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Prevent spyware infections WITHOUT user intervention

By kmpirish ·
Does anyone know of a tool that prevents spyware infections without asking the user to approve or deny an installation or change?

I've looked at tools like Lavasoft's Ad-Watch, Spybot's Tea Timer, Microsoft's AntiSpyware, etc, but each tool pops up a message when a change is attempted. That would mean lots more calls for us - no thanks.

I'd rather be able to block such changes silently. I am looking into the possiblity of making our users a member of Users on the local PC, but it's going to take a lot of research and time before that can happen. Any suggestions for the meantime?


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Try Spyware Doctor...

by Prolifiq In reply to Prevent spyware infection ...

Spyware Doctor runs with little to no user intervention. And it doesn't pop up those annoying "allow/block" messages.

The full-featured edition costs somewhere between $20-30, I'm not sure which. But it works well.

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I checked out their eval version and...

by kmpirish In reply to Try Spyware Doctor...

...the prevention part of the software is disabled in the eval version. Bummer - I'd really like to try it before I buy it and deploy it.

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by Prolifiq In reply to I checked out their eval ...

... but if you do ever decide to buy it, you'll find it's money well spent.

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Ad Aware

by Dr Dij In reply to Prevent spyware infection ...

I think the paid version has list of sites it will block (no browse to site = none of site's spyware), would be a start.

There is another software, mentioned in spyware threads that blocks ANY registry changes, don't remember name. Whether there is a corporate version that will not ask end users I don't know.

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websense enterprise

by luis_a_delgado In reply to Prevent spyware infection ...

You can use websense enterprise to filter the web and analyze protocols you allow into your users' desktops. We have been using it for a couple of years with good success.

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I've had some luck with SpySweeper Enterprise...

by kmpirish In reply to websense enterprise

...I'll have to check out websense as well. Thanks!

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Spy Sweeper

by heulalia4 In reply to I've had some luck with S ...

This seems to be a very good utility and it remove 89 viruses from my pc three were trojans.

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MS Anti-Spyware & Ad Aware

by jmgarvin In reply to Prevent spyware infection ...

If you combine both of them you catch most spyware. You can set the timers to go when your users aren't around (2am) and clean up their drives.

Also a good way to slow spyware is to drop IE and move to Mozilla or Firefox.

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I'm already scanning with Ad-Aware and Spybot - what I'd like is...

by kmpirish In reply to MS Anti-Spyware & Ad Awar ...

...a way to stop infections from happening in the first place silently. I've played around with MS Anti-Spyware - which will stop infections but not if you disable the alerts.

Which doesn't make sense - I'm not turning off the monitoring, just the alerts. Oh well, that's why it's beta...

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No such thing as automatic & universally correct.

by deepsand In reply to Prevent spyware infection ...

Until such time as true artificial intelligence becomes a reality, you can either use a fixed set of automatic responses, which involves accepting an unflexible set of rules and the entailing false positives and missed negatives, along with the risks that such entails, or you engage organic intelligence to make the decisions.

It's either compromise or control; you can't have both.

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