In the ongoing fight against "malware," any form of malicious software, ETS is exploring several types of anti-virus and spyware-removal and prevention software.
While most people are familiar with how viruses work, many are less familiar with spyware -- software that is secretly installed on a computer to monitor what a user does on the web, find personal information and send it to an unauthorized party.
"We are currently using Norton Anti-Virus Corporate Edition to prevent viruses, but there are some concerns that the automatic-update virus definitions are only performed once or twice a week," says Stan Judkins, a senior workstation support technician in the De Anza Technical Services Department.
According to industry experts, Symantec (publisher of Norton Anti-Virus) and McAfee (another leading anti-virus company) are making conscious decisions not to market a product to prevent or remove spyware because they currently can't come up with a successful prevention and removal tool. This demonstrates how difficult it is to create a single, reliable tool.
For these reasons, ETS is currently testing a variety of spyware-removal and prevention software. One that looks good is Panda Anti-Virus software. The benefits include daily updates to virus definitions and some spyware-detection capability.