Tea Timer is a new feature with this version of Spybot S & D. It is a resident component (meaning it runs in the background all the time your PC is running) and constantly monitors the processes of your system, looking out for the activity of malicious files and terminating them before they can do any damage. It also monitors for other applications wanting to make registry changes (as some spyware/adware does). A good idea on the whole, but you may find it becomes annoying as you will be asked to confirm every registry change when you install or update any program or perform Windows updates.
The Resident TeaTimer is a new 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: You can set TeaTimer to:
be informed, when the process tries to start again automatically kill the process or generally allow the process to run There is also an option to delete the file associated with this process.
In addition, TeaTimer detects, when something wants to change some critical registry keys. TeaTimer can protect you against such changes again giving you an option: You can either "Allow" or "Deny" the change.
As TeaTimer is always running in the background, it takes some resources of about 5 MB.
Yes it does pop up when just about anything tries to install,wanted or unwanted......in fact it pops up so often that it can get annoying,so much so that I stopped using it ages ago.One of the problems with it is deciding if what it says wants to run is needed or not.A very good idea but you really need to know what you are looking at.
The Microsoft/Giant antispyware does a similar thing but in my opinion is much better implemented.
Try it though, you might like what it does and it certainly adds another layer of protection.