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Sophos Spyware, Adware and PUA Capabilities


Sophos Spyware, Malware, Virus Detection & Removal

Malware is the generic name for a lot of different threats which are designed to attack, disrupt or gain access to computer systems.    Viruses, worms, trojans, ransonware, dialers, spyware, rootkits and more are all classed as malware.

Protection from ALL malicious malware and spyware is an integral feature of all Sophos's endpoint applications.

Spyware installs itself onto a user's computer by stealth, subterfuge and/or social engineering and sends information from that computer to a third party without the user's permission or knowledge. Spyware includes keyloggers, backdoor Trojans, password stealers, and botnet worms, which cause corporate data theft, financial loss and network damage.

Sophos Anti-Virus is 100% Checkmark certified for spyware detection.

Adware Detection & Removal

Adware and potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) Adware displays advertising - such as pop-up messages - which affects user productivity and system efficiency.

Although many people view adware as undesirable, it is also a key component of a business model that can bring value to consumers in exchange for receiving advertisements.

Potentially Unwanted Applications

PUA is a term used to describe an application that is not inherently malicious, but is generally considered unsuitable for the majority of business networks. Potentially unwanted applications include adware, dialers, remote administration tools and hacking tools.

SophosEndpoint integrates the ability to block or selectively allow adware and other PUAs. There is no requirement for a separate client or license fee; it detects adware in the same way as viruses, spyware, Trojans and worms.

Sophos adware and PUA detection capabilities are superior to other leading security vendors because we are solely focused on protecting businesses. This enables us to provide business system administrators with the flexibility to authorize or remove applications they deem unsuitable for their business environment.

Sophos are a member of the Anti-Spyware Coalition (ASC), whose mission is to create a consensus regarding definitions and best practice in the debate surrounding spyware.

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