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.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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