Real time antispyware protection Spyware Terminator

Spyware Terminator is a small memory footprint real time anti spyware scanner, it can be configured to do a quick, full or custom scan excluding trusted selected folders which will speed up the scan. You are likely to get lots of hits after the first scan as all Internet browser tracking cookies will be flagged as spyware, tracking cookies are not an extreme privacy concern like real malware that hijacks your computer, but they are better off erased. The software interface is clean and easy to use, with its main window showing only three tabs from where you can perform everything you need besides options configuration that is only used once in a while.

Scanner reports are stored for reference and easy to understand, threats are rated and classified, helping the user get an idea of what steps to take next, antispyware scanning can be scheduled, it is probably best to set it up once a week, this is a reasonable timeframe for a home user to get rid of tracking artefacts acquired during normal Internet browsing.

Free antispyware Spyware Terminator

Free antispyware Spyware Terminator

Before uninstalling something SpywareTerminator will create a restore point, if you make a mistake by going to Tools>System Restore the system can be restored to what it was before, if you have doubts about a file already in your computer you can manually select it and force a hard scanner, if you come across a locked file that can not be erased SpywareTerminator lets you select it through the interface. A common trick used by spyware is to change file permissions to lock the file so that users can not erase them, permissions can be changed using Windows right-click but this is not easy to find for the average user.

During installation you will offered to install a toolbar called Web Security Guard Toolbar, similar to Web Of Trust, allowing users to rate websites and warning you of sites flagged by people as dangerous, this is a nice addition but can be easily rejected, the default is to install it, you will have to uncheck the box. The paid for version of Spyware Terminator can be integrated with F-Prot antivirus engine, has high priority updates and other tools like junk file scanner, start up fine tuning to speed up the boot up process and an Internet browser addon scanner, support is provided by phone and email.

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Stop spyware and tracking cookies with SpywareBlaster

Spywareblaster is a free program to stop spyware from being installed in your computer, instead of allowing tracking artifacts to sneak in and having to scan your hard disk to remove them, Spywareblaster stops tracking software from installing in the first place, protecting the computer against adware, browser hijacks (anchoring your homepage), malicious ActiveX scripts, tracking cookies and flash content. You can enable and disable displaying of flash content through the easy to use Spywareblaster interface, another section allows you create your own custom list of blocked ActiveX controls and another section stores a backup of the Hosts file, a file used by your operating system to resolve IP addresses to an URL, commonly tampered with by malware to redirect you to other pages, the Hosts file can be rolled back to a certain time and date if that ever happens.

Spywareblaster stops adaware

Spywareblaster stops adaware

This software consumes very few computer resources and can be used in conjunction with a firewall, antivirus and other antispyware tools without any compatibility problems, it should save you time in the long term by not having to continuously scan the hard disk searching adware. Unfortunately browser support is somewhat limited to those using Internet Explorer rendering engine (Maxthon, Avant, IE, etc) and Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Chrome users have been left out, if you do most of your Internet browsing with something other than Internet Explorer or Firefox, protection will be very limited.

The necessary database updates to keep up with the latest Internet threats are only automatic in the paid for version of this program, the free version has to be updated manually which is easy to forget, I wasn’t too impressed with Spywareblaster, is not bad but I do not see this as a must have, my main grudge is the lack of support for browsers other than IE and Firefox.

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