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Anti-Spyware

Spyware is any software that covertly gathers user information about you, your computer and your web surfing and sends it to someone through your Internet connection without your knowledge.

 

McAfee Anti-Spyware Enterprise

In the recent past, ITS has recommended a free product called "Spybot" to address this threat, but it involves additional system overhead and is difficult to properly maintain. McAfee Anti-Spyware Enterprise (ASE) functions as a simple enhancement to VirusScan Enterprise, enabling it to recognize spyware as well as traditional Virus-type malware. Your machine will not look or perform any differently than it does now when anti-spyware is deployed; the virus scanner will simply become more capable, and you will not need to run a third-party tool to deal with spyware. If your machine is ePO managed, these tools will be deployed to your workstation automatically unless your system administrator blocks their deployment in your area.

To avoid interference with other security software, we strongly recommend that you disable Spybot's "T-timer" application or the Windows Defender real-time protection if you are currently using them. These applications are no longer necessary if you have deployed McAfee Anti-Spyware Enterprise.

McAfee Anti-Spyware enterprise is not licensed for personally-owned machines. For personally-owned machines, we recommend Spybot Search and Destroy.

Spyware Protection

Spyware is any software that covertly gathers user information about you, your computer and your web surfing and sends it to someone through your Internet connection without your knowledge. Spyware can gather information about e-mail addresses, passwords and even credit card numbers. Spyware applications are typically bundled as a hidden component of freeware or shareware programs like Kazaa that are commonly downloaded from the Internet.

Spyware also steals from your computer by using its memory resources and eating bandwidth as it sends information back to the spy's home base via your Internet connection. This can also lead to system crashes or general system instability.

Download Spybot Search and Destroy software to help you keep your computer free from spyware.

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