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SpywareBlaster

CNET Editors' review

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that's especially true when it comes to spyware; wouldn't you rather protect your system than spend hours trying to rid it of malicious visitors? SpywareBlaster is a simple program that provides protection from ActiveX-based software and unwanted cookies for both Firefox and Internet Explorer users.

SpywareBlaster has a simple interface that will be easy for even novices to navigate. The main screen shows the protection status for Internet Explorer, restricted Web sites, and Firefox. By default, protection is disabled for each of these, but you can easily enable ActiveX Protection and Cookie Protection for Internet Explorer, and Cookie Protection for Firefox. The restricted sites option lets you block the actions of known malware sites in Internet Explorer. If there are cookies or sites that you know to be harmless and need access to, an exception list lets you exclude these from being blocked. SpywareBlaster also has a System Snapshot tool that will create a record of your system settings, allowing you to easily restore them if they're altered by spyware. In addition to these tools, SpywareBlaster comes with options that let you adjust various browser settings and block Flash content and downloads entirely if desired. Overall, we found SpywareBlaster to be an easy-to-use tool that provides important protection for people who use Firefox and Internet Explorer.

SpywareBlaster installs and uninstalls without issues.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.2 stars

    out of 1,410 votes

    • 5 star: 798
    • 4 star: 366
    • 3 star: 101
    • 2 star: 53
    • 1 star: 92
  • Current version:

    4.2 stars

    out of 85 votes

    • 5 star: 37
    • 4 star: 36
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 2.0 stars

    "Looks good, but that's it. It really does't do much."

    April 18, 2010  |   By ahlbruce

    Version: SpywareBlaster 4.2

    Pros

    It adds sites to your IE blocked sites list. Locks your home page and search panes, but so does other software. Read in my "Summary " below for an explination.

    Cons

    Over 5+ years of using it I have supected small tweeks in Internet Explorer which I think were attributed to Spyware Blaster. Ran both Ad-Aware and Spybot before and after installation of Spyware Blaster and no difference in number of cookies . . .

    Summary

    It looks good but that is about it. I have used it over the years (because it is free) on three different computers. The only thing I have seen it do is add sites to your IE blocked sites list. In IE (Internet Explorer) go to "Tools" + "Intenet Options" + "Privacy" then "Sites" and you will see it will add to your list of "Managed Sites". Microsoft also updates this list if you do your regular Windows Security updates. Claims to run in the background but I have never found an entry in the Windows Registry or Windows Task Manager. Looks like it only adds blocked sites and changes settings in Internet Explorer when you start Spyware Blaster.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "user friendly; provides a second line of defense"

    April 17, 2010  |   By rckroll

    Version: SpywareBlaster 4.2

    Pros

    easy to use and maintain

    Cons

    not a primary defense; use in conjunction with an anti-virus program

    Summary

    reliable and user friendly

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great product!"

    April 17, 2010  |   By votinforu

    Version: SpywareBlaster 4.2

    Pros

    I've used spywareblaster for several years on several computers. Whenever I get a new computer, it is one of the first protections I put on a new machine right up there with the firewall and anti-virus.

    Cons

    I don't find any problems with it.

    Summary

    As far as I'm concerned, Spywareblaster is an essential security. It works in the background preventing a lot of nasty stuff from invading your machine. It's not complicated like some anti-spyware. It simply blocks bad websites.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "is it actually doing anything ?"

    April 16, 2010  |   By johngib

    Version: SpywareBlaster 4.2

    Pros

    I don't know if I can say if I like it or not as it hasn't told me if it has caught a spy yet

    Cons

    I don't know if it's working or not

    Summary

    I may be lucky and never encountered spyware, so I don't know if this product
    does anything as it's never admitted to catching anything. Maybe it's a silent
    assassin and says nothing after it blasts those pesky spies out of my PC. I just don't
    know. You instal it, update it now and again and hit the protect button, take a snapshot
    and you're done. It's a bit of extra peace of mind I suppose.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does its job well"

    February 24, 2010  |   By jenz1

    Version: SpywareBlaster 4.2

    Pros

    It does it job well. very easy to use. set and forget. Its a great addition to any computer user's defense arsenal. It just to good to pass up. free and friendly

    Cons

    what6's not to like?

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works great don't have to worry and it free"

    February 21, 2010  |   By makitt22

    Version: SpywareBlaster 4.2

    Pros

    works great there is a lot I not sure of, so I leave it alone.

    Cons

    I would like to know what programs are good and omit the others! Not sure what to delete!

    Summary

    It would be most advantages to know what to delete and to clear up PC.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Peace of Mind: a security officer at the main entrance"

    February 7, 2010  |   By Touchito

    Version: SpywareBlaster 4.2

    Pros

    It's not just another antispyware, but a reinforcement to any.

    Cons

    No logs, reports nor history.

    Summary

    I trust SuperANTIspyware to secure my IE because it has -positively- repaired it for me, and it "says' that after installing SpywareBlaster all what it detects in my IE are cookies.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A Great product! Always on, does its job: quiet & free."

    January 29, 2010  |   By carolweldon

    Version: SpywareBlaster 4.2

    Pros

    There are no extra steps: it takes care of things before they intrude. It's quiet, doesn't take up extra resources. Just set it and forget it.

    Cons

    Nothing to dislike.

    Summary

    Not being computer-savvy, this product is ideal for me. So simple, easy to use. I have been using Spyware Blaster for years - just need to upgrade it once in a while. I've never experienced any spyware or malware on my system. It does what it promises.
    I swear by this product- it's GOOD.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Small, runs in background, Free"

    January 27, 2010  |   By calijeff

    Version: SpywareBlaster 4.2

    Pros

    Low overhead, free & one more line of defense running in the background

    Cons

    um....none

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Spyware Preventative"

    January 23, 2010  |   By DarkNetDragon

    Version: SpywareBlaster 4.2

    Pros

    I've seen in alot of sites that people comment Spyware Blaster's better than Spyware S&D (Search+Destroy)
    In my opinion it is too, it prevents alot of Spyware and Spyware S&D takes a really long time to scan, Spyware Blaster saves alot of that time

    Cons

    no cons, except that you need the full version to auto-update this program

    Summary

    I highly recommend this
    It's extremely effective

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