[unisog] Anyone Deployed a Spyware Solution?

Martin Sapsed m.sapsed at bangor.ac.uk
Tue Apr 17 10:30:25 GMT 2007

Tim Lane wrote:
> just wondering if anyone has deployed a commercial, enterprise based
> spyware specific solution under a client server arrangement for Windows
> desktops?
> If so I would be interested in:
> (1) The solution name
> (2) How effective the solution is
> (3) How much it cost
> (4) Pros and Cons of the solution
> (5) Any other relevant feedback
> I would also be interested in hearing from other institutions that are
> currently considering investing in a commercial enterprise based spyware
> solution.

We use Sophos Anti-Virus which has spyware and other "PUA" (potentially
unwanted applications) built-in. There's also an option to control
applications like bit-torrent, e-donkey, skype, msn, windows games etc.
Price was a UK Higher Ed deal so probably not relevant to yourselves but
suffice to say it was affordable.
One Pro is that you only have one local agent examing every file opened
rather than 2.
We're not using it in anger on staff machines yet but it is in place in
our student labs and is preventing use of various toolbars and other



Martin Sapsed				
Microcomputer Support Manager
IT Services                          "Who do you say that I am?"
University of Wales, Bangor                    Jesus of Nazareth

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