Featured Freeware: SpywareBlaster

Best for Internet Explorer users, SpywareBlaster can block all kinds of spyware that gets delivered through your Web browser.

SpywareBlaster started out as a malicious-software blocker focused on ActiveX-based attacks. It has kept that component and expanded, and now can block all kinds of spyware that gets delivered through your Web browser, although its defenses are most useful for Internet Explorer users.

The dedicated IE tools are useful. Users can block all Flash content, create encrypted backups of the Hosts file, manage browser page settings, block cookies, and create customized ActiveX blocks. Firefox and Netscape-specific protection only offers cookie blocking, but you can create a customized blacklist that will function across multiple browsers. Users can also create a system snapshot for PC recovery in case of a devastating attack. The interface is designed well, uncluttered, and easy to navigate. For $10 a year users can get automatic definition file updates and tech support, otherwise those must be done manually.

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