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F-Secure Client Security 7.0
REVIEWED BY BRENT HUSTON
Price: $29.75 per user for 100 licenses
In the face of criminal zero-day exploits, targeted attacks and mobile workforces, companies are increasingly seeking comprehensive endpoint security tools. F-Secure Client Secu-rity, a business-grade, centrally managed suite, addresses emerging threats, as Version 7 adds rootkit scanning and host-based intrusion prevention (HIPS).
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In addition to new rootkit scanning and HIPS capabilities, Client Security suite features an antivirus and antispyware scanner, mail and Web proxies, and client firewall. The proxies act as a middleman, inspecting email and data passed via Web browsers. This allows Client Security to remove malicious software before it has completely reached the system. F-Secure's excellent antivirus engine is known for its speed and efficiency; it displays the same competence in this suite.
The console allows admins to centrally control all installed systems. Pressing one button allows you to scan every system for rootkits with the new BlackLight feature (rootkit and spyware detection), and remotely update all clients with the latest virus definitions.
The new HIPS component, DeepGuard, which is designed to protect against new threats, blocked malware from installing when the antivirus scanner was disabled. It also stopped software downloads most organizations block by policy, such as some browser toolbars. DeepGuard can also be configured to prompt anytime something tries to change the registry, instead of relying on its AI to detect if the change is malicious or not.
Testing methodology: The management server was run on Windows Server 2003, the Client Security Suite on Windows XP SP2 clients. We tested against common viruses and malware, as well as newer malicious software.