eScan Opens War Against Spyware

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The real time anti virus and content security software now offers security from data thieves also.

MicroWorld Technologies Inc., the publisher of real time anti-virus and content security products eScan and MailScan, today announced major developments in its eScan range of products. Apart from various other new features eScan is now competent to fight out the Spyware running in the background of any computer system.

Spyware is a general term used to describe software that runs on users’ computers and performs actions that the consumer considers undesirable or hostile. The term has been applied to a wide variety of different applications, ranging from the arguably legitimate to the egregiously fraudulent. The three most common types of spy-ware are the following:

1.Adware- Ad-ware monitors the pages fetched by a user’s Web browser or other material on the user’s system and when it sees particular pages or terms, it displays other pages containing advertisements paid for by the spy-ware’s sponsors. So called ‘‘Browser Helper Objects’’ install themselves as part of the Internet Explorer web browser and change the way it works. The changes can be as simple as switching to a different home page or as complex as redirecting web searches to the spy-ware vendor’s search system rather than the user’s desired system, or adding new ‘‘click here’’ buttons that lead to sponsors’ advertisements. In some cases, the adware rewrites the web pages displayed by the browser, substituting ads from adware vendor for the ads originally on the page.

2.Key-logger- Key loggers record every key pressed by the computer’s user and send the stream of keystrokes back to the spy-ware’s author. More generally, ‘‘Activity Monitors’’ can log and report on any type of users’ computer usage, such as e-mail sent and received, web pages visited, and instant messages exchanged. The data can be used for anything from consumer preference statistics to identity theft. This becomes all the more hazardous when the key loggers try to capture the bank details like account number, important account keys, other personal information that can be used for financial thefts or blackmailing.

3.Trojan Horses- Trojan Horses allow the spy-ware author or vendor to remotely control the consumer’s computer for the author’s purposes. At the point, the most common purpose is probably to send spam. Although these are the most common current varieties of spy-ware, variations on these themes and new and different spy-ware programs are released frequently.

Statistics reveal,

·90% of all broadband users have spy-ware installed on their computers,

·Hackers stole 55,000 credit card nos. from http://www.creditcards.com in the year 2000 alone,

·3,00,000 credit card nos. were stolen from CDUniverse.com,

“Owing to the nuisance caused by the spy-ware developers many of the netizens spend sleepless nights. Although the banks have provided the facility of online banking yet people are skeptical of operating their accounts on the Internet. These facts have drawn our attention towards securing our users from not just the havocs of virus / worm attacks but also the mal intentions of people trying to intrigue the privacy of Internet Users”, says Govind Rammurthy, CEO & M.D., MicroWorld. “Being in the Internet Security industry we have always tried to proactively secure our users from the third generation’s Internet threats and making eScan capable of fighting such new threats is another step in the same direction”, he further says.

In a nutshell eScan now offers the following important and much required facilities to its users:

·Real time protection against spy-ware,

·Real time protection against viruses and worms,

·Parental control,

·Productivity control,

·Privacy Control,

·Management Console for networked system.

Along with being compatible with other versions of Windows, eScan is compatible with the latest Windows XP, SP2 as well.

The latest version of eScan is available for free trial from MicroWorld’s web site http://www.mwti.net

About MicroWorld Technologies Inc.

Headquartered in Michigan, USA, and with its development centre in India, MicroWorld is the publisher of world’s first real time anti-virus and content security software eScan and MailScan, for desktops, file servers, citrix servers, proxy servers and Mail Servers. Working on revolutionary MicroWorld Winsock Layer technology, MWTI’s time tested and reliable products have been bestowed with certificates and awards by some of the most prestigious testing bodies like Virus Bulletin, Checkmark, TUCOWS, and Advanced CheckVir etc.

More information about the company is available at http://www.mwti.net.

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