Sophos revamps MailMonitor for Exchange


Sophos revamps MailMonitor for Exchange

Sophos has unveiled the latest version of its MailMonitor antivirus software for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, claiming customers will benefit from a feature that aims to stop malware from entering networks at the gateway.

Sophos’ MailMonitor for Exchange version 1.6 scans the server for e-mail worms, viruses and Trojan horses and enables network administrators to disinfect, delete or quarantine infected messages.

The software also attempts to stop viruses from entering a company’s network at the gateway and scans inter-office systems and e-mails that could contain malware before they are opened.

Chris Belthoff, senior security analyst for Sophos, said the latest version now includes support for Microsoft’s application program interface (API) version 2.5 for virus scanning.

"With the new virus API that Microsoft has, we are able to read and detect any virus right out of the information store of the Exchange server," he said.

The Sophos MailMonitor 1.6 software only works with Microsoft’s Exchange 2000 and 2003 servers.

Meanwhile, Network Associates has unveiled the McAfee AVERT (Antivirus Emergency Response Team) DAT (virus definition data files) Notification Service, a free subscription-based service offered to customers already using McAfee software.

The service will send updates to subscribers every Wednesday with additional bulletins when an emergency set of DATs has been released because of medium risk or higher AVERT virus announcement.

Albert Leonardo writes for

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