What is the best spyware blocker? I have Spyware Blaster but I still end up with malware in my system. I just got Service Pack 2 so I had to shut down Zone Alarm. I also shut down Adsgone. I hope Service Pack 2 is as good as it's cracked up to be.
There is no requirement that you shut down ZoneAlarm just because you downloaded and installed SP2. If you wish to use ZoneAlarm in preference to the Windows firewall, you can certainly do so.
No spyware blocker program will keep you safe from all infections, just as no antivirus will keep you safe from all viruses. There are other precautions that you can take, but there are no guarantees.
If you go over to the security forum and look at the sticky thread How Did I Get Infected In the First Place? you will find some more tools to help you. In addition to SpyWareBlaster, you can install SpyWareGuard and IE-Spyads, which will increase your protection level. You can also download Mozilla Firefox for most of your web browsing, and leave Internet Explorer for Windows Updates only. Since most adware/spyware targets Internet Explorer, this is a quick, cheap fix.You also need to have Ad-Aware and Spybot Search and Destroy installed on your computer. All of these programs should be updated regularly, just as your antivirus should.
Finally, it's important to avoid places where ad/spyware is most prevalent. If you spend time on porn, gambling or game sites, your chances of being infected increase. Clicking on ads is a bad practice, too. The more ads you click on, the more risk you take. Anything that advertises itself as free in a large banner ad is probably not.
Using ZoneAlarm over the Windows Firewall is a much better choice. You should disable the Windows Firewall thru Control Panel and resume using ZoneAlarm. Be sure you have the latest version of ZoneAlarm. ZoneAlarm has more features and is a lot more customizable then the Windows Firewall. You should however only use one of the two and not both.
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