameter is incorrect (87)
Could not find a good answer doing a Google search

New problem only the last few days

What to do... any ideas?

TIA!
SGB




  #3  
Old April 17th 10, 10:35 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.general
Heather[_3_]
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Posts: 58
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Why not dump it and just use SpywareBlaster for protection and run MBAM
every day or two in the short mode. I dumped S & D a long time ago because
it was getting way too unwieldy and scans were taking a half hour instead of
5 minutes like MBAM.

Tis a thought..........Heather

"SGB" wrote in message
...
P.S. Did system restore as well.

"SGB" wrote in message
...
Hopefully you folks have an answer
Spybot starts daily at 1:00am
Recently, still running 8-9 hours later
Click 'Stop Check'
Reads - "Thread Error: The parameter is incorrect (87)"
I uninstalled and reinstalled it deleting any leftover registry keys
Ran task
Stopped task about 10 minutes later
Reads - "Thread Error: The parameter is incorrect (87)
Could not find a good answer doing a Google search

New problem only the last few days

What to do... any ideas?

TIA!
SGB






  #4  
Old April 18th 10, 12:06 AM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.general
webster72n
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It's up to you to 'dump it', SGB, but it has new definitions only once a
week (Wednesdays), and there is no need to run it every day on auto pilot.
That's where SpywareBlaster comes in.
Do it manually once a week and you'll be all right.
Cheers,

Harry.


"SGB" wrote in message
...
Hopefully you folks have an answer
Spybot starts daily at 1:00am
Recently, still running 8-9 hours later
Click 'Stop Check'
Reads - "Thread Error: The parameter is incorrect (87)"
I uninstalled and reinstalled it deleting any leftover registry keys
Ran task
Stopped task about 10 minutes later
Reads - "Thread Error: The parameter is incorrect (87)
Could not find a good answer doing a Google search

New problem only the last few days

What to do... any ideas?

TIA!
SGB


  #5  
Old April 18th 10, 12:34 AM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.general
SGB
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Posts: 138
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SpywareBlaster seems like a good program, but I do not see where it will
remove any possible bad guys that may already be lurking in my computer.

What is your opinion about avast!?

Thanks Heather. Thanks Harry.

SGB

"Heather" wrote in message
...
Why not dump it and just use SpywareBlaster for protection and run MBAM
every day or two in the short mode. I dumped S & D a long time ago

because
it was getting way too unwieldy and scans were taking a half hour instead

of
5 minutes like MBAM.

Tis a thought..........Heather

(snipped to shorten content)


  #6  
Old April 18th 10, 02:10 AM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.general
Heather[_3_]
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SpywareBlaster is simply a *preventative* program........doesn't let bad
stuff land on your computer sort of thing. MBAM is an anti-malware program
and is excellent.

I have used Avast for a couple of years and other than a very yucky
interface (hard to read and figure out), it has served me well and it
auto-updates, etc. Avira is supposed to be quite good as well, but if you
are using WinME, check to see what works with it.

http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php to download the free MBAM.

Heather

"SGB" wrote in message
...
SpywareBlaster seems like a good program, but I do not see where it will
remove any possible bad guys that may already be lurking in my computer.

What is your opinion about avast!?

Thanks Heather. Thanks Harry.

SGB

"Heather" wrote in message
...
Why not dump it and just use SpywareBlaster for protection and run MBAM
every day or two in the short mode. I dumped S & D a long time ago

because
it was getting way too unwieldy and scans were taking a half hour instead

of
5 minutes like MBAM.

Tis a thought..........Heather

(snipped to shorten content)




  #7  
Old April 18th 10, 02:59 AM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.general
webster72n
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You are talking two or more different applications, SGB.
Spybot and SpywareBlaster take care of 'spyware' as the name indicates.
Malwarebytes takes care of malware and Avast is an antivirus program, much
more serious, as you can see. The problem is, it no longer supports ME with
current updates, but you can still use it effectively to an extent, meaning
for non-business data.
If you suspect virus problems, you can try Avast and see what happens.
Either you find the culprit(s) or you don't and if you don't find any and
still have problems, you may want to upgrade the system, assuming it is
worthwhile to you.
In case it is not, you can always use ClamWin (see previous post by Corday).
If there are other choices left, someone else may want to contribute, I
can't think of any at the moment.

Harry.



"SGB" wrote in message
...
SpywareBlaster seems like a good program, but I do not see where it will
remove any possible bad guys that may already be lurking in my computer.

What is your opinion about avast!?

Thanks Heather. Thanks Harry.

SGB

"Heather" wrote in message
...
Why not dump it and just use SpywareBlaster for protection and run MBAM
every day or two in the short mode. I dumped S & D a long time ago

because
it was getting way too unwieldy and scans were taking a half hour instead

of
5 minutes like MBAM.

Tis a thought..........Heather

(snipped to shorten content)


  #8  
Old April 18th 10, 08:59 AM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.general
HRH The Example John Smith
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Spybot S&D is useful for the potentially-preventative Immunize feature, but
as for removing serious threats it is not very good. I too stopped using it
on WinMe a long time ago because it took so too run - though as this is in a
Virtual PC .vhd it may have a specific incompatibility with that rather than
WinMe per se.

