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Symantec Incorporates Spyware Improvements, Repair

Security vendor Symantec Monday unveiled a new version of its flagship anti-virus software that includes tools to remove spyware and repair any resulting damage.

The product, Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 10.0, was launched at the RSA Conference in San Francisco.

While Symantec's anti-spyware capabilities come months after competitors McAfee and Check Point Software Technologies launched their own wares, the Symantec product is the first to feature spyware repair tools. According to Kevin Haley, group product manager, this is precisely what sets the Symantec product apart.

"Firewalls are great at blocking spyware and adware, but what they're not doing is repair," he said. "This provides a more complete solution from the beginning."

As Haley explained, the new version will remove and repair spyware much like older versions have removed and repaired viruses. Haley predicted that eventually, the market will evolve so that spyware is not a separate category, but "part and parcel" of an overarching anti-threat solution.

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