By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2005-10-03 Print this article Print

Instead of partnering with an existing anti-virus or anti-spyware company to provide definitions, Shavlik has its own team of researchers building their signatures.

Shavlik is behind the curve when it comes to spyware research, and the detection and cleaning still need improvement. For example, in tests, NetChk Spyware successfully rooted out the WhenU and Surf Accuracy threats that have often flummoxed competing products weve seen. But cleaning of various Claria, WeatherBug and ISTbar applications was unsuccessful to various degrees, leaving several processes intact and active. And, according to Shavlik representatives, cleaning of Layered Service Provider-based threats is still to come.

And although NetChk Protect includes signatures for several keystroke loggers, it never detected Family Keylogger on one of our clients.

On the bright side, Shavlik is quickly ramping up the number and scope of available signatures. During testing, we received two very large update packages that stopped many threats that were originally unaddressed in our testbed, and were confident Shavliks anti-spyware signature base will continue to grow quickly.

Next page: Evaluation Shortlist: Related Products.

Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for eWEEK.com, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at agarcia@eweek.com.

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