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Conduit and other pesky malware

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Almost every week one of our BYOD users manages to get a Malware intrusion by Conduit, Rocket Fuel, FLV or other browser re-directors or pop-up controllers.  Currently there appears to be about six of these things that are prevalent.

I've tried recommending MS Security Essentials, Vipre anti-virus, BitDefender, McAfee, Symantic and other prevention tools yet nothing seems to be able to fully prevent this stuff.

Surfright's Hitman Pro is an excellent "2nd line" removal tool but I'd like to prevent intrusion in the first place.

I'd like to hear how others have dealt with preventing these problems as removing them can be very time consuming.
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Have you tried to recommend  MS Security Essentials and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro (one time fee of $24.95)?

I personally use Panda Cloud Antivirus Pro and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro.

But note no security product can give you a 100% garantie. You also need to educate your users...
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What kind of devices are they bringing?  The answer depends on how far you can go and how far you want to go in restricting usage.  If it is a windows machine (laptop) you can use WINSelect from Faronics to mimic what SteadyState used to do for XP.  But be forewarned that the WINSelect component of Faronics is the nastiest if you want to get it off the device.

I image you shaking your head and saying you can't restrict the users' own machines  (as they are BYOD - but if they bring them into the workplace, they fall under your purview), in this case I recommend the following:

MVPS hosts file installed on all machines (FREE)
MBAM Pro (24.95 for a lifetime license) installed alongside any AV sofware
AV/AM software that has AWL (Application White Listing) capabilities (Comodo Endpoint Security - 60day/600 user trial is an excellent choice) (FREE to try)
WinPatrol Plus to monitor various files (29.95 for a lifetime license)
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I agree about educating the users but many are women who seem to spend a considerable amount of time on shopping sites.....in their own time, I presume.

I might give Panda Cloud a try.
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SOPHOS says that approximately 80-85% of infections are due to driveby infections, many from perfectly valid websites.  Beware of malvertising.
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Panda alone is not enough!
You need Panda Cloud Antivirus Pro and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro (both).
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Thanks guys.  Anybody had experience with Bullguard?

The BYOD units are primarily Windows notebooks and various cell 'phones.  The laptops are the biggest problem.
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Anybody had experience with Bullguard?
Yes I and would not recommend it!
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O.K!
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The problem with Conduit is that it is not a virus or malware because #1 the user installed it whether they meant to or not, and #2 it does not by itself do anything 'bad' to your computer.  It's just unwanted because it takes over your home pages and search in your browsers.  It may invite other more dangerous programs to your computer but I'm not sure about that.
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I agree with you on it's non-malware functionality but it seems to get everywhere and cause the machine to slow down remarkably.....probably because of the numerous registry entries that it installs.  

It also leads you to other WEB sites that have notorious malware auto-downloads.
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I agree that conduit is not malware in itself and is often bundled with stuff women like to download like groupon  or other coupon related garbage that gets installed on peoples systems. that is why we no longer give user admin rights to install their own software on the workstations we deploy. People bloat their systems so much with crap wear that the systems are grinding to a halt. Then they are calling us to support their systems because it is running super slow. Then they complain because they can't install updates because they don't have admin rights and they are getting popups to install updates...... sigh....

We finally decided to add the workstations to a managed group on the active directory so that the workstations are automatically updated.
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