In 2005, Ecora Patch Manager 4.0 ended St. Bernard UpdateEXPERT's two-year run as patch management product of the year not only for its effectiveness at reducing system vulnerabilities, but also for its ease of use. The former champion finished third, while Shavlik NetChk Protect 5.5 took home the silver medal.
The products were reviewed by a panel of judges composed of independent industry experts, Windows security professionals and SearchWindownsSecurity.com editors. They reviewed patch management products using the following criteria:
- Ease of integration into environment
- Ease of use and manageability
Gold award: Ecora Patch Manager 4.0
Silver award: Shavlik NetChk Protect 5.5
Bronze award: St. Bernard's UpdateEXPERT