SOURCE: Sunbelt Software

July 31, 2008 11:11 ET

Sunbelt Software Announces New Anti-Malware Solution, VIPRE Enterprise

Next-Generation Enterprise Security Product Delivers Comprehensive Endpoint Virus, Spyware, and Malware Protection With High Performance and Low System Resource Usage

CLEARWATER, FL--(Marketwire - July 31, 2008) - As part of its ongoing efforts to address the rapidly evolving malware landscape facing enterprises, Sunbelt Software today announced the release and general availability of VIPRE Enterprise™. Following on the heels of last week's successful launch of the consumer version, VIPRE Enterprise combines antivirus, antispyware, anti-rootkit and other technologies into a single agent handled through a robust central management console. Utilizing next-generation technology, the product provides comprehensive endpoint malware protection without the performance and resource headaches of many traditional enterprise antivirus products.

"VIPRE Enterprise addresses the pent-up frustration of system administrators over the problems of existing endpoint security solutions, such as bloat, high resource usage, and difficult or poor agent management and deployment," said Alex Eckelberry, CEO of Sunbelt Software. "The combination of the all-new VIPRE endpoint agent, with our field-tested management console provides administrators with a robust, stable, and simple-to-use platform to provide comprehensive and powerful endpoint protection for all of their managed desktops."

"After testing and using multiple anti-malware solutions, VIPRE Enterprise was the least intrusive on our system resources," said Andy Shook, IT Director of Decision Support in Matthews, NC. "VIPRE Enterprise has enabled me to simplify our infrastructure by replacing two existing security products for antivirus and antispyware with one high-performance anti-malware platform. My overall system performance has dramatically improved and with reduced scanning overhead by using a single scanning agent, my end users see little impact on their system resources. Additionally, the definition updates are much smaller, saving me time and bandwidth."

Proprietary antivirus and antispyware agent uses all-new technology

At VIPRE Enterprise's core is an antivirus and antispyware agent that merges the detection of all types of malware into a single, efficient, and powerful system. The new technology was developed exclusively by Sunbelt, without building on older generation antivirus engines.

VIPRE Enterprise uses multiple techniques to inspect the characteristics of all types of potentially threatening files. From simple signature-based detection to dynamic, sophisticated analysis of malware files, VIPRE quickly determines whether a file is good or bad -- enabling comprehensive detection of both existing and new unidentified threats.

VIPRE Enterprise's agent scanning technology automatically scans user machines for malware threats and leverages the Checkmark Anti-Virus Desktop certified technology found in VIPRE's current consumer version.

Advanced anti-rootkit technology

VIPRE's all-new anti-rootkit technology finds and disables malicious hidden processes, threats, modules, services, files, Alternate Data Streams (ADS), or registry keys on a user's system. Removing rootkits is supplemented by VIPRE's FirstScan™, which runs at the system's boot time. FirstScan bypasses the Windows operating system, to directly scan certain locations of the hard drive for malware, removing infections where found.

Real-time monitoring with Active Protection™

VIPRE's Active Protection delivers real-time monitoring and protection against known and unknown malware threats. Active Protection works inside the Windows kernel (the core of the operating system), watching for malware and stopping it before it has a chance to execute on a user's system. Active Protection incorporates signature detection, heuristics, and behavioral detection.

Full protection against email-borne threats

VIPRE Enterprise includes comprehensive protection against viruses, with direct support for Outlook, Outlook Express and Windows Mail; and support for any email program that uses POP3 and SMTP (such as Thunderbird, IncrediMail, and Eudora).

Ease of management and deployment

With VIPRE Enterprise, administrators can easily create a customized "malware command center" that gives instant access to their most used reports and policy controls. The management console provides four customizable dashboards for at-a-glance views of scanning and remediation activities that show overall network health and performance.

Additionally, VIPRE Enterprise provides easy-to-understand alerts and customizable views within the console grids. Visual indicators are included to show security risk status of detected malware threats by agent, making it faster and easier to determine what machines within the network have been infected.

Enabled at the policy level, automatic deployment of agents to the network allows administrators to specify any combination of machine lists, IP addresses, IP ranges, IP subnets, and Active Directory Organizational Units (OUs) to be resolved and deployed to without admin interaction. The traditional methods of deployment such as console push and MSI packages are also included.

Pricing and availability

VIPRE Enterprise is priced aggressively for all corporate environments and includes one year of support, updates, and product upgrades. The upgrade to VIPRE Enterprise is available to all existing customers of CounterSpy Enterprise who are currently under a maintenance plan for a nominal fee. New customers can purchase VIPRE Enterprise on a per machine basis. Pricing includes the first year maintenance and starts at $193.75 for 5 machines with a sliding scale discount based on number of machines. A 30-day trial version of VIPRE Enterprise is available on Sunbelt Software's website at www.sunbeltsoftware.com.

About Sunbelt Software

Headquartered in Tampa Bay (Clearwater), Fla., Sunbelt Software was founded in 1994 and is a leading provider of Windows security and management software with product solutions in the areas of antispam and antivirus, antispyware, and vulnerability assessment. Leading products include the CounterSpy product line, Ninja Email Security, Sunbelt Exchange Archiver, and endpoint firewall technologies. The company is part of Sunbelt International Group, based in Paris, France.

For more information about Sunbelt Software, please visit the company's website at: www.sunbeltsoftware.com. To learn more about current activities, products, and ideas at Sunbelt Software, please visit Sunbelt's corporate blog at www.sunbeltblog.com.

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