Trend Micro launches server anti-spyware

Trend Micro and eSoft last month unveiled products aimed at helping customers combat spyware. Trend Micro’s focus will be on desktops and servers and eSoft’s will be on appliance-based gateway filtering of spyware.

Trend Micro’s Anti-Spyware Enterprise Edition provides protection for organizations with at least 500 users. The company, which recently acquired anti-spyware vendor InterMute, has extended the consumer-based software to protect Windows-based clients and servers.

Anti-Spyware Enterprise Edition retains the search and eradication methods that InterMute developed to wipe out the hard-to-find CoolWebSearch spyware, which has about 50 variants that can hijack Web browsers.

The software is managed via Trend Micro’s Control Manager console, which discovers client machines and pushes agents to desktops. It is designed to run desktop scans against many types of spyware without hogging computing resources, says Bob Hansmann, senior product manager.

“It’s called trickle-scan, and it’s a process to scan periodically when computing resources are available so there’s no performance problem with applications,” says Hansmann.

Separately, eSoft announced it has added anti-spyware protection to its InstaGate firewall/VPN line for small-to-midsize business customers. The InstaGate line also provides anti-spam, anti-virus and Web access controls through additional modules.

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