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". It prevents the installation of ActiveX
-based malware, browser hijackers, dialers, and other potentially unwanted software and blocks tracking cookies
. SpywareBlaster allows you to create a System Snapshot
...an image of various system settings. This feature can be used to restore important browser and system settings to their previous state if your computer is ever infected with spyware or altered by unwanted programs. Under the Tools section Hosts Safe
allows you to store encrypted backup copies of the HOSTS file which can be used to restore (roll-back to a previous state) if the HOSTS file becomes corrupted or altered by malware infection...see Javacoolsoftware Support: What is a Hosts file?
Other settings allow you to disable and block Flash in Internet Explorer, add Custom Blocking and more.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.
SpywareBlaster is not intrusive since the program does not run in the background
and provide real-time protection like other security tools. Instead 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...see here
I have used all the different versions of SpywareBlaster since it was first released. I stopped using SUPERAntiSypware some time ago. It is still ok if you want to use the free version as a stand-alone scanner....you can disable the scan for cookies...but other anti-malware scanners like Malwarebytes and Zemana are more effective.