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Anti-Spyware for the Enterprise?

By billbohlen@hallmarkchannl ·
Hello, I know that the enterprise anti-spyware space is still in it's infancy...but our management wants a solution NOW, and I've been tasked with reviewing several contenders.
Currently we use Spybot, which is OK for the price (free) but is not enterprise. We need something that can be centrally managed (for installing clients and updating definitions).
We're going to evaluate CA eTrust PestPatrol (even though CA software sucks PestPatrol was actually pretty decent). Also SunBelt CounterSpy Enterprise and Webroot's SpySweeper Enterprise.
Anyone have any comments/ suggestions?

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Can you hold on?

by jdmercha In reply to Anti-Spyware for the Ente ...

Before spending the cash - I've lost the details, but I've recently read that Microsoft will soon release anti-spyware software for free.

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by house In reply to Can you hold on?

How efficient will this software be? There is already an abundance of anti-spyware programs (not specifically enterprise) that will each identify different issues in relation to malware, spyware, virus, etc. Enterprise anti-spyware might be **** on your network. I'm interested to see a few more case studies in the future.

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re: MS spyware

by afram In reply to Microsoft?

I read about MS spyware removal too. It didn't say anything about an enterprise version, but it did say it would initially be free, but they would likely charge for it after its release becomes more well known.

Hmm...charging to remove the junk that their software didn't block like it should have in the first place.

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by billbohlen@hallmarkchannl In reply to re: MS spyware

Yes from what I can tell this is going to be a desktop product...with no centralized management or reporting.

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initially will be desktop, but ...

by herrmannator In reply to MS/Giant

..when they talk about bundling with AV and competing against Symantec and McAffee, they must be thinking enterprise longer term.,1759,1747958,00.asp?kc=EWRSS03119TX1K0000594

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re: counterspy

by afram In reply to Anti-Spyware for the Ente ...

I use CounterSpy Enterprise edition from sunbelt software.

I purchased it early December when it was first released and I am impressed. You can push out agents without visiting the desktops. You can schedule the scans and tell it what to do with what it finds (leave it, remove it, quarantine it). It will also generate reports that tell you what machines where infected with what, how often, biggest threats, most compromised computer etc.

It's still version 1.0 and it has a few quirks but it has really cleaned the network here - effectively removing hundreds of nasties from our machines. Users don't even notice the scans and I don't notice any network slowness when it scans.

I recommend it.

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by billbohlen@hallmarkchannl In reply to re: counterspy

Well that is good news! Tell me, does it work regardless of whether the end user has local Administrator rights on their PC? One of the problems we have with enteprise software is that a lot of it doesn't work if the user logged in is not a local Administrator.

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re: admin rights

by afram In reply to Thanks!

I was able to push the client out to machines who were not logged in as admin. Occasionally, a client would not install, but when I logged in as admin it worked. It seems to remove stuff ok without admin rights.

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CounterSpy = Microsoft = Giant

by info In reply to re: counterspy

I have been researching products like this also, and I spoke with the CounterSpy guys (great guys, BTW). Their technology was licensed from Giant as well (before Microsoft bought them), and they actually have an agreement with to get updates to the engine, spyware definitions, etc. for another 7 years. Pretty cool.

This company is very responsive. I downloaded a trial of CounterSpy Enterprise and had some problems deploying the agent. I e-mailed tech support and the next day I got a phone call from the president of the company who had the tech support guys and the head of the development team on the phone with me to resolve the problems. I was amazed. I'm planning to re-evaluate the product soon.

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Another Product

by Dennis.Rhine In reply to Anti-Spyware for the Ente ...

We have started using the TrendMicro OfficeScan suite. Not only does this have a central antivirus solution with a web interface for you to keep track of the clients but you also get anti-spyware built-in. In fact, all of the reports that I have gotten have been of spyware that has been disabled or eliminated. Ive liked it so far.

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