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What percent of users and experts removed it?
1% remove it99% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,569
United States Rank #1,181
Reach 0.4325%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 16.34 days
482.15 days >
Average installed length: 253.33 days


5.0.0 100.00%

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SpywareBlaster 5.0

What is SpywareBlaster?  (from BrightFort)

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, Ne...  Read more


SpywareBlaster 5.0 is a program developed by BrightFort. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds an extension to the user's Internet Explorer web browser. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is spywareblaster.exe. The software installer includes 20 files and is usually about 7.74 MB (8,111,303 bytes). sbautoupdate.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 64% of users of SpywareBlaster come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.brightfort.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\SpywareBlaster\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\SpywareBlaster\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 7.74 MB

Program filesFiles installed by SpywareBlaster 5.0

Program executable:spywareblaster.exe
Path:C:\Program Files\spywareblaster\spywareblaster.exe
Additional files:
  • spywareblastersetup50.exe - SpywareBlaster (SpywareBlaster Setup)
  • spywareblasterupgrade_latest.exe
  • unins000.exe - Inno Setup (Setup/Uninstall)
  • ArmAccess.dll
  • HJTHelper.exe - HijackThis Helper v1.8.2
  • MSCOMCTL.OCX (by Microsoft) - MSCOMCTL (Windows Common Controls ActiveX Control DLL)
  • MSINET.OCX (by Microsoft) - Microsoft Internet Transfer Control (Microsoft Internet Transfer Control DLL)
  • RICHTX32.OCX - RichText
  • sbautoupdate.exe - SpywareBlaster AutoUpdate
  • sburlhelper.exe - SB URL Helper
  • spywareblastersetup32.exe (by Javacool Software)
  • spywareblastersetup42.exe (by Javacool Software)
  • spywareblastersetup43.exe
  • spywareblastersetup44.exe
  • spywareblastersetup45.exe
  • spywareblastersetup46.exe
  • SQLite3SB.dll
  • uninst.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer Extension
  • spywareblaster.exe is installed as an Internet Explorer extension using the class {B8A39DD4-92D8-495e-8CD3-EAAF5AB3962E}.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • spywareblaster.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{68D3D7AB-EFC1-4C53-8A6B-9ED72F4AD259}' (runs on registration).
  • sbautoupdate.exe is scheduled as a task named 'spyblaster' (runs weekly on Mondays at 2:48 PM).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • sbautoupdate.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named SpywareBlaster AutoUpdate.
Startup File (User Run)
  • spywareblaster.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Spyware Blaster' and executes as C:\Program Files\SpywareBlaster\spywareblaster.exe.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • sbautoupdate.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SBAutoUpdate' which loads as "C:\Program Files\SpywareBlaster\sbautoupdate.exe".
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • sbautoupdate.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\SpywareBlaster\sbautoupdate.exe'.
  • unins000.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\SpywareBlaster\unins000.exe'.
  • spywareblaster.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\SpywareBlaster\spywareblaster.exe'.

How do I remove SpywareBlaster?

You can uninstall SpywareBlaster from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program SpywareBlaster 5.0, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove SpywareBlaster.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by SpywareBlaster 5.0 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 59%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 1%
Keep it 99%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 60.85%
Windows 10 22.43%
Windows XP 9.28%
Windows Vista 7.44%
Windows Server 2003 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 37.96%
Windows 7 Professional 10.75%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.52%
Windows 8.1 9.61%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.14%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

63.98% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 63.98%
  United Kingdom 8.64%
  Canada 3.89%
  France 2.42%
  Australia 2.13%
  Netherlands 2.01%
  Italy 1.96%
  Germany 1.17%
  Spain 1.13%
  Belgium 0.98%
  Finland 0.95%
  Sweden 0.87%
  Japan 0.86%
  Brazil 0.69%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.31%
Dell 25.88%
Acer 16.10%
Toshiba 8.40%
ASUS 6.57%
Intel 2.85%
Lenovo 2.41%
American Megatrends 1.17%
Sahara 1.00%
Samsung 0.88%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.76%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.31%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.34%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.48%
ASUS All Series 3.14%
Dell Inspiron 530 2.80%

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rbrtsmrvll6over a year ago
SuperAntiSpyware used to find three to twenty five spyware items each day but since installing Spyware Blaster it usually finds "no potentially harmful items", and only occasionally one or two. Very impressive!