SOURCE: Sunbelt Software

February 05, 2007 10:00 ET

Sunbelt Software Announces Major Upgrade Release of CounterSpy

New Version 2 Offers the Industry's First "Hybrid" Antispyware Engine for Revolutionary Threat Detection and Remediation

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 5, 2007 -- RSA Conference -- Sunbelt Software, a leading provider of Windows security software, today announced the release of Version 2 of CounterSpy, its award-winning antispyware program. The new version offers the industry's first "hybrid" antispyware scanning engine that provides unparalleled malware detection, remediation, and real-time protection for today's evolving blended threat landscape. CounterSpy V2 delivers several new features, including VIPRE™ antimalware technology, FirstScan™ boot-level scanning, kernel-level Active Protection, a reduced memory footprint, and support for Windows Vista.

"Here at Sunbelt, we have created new technologies that are more efficient and powerful in protecting our customers against complex threats," said Alex Eckelberry, president of Sunbelt Software. "CounterSpy V2 is a major evolution in antispyware detection and remediation and lays the foundation for future integrated product offerings that will deliver all-inclusive protection for both our consumer and enterprise customers."

Industry's first "hybrid" antispyware scanning engine with VIPRE technology

CounterSpy is powered by a hybrid engine that merges spyware detection and remediation with Sunbelt's all-new VIPRE technology (Virus Intrusion Protection Remediation Engine). VIPRE incorporates both traditional antivirus and cutting-edge antimalware techniques. This marriage of technologies enables CounterSpy to respond more effectively than other products to today's increasingly complex and blended threats.


FirstScan is CounterSpy's new scan and remove on-boot technology designed specifically to detect and remove the most deeply embedded malware. Triggered through a CounterSpy system scan, FirstScan will run at the system's boot time, bypassing the Windows operating system, to directly scan certain locations of the hard drive for malware, removing infections where found.

Kernel-level active protection

CounterSpy's Active Protection™ now 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. As in the previous version of CounterSpy, Active Protection will also alert users for potentially harmful changes to their system, based on behavioral characteristics.

Smaller memory footprint requires fewer system resources

The core of CounterSpy has been reengineered to deliver a smaller CPU and memory footprint. With this new design, CounterSpy provides unobtrusive real-time protection and faster spyware scans without significantly impairing system performance.

Incremental definition updates

With the program's new incremental update feature, definition updates are smaller, greatly reducing download times from the previous version.

Support for Windows Vista 32-bit

CounterSpy provides full support for 32-bit versions of Windows Vista and integrates seamlessly with the Vista Windows Security Center. Vista 64-bit support will be forthcoming in the near future, and will be available as a free upgrade to all current Counterspy subscribers at no charge.

Pricing, availability and system requirements

A 15-day trial version of CounterSpy V2 is available on Sunbelt Software's website at Purchase price is $19.95 and includes one year of threat definition updates, software upgrades, and live US-based technical support. Renewals for subsequent annual subscriptions are available for $14.95.

The upgrade to CounterSpy V2 is free to all existing customers of CounterSpy who have a current subscription plan.

CounterSpy V2 works with Windows 2000 SP3, XP, and Vista (32-bit only) and requires a minimum Internet connection speed of 56 Kbps. Minimum hardware requirements: IBM-compatible 400 MHZ computer with 128MB of RAM and 150MB of free hard disk space. Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher also required. Installation of CounterSpy V2 is not supported on Windows 95, 98, or Me, Macintosh or Linux computers.

About Sunbelt Software

Headquartered in Tampa Bay (Clearwater), Fla., Sunbelt Software was founded in 1994 and Sunbelt Software is a leading provider of Windows security software with product solutions in the areas of antispam and antivirus, antispyware, and other network security tools. Leading products include CounterSpy Enterprise, Sunbelt Messaging Ninja and Sunbelt Kerio Personal Firewall. The company is part of Sunbelt International Group, based in Paris, France.

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