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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 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:

    4.0 stars

    out of 66 votes

    • 5 star: 31
    • 4 star: 19
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 5.0 stars

    "A REALLY GOOD PROGRAM"

    November 17, 2011  |   By spenner60

    Version: SpywareBlaster 4.4

    Pros

    It just sits in the backgound doing its job like it says

    Cons

    wish it would let you know when it stops something

    Summary

    A good program to add to your system and works along side your antivirus

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great part of a computer's protection system"

    November 8, 2011  |   By mr_coffee

    Version: SpywareBlaster 4.4

    Pros

    This software does a superb job of PREVENTING spyware from inhabiting your computer. I've used it for at least 6 years and I recommend to all the folks who pay me to straighten out their computers periodically.

    Why people review it here and complain it has no realtime scanner escapes me. Yeah, it doesn't have one. Duh. No one said it is a do-everything malware solution, including it's authors (Javacool).

    So if you have your favorite antivirus, firewall, and malware scanner, why should you bother to install this?
    1) It doesn't use up any memory and slow your system down, because it only needs to run when you are updating it or changing settings, and yet protects you from the kind of crap the internet tends to throw at your computer while you are surfing.
    2) You'll spend less time messing around removing junk that was installed on your computer because you didn't have Spywareblaster.

    Cons

    You have to remember to update it every few weeks to maximize the protection or pay Javacool to automatically update it and have their small updater program running in the background all the time. I can remember to update it myself, and I really prefer to turn off all those check-automatically-for-program-update running in the background. Less to go wrong IMHO.

    Summary

    If you read through all the reviews, you'll see other people that work on computers noting that they recommend it to the people that have them work on their computers. It's for good reason.

    DO use it with a good firewall, antivirus, and periodically scan for malware. Your computer will not thank you for it, but it won't cause you the kind of grief you can get by NOT having it protected.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Nice to have an easy place to update bad site lists.."

    September 9, 2011  |   By tbninmn

    Version: SpywareBlaster 4.4

    Pros

    This can block programs from changing your home page on web browser and can stop browser hi jacks!

    Cons

    I wish the free version had auto updates. Or at least the auto update version would be a one time fee.

    Summary

    I load this on all of my clients (family and neighbors ~25 PCs) computers that I regularly tune up and remove viruses!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Didn't stop a Trojan"

    July 22, 2011  |   By vancourt

    Version: SpywareBlaster 4.4

    Pros

    Not sure if it works or not

    Cons

    Didn't stop a Trojan or another piece of spyware.

    Summary

    It's running, but what is it doing if it doesn't stop a Trojan

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Wasn't able to use it"

    June 28, 2011  |   By purigen

    Version: SpywareBlaster 4.4

    Pros

    I don't know

    Cons

    I wasn't able to use it because of the conflicts it was causing with my Norton Internet Security

    Summary

    There are much better programs

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I 've been using this program for 6 years, no problems."

    June 27, 2011  |   By Milton Davis

    Version: SpywareBlaster 4.4

    Pros

    Runs in the background, learns fast easy, UI is great and updates come through CNET on a regular basis.

    Cons

    Can'nt think of any right now get back to you later.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "seems pretty good"

    June 27, 2011  |   By unrinoceronte

    Version: SpywareBlaster 4.4

    Pros

    It installed and said that it prevented many infections from my computer. Altough i dont have any idea how to prove this. This is a tool that is very well rated, and has been very much recommend to me by experts, so thats i think its biggest Pro

    Cons

    Not that i know.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The BEST Free Real Time Protector !!!"

    June 7, 2011  |   By SomeKindaGorgeous

    Version: SpywareBlaster 4.4

    Pros

    Free & is 1 of the very few actual programs that are for free that TRULY provides Real-Time Protection!! Ive used it for at least 4 yrs now & it has never failed me. I just got a new computer & it was 1 of the 1st things I installed !

    Cons

    NONE.NONE.NONE. But just to note,Automatic Updating is only with the paid version. With the free version u have to check & update manually, but its a quick simple process & worth the free cost!

    Summary

    Just the best. Unlike the misleading Super AntiSpyware..which says it provides Real time protection in its free edition..it does not...THIS program IS REALLY free with full real time protection!! OH..its also such a small install in size & is really light on system resources & space, which is always a plus !!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use. Great program."

    June 4, 2011  |   By Ray984954

    Version: SpywareBlaster 4.4

    Pros

    All options laid explicitly, user friendly, informative and very useful.

    Cons

    None so far.

    Summary

    Great spyware program.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Free Ant Spy-ware Program"

    May 7, 2011  |   By talljj

    Version: SpywareBlaster 4.4

    Pros

    Eliminates most everything , light load on computer

    Cons

    maybe does not attack spyware when attacking the computer

    Summary

    Just get it. Works better than some paid anti spy-ware

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