[unisog] How do you handle spyware/adware?
rhayter at udallas.edu
Fri Nov 5 23:01:39 GMT 2004
> I am interested in learning how other schools are handling preventing,
> detecting, and removing spyware/adware from workstations.
We've been using Spy Sweeper, Enterprise edition
(http://www.webroot.com/) for a couple of months now. It installs on
a central server and allows you to schedule scans of workstations.
It has reporting and alerting functions also. All in all, it's been
fine, but it's certainly no panacea. We find that anti-malware
programs are much like anti-virus programs... they miss some things
that other programs find.
In most cases it cleans machines successfully. If we see that there
were *A LOT* of items found on a given machine, we typically have to
run a couple of other cleaners (adaware, cwshredder, etc) to get to
the root of the problem.
When all is said and done, it's just another tool in your arsenal.
Rick Hayter, Dir. Admin. Computing, University of Dallas
1845 E. Northgate, Irving, TX 75062, 972-721-5227
<public key: rhayter at acm.org at pgp.mit.edu>
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