In another sign of the growing industry consciousness of the dangers posed by spyware, Computer Associates has acquired a privately owned specialist in the field, PestPatrol.
The acquisition was for a confidential amount in cash.
The PestPatrol technology will be renamed eTrust PestPatrol and CA will incorporate it into its eTrust Threat Management software portfolio, which already guards against viruses, spam, and inappropriate use of the web by employees.
PestPatrol is claimed to detect and remove spyware, adware, Trojan horses, denial-of-service attack agents, and other backdoor web-based threats from individual and networked PCs.
“Spyware, adware and other non-virus threats are rapidly proliferating and represent a major security and privacy risk to both corporate and consumer users — as well as a primary cause of diminished PC performance,” says CA. “In April 2004, major [US] internet service provider EarthLink said it found an average of almost 28 spyware items on each PC it scanned during a first quarter audit.”