[K12OSN] Way to block spyware with content filter?
adammelancon at gmail.com
Thu Feb 17 16:03:02 UTC 2005
Here are a few of the lists I found that could possibly work.
I'm not sure how it would be for other filters, but my squidguard
local-block list is just a plain ole' text file, which means I can
take any list and just dump it in there and the problem is solved. Or
i can even make a new catagory called "spywaresucks" and dump them in
there, that way if there is a problem I can just disable the whole
catagory and still have a managable local-block list.
On Thu, 17 Feb 2005 09:35:31 -0600, Adam Melancon
<adammelancon at gmail.com> wrote:
> I think it's a great idea.
> There are also sites that make custom hosts files to block bad sites
> for windows that include all the advertising companies, along with
> spyware sites.
> Here is a sample hosts file that is filled with goodies.
> It comes from this article.
> Also you could possibly include some sites or regular expressions from
> "adblock" lists that are used in firefox's adblock extension.
> Here is their list, and you can even tweak it before downloading the file.
> Thanks for sparking a great idea Jimmy!
> On Thu, 17 Feb 2005 10:27:42 -0500, Jimmy Schwankl
> <schwankl at chatham.k12.nc.us> wrote:
> > Hey y'all,
> > I had this idea. I don't know if it would work, but I don't know why
> > it wouldn't. And if it does, it could eliminate a lot of the time you
> > have to spend removing ad/spyware.
> > Spybot Search and Destroy has an immunize feature that when activated
> > says it is blocking some number of bad websites silently in IE.
> > My idea was to look through the spybot files to see if I could find
> > this blacklist. Then add those URL's to our content filter's
> > blacklist. That way everyone in the school district is "immunized"
> > without a tech having to install Spybot S+D on every Windows PC. I
> > keep blowing the Linux horn, but we still have a lot of Windows
> > machines.
> > I'm not in charge of the content filter, so I can't test this. The guy
> > who is in charge thought it should work, but hasn't had time to put in
> > the list I sent him.
> > If anyone wants to give it a try, the lists are available here:
> > http://www8.chatham.k12.nc.us/schwankl/blacklists/index.html
> > The Company URL list may block some sites just because they use
> > tracking cookies. You may want to remove those (like excite.com) The
> > Product URL list is probably more specifically dialers, hijackers, and
> > adware/spyware.
> > What do people think? Will it work?
> > Peace,
> > Jimmy Schwankl
> > Chatham County Schools
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