How to disable Spybot-S&D temporarily

You only need to disable the resident feature of Spybot-S&D. And that is the way to deactivate it: Run Spybot-S&D, switch to the Advanced mode via the menu bar item Mode → hit Yes → select Tools in the navigation bar on the left → Resident and there you can untick the checkboxes in front of the two tools.

But warning! Then you will not have resident protection!

If you are using Spybot 2, please see here for instructions to disable Live Protection.


FAQ Category: Spybot 1.6, TeaTimer

How do I edit the Blacklist & Whitelist in resident TeaTimer?

Please right-click the Resident icon in the system tray Spybot-SD Resident and select Settings. There you will find four lists for remembered decisions (allowed/denied processes and registry changes). In order to remove an entry, just click on the cross next to it. TeaTimer will then “forget” this decision and you will be asked again the next time.


FAQ Category: Spybot 1.6, TeaTimer

How do I disable the TeaTimer notifications?

TeaTimer will inform you about all changes  in the registry whether they good or bad. There are so many registry keys that it is impossible to classify them by default. So the user needs to decide whether to allow it or not. The TeaTimer made snapshot files when you started it the first time and the tool is comparing the current registry with the snapshot files.

If you want to make new snapshot files please shutdown the TeaTimer with the Resident icon and then start it manually from the Spybot S&D program folder. There is no possibility yet to hide the popups which remind you which keys are blocked. As a workaround, you can only make new snapshot files.


FAQ Category: Spybot 1.6, TeaTimer

What is the Resident TeaTimer?

The Resident TeaTimer is a tool of Spybot-S&D which constanty monitors the processes called/initiated. It immediately detects known malicious processes trying to start and terminates them giving you some options on how to deal with this process in the future. You can set TeaTimer to:

– inform you when the process tries to start again

– automatically kill the process

– or allow the process to run

There is also an option to delete the file associated with this process.

In addition, TeaTimer detects when something wants to change some critical registry keys. TeaTimer can protect you against such changes again giving you an option: You can either Allow or Deny the change.

The TeaTimer is always running in the background.


FAQ Category: Spybot 1.6, TeaTimer

Why does Resident TeaTimer terminate the application before asking?

Because threats like toll dialers are time critical – they cost from the first second they have connected.

In order to protect you, these have to be terminated before they can connect.


FAQ Category: Spybot 1.6, TeaTimer

Why is TeaTimer named TeaTimer?

We used to forget about our tea when it was brewing. This led to us having to drink cold very strong tea. To overcome this serious problem, we built a small tool with a system tray icon to remind us! We called this tool TeaTimer.

When we started to develop the Resident tool for Spybot-S&D, we also needed a system tray icon for this. As we do not like having too many icons in the system tray, we decided to put both tools together and kept the name TeaTimer.

A future version of the Resident tool might have the functions of the original TeaTimer again if our users request it!


FAQ Category: Spybot 1.6, TeaTimer

Why does TeaTimer crash during the Windows shutdown (System Settings Protection Error Message)

Please make sure that you have the most current version of Spybot-S&D installed – version 1.6.2.

To see which version number and/or updates of Spybot-S&D you are using please run Spybot-S&D and choose “Help”, “About” in the menu bar.

There you can see which version you have and which updates are installed.


FAQ Category: Spybot 1.6, TeaTimer

Why does the TeaTimer use so much memory / has such a high CPU load?

When the computer is running for a long time without a standby, reboot, or shutdown sometimes memory consumption of  can slightly increase.

If you think TeaTimer is consuming to much memory you could try rebooting. Usually TeaTimer will take up 35-50MB of RAM. Seeing that modern PCs built today have more RAM and resources, 80MB should be nothing.

If this does not help you can disable TeaTimer as follows:

– Go into Spybot – Mode – Advanced Mode – Tools – Resident.

– Uncheck the following: Resident “TeaTimer” (Protection of over-all system settings) Active.


FAQ Category: Spybot 1.6, TeaTimer