Disabling ActiveX is an option – but it makes surfing difficult because many websites actively rely on using ActiveX. It’s frustrating to have to click “Yes” every single time the web browser asks you about running ActiveX scripts and controls.
Managing the problem
So spyware has become both a security and a management issue for companies as it becomes destructive. But how do companies manage the problem? There’s currently a dearth of corporate anti-spyware tools which integrate with other security applications, such as anti-virus and desktop firewalling.
However, this is soon to change. Anti-virus vendors are starting to introduce spyware and adware pop-up blocking and removal to their core anti-virus and Internet Security solutions. These will be updated in exactly the same way as conventional virus signatures, and will give policy-based centralised management of this emerging issue – helping to nullify the threat from self-updating malicious spyware programs while giving IT staff the option to allow non-aggressive spyware.
By putting spyware on the security map, companies can ensure that the more malicious spyware elements do NOT come in from the cold.
Dealing with aggressive spyware
- use freeware tools to audit your PCs and identify what spyware is resident.
- use the same tools to try and remove unwanted spyware: a combination of two tools often works where a single tool fails.
- look at latest-generation AV software which includes anti-spyware functionality, giving corporate, policy-driven spyware management of this emerging problem.
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