How SpywareBlaster Works?

Discussion in 'SpywareBlaster & Other Forum' started by coaster, Nov 7, 2005.

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  1. coaster

    coaster Registered Member

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    I suppose you get this question a lot: "How does SpywareBlaster work if it's not running?" So, I did look through the previous threads and found an answer I don't understand: SpywareBlaster inserts killbits in the Registry.

    What are killbits? How do they stop spyware?

    Thanks..... :cool:
     
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    coaster Registered Member

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    OK, thanks, that link is informative.

    So if I understand it correctly, SpywareBlaster scans HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\ for CLSIDs for known malware ActiveX controls, and then sets a bit in the CompatibilityFlags DWORD value known as the "kill bit." Please correct me if I'm wrong.

    So, SpywareBlaster modifies the Registry. If I uninstall it, does it restore the Registry entries changed subsequent to installation?

    Thanks....
     
  4. javacool

    javacool BrightFort Moderator

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    Per: http://www.javacoolsoftware.info/kb/article.php?id=078

    You will need to open SpywareBlaster and click on "Disable All Protection" before uninstalling to revert all changes.

    I hope this helps. :)

    Best regards,

    -Javacool
     
  5. Bubba

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    That is an important registry key in regards to Spywareblaster ActiveX protection but it does not scan for anything.

    Spywareblaster tutorial---> http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/index.php?showtutorial=49
     
  6. coaster

    coaster Registered Member

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    OK, I gotcha. ;)

    Answers the questions about restoring Registry if uninstalled, and about running ActiveX Controls if they're "OK"

    (and I was kinda intrigued by how it worked, anyway. :D )

    Cool software -- I wish more apps would give added functionality without hogging memory and cpu cycles.
     
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