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McAfee unveils antispyware software

Managed service a rival for Panda

Yesterday McAfee unveiled antispyware software for business desktops and servers to block and eliminate what the company calls “potentially unwanted programs”, including adware, dialers, keyloggers, cookies and remote-control programs such as bots.

McAfee AntiSpyware Enterprise can be managed via the same console used to manage McAfee’s antivirus products, the ePolicy Orchestrator for larger enterprises or the Protection Pilot, a more simple console designed for small offices. At the same time, McAfee also announced its managed online antivirus-scanning service has added spyware detection and will be offered under a new name, McAfee Managed VirusScan plus AntiSpyware.

Both the McAfee AntiSpyware Enterprise software and the managed online security service use the same spyware-detection signatures, says McAfee marketing manager Lillian Wu.

She said McAfee is charging a 35 percent increase in price for the additional spyware-detection that’s now part of the managed antivirus service, making the total cost $36 (£21) per user per year. However, the additional antispyware functionality will be provided without additional cost to existing VirusScan customers until their VirusScan contract expires and is set for renewal.

The only competitor offering the same type of combined antivirus and antispyware scanning service is Panda Software. A wide number of security software vendors, including Computer Associates, Symantec, Webroot and Aluria, now offer antispyware products.

The cost for McAfee AntiSpyware Enterprise software starts at $20 (£12) per seat for up to 25 nodes but drops to $6 (£4) per seat for 10,000 or more.


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