New virus software for Notes commands attention

Lotus Notes users have an interesting new way to take command of potential viruses with the release of Command Software Systems Inc.'s Command AntiVirus for Lotus Notes.

Command AntiVirus for Lotus Notes features signature scanning, as well as behavioral or heuristic scanning. The program looks at a native file's format using its header information, determines the file type and monitors its activities. The file is allowed to continue only after it has been deemed safe.

Using Command's HoloCheck technology, Command AntiVirus for Lotus Notes can transparently intercept all calls to the OS, providing a high level of security without being obtrusive.

"If the product is installed, and the user is very aware of its interference in opening files, then the user will be more likely to disable it," according to Mary Landesman, marketing communications manager at Command Software.

"McAfee [Corporation] has heuristic scanning, but disables it by default," she said. "So most people who install it won't realize that they have heuristic scanning, but even enabled it would not have protected against the Melissa virus."

Full integration with Notes allows automatic protection for all virus entry points, including e-mail, databases, and database replication, along with options for on access and scheduling scanning.

This version of the software is only compatible with Windows NT 4.x, but Landesman hinted that versions for Linux and Macintosh might not be far off.

"Our thrust has always been where the viruses are, and that tends to be the Microsoft platform. Its popularity happens to make it the target of viruses," she said.

Command AntiVirus for Lotus Notes is available through authorized distributors and directly from Command Software. A 25-seat license sells for approximately $600, while 100 seats go for just under $1,300.

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