Updates to PUA detection included in IDEs

  • Article ID: 14973
  • Updated: 20 Oct 2008

The latest potentially unwanted application (PUA) detection is now included in the identity files (IDEs) that provide regular updates to your Sophos Anti-Virus for Windows 2000+, version 6 and above, software. You do not need to take any action to obtain these updates as they are incorporated in the IDE files.

What is a PUA?

PUA (potentially unwanted application) is a term used to describe applications that, while not malicious, are generally considered unsuitable for business networks.

The major PUA classifications are adware, dialer, non-malicious spyware, remote administration tool and hacking tool. However, certain applications that can fall into the PUA category might be considered useful by some users.

Which Sophos products include PUA detection?

Sophos Anti-Virus for Windows 2000+, version 6.0 and above, will be released this quarter, and will allow you to use PUA detection. It will provide scanning for a wide range of common adware and potentially unwanted applications.

PUA scanning is not available for Windows NT/95/98/Me computers.

What protection is available?

PUA scanning can detect a wide range of common adware and potentially unwanted applications. It also provides for the cleanup of files, registry entries and in-memory processes of those applications that you do not want running on your computers.

How do I obtain up-to-date protection?

The latest PUA detection is now incorporated into the IDE files that provide regular updates to your anti-virus software. This means that if your computers are configured to run PUA scans, PUA protection will be automatically kept up to date by IDEs.

How do I ensure my computers are protected?

PUA detection is configurable in your Sophos Anti-Virus for Windows 2000+, version 6.0, anti-virus policies. Refer to the 'Configuring Scanning' section of the Sophos Anti-Virus for Windows 2000+, version 6.0, user manual, for details of how to set this up.

How will changes to the IDEs affect my computers if I don't run PUA scans?

If you do not have PUA detection set up on your computers, only the virus detection components of the IDEs will be used, and the PUA detection components will be ignored.

 
If you need more information or guidance, then please contact technical support.

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