Mickey Segal sent me an email detailing a problem with the latest version of anti-spyware program Spybot Search and Destroy running on Tablet PCs. This from Mickey:
The latest updates for the anti-spyware program “Spybot Search and Destroy” (http://www.safer-networking.org/; most updates dated 3 November) seem to recognize some key Tablet PC functionality as a threat and delete it. The damage can be undone with Windows XP System Restore.
Spybot detects what it refers to as “Smitfraud-C.Toolbar888”, and flags the following registry entries as problems:
It offers to fix the “problem”, and if you then re-boot you find that the “Change tablet and pen settings” icon is missing from the tray and many Tablet buttons are disabled (on Motion Computing LS800 the Escape, Function, 5-way directional control button, Motion Dashboard button and Rotate Display button, yet the programs seem to launch properly if invoked by clicking on shortcuts).
System Restore to a time immediately before running Spybot fixes the problem.
I’ve reproduced this problem in a case in which the only item I allowed Spybot to fix was “Smitfraud-C.Toolbar888”.
I don’t know a lot about the Windows Registry or Spybot, so it would be good if others could check the plausibility of my concerns and help take appropriate action.
This is a serious problem so all Tablet owners running Spybot take notice and make sure you have a good System Restore image to fall back on. Thanks, Mickey!