HELP!!! What Is TeaTimer.exe? Why Is It Running On My Computer?
By on July 14th, 2009

Another distress help call came to us through the contact us form asking us about a weird task running on a user’s computer. The task in question is called TeaTimer.exe and has been running on the user’s computer.

TeaTimer.exe is not a virus, spyware or malware, in-fact it is run by a spyware defending software called Spybot Search & Destroy.

So if you have this spyware protector installed in your system, you will most like see it in running processes.

Here is a excerpt from the Spybot knowledgebase:

The Resident TeaTimer is a tool of Spybot-S&D which perpetually monitors the processes called/initiated. It immediately detects known malicious processes wanting to start and terminates them giving you some options, how to deal with this process in the future.

However there are certain variants of worms that use the same name, if you do not use the above software, you should definitely cleanup the worm.

To solve any spyware issues you might want to read a article which we had written earlier about removing spywares/worms from your computer.

To stay on the safer side don’t forget to read our articles on Detailed Instructions on Protecting Your Computer from Internet Threats and Online Security Tips Keep your computer secure and safe.

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  • http://www.technostuffs.com Wilson Pon

    Keith, I’ve installed the Spybot-Search & Destroy in my PC and when I pressed, “Alt + Ctrl + Delete” buttons altogether, I will see the TeaTimer.exe running on the “Process” task. Yep, as you said, it’s a part of the Spybot’s system!

    Hence, we shouldn’t over paranoia about it…

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  • http://manualinstruction.com manuel

    Thanks for the info. TeaTimer.exe was using a lot of memory but its good to know what it’s all about

  • rmariuzzo

    Thanks for the clarification.

  • Hugh Wright

    Its a CPU hog. First thing I do on start up is to CTL-ALT-DEL and end the process.

 
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