Spyware Protection

One of the bigger problems with the growing use of the internet is spyware being pushed onto our machines. The simple fact that we use external internet sites allows these sites to push malicious programs to our local machines. The department is currently deploying several anti-spyware programs to protect our Windows XP based machines. Here are a two of those we recommend:

Microsoft Anti-Spyware (http://www.microsoft.com)

Microsoft has released, free of charge, a Windows XP native anti-spyware program. Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) is a security technology that helps protect Windows users from spyware and other potentially unwanted software.

Spybot Search and Destroy (http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/)

This is a fairly complex program, which performs a similar function as Microsoft's Anti-Spyware software. The software's website has a fairly comprehensive tutorial and FAQ section for the new user. This software sometimes catches spyware that other programs fail to detect.

For those with further questions on spyware, please contact support via email at support@meteo.psu.edu.

(Rev. CFP 15-Nov-05)

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