Spyware Blaster - prevent spyware from installing
Spyware Blaster Website - Freeware
I don't know why but I've never mentioned Spyware Blaster. My wife and I use it on all of our computers. Here's a great review of it from George. There's a screenshot available at George's website. (link just below)
SpywareBlaster works very much like the “Immunize” function in Spybot. It does not have a scanner. It essentially installs a dummy file on your computer that fools web sites into thinking that its spyware has already been installed. It prevents the installation of spyware.
When you open the program, you will see the “Protection” tab displayed first. You may note in the above screen shot that it shows that Mozilla/Firefox protection is enabled. This option only displays after you install the Mozilla Firefox web browser, which I have reviewed elsewhere on my web site. The “Protection” tab has an option called “Download Latest Protection Updates” which brings you to another screen that has a button that says “Check for Updates”. This is a pretty simple way to get updates.
There is an option called “System Snapshot”. It saves various settings in case spyware changes them. It allows you to restore the settings to a previously saved snapshot. A less obvious option is a “System Info” option that is available when you click on “version 3.2” in the left column. It shows various system statistics on your computer.
I have found that SpywareBlaster works quite well at preventing spyware cookies from being installed. It may not catch all the spyware that gets installed, but it helps and works well with Spybot’s “Immunize” function. I’ve noticed a dramatic reduction in the spyware that the scanners find after having installed SpywareBlaster and use Spybot’s “Immunize” function.
Reportedly, SpywareBlaster is compatible with Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000 and XP. The download consists of a single file, spywareblastersetup32.exe, which you double click with a file manager to install. After installation, the executable is spywareblaster.exe.