SpywareBlaster is a prevention program, unlike most anti-spyware programs which utilize a "removal" approach after your system is already infected. SpywareBlaster effectively prevents ActiveX-based spyware, dialers, browser-hijackers and other malware or potentially unwanted programs from ever installing on your system in the first place.

Many users employ a multi-layered "prevent and remove" strategy by using anti-spyware removal utilities in combination with SpywareBlaster's protection. We recommend the free and trusted Spybot Search & Destroy (www.safer-networking.org) or Ad-Aware (www.lavasoft.de).

When you install SpywareBlaster, any spyware already present on your computer remains on your computer, although SpywareBlaster will disable it if possible. To remove any spyware/malware remnants, we recommend running Spybot S & D or Ad-Aware. Thereafter, there should be few (if any) items needing removal each time you run Spybot or Ad-Aware, and most (if not all) of the items detected will only be tracking cookies.