SurfControl unveils spyware stopper

SurfControl this week released anti-spyware software called Enterprise Threat Shield, joining the growing ranks of vendors that promise relief from adware and spyware code downloaded from the Internet.

Enterprise Threat Shield includes Windows-based desktop software to detect and eradicate thousands of types of spyware and adware, according to John Murphy, product manager at SurfControl. Intended for up to 5,000 users, the product will come with a Windows server-based administrative console to set anti-spyware policy on desktops, distribute new spyware/adware signatures and consolidate reporting.

"In addition, this allows customers to customize signatures," Murphy says. In addition to creating custom anti-spyware signatures, the controls can be directed at limiting use of designated applications on desktops.

The product also is intended as a way to limit use of instant messaging, peer-to-peer file-sharing and game applications through policy enforcement. SurfControl also markets Web filtering and spam-control products, and some customers say they intend to test the SurfControl anti-spyware software when it's available.

Danny McCampbell, senior network analyst at automotive manufacturing firm Mahle, says his 500-employee company tries to ward off adware and spyware by blocking access to Web sites. "The worst of it is Gator" from Claria, he says.

Mahle is evaluating a range of anti-spyware products, including Computer Associates' PestPatrol, with an eye toward budgeting for it next year. SurfControl's Enterprise Shield pricing varies based on licence volume.

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