Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not
an anti-virus program. The following quote is a statement from the Malwarebytes Team.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not meant to be a replacement for antivirus software. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a complementary but essential program which detects and removes zero-day malware and "Malware in the Wild". This includes malicious programs and files, such as viruses, worms, trojans, rootkits, dialers, spyware, and rogue applications that many antivirus programs do not detect or cannot fully remove. It is important to note that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware works well and should run alongside antivirus software without conflicts. In some rare instances, exclusions may need to be set for your specific antivirus product to achieve the best possible system performance.
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 many other popular browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Netscape, Seamonkey, Flock and several more (see here
).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:
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.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.