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#1 willythecat

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Posted 11 November 2009 - 03:06 PM

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Hi everyone,
Need some info a bit pdq, so l hope someone can help.
Has anyone got Spyware Blaster on their pc?
Have downloaded Spyware Blaster which l think is really good. The icon is on my desktop, and l know that l have to go into it and select updates etc etc.
But, having checked my start up programs, via msconfig, Spyware Blaster isn't in there.
So, does it in fact run when l start up the pc? If not, how can l make it do so.
Hope the above makes sense.
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Posted 11 November 2009 - 05:13 PM

Hi!

I've had Spyware Blaster for years, it's a great program. It works by adding malware sites to your browser's restricted zone and blocking malicious activex controls for IE. Don't worry about it showing up in msconfig, it's not supposed to start up with the computer. It protects you without running in the background and consuming system resources! Just update it, enable all protection, and you're good to go.

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 05:09 AM

OK, got that. I was just a bit confused about whether it was running or not.
Thank you very much Stillwaters.
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Posted 20 November 2009 - 10:10 AM

SpywareBlaster is a program that blocks spyware tracking cookies in Internet Explorer and any browsers that use the Internet Explorer engine, including: AOL web browser, Avant Browser, Slim Browser and Maxthon (formerly MyIE2). It also provides protection for Mozilla Firefox, Netscape, Seamonkey, and Flock. SpywareBlaster restricts the actions of potentially dangerous sites by adding a list of sites and domains associated with known spyware, advertisers and marketers to the browser's "Restricted Sites Zone" and prevents the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, browser hijackers, dialers, and other potentially unwanted software. Some types of malware are known to mess with Trusted Zones, Ranges and ProtocolDefaults set for a browser.

How does SpywareBlaster work? It adds sites to the restricted zones by adding the domain as a subkey under the registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains. A dword is then added to that domain named * and given a hex value of 4 to specify that it is part of the Restricted Sites Zone. More specifically, Spywareblaster sets the "killbit" on the CLSID (Class ID) of known spyware. Every program has a CLSID that is unique to the type of program. Once Spywareblaster enables (writes) those killbits they are "locked in" and any identified spyware cannot be opened. Spywareblaster writes these killbits in and then stays off until you need to re-write them again with an update.

Unlike many other security tools, SpywareBlaster does not run in the background. Instead it only requires installation and then enabling of all protection. After that you only have to check periodically for database updates using the built-in "Check for Updates" feature and then enable all protection again.

Note: If you use Spybot, SpywareBlaster and IE-SPYAD for ZonedOut together, there is some overlap of protection. Each one offers a different list but they are not completely identical. Thus, if you undo or disable the protection in one product, it may remove some of the protection installed by the other. You should re-immunize or re-enable the protection in the other products as appropriate.
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