SpywareBlaster does not scan or fix but is a very good prophylactic.

Both MalwareBytes and SuperAntiSpyware do a better job than Spybot S&D at
removing serious threats.

Given the problem with Spybot you're posting about, I suggest you give up on
it. None of them are needed with a modicum of good sense surfing the net and
installing stuff anyway rather than the blind panic that seems to be what
motivates the typical anti-malware advice poster here.

However, with an officially supported Windows version I would still say,
yes, use MalwareBytes and SuperAntiSpyware for the occasional scan, because
you can. But neither run on any 9x version.

Also there is A-Squared (being renamed Emisoft AntiMalware - or something
along those lines) but it won't run on 9x either - and does not seem 100%
Windows 7 compatible, for what that is worth.

You could run the portable version of SuperAntiSpyware from a USB thumb
drive, but one would ideally want USB 2.0 as well as a high speed drive. And
the portable version does not autorun (of course) nor does it update (you
have to download a fresh copy which includes the latest definitions:
http://www.superantispyware.com/portablescanner.html).

Shane



"SGB" wrote in message
...
P.S. Did system restore as well.

"SGB" wrote in message
...
Hopefully you folks have an answer
Spybot starts daily at 1:00am
Recently, still running 8-9 hours later
Click 'Stop Check'
Reads - "Thread Error: The parameter is incorrect (87)"
I uninstalled and reinstalled it deleting any leftover registry keys
Ran task
Stopped task about 10 minutes later
Reads - "Thread Error: The parameter is incorrect (87)
Could not find a good answer doing a Google search

New problem only the last few days

What to do... any ideas?

TIA!
SGB




  #9  
Old April 18th 10, 09:31 AM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.general
Peter Hnnurrtner
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Posts: 2
Default Spybot

Also a-squared can be run from a usb stick:
http://download1.emsisoft.com/a2usb.zip (as indeed can Spybot and
SpywareBlaster - you just copy their program files contents over less
certain components, such as uninstall information or in Spybot's case quite
a bit more. If interest is shown I'll post a list of the files required to
run SpywareBlaster and Spybot from a usb thumb drive).

Shane

HRH The Example John Smith wrote:
Spybot S&D is useful for the potentially-preventative Immunize
feature, but as for removing serious threats it is not very good. I
too stopped using it on WinMe a long time ago because it took so too
run - though as this is in a Virtual PC .vhd it may have a specific
incompatibility with that rather than WinMe per se.

SpywareBlaster does not scan or fix but is a very good prophylactic.

Both MalwareBytes and SuperAntiSpyware do a better job than Spybot
S&D at removing serious threats.

Given the problem with Spybot you're posting about, I suggest you
give up on it. None of them are needed with a modicum of good sense
surfing the net and installing stuff anyway rather than the blind
panic that seems to be what motivates the typical anti-malware advice
poster here.
However, with an officially supported Windows version I would still
say, yes, use MalwareBytes and SuperAntiSpyware for the occasional
scan, because you can. But neither run on any 9x version.

Also there is A-Squared (being renamed Emisoft AntiMalware - or
something along those lines) but it won't run on 9x either - and does
not seem 100% Windows 7 compatible, for what that is worth.

You could run the portable version of SuperAntiSpyware from a USB
thumb drive, but one would ideally want USB 2.0 as well as a high
speed drive. And the portable version does not autorun (of course)
nor does it update (you have to download a fresh copy which includes
the latest definitions:
http://www.superantispyware.com/portablescanner.html).
Shane



"SGB" wrote in message
...
P.S. Did system restore as well.

"SGB" wrote in message
...
Hopefully you folks have an answer
Spybot starts daily at 1:00am
Recently, still running 8-9 hours later
Click 'Stop Check'
Reads - "Thread Error: The parameter is incorrect (87)"
I uninstalled and reinstalled it deleting any leftover registry keys
Ran task
Stopped task about 10 minutes later
Reads - "Thread Error: The parameter is incorrect (87)
Could not find a good answer doing a Google search

New problem only the last few days

What to do... any ideas?

TIA!
SGB



  #10  
Old April 18th 10, 08:12 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.general
SGB
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Posts: 138
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I want to thank all of you who made suggestions.
I completely uninstalled Spybot, again.
My problem with many of these software programs is I am running Windows ME.
My computer is about 9 years old.
I am not ready to purchase a new computer yet.
So, I really would like a program that will protect my machine against
malware, spyware, adware, keyloggers, trojans, hijackers, viruses and such.
OMG! Yes, I know I am asking for a lot, but all I want to do is protect what
has served me so well since April of 2001.

This group is awesome.
You are so very helpful and have been throughout the years.
I have much appreciation for your knowledge, effort and time with every
message I ever posted.

SGB

"Peter Hnnurrtner" wrote in message
...
Also a-squared can be run from a usb stick:
http://download1.emsisoft.com/a2usb.zip (as indeed can Spybot and
SpywareBlaster - you just copy their program files contents over less
certain components, such as uninstall information or in Spybot's case

quite
a bit more. If interest is shown I'll post a list of the files required to
run SpywareBlaster and Spybot from a usb thumb drive).

Shane


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