by: Philippa SmithBy browsing a web page, you could infect your computer with
spy ware, ad ware, dialers and hijackers. These, unwelcome
guests, are some of the fastest growing threats on the
Internet today. It is important to protect your computer
and one of the most powerful software products, available
for this, is Spy ware Blaster, a program created by Java
How are you affected?
A spyware program will record every keystroke and e-mail as
well as every web page you visit and every chat session.
Some spyware programs will try to take control of your
homepage, search page and other browser settings. Some may
silently download themselves onto your computer. Others may
pose as legitimate programs and persuade you to download
Private and confidential information extracted from a
user's computer may be put on the Internet before he can
realize that he is a victim of these malicious programs.
A Microsoft program called ActiveX is used to download
software from websites for supporting legitimate services
like file viewers or games. ActiveX can also be used to
download spyware, hijackers, dialers and ad ware. Spyware
Blaster can make it difficult for these ActiveX programs to
run on your computer. It can also protect your computer
from certain cookies while running Mozilla based browsers
like Fire fox.
The major anti-virus software product manufacturers have
ignored the risks of spyware, hijackers, dialers and ad
ware till now. Due to this, users have little knowledge of
the software products that can be effective in detecting
and eliminating them. One of the most powerful products
available to provide security from spy ware is Spyware
Spyware Blaster is a freeware that offers effective
protection from malicious Internet downloads. It disables
malicious ActiveX controls that are already present and
prevents downloads of malicious ActiveX controls from a web
page. Its current database contains 822 items against which
it provides protection. About 100 of these are tracking
cookies, used by advertisers.
Spy ware Blaster's Flash Killer capability enables it to
block the installation of distracting macromedia flash
content. It gives the user the option to block specific
search engine toolbars and browser plug-ins.