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.