Is SpywareBlaster worth it?

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by Mortal Raptor, Jan 15, 2015.

  1. Mortal Raptor

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    I use it but have noticed it hasn't been updated since 1 year (v5.0), is it still worth using?
     
  2. StillBorn

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    With killer extensions like ublock and umatrix? Things that make you go hmmm...
     
  3. Azure Phoenix

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    Has SpywareBlaster even been reviewed, or more importantly, tested lately? My guess is that this app fits in with the Spybot Search and Destroy crowd. Ya know... the ones that wave out the window of their 1972 Ford Pinto. Yeh, man. Good stuff for sure! :cool:
     
  5. ArchiveX

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    Haven't used since...ages...:D
     
  6. WildByDesign

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    It's been years since I last used SpywareBlaster as well. Many years, actually. With the software tools that we have available today along with more secure browsers, I'm not so sure that SpywareBlaster is as relevant now as it once was.
     
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    SpywareBlaster adds/modifies sites in the restricted zones by maintaining the domain as a subkey under the registry key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains

    IIRC SpywareBlaster 5.0 was released in Q1 2013, and the relevant area in the Windows hive structure hasn't changed nor are there any outstanding defects in the basic application. Although the venerable Windows Notepad.exe hasn't been reviewed lately either, I believe both will still be viable in Windows 10.

    Although the SpywareBlaster app itself has a few other lesser known/used features, it still retrieves the restriction databases from its CDN server and updates the registry when required. Therefore if you wish to test SpywareBlaster's registry entries, simply point one of the supported browsers at a domain in question.

    HTH :)
     
  8. WildByDesign

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    That is unless they remove Notepad.exe from Windows 10. All of the apps are slowly changing to modern alternatives. Just as Calculator (calc.exe) has already been removed from Windows 10 and we seem to have to settle for the gigantic modern Calculator. Just as much of Control Panel has now been moved into modern Settings such as the old Windows Updates. It will be interesting to see how things progress with the direction that they seem to be going in.
     
  9. G1111

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    To me it was an extra layer of security when I used IE. I also used the custom blocking feature with list of bad active x controls here: -http://koti.mbnet.fi/pattaya1/swb3.htm- I no longer use SWB because I was manually checking for updates and I mainly use Firefox as my browser. SWB only has limited value with Firefox blocking cookies.
     
  10. Mortal Raptor

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    thanks bro, uninstalling now since I use ABP + Norton Security FTW
     
  11. pling_man

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    There were some updates in December. I am keeping it.
     
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    I use it too as well.
     
  13. Yuki2718

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    It makes sense only when your main browser is IE. For firefox, it only gives tracking cookie protection. And for Chrome, if your OS don't have policy editor, it do NOTHING. It adds some registry keys and vules but they take effects only when a policy is applied. And even when take effect, it only adds a few script blacklist except for tracking cookie protection.
     
  14. roger_m

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    I'm running Windows 10 and notepad.exe and calc.exe are still there along with the traditional Control Panel.

    In my day to day use I never use any modern/Metro apps. They can't run because I have UAC completely disabled, but I never launch any anyway. The only time I ever see a Metro style interface is when I click on my wireless icon, which I not something I do too often. I use the Start Menu and have never opened the new Start Screen - not even once.
     
  15. WildByDesign

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    This is build 9901 and forward. Not sure what to expect on Wednesday's build though, but should be interesting.
     
  16. roger_m

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    I'm still on build on 9879, so that explains it. I won't update to a newer build until a newer build is offered by Windows Update.
     
  17. Mayahana

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    Pretty much useless unless you use IE IMO.
     
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    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/new-version-spywareblaster.371083/#post-2450801

     
  19. Azure Phoenix

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    Or if a malicious program opens up IE and directs you to a malicious page, I'm assuming that in that situation it would be useful, right?
     
  20. Impet

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    I think it was a nice tool but it's rather useless these days. o_O
     
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