SUPERAntiSpyware will scan for cookies if you have it configured to do so and may show them as threat detections. There is no need to do this. Cookies are NOT a "threat"
. As text files, cookies are inherently harmless and cannot be executed to cause any damage. Cookies do not
cause any pop ups or install malware and they cannot erase or read information from a computer.As long as you surf the Internet, you are going to get cookies
and some of your security programs will flag them for removal. You can ignore scanning for cookies by changing the settings. To do that, launch SUPERAntiSpyware.
1. Click System Tools & Program Settings
2. Click Preferences
3. Under Scanning Control/Options
, uncheck the box Scan for tracking cookies
4. Click the Back
button on the bottom, then click Home
to return to the Main Menu and then select Scan your Computer...SpywareBlaster
is a program that 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". SpywareBlaster prevents the installation of ActiveX
-based malware, browser hijackers, dialers, and other potentially unwanted software and blocks tracking cookies
. SpywareBlaster also includes the ability to keep encrypted backup copies of the Hosts file
so if its altered by malware infection, you can easily restore a good backup copy.
Unlike many other security tools, SpywareBlaster is not intrusive as it does not run in the background
...it focuses on prevention
and passive protection
without utilizing unnecessary running processes or consuming system (CPU, memory) resources. The program 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. Since SpywareBlaster does not use a real-time protection module, it supplements your existing security software without causing any conflicts. SpywareBlaster can be used with Internet Explorer and any browsers that use the Internet Explorer engine such as AOL web browser, Avant Browser, Slim Browser and Maxthon (formerly MyIE2). It also provides protection for Mozilla Firefox, Netscape, Seamonkey, and Flock.How does SpywareBlaster actually 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.
For more information, see:BrightFort
also provides a variety of articles relating to SpywareBlaster, information about AutoUpdate, Troubleshooting and Tools (which explains the HOSTS file). For any issues or information not addressed, users can also check at the Official BrightFort Forum
. Information about updates and news can be found at the BrightFort
which also provides links to the the online forum and Knowledgebase.
If you're not sure how to use SpywareBlaster, please refer to the How to use SpywareBlaster to protect your computer
tutorial. In addition to explaining how to use the tool, the tutorial covers other built-in tools and features.