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Security => Security Software Programs => Topic started by: plodr on January 22, 2019, 12:55:18 PM

Title: Question about SpywareBlaster
Post by: plodr on January 22, 2019, 12:55:18 PM
I updated it this morning, even though I rarely use IE, I still want to get as much protection as possible.
For quite a few years only a few things were added monthly for IE. In January 2020 support for IE on Windows 7 will drop. Windows 8.1 will continue to be patched until January 2023 but only hold about 2% of the market share.

I'm wondering if SpywareBlaster will continue until 2023 or stop at 2020. If anyone reads anything about the future of the program, please post links.
Thanks.
Title: Re: Question about SpywareBlaster
Post by: Digerati on January 22, 2019, 02:36:21 PM
I'm a bit confused by your question. You seem to imply SpywareBlaster is just for IE and W7/W8.1. Its not. System Requirement include W10 and as seen here (http://www.brightfort.com/spywareblaster.html#Browsers), it also works with a host of other browsers.

With that in mind, I don't see why it will go away just because support for IE and W7/W8.1 support goes away.

That said, I personally never found SB worth the resources it used on my systems, even when IE was my browser of choice (which it was for many years and until W10 came out).

So, if SB goes away, I think it will be because of a lack of usefulness in general, not because IE goes away.
 
Title: Re: Question about SpywareBlaster
Post by: pastywhitegurl on January 22, 2019, 06:18:28 PM
Does Landzdown have an official position on whether Spyware Blaster is redundant to Windows 10 installation with Defender and MalwareBytes Pro?
Title: Re: Question about SpywareBlaster
Post by: Corrine on January 22, 2019, 07:06:33 PM
Certainly not an official LzD position, however, if IE is your primary browser, you may want to consider continuing to use it although with Malwarebytes it may not be necessary.  Do you find that Malwarebytes pops up a notice about blocking things fairly frequently?  If so, that may be another reason to consider the extra protection since not all programs detect the same things.

Personally, I haven't used it in a very long time. 
Title: Re: Question about SpywareBlaster
Post by: pastywhitegurl on January 22, 2019, 07:30:36 PM
I never even open IE anymore.  In fact the last time I did, it crashed and other-wised messed things up.


But I do get fairly frequent blocking popups from MBAM, so I guess I'll keep it for now.
Title: Re: Question about SpywareBlaster
Post by: Digerati on January 22, 2019, 10:09:26 PM
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I never even open IE anymore.  In fact the last time I did, it crashed and other-wised messed things up.
Which is why I finally stopped using - except to check if a website is down when Pale Moon cannot open it. Do note, however, that IE does include SmartScreen, which accomplishes much of what SB does.
Title: Re: Question about SpywareBlaster
Post by: Metallica on January 23, 2019, 09:18:31 AM
Shameless plug, but I'm going to do it anyway. If you are using Chrome or Firefox I would consider adding the Malwarebytes extension which is not totally dependent on a blocklits but also uses behavioral analysis.

You can find some information here: https://blog.malwarebytes.com/malwarebytes-news/betas/2018/07/introducing-malwarebytes-browser-extension/
Title: Re: Question about SpywareBlaster
Post by: Corrine on January 23, 2019, 11:16:04 AM
Use the extension along with Malwarebytes Pro? 

Edit Note:  Are you referring to Browser push notifications: a feature asking to be abused (https://blog.malwarebytes.com/security-world/technology/2019/01/browser-push-notifications-feature-asking-abused/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=q4fy19)?)
Title: Re: Question about SpywareBlaster
Post by: Digerati on January 23, 2019, 01:29:27 PM
Quote from: Metallica
Shameless plug, but I'm going to do it anyway. If you are using Chrome...
And if you are using Chrome, here's another reason to stop.

Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome (https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/01/22/google_chrome_browser_ad_content_block_change/)
Title: Re: Question about SpywareBlaster
Post by: Metallica on January 23, 2019, 02:53:22 PM
Use the extension along with Malwarebytes Pro? 

Yes, it does add functionality even if you are already using Malwarebytes Premium. But as stated above, it is even more adviseable to use a less "mainstream" browser. *cough* go away Chrome *cough*
Title: Re: SpywareBlaster Updates
Post by: Pete! on July 07, 2019, 09:06:00 PM
Heads Up:

On a whim, I checked SpywareBlaster this morning.
I noticed that ALL Internet Explorer items were disabled.
Easy enough to fix, but it could have gone unnoticed for a while.

The only significant things I've done since the last update was to update Windows 10 to version 1903, and take the routine Windows updates as they were issued.
Title: Re: Re: SpywareBlaster Updates
Post by: plodr on July 11, 2019, 11:00:20 AM
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I noticed that ALL Internet Explorer items were disabled.
Interesting.
Do you have another browser and were those items enabled?

I never check SpywareBlaster until there is a monthly or thereabouts update.
Title: Re: Re: SpywareBlaster Updates
Post by: Pete! on July 11, 2019, 01:42:39 PM
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I noticed that ALL Internet Explorer items were disabled.
Interesting.
Do you have another browser and were those items enabled?

I never check SpywareBlaster until there is a monthly or thereabouts update.
My only other browser is Edge. I've had that since Windows 10 came out without this issue.

Recently, I've used Edge as an epub reader, but I doubt if that would change my settings.