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I ran Spybot Search & Destroy today. It found a few bits of spyware, all of which I allowed it to delete, except one.
The entry (shown in red, so spyware) was:
Windows Security Center.AntiVirusDisableNotify: Settings (Registry change, nothing done)
Does anyone know what this is, please? Should I let Spybot delete it?
What i should have said is they are safe to ignore
and then, do above,good luck...
Thanks Santos, but I really want to know whether this file is actually spyware, or whether Spybot has found it in error. Any ideas?
RE: Spybot Search & Destroy alert: Windows Security Center.AntivirusDisableNotify has been changed.
This is from Spybot Customer Support:
Since the Detections Update from July 25, 2005, Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.4 has been detecting Security Risks (renamed to "Windows Security Center" on July 30) associated with Microsoft Security Center Registry changes. This is neither a false positive nor a bug. It is just an information.
Spybot-S&D only wants to bring to your attention that "someone" disabled one or more notifications in the Windows Security Center, e.g. the notifications that your virus protection is not active or not up-to-date. If you changed the settings yourself you can safely tell Spybot to exclude those detections from further scans.
In order to do so please right-click each in turn, then click "exclude this detection from future scans". That way, should any other part of security center settings change, Spybot will still detect those.
The same is true if you have another security solution installed (like McAfee Security Center or Norton Internet Security). These programs also disable the Windows Security Center in order to take care of things themselves. The reason why the changes are flagged by Spybot-S&D is that there are also malware programs that disable the notifications so the user doesn't take note of his security tools not being effective.
Some more information is also available in our forum:
In XP Control Panel-Security Settings there is a link on the left side of the panel that says "Change the way Security Center Alerts Me". Click on this. If you have left the "VIRUS PROTECTION" box unchecked, Windows will turn the AntivirusDisableNotify setting in the registry to "0" - off. This, apparently, is done at boot time.
Spybot has been checking this setting since July 25, 2005 and notifies you in the Spybot Search & Destroy run if the Security Center box is not checked.
I have checked all three boxes (Antivirus, Automatic Update and Firewall). This way, XP will notify you in the System Tray if these protections are truly turned off.
Thanks for a very comprehensive answer. If I'd had my thinking head on I should have looked at Spybot Customer Support myself! Thanks for all your trouble.
No trouble at all, glad to help...
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