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IT Weekly Roundup, March 4

From the business wires this week: the knighting of Bill Gates; security solutions to protect against malware, information leaks and phishing; and more.

Not only is he the world’s wealthiest person, Bill Gates is now also Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. The Microsoft co-founder and chairman was knighted Wednesday at Buckingham Palace in London by Queen Elizabeth in recognition of his contribution to British interests.

Gates, however, won’t be able to join the exclusive ranks of Sir Sean Connery and Sir Paul McCartney, as only Britons and Commonwealth citizens are entitled to add the title “Sir” to the fronts of their names. Not that it matters, since he could probably have people do that anyhow. http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2005/mar05/03-02GatesKnighthoodPR.asp

While other antivirus products scan whole hard drives for infected files, MicroWorld Antivirus searches registries for suspicious entries which can virtually revive viruses and other malware even after hard drive scans. The new upgraded version of the free toolkit from MicroWorld Technologies can detect such malware as porno dialers, adware and spyware, as well as update automatically to treat new viruses and eliminate worms that attach themselves to Web browsers like Internet Explorer. http://www.mwti.net/antivirus/mwav.asp

Covelight Systems released the latest version of its security appliance solution. Enhancements to Percept 2.0 include high-level incident detection and notification, tracking of user interaction with sensitive information assets, and expanded support for third-party products, syslog messages and network timing protocol (NTP). http://www.covelight.com

Clear Search’s Anti-Phishing software uses heuristics to detect phishing attacks and anticipate events before a user opens e-mails. If a phishing attack is detected, a pop-up warning immediately warns the user and provides remedies to the attack. The program supports Internet Explorer, AOL, Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora and most Web-based e-mail systems. http://www.phishing.net

Businesses shopping for software solutions or vendors looking to sell their enterprise products should consider dropping by SoftScout.com. The site offers over 10,000 enterprise software products from over 6,000 vendors and 550 categories. http://www.softscout.com

About the Author

Dan Hong is the associate Web editor of MCPmag.com, CertCities.com, TCPmag.com, Redmondmag.com and RCPmag.com.

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