In a surprising upset, a gateway appliance, Barracuda Spyware Firewall, took home the gold award for best antispyware product of 2005 over the traditional client software-based solutions, Webroot's Spy Sweeper and Sunbelt Software's CounterSpy.
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The products were reviewed by a panel of judges composed of independent industry experts, Windows security professionals and SearchWindownsSecurity.com editors. They reviewed antispyware products using the following criteria.:
- Ease of integration into environment
- Ease of use and manageability
Gold award: Barracuda Spyware Firewall
Silver award: Webroot Spy Sweeper Enterprise 2.5
Bronze award: Sunbelt Software CounterSpy Enterprise Version 1.5