It’s time to throw adware, browser hijackers and other potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) off corporate networks, Microsoft has decided. The company has started offering PUA protection in its anti-malware products for enterprise customers.
The new feature is available in Microsoft’s System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) and Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) as an option that can be turned on by system administrators.
PUA signatures are included in the anti-malware definition updates and cloud protection, so no additional configuration is needed.
Potentially unwanted applications are those programs that, once installed, also deploy other programs without users’ knowledge, inject advertisements into Web traffic locally, hijack browser search settings, or solicit payment for various services based on false claims.