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Automatically Start up SpywareBlaster when system boots
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July 12, 2009
9:57 AM
hahaguy
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I am sure most of us know about SpywareBlaster.

"SpywareBlaster doesn't scan for and clean spyware--it prevents it from being installed in the first place. SpywareBlaster prevents the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, dialers, browser hijackers, and other potentially unwanted programs. It can also block spyware/tracking cookies in IE, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape, and many other browsers, and restrict the actions of spyware/ad/tracking sites. With the built-in Check for Updates feature, you can help ensure your protection is up-to-date. SpywareBlaster also includes a System Snapshot feature, which lets you take a snapshot of your computer in its clean state and later revert, undoing many changes made by spyware and browser hijackers."

SpywareBlaster is a free download for home personal use. There is a paid-for version which adds automatic update feature.

You can download it from here:
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/sbdownload.html

SpywareBlaster is a good program to add additional security for your PC. However, there is a 'small problem' with SpywareBlaster. It doesn't automatically start up when your PC boots.

Here is the 'fix':

Go to the programs folder, usually located at
C:\Program Files\SpywareBlaster

Find the exe. file named spywareblaster.exe and create a shortcut.
Right-click on the shortcut and go to its properties.
In the target box, modify the Run command to include the /AUTO switch at the end. Make sure to put a space in between.
"C:\Program Files\SpywareBlaster\spywareblaster.exe" AUTO

Cut/Copy and paste this new shortcut to the Startup folder found in the Start>All Programs Menu or in this directory:

C:\Documents and Setting\[username]\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Enjoy.

July 12, 2009
6:00 PM
amnesia
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Whats the advantage to having it start on system boot?

July 12, 2009
7:09 PM
Ashraf
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The problem with Spyware Blaster is not that it does not automatically start at boot (it does not matter if Spyware Blaster is on or not – once you immunize your computer with SB, your computer is safe), but rather that it does not automatically update.

As far as I know making Spyware Blaster run automatically at boot will not make it update automatically. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

July 15, 2009
4:28 AM
hahaguy
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Ashraf, you are not wrong…

As far as I know making Spyware Blaster run automatically at boot will not make it update automatically.

You are right here. Automatic updates are meant only for the paid version.

Amnesia, you asked this:

Whats the advantage to having it start on system boot?

Well, the advantage is that your computer is constantly immunized even before you start using your browser. Rather than having to start the immunization manually, it is done automatically for you…

it does not matter if Spyware Blaster is on or not – once you immunize your computer with SB, your computer is safe

Ashraf, you are partially right here.

"SpywareBlaster does not have to remain running in the background. It works alongside the programs you have to help secure your system."

However, how long do you think will the immunization last; surely not for forever. You can't expect the immuniztion to work even after you shut down your computer and restart it. You would need to start the 'immunization' manually to ensure that the protection is 'on'. Hence, that is why having it start up on its own at boot time is an advantage although not necessary.

July 15, 2009
4:28 AM
hahaguy
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Hope that explain things a bit.

July 15, 2009
2:18 PM
Ashraf
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hahaguy said:

However, how long do you think will the immunization last; surely not for forever. You can't expect the immuniztion to work even after you shut down your computer and restart it. You would need to start the 'immunization' manually to ensure that the protection is 'on'. Hence, that is why having it start up on its own at boot time is an advantage although not necessary.


That is not true. Once you immunize you are safe unless you, in Firefox's case, clear your cookies.

July 16, 2009
1:47 PM
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Well, Ashraf, you are right there.

I do have a 'habit' of clearing all my cookies in Firefox. That is the reason why I chose to add SpywareBlaster to startup. I don't really use IE…

But before someone disagree with me, I suggest let us take a look at things in a slightly different way. Personally, I see no harm in adding SpywareBlaster to startup.  I know it is not essential but at the same time, I don't think it would slow down your boot time if you do so. Instead, there is an advantage in doing so…here's why…

Most people tend to forget about SpywareBlaster and would only update it every few weeks or so. By adding SpywareBlaster to startup, at least, you are 'reminded' of the 'existence' of SpywareBlaster in your  computer. That way, you are also sort of 'reminded' to update its database.

Well, I am not trying to convince anyone here but hey, it is up to the individual. All I am doing is share with the rest here what I think might be 'useful' for them.

July 16, 2009
1:54 PM
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Or better still, if you have extra cash and you don't mind spending a bit…

pay $9.95 USD and get 1 year license for SpywareBlaster Autoupdate.

http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/sbautoupdate.html

For me, I am sticking to the free version. It is more than enough for me. Not that I don't want to pay…it's just that I am a student with no credit cardCry

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