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

Companies seeking immediate relief from spyware woes will welcome Spy Sweeper Enterprise 2.0s mix of effective scanning and easy management.

Like the other products we reviewed, Spy Sweeper maintains a client/server architecture. However, it can also break out the distribution server component, allowing administrators to place update servers throughout the protected network or in a location publicly accessible to remote workstations. Spy Sweeper natively creates an .msi file to distribute agents via Active Directory Group Policy. We found Spy Sweepers agent to be the most streamlined among those reviewed, using only about 21MB of RAM during scans and with minimal impact on CPU usage.

Click here to read reviews of Sunbelts CounterSpy Enterprise and Tenebrils SpyCatcher 3.0 Enterprise.
Creating policies was intuitive with Spy Sweeper. By default, the product created a group for our domain, and it was easy to define our groups and assign clients. We created per-group policies that scheduled scans and enforced quarantine or cleaning rules on five categories of threats. Once a scan was completed, it was easy to determine what actions took place. The cleaning functions were nonintrusive and effective, and Spy Sweeper nearly equaled the Sunbelt systems accuracy, according to a mop-up scan.

Spy Sweepers reporting function is limited to an error report and a detailed report of spyware findings that could be parsed by date or group. A 100-seat license for Spy Sweeper costs $26 per seat for the first year, and $20 per seat for a 500-seat license. Multiyear discounts are available.

Technical Analyst Andrew Garcia can be reached at andrew_garcia@ziffdavis.com.

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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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