Comprehensive protection against malware

Adaox’s latest version of its flagship product, the NOD32 receives checkmark certification.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  May 6, 2005

Adaox, the regional distribution and support centre of NOD32 Antivirus, delivers software that tackles viruses, trojans, spyware, adware and riskware and the company’s had just announced its newest release, NOD32 version 2.5, which includes broadened protection from spyware, adware, phishing and riskware. To date, Adaox is one of only two security companies worldwide that have received Checkmark’s certification for anti-spyware. For a company to be certified to the Spyware Checkmark, the product must be able to detect trojans, key-loggers, cookies and other assorted malware in the West Coast Labs spyware test suite. With the release of NOD32 v2.5, ESET is also launching the ThreatSense.NET Early Warning System, enabling fast bi-directional notification of impending threats. In today’s IT environment, viruses are just a percentage of the broad range of threats facing enterprises. Spyware has become a leading threat and according to a December 2004 report from the analyst firm IDC, it is estimated that 67 percent of all computers are infected with some form of spyware. Spyware has infected millions of computers worldwide with the typical purpose to track user keystrokes, and get personal information for identity theft purposes. Though spyware is not always malicious in intent, many enterprises have identified it as one of the greatest threats to enterprise network security since it often slips through firewalls undetected. The newest version of NOD32 v2.5 detects and stops a wide range of spyware and malware using a single highly optimised engine which proactively detects and eliminates viruses, Trojans, spyware and even some phishing attacks in real-time, without the need for updates. This sophisticated system of advanced heuristics, which goes beyond traditional signatures or passive heuristics by proactively decoding and analysing applications in order to identify the types of increasingly complex malicious behaviour characteristic of today’s evolving threats. Additionally, because NOD32 v2.5 consumes very little memory, it doesn’t sacrifice network or desktop performance. The reactive signature-based methods of many anti-virus solutions cannot keep pace with the number and speed of threats facing enterprises. Many anti-virus vendors are adding anti-spyware applications to their suites that rely on signatures, thus extending a reactive paradigm that leaves customers exposed while they wait for signature updates. “The biggest hurdle for today’s IT security manager is without a doubt keeping up with all the latest threats. It used to be that we were concerned with just viruses, but now we are dealing with a multitude of threats like spyware, adware, trojans and worms,” said Scott Brown, information security analyst at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire in the US, where NOD32 has been purchased for all the school’s students.

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