Next-generation adware and spyware protection


Next-generation adware and spyware protection

CyberGuard, a provider of security solutions, has begun shipping a new form of protection against an increasingly common internet affliction: adware.


Adware, a type of spyware, is technology that aids in the gathering of information about a person or organisation without their knowledge.


To protect customers from this threat, CyberGuard has released a new version of its Webwasher Content Management Suite (CSM), which proactively filters against adware/spyware at the gateway before it has a chance to get inside.


Horst Joepen, chief executive of CyberGuard’s Webwasher subsidiary, said, “While this threat often operates behind the scenes, it still consumes bandwidth, raises privacy and security concerns, causes stability and performance problems and distracts employees – all issues that directly affect the bottom line.”


Unlike the traditional URL filter that only blocks access to a page but cannot fully read and understand its content, Webwasher’s next generation adware offers two-pronged protection.


First, it proactively strips content and code that enables adware to be downloaded, installed and executed at the gateway and, second, it disrupts adware already inside from sending or receiving information.


Webwasher CSM 5.1 has also added a filter against mobile code attacks and expanded its reporting capabilities to pinpoint infected machines in the company network. The release is available now at


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