SpywareBlaster is a free application from Javacool Software which adds lists of known malware/hoax website URLs to your browser's untrusted sites and to your Windows hosts file, which is a file used by your internet browser(s) to determine how certain URLs should be handled, in this case forcing them into the loopback protocol (which essentially prevents the websites from being contacted). Not only does this prevent malicious websites from being contacted/opened in your browser, it also prevents the creation of dangerous cookies and the execution of harmful code from taking place.
~ [ Variety of Features ] ~
The program is extremely simplistic, in that it only serves two functions. First, checking for updates to the list of malicious URLs; second, inserting these list into the browsers currently installed on your system and the system's hosts file. Paid users of the software get an extra feature - automatic updates. This is hardly worth the money, because updates to the software and its malware lists are few and far between.
The software is in no way a comprehensive protection from any significant threat; it only becomes effective when used in conjunction with proper anti-malware protection like anti-virus software. There is no real-time protection, just URL blocks and security tweaks which serve to make you marginally more safe when browsing the web.
~ [ Reliability ] ~
Given that no real-time protection is offered by the software there isn't really any reliability issues to speak of. If you want to judge its reliability in terms of how well it can protect you from security and malware threats, then it isn't very reliable at all. In fact, not having it installed probably wouldn't make you any less safe.
~ [ User Friendly ] ~
The program is easy to use, given its simple layout and the fact that it only really has two main functions. The GUI is well-designed and easy to understand, and everything is clearly marked. However, without first understanding the nature of the protection it offers it might not be immediately obvious what the program does or how to use it.
~ [ Installation ] ~
Installing is simply a matter of running the setup file and following the on-screen instructions. When the program is run for the first time it will have several popup tips which can't be skipped for a few seconds (in a vain attempt to make sure the user reads them, presumably) which offer information about the functionality of the software. This only happens once, however. When you finally gain access to the program is it recommended that you immediately download updates, because the program itself doesn't have the full dataset shipped with it.
~ [ Update Possibilities ] ~
The auto-update function, as mentioned, is only available to paying customers and, as mentioned, this is largely pointless because updates are sparse. When you finally get an update after a month or two it usually amounts to about 20 - 30 new entries in the untrusted lists. The number of new malware websites which popup every day render these updates completely useless.
~ [ Conclusion ] ~
When used in conjunction with proper security software, and when not depended upon too heavily, it is worth installing and updating SpywareBlaster. At the very least it won't do you any harm, and at the most it will increase your overall security incrementally over time. After all, it's free.
This will be a simple review for a simple piece of software. Spyware blaster is unlike other types of Spyware removal programs in so much as it prevents Spyware form entering your machine in the first place. Spyware Blaster prevents the installation of ActiveX-based Spyware, adware, dialers, browser hijackers, It can also block Spyware/tracking cookies in IE and Mozilla/Firefox, and restrict the actions of Spyware ads and pop ups and tracking sites. It also blocks sites that it thinks are dangerous and contain Spyware content.
I downloaded the program and ran it, it installed quickly and smoothly, but I did notice a slight performance decrees. Because I use the free version i have to update manually, if you purchase the software it will update automatically. I use this along with adawre to remove any Spyware that may get through, and it seems to me to be the ideal team. Spyware is a very dangerous and serious threat and unfortunately not many people use programs like this and end up with destroyed computers.
Its key to run along with a the usual security measures things like anti spyware A/V and a firewall. That combination will keep your computer safe and save you a bunch of money both in repairs and bandwidth