garbage in my registry- amazed & shocked

Discussion in 'SpywareBlaster & Other Forum' started by Martha, May 12, 2005.

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  1. Martha

    Martha Registered Member

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    I Downloaded your program Spyware Blaster version 3.3 from Download.com.
    What puzzles me is why this program installs so much Garbage in my system registry? Located exackly at HKEY_Current_User/software/microsoft/windows/currentversion/internetSettings/zonemap/domains/ it puts like literally hundreds of files and stuff under this local.... all Porn-sex-dialers-search etc things..... So i puzzled over this... Uninstall your program and they all go away..... Sigh of great relief...
    Mostly because i frown on garbage going on my system when i want to prevent just that from comming on my system....... Plus other spyware programs pick up files you loaded on my system in this local as spyware.... finds such stuff as.... Zestyfind.com.. Slotch.com.....Searchmiracle.com...xxxtoolbar.com....codwwwsearch.com...blazefind.com..... WHYo_O Delete it and it keeps commin back...... i'm trying to figure this out ... thinking somehow its claiming to protect me from these things..... Blocking me... but why then are they installed in my registry? why do otherspyware program pick your stuff up as spyware? Somebody ease my thought on this problem.... cause it scares me.....
     
  2. richrf

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    Hi Martha,

    The registry entries that you see are put there by Spyware Blaster to protect you from the spyware in question. You may see similar entries in your Exclude Cookies (for example) if you are using FireFox. They are quite alright.

    Here is a link that explains how SpywareBlaster works:

    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/tutorial49.html

    Rich
     
  3. puff-m-d

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    Hi Martha,

    Welcome to Wilders!!!

    Since your thread concerns SpywareBlaster, I am moving it to the appropiate forum ;) ...
     
  4. Detox

    Detox Retired Moderator

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    richrf has steered you in the right direction - and as he says these registry entries are now malware but they are the killbits described at the link he provided which are set there to block malware from installing.

    Should any antispyware programs etc. detect entries put in place by SpywareBlaster, these are called "false positives" or incorrect detections. Should you encounter these they should be reported to the authors of the application incorrectly detecting SWB's killbits. I have not seen a whole lot of these false postives although one or two have been addressed in the forum here. It would be interesting to know what applications are detecting so many SWB entries.
     
  5. Bubba

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    Actually....that registry location is where Internet Explorer keeps up with the URL\IP's of the Trusted or Restricted Sites added.

    In the case of SpywareBlaster....if a user chooses to use the Restricted Sites protection of Spywareblaster....the URL entries will be added to Internet Explorers Restricted Zone. If you wish not to be protected by Spywareblasters Restricted Sites protection....simply un-check that feature....but....I highly recommend you do not.

    If the info provided still does not make sense....Please ask....protection for the user is what Spywareblaster is for.
     
  6. Martha

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    First of,
    Thank you Rich for your prompt responce and the provided Link...

    Thank you Kent for the Welcome and the lending hand of neatness.
    I was lost in where to post.... Appreciate you much...

    Thank you Thomas Jefferson for the more detailed explaination.
    I had to reformat my harddrive lastnight and did not keep all the programs
    Was sifting thru to find the ones I Liked..
    Saved only a few, One being Spyware Blaster, Another Being Anti-Spyware Blocker, Yet another Called ZeroSpyware, This being one of the culprets to the findings... I run a small networking of 6 home computers... and have run into numerous problems with spyware, networking Virus's and stuff as of late.... There is just so many programs that one gets lost looking let alone buying...

    Thank You Bubba for your imput

    Thank you all for such amazing promptness to my Questions..
    Lost in a world without you all..
     
  7. richrf

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    Glad I was able to help you Martha.

    Rich
     
  8. patermann

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    Unfortunately, at least one of the programs that you mention - Anti-Spyware Blocker - is on the Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products list here. It says: "false positives work as goad to purchase; inadequate info about company & app; same company as Anti-Virus&Spyware".

    Early versions of ZeroSpyware were also on the Rogue list. If your version is earlier than September 2004, you need to get a newer version as soon as possible.

    In any case, I would suggest that you get copies of SpyBot Search and Destroy and Lavasoft's Ad-Aware (make sure it is from Lavasoft, there is a rogue with a very similar name) to add to your list of anti-spyware tools. SpyBot has a real-time monitoring component (TeaTimer) but you do not have to use it if you just want on-demand scanning. For real-time scanning, you could also use SpywareGuard - like SpywareBlaster, this is also written by Javacool. In addition, you could consider IE-SPYAD (note that this adds even more to your registry, though!) and a blocking HOSTS file such as MVPS hosts or HP hosts.

    These are just a few of the excellent free anti-spyware products available which, because they mainly target different areas, can actually be used together. Of course, there are several good commercial ones as well but it costs you nothing to try the free ones first and they make a very good start to protecting your system.

    HTH

    patermann
     
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