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Webroot program sweeps out spyware and viruses; XML security vendor expands into federal market.

Webroot program sweeps out spyware and viruses

Webroot Software has released anti-spyware software with virus protection.

Webroot officials said Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus was developed specifically to protect desktop computers from the two most damaging types of Internet threats: spyware and viruses.

Spy Sweeper software provides an interface that is easy to install and use. Instructions are clear and concise. The software offers combined sweep and quarantine options and help from an in-house support team at no additional charge, officials said.

Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus uses Webroot’s next-generation automated spyware research system, Phileas, which is designed to seek out the most malicious types of spyware and malware.

Webroot users can choose from three scanning options. Quick Sweep offers a light scan of systems. Full Sweep is a thorough scan of all files on a computer’s attached drives. Custom Sweep allows users to adjust settings so files by folder or extension can be skipped and the computer’s processing power can be optimized based on choice.

XML security vendor expands into federal market

Layer 7 Technologies has opened new offices to support the government’s growing demand for Extensible Markup Language appliances and gateway software for service-oriented architecture.

The company, a developer of XML security solutions, will work with Merlin International, a prominent government contractor and reseller, to address the needs of the federal market. The company’s new offices are located in Washington, D.C.

To support classified programs, members of the Layer 7 federal sales team hold high-level U.S. security clearances. The team will market a Federal Information Processing Standard-certified line of XML security appliances, including SecureSpan XML Accelerator, SecureSpan XML Data Screen for XML, SecureSpan XML Firewall and SecureSpan XML Networking Gateway.

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