On Fri, 25 Feb 2005, Lyle Tourville wrote:
> When I attended the IT standards meeting earlier this month there was a
> discussion about spyware and how Symantec is doing nothing about it. I am
> not sure if UVM has the corporate edition but according to February 14th
> edition of Computerworld; Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 10.0
> developed "tools for detecting, blocking and removing spyware are bundled
> with antivirus software" I know there were talks about weather or not to
> renew your contract with Symantec, so I hope this helps.
CIT uses and distributes SAV Corporate Edition 9.0 for all current UVM
faculty, staff, and student affiliates (www.uvm.edu/software). College of
Medicine uses McAfee, and if any other departments are using a different
product than SAV I'm not aware of that.
SAV CE 9.0 also offers spyware detection, which is why the "virus list"
displaying the 10s of thousands of different viruses being detected by
Symantec is now called a "threat list" displaying the 10s of thousands of
different malware being detected, and when something is found on your
computer it is found as a "threat" rather than what it formerly detected
as a "virus". I wouldn't doubt that SAV CE 10 has slightly better spyware
detection, blocking, and removal since version 9 was their first try at
spyware detection and it is not very powerful. (It seems to only be able
to remove spyware when the computer is in safe mode, and even in safe
mode it doesn't do a wonderful job of cleanup.)
SAV CE 10 is supposed to be released in early March, although the release
date is typically off by a month to several months. We'll see. Once any
new version of SAV is released, CIT does testing to make sure the product
is stable then builds an installer for the campus and publishes a notice
That being said, Symantec has stated to us in the past that their
antivirus product will never be wonderful for detecting and removing
spyware because they focus on the virus side of life. It's possible with
the increased proliferation of malware other than viruses, worms, and
Trojan horses that Symantec will change their mind and attempt to provide
a more comprehensive malware prevention tool.