August 26th, 2006, 12:13 AM
does anyone know of a program that will block 'any' BHO from installing or at least prompt
and ask first.
I use WinPatrol but the 'realtime' detection of this program is VERY slow.
THankyou for all tips.
August 26th, 2006, 01:00 AM
You can download SpywareGuard which will warn you if a new BHO is installed.. It is more advisable to uncheck the option that allows 3rd party BHO's to be installed in IE..
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August 26th, 2006, 01:26 AM
To add to ByTeWrangler's suggestion, you can also use Spywareblaster works for IE and Firefox..
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August 26th, 2006, 01:56 AM
I have tried Spyware Blaster. It is mainly good for blocking or detecting it's known spyware.
More specifically I need to be able to block/or at least be alerted to, any modification of
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Extensions or the normal BHO installation
registry key, so that third-party software cannot be installed in either location.
I have disabled the usual 'Enable third-party browser extensions' option in IE. but I think that just works at the 'Browser Helper Objects' level, because third party extensions can still install at the above mentioned registry key.
Thankyou for all help so far provided.
August 26th, 2006, 09:28 AM
It is an open source project. I am just experimenting with it myself so I cannot say much more than it is VERY SENSITIVE ................. it phones home for some reason (probably to update) and has a truly horrendous splash screen when it loads
Also get Spybot Search & Destroy............... set it to "advanced mode" and use the immunisation and blocking features. It also has some nice "tools" to let you see what is on your box. Allow "teatimer" to run interactively as well.
If you are really paranoid, you will just love that combination............. try to update something and watch the pair of them going ballistic.
Seriously, Winpooch seems to be very sensitive and very fast............it generally wins with SpyBot and RegistryProt coming about equal second and WinPatrol third. What I have noticed is that Winpooch seems to notice more changes than the others.
Like I said, I am still evaluating it.
August 26th, 2006, 06:26 PM
This behavior can be controlled in your browser configuration.
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August 26th, 2006, 08:13 PM
Nice link rcgreen,
I have mine set to "prompt" so that I can decide if I trust the site then OK otherwise "no"
Another approach is to get Firefox and download the "script blocker" plug in. If sites don't work I decide if I give them temporary/permanent permission or just blow them away.
August 27th, 2006, 02:05 AM
I have removed ALL permissions from
so now nothing can be installed there behind my back.
Thankyou for all tips though.
August 28th, 2006, 08:14 AM
Simplest solution is to remove the adminstrative powers from the useraccount.
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