Spybot S&D slows IE8


muckshifter

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Various reports from the Internet and from our own testing seem to indicate that there is a problem between Internet Explorer 8 and the immunization feature of Spybot Search & Destroy causing a slow startup of IE 8.

Seeing all those different opinions floating around, we want to clarify what the Immunization feature does. It is one level of our protection that does protect you even if Spybot-S&D is completely shut down. This is possible by using the browsers own lists for blocked sites, by filling them with a huge list of bad sites known to us. And Internet Explorer, starting with version 8, seems to have problems with huge amounts of sites added there.

Critics say that this kind of protection is not that good because recent malware sometimes uses new servers every day even, but then, this is just one layer of our protection. Our Internet Explorer plugin is better able to deal with these, but we feel that's not the point.

Quality assurance is a very important factor of software development, and unoptimized list handling is the probable cause for most performance issues. Whenever software does support lists of data that are not fixed in size, but where the size, like in this case, is open to the user, software tests should include performance tests on huge amounts of data. And usually, it's really just choosing a better algorithm for searches, for example.

Granted, at times a release is pressing and testing gets neglected and not as detailed as it should be - it never is. We know that quite well ourselves: just a few months ago we did slow down IE through our own plugin because we did not expect users to have tens of thousands of cookies at the same time. Did we expect users to cut down on their cookies? No. If you offer a feature, like Microsoft offers to put websites into a Restricted Zone, then please try to support in all ways the users might use it.
The kind of "passive protection" being used in SBSD is abusing mechanisms that were never designed for that amount of storage and parsing!

The hosts file is meant to contain a few IP address to host name mappings to override DNS. Things like activex killbits are meant to be a few known bad controls prevented from loading.

You don't junk up the registry with thousands and thousands of killbits! That's an idiotic approach to the problem. :rolleyes:

To get IE8 back to the "speed" it should be at, undo Immunization in Spybot if you have it installed.

I still advise not installing SBSD ... it has passed its usefulness date. ;)


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crazylegs

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I still advise not installing SBSD ... it has passed its usefulness date
Yeah I agree Muck's

SUPERantispyware is the way to go..I haven't used SBSD for a while now..
 
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floppybootstomp

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I would agree, I already reported elsewhere here I had a clash between SBSD & IE8 and I've never used the immunisation feature with it.

Think I'll uninstall it, it never finds anything that SAS doesn't anyway, best I can work out.

There we go, I was seriously on topic, brownie point for me eh? ;)
 

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