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Mon, Jan 01, 2007 2:22 pm

Bazooka Update Failure

When attempting to update the malware database for Bazooka ™ Adware and Spyware Scanner, a free tool for detecting adware, spyware, trojans, keyloggers, etc. on a system, which is compatible with Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP, I received the message below:
Error updating database. Could not save the new database on the hard drive.
An error occurred when trying to open the file for writing.
Filename: 'system\bazooka_db.bdb'
Current Working Directory: C:\Program Files\Security\Spyware\Bazooka Scanner\
System error message: Access is denied.

C++ exception: ios::failbit set

Could not update the database. Please check the following:
1. Are you connected to the Internet?
2. Maybe it was a temporary error. Please try again later.

You can also update the database manually. Would you like to have instructions 
how to update it manually?

When I checked the properties of the Bazooka database, bazooka_db.bdb, which is under the system directory of the Bazooka installation folder, by right-clicking on the file and selecting Properties, I found it was marked as "read-only". I unchecked the read-only option and then was able to update the database.

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Sat, Jun 12, 2004 9:12 pm

Instructions for Updating Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner Database Manually

Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner has an update button in the program, but if you need to manually update Bazooka's adware/spyware database the steps are listed below. You may want to use this method to download the database from the author's website, if you have multiple systems you need to update and don't want to download the same file many times or if you have an infected system that you want to keep off-line until you have removed adware/spyware from it.

  1. Shut down Bazooka if it is running.
  2. Download the latest database from
  3. Save the new database file at the same location using the same name as the old database file. The old database is called "bazooka_db.bdb" and, if the default location was chosen when the program was installed, will be located in "C:\Program Files\Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner\system\".
  4. Start Bazooka.

If you cannot find the old database, search for "bazooka_db.bdb" on all your hard drives by clicking on "Start" and then selecting "Search" to have your system locate it.

When you start the program, it tells you how old your current database is at that moment. You will see something like "Your Bazooka database is 31 days old, detecting 335 spywares."

Though the program is freeware, if you haven't made a donation to the author, remember it takes a lot of time and effort to provide such software and it costs the author to maintain a website. And it is truly free, not like some of the programs you may have downloaded that came with adware and/or spyware requiring you to seek software such as this to free you from the misery of poor performance and system instability brought on by the installation of those other programs. Though Bazooka doesn't automatically remove the adware/spyware software like some other programs do, I've found it finds adware/spyware that other programs miss. And, if you run Bazooka after you run some other adware/spyware removal programs, you may find that Bazooka still reports some adware/spyware on the system that you thought you removed. Annother adware/spyware removal tool may have removed most of an adware/spyware program, effectively stopping it from harming your system, but sometimes they leave a few remnants behind, such as registry entries or files. If you peruse Bazooka's manual removal instructions, you can find these remnants and remove them from your system.


  1. Manual database update instructions

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