Panda introduces Exchange antivirus tool to the US

In the wake of a rash of nasty e-mail viruses over the past year, European antivirus tools vendor Panda Software this week made the first U.S. release of its Panda Antivirus for Exchange 2000 software.

The tool features the new Panda Heuristic scan engine, which can detect script viruses such as VBS and VB. The engine also detects Win32, Macro and MS-DOS viruses.

The software is compatible with the Virus Scanning Application Programming Interface 2.0 (VSAPI) that is supported by Exchange 2000.

"This API allows us to go content filtering, which we could not do before," says Steve Demogines, Panda's director of technical support in the U.S. "We also scan an unlimited number of Exchange mailboxes without bogging down the server."

Over the past year, a rash of viruses such as Anna Kournikova, Nimda and Sircam have attacked e-mail systems, especially those that use Microsoft Outlook client software.

IT executives have been working diligently to shore up their systems against attack.

Panda and competing antivirus programs from Computer Associates, GFI, McAfee, Symantec, Sybari and Trend Micro, all offer software that runs with Exchange.

Panda Antivirus scans messages and attached files and can detect viruses in HTML, Rich Text Format (RTF) and RTF HTML. The software also scans more than 30 file compression formats, MIME files, OLE objects and files embedded in documents.

The software protects the components of Exchange including personal mailboxes, public folders, and Outlook Web Access, and runs on Exchange 2000 with Service Pack 2 installed.

An evaluation version of Panda Antivirus for Exchange 2000 can be downloaded for free from Panda's Web site.

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John Fontana

PC World

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