Sophos Endpoint Security and Control provides scanning for a wide range of common adware and potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) on Windows 2000 and more recent operating systems. This articles covers PUA overview and its classifications. The following sections are covered:
Applies to the following Sophos products and versions Sophos Endpoint Security and Control
Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA) is a term used to describe applications that, while not malicious, are generally considered unsuitable for business networks. The major PUA classifications are:
Note: Certain applications that fall into the PUA category may be considered useful by some users.
The latest PUA detection is incorporated in the IDE files that provide regular updates to your anti-virus software.
PUA scanning will inform you which applications have been found. You can then configure your anti-virus policies to allow or remove applications on this list. This gives you full control over what is available to users, enabling you to retain or remove individual applications as required.
If appropriate, you can configure this on a group by group basis, so that some groups retain access to these applications and others have them removed.
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