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Spybot security alerts

Pauline Holroyd asks: when I check with Spybot Search & Destroy I keep getting the message that I should get rid of two items – both with a red alert. I am scared to do this because they indicate that a Registry change is required.

One says Windows Security Center firewall disable/notify and the other Windows Security Center antivirus disable/notify. Can I safely get rid of them? Should I? I am running Microsoft AntiSpyware (beta), AVG 7.0, McAfee Security anti-hacker as well as Spybot. Is this overkill?

Pete responds: this is information only. Spybot is bringing to your attention that someone or something has changed these registry keys. It could be you, it could be a malicious program or, as in this case, it could be McAfee Security Center or Norton Internet Security which changed these settings.

No need to worry and no action needed by you. They are simply informing you that McAfee is working correctly. If you do want to avoid these warnings in future you can right-click on each of the items and the select "exclude this detection from future scans". Checks will still be made but you will not be informed. You will still be informed if any other Security Center settings ever change.

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