Spyware Hasnt Met Its Match—Yet

By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2005-02-14 Print this article Print

Tests of Sunbelt Software's CounterSpy Enterprise, Tenebril's SpyCatcher 3.0 Enterprise and Webroot Software's Spy Sweeper Enterprise 2.0 leave eWEEK Labs wanting.

For this evaluation of enterprise-class anti-spyware systems, eWEEK Labs tested three pure-play solutions. The products did what they set out to do, with varying degrees of effectiveness, but we found room for improvement in all.

We tested Sunbelt Software Inc.s CounterSpy Enterprise, Tenebril Inc.s SpyCatcher 3.0 Enterprise and Webroot Software Inc.s Spy Sweeper Enterprise 2.0. Each platform offers a tiered solution that includes a central policy server and database repository, as well as managed agents for Windows-based desktops. All the products use console applications rather than a Web interface; from a central console, each allows administrators to schedule spyware scans, automate cleaning actions and update signature definitions for hundreds or thousands of agents at once.

Stand-alone anti-spyware systems are worth a look, but we recommend that IT managers keep a close eye on the implementation of anti-spyware features in anti-virus platforms. eWEEK Labs will evaluate these integrated platforms in a forthcoming issue.

Click here to read the full review of Sunbelts CounterSpy Enterprise. Click here to read the full review of Tenebrils SpyCatcher 3.0 Enterprise. Click here to read the full review of Webroots Spy Sweeper Enterprise 2.0. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at eWEEK.com Security Center Editor Larry Seltzers Weblog.

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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