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Updating Spybot w/o Internet connection

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by phillyphil, Mar 31, 2004.

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  1. phillyphil

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    Hey folks,

    Have looked here but not found out how to properly update Spybot Search & Destroy when the internet can't be accessed (because of spyware blocking access). I've tried downloading the updates from Spybot's website with another computer and manually installing them, but that never seems to work quite right. Is there a better way to update Spybot? I've thought about just copying my entire (currently working) Spybot directory on my computer onto a thumb drive, and then just pasting it once Spybot 1.2 is installed. Will that work? Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. phillyphil

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    Hey Rog,

    Yes sir, I've tried that previously, but it doesn't seem to work. By "work", I mean the update doesn't seem to install (5000 vs over 12000 items to check with update), and the items to "immunize" show approx. (?) 160 vs. over 500 with update. So, you see my quandry. I'm gonna try the copy trick to see if it works. I will post my outcome.

    Thanks again.
     
  4. Rollin' Rog

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    Can you post a HijackThis scanlog from that problem computer?

    And give some detail on the "blocked access" problem. Do you get a connection at all -- and then get "page not found" or similar dns errors trying to browse?

    This is often a problem caused by incorrect removal of ad or spyware. Have you tried LSPFix?

    http://www.cexx.org/lspfix.htm

    We may need to see the Scanlog for items that lspfix does not fix by default.

    Also you can keep "most" startups from starting by using msconfig. If you do that though, do it after creating a Scanlog.

    msconfig is a bit different depending on what Windows version you have, but you can disable startup items using it. Start > run, msconfig
     
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    Sorry Rog,

    I should've been more specific. I'm a computer repair guy, and when I run into problems on a service call and can't update via the Internet, I'll download the updates from another pc, and then try to install them, as you mentioned above, manually. However, I believe I do have a fix (albeit, odd). What I have done is the following:

    1. Copy ALL files and folders in my working Spybot program on my computer.
    2. Take ALL of those files, and paste into the Spybot folder on the problem computer.
    3. Start up Spybot. When I did this on a problem PC today, it worked like a charm.

    The initial install of Spybot only showed about 5000 items to check, and after I performed my "update", Spybot showed well over 12000. Although I'm sure this isn't considered exactly "by the book", I'll continue to use this technique. Hope this helps others.
     
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