Security software specialist McAfee Inc. has added a new module to its virus scan engine to help businesses combat the growing spyware scourge.
The Santa Clara, Calif.-based McAfee (formerly Network Associates) said the new Anti-Spyware Enterprise Edition Module will plug into the McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 7.1 and 8.0i to add another layer of protection against spyware, adware, dialers, keystroke loggers and password crackers.
The McAfee VirusScan Enterprise product was recently upgraded to proactively deal with worms and malware that may not yet be addressed with virus signatures.
With the new anti-spyware module, which ships in December, the company adds a real-time scanning engine to zap malicious applications, including entries in the Windows Registry and other areas where programs leave remnants.
The module will be priced in the range of $15 per desktop and will be sold through channel partners, a McAfee spokesperson told eWEEK.com.
Spyware has emerged as a major threat to enterprises because of the covert way it is installed to gather user information and deliver pop-up advertising. Spyware programs and keystroke loggers also have been used by malicious hackers to hijack e-mail addresses, user passwords and credit card information.
Research firm IDC ranks spyware as the fourth-greatest threat to network security, well ahead of spam and even cyber-terrorism.
McAfee isnt the only network security vendor adding spyware detection capabilities for enterprise clients. Earlier this month, Computer Associates rolled out the eTrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware r5, which lets systems administrators scan for traces of spyware.
Symantec also plans to add spyware detection and removal features to its enterprise security product line.
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