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Managing Windows 7 in a Domain : Anti-Malware Software

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An essential requirement for any computer that has access to the Internet today is the use of anti-malware software. Attackers are constantly creating new methods and techniques to infect your system with malicious software (malware).

Years ago, malware was less focused. It would sometimes wait until a specific day and pop up a relatively harmless message like "Legalize Marijuana." Other malware would delete data or corrupt the hard drive. However, malware is much more focused today. Attackers want money and data.

Most malware today has the specific goal of gaining information about you or your organization. The information about you may be used to steal your identity, impersonate you, or hack into your online bank accounts. The number of people who have lost money from Internet-based attacks continues to grow. Other times, corporate or governmental espionage is used to gain secrets. Malware is commonly used to exploit weaknesses and unpatched vulnerabilities in systems.


Anti-spyware

Anti-spyware software is intended to protect against spyware. Spyware is software that can install itself or run on your computer without your knowledge or consent. It often is used to monitor your online activities, collect personally identifiable information, and report this back to the attacker.


Antivirus

Antivirus software is intended to protect against viruses, worms, Trojan horses, rootkits, and other malware. Many current antivirus software products also protect against spyware.

Malware is identified through definitions. Each piece of malware has a specific signature similar to a fingerprint that can be used to identify it using anti-malware software. Just as it's important to keep systems up to date, it's also important to keep anti-malware definitions up to date.

1. Windows Defender

Windows Defender is built into Windows 7 and is designed to protect against spyware. It's configured to run automatically in the background and protect the system against spyware. You can launch Windows Defender by clicking Start, typing Defender in the Start Search box, and pressing Enter.

Windows Defender provides two types of protection:


Real-time protection

Windows Defender alerts you when spyware attempts to install itself or run on your computer without your consent. It also alerts you when programs attempt to change important settings.


Scanning protection

You can launch Windows Defender at any time to perform an on-demand scan to check your system for spyware. It is also configured to scan your system automatically on a regular basis.

When scanning the computer you can do a quick scan, a custom scan, or a full scan. A quick scan scans the most likely places on your hard disk where spyware is likely to be found. A custom scan allows you to pick which drives and folders you want to scan. A full scan checks all files on the hard drive and all currently running programs. Not only does a full scan take longer, but it can also affect the performance of the system as it is running.

Figure 1 shows the options for Windows Defender. You can access this page by clicking Tools on the toolbar and selecting Options in the Tools And Settings page. Notice that Automatically Scan My Computer (Recommended) is checked. This enables Windows Defender.

Check For Updated Definitions Before Scanning is also checked by default. This ensures that Windows Defender is kept up to date.

Figure 1. Windows Defender options

2. Third-Party Anti-malware Software

Most companies purchase third-party antivirus or anti-malware software. Two of the major companies that sell third-party antivirus software are McAfee and Symantec.

Both of these companies sell corporate editions of the software that can be centrally managed from a server. This server can deploy the software to the clients, verify that scans are being run regularly, and keep the software up to date with current definitions.

Windows 7 verifies that antivirus software is installed, running, and up to date. If antivirus software that meets all of these conditions isn't detected, the Action Center will report it as a discrepancy.

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