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Windows 7: SpywareBlaster Version 5


02 Mar 2013   #1

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 
SpywareBlaster Version 5

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Why SpywareBlaster?
Spyware, adware, browser hijackers, and dialers are some of the most annoying and pervasive threats on the Internet today. By simply browsing a web page, you could find your computer to be the brand-new host of one of these unwanted fiends!

The most important step you can take is to secure your system.
And SpywareBlaster is the most powerful protection program available.


Multi-Angle Protection
Prevent the installation of ActiveX-based spyware and other potentially unwanted programs.
Block spying / tracking via cookies.
Restrict the actions of potentially unwanted or dangerous web sites.


No-Nonsense Security
SpywareBlaster can help keep your system secure, without interfering with the "good side" of the web. And unlike other programs, SpywareBlaster does not have to remain running in the background. It works alongside the programs you have to help secure your system.
· Google Chrome support
· Improved Windows 8 support
· Improved support for the latest versions of Mozilla Firefox.
· Numerous other bug fixes, optimizations, and tweaks.

SpywareBlaster® | Prevent spyware and malware. Free download.

A Guy


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02 Mar 2013   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Haven't used this in awhile. Does it still have a "good" reputation? So many of my older "goto" programs have slid down the slope of mediocracy and bloat.
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02 Mar 2013   #3

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

Is there any conflicts with other programs ?
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02 Mar 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

I have used this program, like "forever". It does not interfere with any other (legit) application.
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02 Mar 2013   #5

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
I have used this program, like "forever". It does not interfere with any other (legit) application.


Cheers
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02 Mar 2013   #6

Windows 8.1.1 64bit
 
 

Thank's for the post and the link.
Been using this for a number of years and never a problem.
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02 Mar 2013   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

It may be superfluous at this point, but it runs in the background with no conflicts, and zero drag on the system. It may not be necessary, but it does it's job. A Guy
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03 Mar 2013   #8

Windows 7 Pro 32/64 bit and Windows 8 Pro 32 Bit/64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maxie View Post
Is there any conflicts with other programs ?
no
I have been using spywareblaster for years with no problems and this one is fine also
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04 Mar 2013   #9

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
It may be superfluous at this point, but it runs in the background with no conflicts, and zero drag on the system. It may not be necessary, but it does it's job. A Guy
I do not think that it runs in the background; but maybe the paid version does. As far as I know, if you pay for SpywareBlaster, it will automatically update the list of "bad stuff". I hope that this is done via a scheduled task so that you don't pay just to have another item running all of the time. They do not come out with updates every often.

I work with some pretty weak hardware (XP OS and IE8) and I had to stop using this tool on those systems because it does drag down IE. On "normal" hardware you should barely notice it; but wait, there's more*.

SpywareBlaster does lots of wonderful things but the main two things are, it:
...blocks cookies from certain domains
...blocks ActiveX stuff (<< like that technical term :-)

I'll zero in on the cookie part for IE.
You can manually add these domains:
Control Panel >
Internet Options >
Privacy (tab) >
Sites (button) >
...type in the domain and hit the button named Block

SpywareBlaster does this "typing" for you by writing the list of sites to be blocked directly into the registry. As of 28 Feb 2013; it clocks 16017 domains.

Sadly, each time you open IE, it reads every last one of these domain names into RAM from the registry. On my system (with an SSD) that adds about 3 seconds to IE9's load time (as measured by Process Monitor) (home page = about:blank). On a weaker system, it was more like 30 seconds (and that is with XP's registry files defragged).

In my testing shown below, IE opened a parent instance that "watched over" the four "surfing children" instances. Each instance of IE loads these domains and that adds to the load time and RAM that each instance occupies - but only a few MB for each instance.


With SpywareBlaster
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Without SpywareBlaster
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*There are a lot of pretty bad websites on the SpywareBlaster's list of domains, I would rather that they use the HOST file and keep user from visiting the sites altogether. IE loads a 15000 entry HOST file in less than 0.03 seconds (as measured by Process Monitor with the DNS service off).


I'm not attempting to talk people out of using SpywareBlaster - just yammering on about weak hardware.


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