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By Jim_MacLachlan ·
I've noticed a disturbing trend over the past few months, more of my users are getting malware on their PC's just by cruising the Internet. I have a proxy server, they can't get to their Hotmail or other web email accounts. It's really disturbing when users boot up in the morning to find a virus - the virus snuck in the day before & wasn't detected. We're using Symantec AV & the definitions are updated daily, automatically.

We have a proxy server & firewall, but only primitive, manual site blocking. I have to set up rules in the proxy to deny access to site names (*mail*) or IP addresses. I'm running a Netware 6.5 network with Border Manager 3.8. We're moving to Microsoft sometime in the next year or so, though. (Not my choice or decision.)

I've looked around on the web & most of the stuff seems to deal with tracking web usage or stopping users from going to porn sites. Both are nice features & I'd like them, but my primary concern now is to stop the malware before it hits their PC's & the network.

Does anyone have experience with devices that block malware? Something a little more proactive, configurable & for a corporate environment than manual runs with Ad Aware & Spybot?

I've found one promising candidate, FreeStone's Content Keeper. Anyone have experience with it or a cousin?

Thanks - Jim

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Good luck...

by gralfus In reply to Internet Malware Blocking

We have been fighting popups and malware for quite some time where I work. We have been using CoolWeb Shredder, AdAware, and Spybot, along with a few other things that detect Browser Helper Objects (BHOs). Also, disable the Messenger service in W2K or XP. The creator of CoolWeb Shredder finally gave up with the latest versions because they are too clever and difficult to remove.

The latest ones are using hijacked advertisements on financial websites (Quicken, assorted banks, etc) to load a trojan disguised as a gif. It does keyboard logging and sends the results to Estonia. The Eastern block countries are where the latest herd of nasties are being created and loosed upon the Internet. My opinion: Since they are actually brining money into these countries, I don't think the governments there are too concerned about stopping them, especially with kickbacks from the mob.

It will get worse before it gets better. Use an alternative browser, such as Opera or Mozilla, which don't have the flaws that Internet Explorer has.

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