|02 Mar 2013||#1|
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SpywareBlaster Version 5
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.
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.
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.
· 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.
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|04 Mar 2013||#9|
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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.
*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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