AOL Taps CA For Spyware Protection

    September 21, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

New anti-spyware tools will help protect members of AOL from a whole variety of malware online.

PestPatrol, a Computer Associates anti-spyware product, will be part of AOL’s efforts to keep its members from suffering from malware attacks. The company noted in a statement today how AOL Spyware Protection 2.0 will be part of its security against some 28,000 types of spyware and adware.

The product will perform different types of scans at four time intervals. It will check resident memory for spyware every 60 seconds. A “SpyZapper” feature looks for newly downloaded or recent install attempts by spyware every 15 minutes.

Daily and weekly system scans for trojans, keyloggers, and other malware will check the entire system for potential threats. The service will be provided at no charge to AOL’s subscription members.

Two future updates later this year and early next year will provide additional features. Those updates will include an active shielding program, a “neighborhood watch” feature to report infections and help AOL build countermeasures to new threats, and a Web-based spyware encyclopedia, the statement noted.

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