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What's better than Spywareblaster?


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#1 Guest_hipityhopscott_*

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 03:47 PM

Hello! I've been using Spywareblaster... I'm curious as to how effective it is. What software is a better choice??? Spywareblaster NEVER updates... ever. All opinions are welcome. Even if you prefer Spywareblaster. Thank you guys. -Scott

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 04:20 PM

I've been using SpyWareBlaster for about four months now. Updates seem to come about every three weeks.

Not sure how effective it is, because it never gives any warnings. However, I use it because it's free and doesn't seem to interfere with anything else.

Anyone else have comments/feedback?

Edited by Torvald, 20 July 2010 - 04:20 PM.

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 05:17 PM

I've been using it for several years.
Spywareblaster won't give any warnings.
Spywareblaster uses a list of "bad" ActiveX programs, to decide what to block.
It's mostly geared to Internet Explorer users, but also benifits Mozilla based browser users, by preventing the download of bad cookies.
It tells your browser what ActiveX programs are not allowed to run, what cookies are not allowed to be downloaded, and adds restrictions to known malicious sites, when you visit them.

SpywareBlaster will do 4 things for you:
1. It prevents installation of known malicious ActiveX programs (without interfering with normal ActiveX execution).
2. For Internet Explorer, it blocks cookies from known malicious sites.
3. It adds known malicious sites to Internet Explorer's Restricted Sites zone.
4. If you use a Mozilla based browser, like Firefox, it prevent malicious cookies from being installed.

If all you're using for Malware prevention is Spywareblaster, I would highly recommend you add a couple of malware scanners to your arsenal.
I would recommend Malwarebytes, and SUPERAntiSpyware.
Always update, before running them.
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Posted 20 July 2010 - 07:29 PM

This is exactly the feedback I was looking for. Any advantages to OPERA? I wish updates were at least once every two weeks but it's a great free program anyway.


on a quick side note: Should Active X updates for Windows Vista be updating on my System that's running Windows 7? Might be a silly question but Winpatrol alerted me to wuwebv.dll (VistaWUWebControl Class) and i'm really curious if this is normal. Forum here is very helpful. Ty.

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 10:26 PM

Hello! I've been using Spywareblaster... I'm curious as to how effective it is. What software is a better choice??? Spywareblaster NEVER updates... ever. All opinions are welcome. Even if you prefer Spywareblaster. Thank you guys. -Scott

Prevx" safe on line" can be found for free on facebook i believe, and will protect against more then spywareblaster will, and un-like SB will work on most browsers. :thumbsup:

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 10:31 PM

Oh yea i allmost forgot. If you use sandboxie it wont matter what browser you use.

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 10:58 AM

To expand on what tg1911 wrote:

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. Why is all this important? Some types of malware are known to alter Trusted Zones, Ranges and ProtocolDefaults set for a browser.

SpywareBlaster also provides the ability to keep encrypted backup copies of the Hosts file so if its altered, you can easily restore a good backup copy. 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.

If you are not sure how to use SpywareBlaster, please refer to the How to use SpywareBlaster to protect your computer tutorial.

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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