Re: [Full-disclosure] Av, spyware, ddl trojan assesment
From: Neil Carpenter (primate_at_mindspring.com)
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2005 08:13:01 -0400 To: Sherwill22@hotmail.com
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Sherwyn Williams wrote:
> Hey list, I know this is not a how to protect your pc list. But I
> would like to know what are some good AV, spyware, adware, and
> software firewalls to use. I have to come up with a plan for a few of
> my clients who are always being infected.
(Opinions are my own and do not reflect those of my employer, my
friends, family, or anybody who knows me.)
Anti-virus software and anti-spyware/adware software are reactive
solutions...they don't help you unless you're already vulnerable. A
software firewall is more of a security blanket than it is real
protection. If you really want to help your customers, help them setup
a comprehensive security patch management and auditing solution. When
people get infected with malware, it's very rarely some ex0t1c 0-day
'sploit...it's because they are months (even years) out of date on
After you've got that resolved and you've cleaned out your customer's
current issues (you _do_ follow the best practice of formatting any
machine that is compromised, right?), then you can worry about charging
them for an a-v solution, an anti-spyware solution, more firewalls, etc,
And, you're right, these lists aren't meant for this sort of thing. In
the future, you should consider doing more research before sending out
e-mail looking for (the wrong people) to do your research for you.
And what kind of consultant uses a hotmail address professionally, anyway?
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