Treating infected systems

Thursday, 17 February 2005, 3:57 PM EST

Most of us Windows users are by now painfully aware of what a computer infection looks like. It now takes all shapes and forms and has different words that indicated how you got it, the level of the risk, and how it can spread further. Some infections will produce annoyances such as Internet Explorer home page hijacking and some will trash your files. The software infecting your computer is now sometimes given the broad term "malware".

Network administrators today face the fact that their firewall will not protect them from Trojans. Even patching all your machines might not protect a computer where a user decided to download a malicious program. Nowadays, through group policy you can control more of the computing environment but when you have diverse operating systems and laptops that go to people's houses you might not have as much control as you would like to.

By Amit Zinman at WindowSecurity.com

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