Spyware's Real, but is Anti-Spyware a Fraud?
We've heard this controversial opinion recently: "Spyware is
real, but these antispyware tools are a fraud and should be part
of antivirus tools."
Well, I understand the viewpoint, but there's a bit more to it ;-)
Sunbelt looked at this space back in the early days, and figured
we would pass on the area because we thought it was only a matter
of time before Symantec et al came out with something.
Well, in the end, the AV guys didn't get it. McAfee's product
is a poor showing in virtually all the tests, and Symantec,
while boasting of new technology, doesn't have anything shipping
and we doubt what they will be shipping will be anything near
the current state of the art. Microsoft which already owns AV
code and will come out with it end 2005, acquired additional
specialized AS-technology on top of their very good AV-code. You
have to assume they did some homework before they came to that
The truth is, it's incredibly hard work to get rid of spyware.
We have a bunch of researchers, a whole posse of coders working
on this stuff, PLUS the benefit of the entire Microsoft AS
research team. Yet although we have been acing many lab tests, we
are still lucky to get more than 90% removal. Spyware is NOT the
same as viruses made by pimple-faced hackers trying to prove
their dubious manhood. There are hundreds of millions of dollars
to be made in spyware/adware as opposed to viruses. Here's some
proof of that:
On top of all that, all the antispyware vendors get legal
notices. So what happens? You get things like Lavasoft recently
mysteriously dropping detection of WhenU. Why? Who knows,
probably a legal threat scared them. See this link:
The reality is, the AV guys have a huge amount of catching up
to do. And they have a different mindset, they look at this as
a signature problem. The spyware battles loom epic--the scale of
what one has to tackle is far beyond what the AV guys can do at
the moment. They have no idea how hard this really is.
In short, you need a dedicated, centralized antispyware solution
if you REALLY want to get rid of this malware in your network.
CounterSpy Enterprise was recently compared to the few other
enterprise tools out there and came out as Number One. There is
a link to the review on the CounterSpy page:
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"In 2003, Gartner warned clients that spyware would be the next
wave of costly attacks against PCs and spyware did hit in a big
way in 2004," says John Pescatore, analyst with Garter, Inc.
"Many of our clients report that spyware is the cause of 30 per
cent of their helpdesk calls and often requires in-person IT
support to remove the spyware or re-image the PC. Gartner
believes that spyware prevention must be integrated with anti-virus and personal firewall protections to be effective in the
long run," he adds.
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