Another one of our new categories, Malware Removal, saw a spirited two-horse dash that was finally won by Lavasoft's Ad-Aware SE Professional Edition spyware removal software. Ad-Aware pulled away from second-place finisher Safer Networking's Spybot Search and Destroy. Other finalists were Webroot's Spy Sweeper Enterprise, PC Tools' Spyware Doctor and Computer Associates' eTrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware.
SAS made another trip to the winner's circle, this time in Datamation's venerable Network & Systems Management Software category. The SAS IT Service Level Management software outpolled eIQnetworks Inc.'s SystemAnalyzer in a tight race. Coradiant Inc.'s TrueSight Real Transaction Monitor finished third, followed by Autoprof's Policy Maker and Network Instruments LLC's Observer.
Over the next two weeks, Datamation will run stories about the winners in each of our 10 categories.