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Thread: Anti-Spyware won't update

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    whollybear Guest

    Default Anti-Spyware won't update

    I have done many "complete" uninstalls and reinstalls of ZoneAlarm Security Suite version trying to get the spyware defs. to install but to no avail. In the progress window I usually get a ZA message that says, Anti-spyware cannot decipher spyware: database:failed to process input file C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\spyware0.dat .

    In my ZA log file there is a note that says, Anti-spyware attempted to receive the latest dat file and/or engine updates but failed .

    The only other thing that I can add is that the download part of the process happens in a micro-sec. Then after watching the lack of progress meter for 15-20 mins. the spyware installation process fails.

    Please Help!!!


    ZoneAlarm Security Suite version

    TrueVector security engine version

    Driver version

    Anti-virus engine version file version 981998317

    Anti-spyware engine version file version 01.200904.5655

    Anti-Spam version

    Operating System Windows XP Home Edition Version 7No other Firewalls or Ant-Spyware programs installed.

  2. #2
    pcalco Guest

    Default Re: Anti-Spyware won't update

    Hello Bear,
    Good God,
    there is somebody else out there with the same problem. I thought I was the only one.Everytime I try to update the antivirus updates fine but I recieve the same message as you do,
    Anti-spyware cannot decipher spyware: database:failed to process input file C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\spyware0.dat .
    Also, does your scan work only for the antivirus and not the antispyware?
    Well I tried this forum
    thing withno respone from anyone to my problem except one person told me
    to contact ZA support, Whoppee do,I knew that one. Well anyway, I did
    e-mail the ZA support team and the reply I recieved I pasted belowfor your viewing pleasure, but guess what, it didn't work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I'm going crazy with this problem.I e-mailed them back that it didn't work and am awaiting a reply.
    Good Luck friend,PC

    Thank you for contacting ZoneAlarm Technical Service.

    From what I read, you are not able to update your antispyware definitions.

    Please follow the steps in the document below to run a 'clean' uninstall of ZoneAlarm, then download and reinstall the latest version by using the links provided.

    This applies to

    All ZoneAlarm Products version 4.0 and above


    I need to uninstall ZA version 4 or later OR, I received this message from
    technical support


    Please make sure that you have the latest version downloaded first:

    01.) Right click the ZA icon (if present) and choose shut down
    02.) Click on Start -> Programs -> ZoneAlarm
    03.) RIGHT-click on Uninstall ZoneAlarm Security, then select Properties
    04.) Under Target you will see the following line (the actual drive may be
    different on your system):

    "C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zauninst.exe"

    Change it to:

    "C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zauninst.exe" /clean

    (add a space and then the /clean)

    05.) Click Apply, then OK to save the new command line.
    06.) Click on Start -> Programs -> ZoneAlarm -> Uninstall ZoneAlarm
    07.) Click Uninstall to run the uninstaller, and choose OK or yes to any
    security alerts that pop up.
    08.) Say Yes when being prompted for the removal of all files.
    09.) Reboot when prompted
    10.) Go to Start -> My Computer (XP) or open My Computer from your
    11.) Double click the C: drive
    12.) Double click the Windows folder (it may also be called WINNT in some
    13.) Locate and delete the Internet Logs folder here
    14.) Double click the System32 folder
    15.) Locate and delete the Zone Labs folder here (if present)
    16.) Close this window
    17.) Clear your Windows temporary file cache by following the steps below:

    - Go to Start -> Run
    - Type %temp% and click OK
    - Select all of these files and delete them
    - Empty your recycle bin

    18.) Reinstall using the file you downloaded earlier

    NOTE - Links to sites other than are provided for the
    convenience of our users. ZoneAlarm does not provide, and is not
    responsible for, the content users may find on such sites.

    If my answer did not resolve your issue, or you would like further assistance on this issue, please reply to this email.
    By replying, and leaving the subject line intact, your response will come directly to me.
    If you have a separate issue you would like assistance with, please submit a new request using the website at .

    Thank you for choosing ZoneAlarm,
    Technical Service
    ZoneAlarm, A Division of Check Point Software

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