SpywareBlaster 5.6 released! - (Google Chrome, Firefox, Windows 10, and more!)

Discussion in 'SpywareBlaster & Other Forum' started by javacool, Dec 7, 2019.

  1. javacool

    javacool BrightFort Moderator

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    SpywareBlaster 5.6 has been released!

    Defend your security and privacy while browsing the web. Prevent the installation of spyware, malware, trackers, 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:
    -Enhanced Windows 10 support
    -Enhanced Google Chrome support
    -Enhanced Mozilla Firefox support
    -Improved high-DPI display support

    -Improved support for the latest versions of Google Chrome.
    -Improved support for the latest versions of Mozilla Firefox.
    -Numerous other bug fixes, optimizations, and tweaks.

    This 5.6 release provides enhanced protection, browser support, performance, and bug fixes.

    SpywareBlaster is a free download.
    Download the latest version here:
    https://www.brightfort.com/spywareblaster.html

    System Requirements: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10. (32 and 64-bit)

    Like SpywareBlaster?
    Share SpywareBlaster on Facebook & Twitter. Help protect your friends and family!

    Upgrade to the full version
    Help us out, and automatically stay up-to-date, with SpywareBlaster AutoUpdate. Available for a low price, SpywareBlaster AutoUpdate automatically keeps you protected with the latest databases and access to the latest versions, along with priority technical support.

    Enjoy! :D

    Best regards,

    -Javacool

    P.S. If you have any problems please don't hesitate to post.
     
  2. javacool

    javacool BrightFort Moderator

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    Requirements:

    Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10. (32 and 64-bit)


    Provides Protection for the Following Browsers:
    • Internet Explorer
      and any browsers that use the Internet Explorer engine, including:
      • AOL web browser
      • Avant Browser
      • Slim Browser
      • Maxthon (formerly MyIE2)
      • and more
    • Google Chrome
    • Mozilla Firefox
    • Netscape
    • Seamonkey
    • Pale Moon
    • K-Meleon

    Slim Operation:

    As always, SpywareBlaster doesn't use any services, drivers, or anything that constantly runs in the background, consuming your computer's memory and processing time. You just open SpywareBlaster, set your protection, and close it - you're protected.

    And it works great with other reputable security and privacy applications, including anti-virus, anti-trojan, and even other anti-spyware programs. There's no such thing as a 100% effective solution, and SpywareBlaster was designed from day one to be a compatible, effective part of any security setup you may want to configure.
     
  3. javacool

    javacool BrightFort Moderator

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    Upgrading Tips:

    To upgrade SpywareBlaster from a previous version you can either:
    (a) Download and install the new version of SpywareBlaster "over-the-top".
    (b) Uninstall the old version of SpywareBlaster first. Please see the detailed upgrade instructions here: http://www.brightfort.com/sbupdate.html

    Either method should work.
     
  4. Gandalf_The_Grey

    Gandalf_The_Grey Registered Member

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    Great to see this update :thumb:
    Do you support Microsoft Edge and the upcoming chromium based Edge?
     
  5. javacool

    javacool BrightFort Moderator

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    We're investigating support for the Chromium-based Edge browser in an upcoming release. :cool:

    (Note: We're waiting for the first "public"/non-beta release of Chromium-based Edge to run thorough testing on all supported versions of Windows.)
     
  6. Gandalf_The_Grey

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    Good to know and understandable. Does the current Edge gets protection from SpywareBlaster?
     
  7. javacool

    javacool BrightFort Moderator

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    While I haven't seen official clarification from Microsoft yet, most people anticipate that once Chromium-based Edge is released it will completely replace the "old" (Windows 10-only) "classic" Edge. As such, we're fully focused forward on Chromium-based Edge (which has a number of improvements related to extensions / integrations).

    ("Classic" Edge did not support nearly as much configurability / customization / extension / integration, and so was not directly supported by SpywareBlaster.)
     
  8. Rasheed187

    Rasheed187 Registered Member

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    I don't get it, how does it exactly protect? I mean we can already protect against ads and trackers with adblockers.
     
  9. javacool

    javacool BrightFort Moderator

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    SpywareBlaster uses multiple methods to prevent spyware / tracking cookies / bad scripts / etc. (The specific methods may depend on the browser you are using, and what integrations it offers.)

    At a very high level overview, SpywareBlaster configures policies that the web browsers apply to block specific things.

    For example, on Google Chrome, SpywareBlaster will configure policies to block bad / unwanted scripts and cookies / local storage from tracking/spyware domains (etc).

    The way these policies work is quite different from how adblockers works. As part of a smart, multi-layered defense, SpywareBlaster's protection methods complement other security tools (and adblockers) quite well. They also don't require SpywareBlaster to continually run in the background, and do not negatively impact performance.
     
