Startup GreenBorder Technologies recently debuted software aimed at preventing spyware and virus contamination from the Internet for users of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser and Outlook e-mail.

The company’s first product is GreenBorder Professional Edition, desktop security for Internet Explorer and Outlook that ships with a centralized management console and forensics tools to distribute and configure the software.

GreenBorder says its software wards off malware and unwanted file downloads through a barrier process.

GreenBorder doesn’t view its software as a substitute for anti-virus or intrusion-prevention systems, and at least one beta user agrees.

“We have anti-virus, too, but we’re using GreenBorder on 250 computers as an additional security,” says Anthony Shields, a systems administrator with The Epstein School, a private elementary and middle school in Atlanta.

“GreenBorder doesn’t hinder Internet access. If you want to download a program file, for instance, it recognizes you’re choosing to save it. But it will block things you don’t intentionally want to download.”

The software runs on Windows XP Professional and Windows 2000 Professional.

GreenBorder professional Edition starts at US$59.95 per seat, plus about US$5,000 for the centralized configuration and reporting software.

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