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    Anti-Spam/Malware

    Hi,

    Whats your best FREE anti-spam or anti-malware for your network?
    I want to install it on every computer here on my network.
    Thanks.

    Best regards.
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    Most of the free AV software is for private home use only. You are usually required to purchase a commercial version if it is for a business.
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    Like westin says, you have to buy most stuff for commercial use, but this generally has more features and network support that are not in the free versions.

    For individual protection of machines on a home "network" you might look at:

    AV = Avira
    Spybot S & D
    Spywareblaster
    AdAware
    Malwarebytes (free = on demand scanning only)
    Winpatrol
    MS Security Essentials

    If you are running XP then look at Tall Emu's "Online Armor", otherwise you may trust Windows' UAC? They are not the same, but the annoyance factor is pretty similar

    Seriously though, you should look at user account policies

    I can't help you with SPAM, as I rely on my mail providers to do that.
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    The real problem on my network is that a conficker worm is still around. I've been finding removal tools and how to but i cant find a patch for this. Been googling for it but the solutions i've found is temporary.

    So far i have 3 worms eliminated. The scope i made on this 3 removals was from

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    Felix Leder, Tillmann Werner 2009, Conficker File and Registry Checker
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    There are other worms that cannot be detected or perhaps its on the system but hides very good.

    Any suggestions to stop this conficker? Please help.

    Thanks
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    To stop conficker = update and patch windows.

    Check out http://www.pandasecurity.com/usa/conficker/

    Those articles are updated by us quite often, but I thought conficker was dead and gone

    EDIT: This is prob what youa re looking for: http://www.cloudantivirus.com/en/thr...cker.C/204292/
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    Wasn't the patch that mitigated conficker released in Oct or Nov of 2008? You might want to look into setting up some sort of centralized patch management... at least for your windows clients. I would suggest setting up a WSUS server.
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    Quote Originally Posted by westin View Post
    Wasn't the patch that mitigated conficker released in Oct or Nov of 2008? You might want to look into setting up some sort of centralized patch management... at least for your windows clients. I would suggest setting up a WSUS server.
    Yes westin, that was until other strains of conficker came out. However the main reason infections takes places in because of windows being un-patched. When we have clients like this and are testing out our AV , we generally give their network an overview and patch management always comes up. Whether its adobe software, outdated Java or windows, there is always a loop hole in their systems. We encourage as Westin said, is to deploy a SUS server or (not a fan of) desktop central but SUS is generally the way to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cider View Post
    Yes westin, that was until other strains of conficker came out. However the main reason infections takes places in because of windows being un-patched.
    Very true. Other strains have come out, but I can't find one newer than 2009. From what I have read, that one was still propagating through the MS08-067 vulnerability.

    As nihil mentioned, WSUS might not be practical for all environments, but you need some sort of patch management policy/system in place. If 2 year old threats are still giving you trouble, something needs to change.
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    If 2 year old threats are still giving you trouble, something needs to change.
    I agree entirely! that's what makes me suspect that the infection is externally sourced from media or a portable device. Even so, it still shouldn't work these days.

    Unfortunately I don't have a copy of any of the conficker variants to experiment with, but I would expect Avira and the interactive module of AdAware to spot and block them.

    What I don't quite understand is why the Windows auto-update hasn't resolved the issue?
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    Originally Posted by westin
    Wasn't the patch that mitigated conficker released in Oct or Nov of 2008? You might want to look into setting up some sort of centralized patch management... at least for your windows clients. I would suggest setting up a WSUS server.
    does it support Windows XP Home?
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