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SpywareBlaster 5.0 released!

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[quote]Defend your security and privacy while browsing the web. Prevent the installation of spyware, malware, and other potentially unwanted software!

SpywareBlaster works alongside your web browser and existing security setup, to provide a powerful multi-layered defense against the bad side of the web. No need to choose - keep your existing tools and your favorite software, and add on SpywareBlaster's complementary, no-nonsense protection.

New in this version:
-Google Chrome support
-Improved Windows 8 support
-Improved support for the latest versions of Mozilla Firefox.


-Numerous other bug fixes, optimizations, and tweaks.[/quote]


Details here:
[url="http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=342802"]http://www.wildersse...ad.php?t=342802[/url]

Official site:
[url="http://www.brightfort.com/spywareblaster.html"]http://www.brightfor...areblaster.html[/url]

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uh, more than 2 weeks late article?

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I'm waiting for the AWE 32 version.
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[quote]
Prevent the installation of spyware, malware, and other potentially unwanted software!

-Numerous other bug fixes, optimizations, and tweaks.
[/quote]

Hmmm ... :huh:

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Does anyone hear use this? How well does it work?

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^ I'd be afraid it would conflict with my AVG anti-virus.

Ratings here:

http://download.cnet.com/SpywareBlaster/3000-8022_4-10196637.html

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AVG is terrible. Get MSE or Avast.

Do people evne still use SpywareBlaster? It seems useless in this day and age, just like Spybot from what I've read.
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SpywareBlaster only relevant if you're still using browser that utilize ActiveX, as it can't block any other kind of plug-ins or browser extension.

Other thing that SpywareBlaster do is put list of 'known' sites into:
- browser's 'Restricted Sites' list (for IE) or
- 'disallowed cookies site' list (for FF or its derivatives) ,
this one works for browser that recognized by SpywareBlaster,
there other program that can do this too.

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[quote name='Torolol' timestamp='1365092035' post='595616782']
uh, more than 2 weeks late article?
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Oops...
Didn't take note of the date :p
Only discovered it when I went to update it after forgetting about it for quite sometime.

[quote name='Jack 0Neill' timestamp='1365130287' post='595617950']
AVG is terrible. Get MSE or Avast.

Do people evne still use SpywareBlaster? It seems useless in this day and age, just like Spybot from what I've read.
[/quote]
I still use it and install it on the PCs I built for my relatives.
Doesn't run in background as it is just basically some blocklists.

I guess the lists should be still relavent as they are being maintained.


[quote name='Hum' timestamp='1365126668' post='595617860']
^ I'd be afraid it would conflict with my AVG anti-virus.

Ratings here:

[url="http://download.cnet.com/SpywareBlaster/3000-8022_4-10196637.html"]http://download.cnet...4-10196637.html[/url]
[/quote]
All I know is that theres no conflict with MSE.

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used to use it, it started out about like malwarebytes....although, very slightly....but it added too much to my startup entries, and just wasn't as effective. MBAM ftw, not for the bias, because until I find something that works better for free, that's where I'm staying, although, YMMV. Not saying I hate the product, it's great for n00bs and whatnot, but not for the advanced user. That's as far as I remember....it's been a couple of versions ago, and let's admit....if you have THAT many problems, you can always turn to Neowin. :)

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I use to use it, but then hated the fact that autoupdate was a paid subscription thing, otherwise you'd have to do it manually poo really
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[quote name='Obi-Wan Kenobi' timestamp='1365142307' post='595618140']
used to use it, it started out about like malwarebytes....although, very slightly....but it added too much to my startup entries, and just wasn't as effective. MBAM ftw, not for the bias, because until I find something that works better for free, that's where I'm staying, although, YMMV. Not saying I hate the product, it's great for n00bs and whatnot, but not for the advanced user. That's as far as I remember....it's been a couple of versions ago, and let's admit....if you have THAT many problems, you can always turn to Neowin. :)
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SpywareBlaster never adds any startup entries.
It just uses the built-in features of IE, Firefox and Chrome, also Windows stuff like the HOSTS file and I believe registry for ActiveX blocking.

I remember back in Win95 days, I used some [url="http://www.spywarewarrior.com/uiuc/resource.htm"]script[/url] that populates the IE Restricted Sites list.
That time there was some problem that a large Restricted Sites list slowed down surfing.
I suppose browsers don't have that problem now.

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The human brain (if you have one) is the best tool to prevent the installation of spyware, malware, and other potentially unwanted software.
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Spywareblaster and Spybot used to be one of the combination things you could have. Now neither are worth a s**t!

To the person who said he'd be afraid to use it along with AVG. I'd be WAY more afraid to use AVG than Spywareblaster. What a TOTAL POS AVG is and I'm glad you don't build or work on anything of mine!!
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[quote name='iron2000' timestamp='1365148616' post='595618256']I suppose browsers don't have that problem now.[/quote]

Internet Explorer in Windows 8 has [url="http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2012/03/14/enhanced-protected-mode.aspx"]Enhanced Protected Mode[/url] (along with ActiveX Filtering and numerous other security features), so surely these would render SpywareBlaster unnecessary?

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[quote name='LUTZIFER' timestamp='1365153016' post='595618308']
The human brain (if you have one) is the best tool to prevent the installation of spyware, malware, and other potentially unwanted software.
[/quote]
Can't say that.
Not any human brain.
Only a trained human brain that has interest in maintaining a PC is the best tool.

I know some of my relatives just want to watch Korean dramas on the PC and they downloaded Qvod and Funshion then 'Next' through the installation and ended up with all sorts of adware/bloatware.
Most people just treat the PC as a tool, I find a PC is kind of like a pet (I run CCleaner to clean the junk, schedule trim and defrag, run a quick scan when MSE complains etc).


[quote name='Ace' timestamp='1365154319' post='595618320']
Internet Explorer in Windows 8 has [url="http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2012/03/14/enhanced-protected-mode.aspx"]Enhanced Protected Mode[/url] (along with ActiveX Filtering and numerous other security features), so surely these would render SpywareBlaster unnecessary?
[/quote]
I was actually refering to an old IE version slowing down due to a large Restricted Sites list.
But Enhanced Protected Mode is a good point.


Actually I never thought about the relevance of SpywareBlaster and sometimes I actually forgot about it as it never slow down my PC or nag me.
Seeing all your posts made me think about it :p

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