Taking aim at a growing security issue, Symantec is offering a beta version of its latest antispyware product, which will be an integral component of the latest Norton security package.
Norton Internet Security 2005 AntiSpyware Edition is touted as providing real-time detection and removal of spyware from
computers. It also is built to prevent future attacks, according to the company. Symantec's new security package
features multiple scanning levels and can identify spyware at the point of entry. Symantec's built-in automatic-update
technology will deliver protection regularly for new security risks.
The Norton Personal Firewall monitors data leaving a user's computer, preventing personal information from being
transmitted without the user's knowledge. This additional layer of security automatically blocks spyware and other
malicious applications from establishing outbound connections to the Internet.
Companies including Microsoft , AOL and Yahoo have either delivered antispyware applications, or plan to do so in the
near future. The problem also has drawn the attention of federal lawmakers and regulators concerned about identity
Symantec said that its antispyware software can more accurately differentiate between true risks and legitimate software
applications because real-time detection is based on known signatures posted by the company and deployed via automatic
Users can download the test version of this software at Symantec
. It will go on sale in the
second quarter of the year.