  10. Starbuck19

    Starbuck19 Registered Member

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    Hi,
    Today i've just updated spyware blaster to version 5.6 (before it was 5.5), and now automatic updating doesn't activate... I've got a message "license verification error : 22A" every time i want to activate my 2 years license bought in year 2018. It seems to think that i'm on a new computer but i can confirm you that it's not the case... I can't send a support ticket because no "captcha" appairing in my browser so i can't validate my ticket... (i already deactivated adblockers)... So what can i do?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  11. javacool

    javacool BrightFort Moderator

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    I've sent you a Private Message on these forums - we'll get it all fixed up for you. :)
     
  12. bjm_

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    Installed 5.6 to see if "Your browser is managed by...." was still evident.
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    Needed to remove registry key to clear chrome://policy & remove "Your browser is managed by..."
     
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  13. Osaban

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    Thanks, will test it for a while and report any problems. So far no issues with Chrome, Avira, and Kaspersky in terms of compatibility.
     
  14. FanJ

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    Thank you Javacool :thumb:

    Upgraded via method (b) (that's how I did it always in the past, and did it now too).
    So far so good on Win 7/64 with IE11.
     
  15. thefly

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    Just installed the latest Version 5.6 and updated the protection and applied. One protection did not take in Google Chrome on 2 separtate systems. There was the "Outcast" protection that remains disabled on both systems for Google Chrome. I tried running as "administrator" and this one protection remains disbaled. Apart from that everything works fine as expected.
    Both systems run Windows 10 Pro (1803) fully updated. Google Chrome is Version 78.0.3904.108.
     
  16. thefly

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    Also are you looking at supporting "Waterfox Classic" as well. I have addons that the latest Firefox stopped supporting when they changed extensions to use the WebExtensions API. Particularly some essential for me as "Session Manager" as well as "Flashgot" stopped working.

    Thanks for your ongoing improvement and support for a stalwart on all my systems.
     
  17. Page42

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    Much appreciated, Javacool! :cool:
     
  18. paulderdash

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    Good news indeed as I am it is probably the 'oldest' soft I run. Sort of sentimental about it.

    However, even with v5.6, I still get 'Admin Required' for Google Chrome protection, which I only recently also started getting on 5.5, but didn't report.

    I do run as admin, so wondering what can be done? Uninstall / reinstall?
     
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  19. jholland1964

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    I just did the update to the new version but experienced a few difficulties I thought I should report;
    Brightfort download page was first blocked by the Malwarebytes' Browser Guard, which I ignored and chose the option "I want to continue to this site anyway". I also tested as to whether Majorgeeks was blocked by Malwarebytes' Browser Guard and it was not so there must be something with the Brightfort download page that the Malwarebytes' Browser Guard doesn't like.

    Then when I tried to run the installer my WIndows 10 WIndows Defender SmartScreen prevented this installer from running. By clicking More Infor I was then given the choice to Run Anyway. I of course chose to do this because I have used SpywareBlaster for many years and know it is safe.

    I believe you should alert users of Malwarebytes' Browser Guard and Windows 10 that this is likely to happen.
     
  20. Dragon1952

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    Kaspersky SC did not like anything about the installing of SB 5.6 over the top.
     
  21. javacool

    javacool BrightFort Moderator

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    As far as I'm aware, it's probably simply that they haven't whitelisted "www.brightfort.net" yet.

    Would you mind contacting them / posting on their forums and ask them to whitelist it? Thanks!
     
  22. javacool

    javacool BrightFort Moderator

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    What are the details of the system on which you are encountering that message?

    For example:
    1.) What version of Windows do you have installed? (Windows 10? Home? Pro?)
    2.) Do you have UAC (User Account Control) enabled? If so, which setting?
    3.) What other security software do you have installed?
    4.) Have you made any other system configuration tweaks that might affect Windows security settings?
    5.) Is the computer joined to an Active-Directory domain?
    6.) Is your user account a local account, or did you sign in using a Microsoft account?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  23. javacool

    javacool BrightFort Moderator

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    No guarantees, but we'll take a look at this for a future release. :)
     
  24. javacool

    javacool BrightFort Moderator

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    Haven't been able to reproduce this yet, but regarding Windows 10, version 1803:
    Source: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/release-information/status-windows-10-1803

    It might be worth checking in Windows Update to see why a newer feature update has not yet been installed?
     
  25. thefly

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    Hi, I am just waiting for the holidays to install the November 2019 Version 1909. From what I read it is the best Version currently available.

    I use SledgeHammer to stop Microsoft from forcing upgrades at inopportune times.

    Any feedback on the "Outcast" glitch for Google Chrome.

    Cheers.
     
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