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Just what is Tea Timer?

By macx
Apr 15, 2008
  1. Every once in awhile I run across this Tea Timer thing.

    I know in one of the security aps in the "How to Clean - - "
    thread it says to disable Tea Timer before doing something
    or other.

    Was in msconfig just now to try to stop a Photo Downloader
    thing from starting automatically but couldn't find it.
    Saw Tea Timer again, unchecked it, then when I rebooted
    (short story) I had to reinstate it.

    Just so I know something about it, what is it, what does it do,
    etc etc?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,268   +92

    I believe Tea Timer is optionally implemented in Spybot Search & Destroy upon installation for active real-time protection from unwanted registry changes etc.

    I think you can disable it by opening Spybot Search & Destroy, click "Mode" at the top and choose "Advanced Mode". You'll have a menu of extra options on the left now. Click "Tools" and then "Resident". Uncheck "Resident Tea Timer".
     
  3. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 712

    Hmmm.

    If it enables active protection, it seems that would be a "good thing" -

    I had, apparently mistakenly, read into the "clean your computer"
    instruction to turn it off as perhaps something undesirable in some
    way. It was, rather, probly necessary just to perform a certain function.

    Mr. Zenosincks - that's twice you've come to my aid this evening.
    MUCH appreciated!
     
  4. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,268   +92

    Yep, suppose it's probably a good thing to an extent ;).

    No problem, macx.
     
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,342   +622

    Tea Timer primarily protects the registry from run time changes.

    If it is active, and you do an install, you better have goo short term memory and
    ALLOW all modifications.

    Running tools line CCleaner will attack the registry too (by design).
    As it may alter many settings, it's just far easier to disable Tea Timer before running
    CCleaner (et al)
    Just be sure to re-enable it :)
     
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