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I am reasearching a product to protect my 9-year-old son from adult content on the Internet.  From my research it appears that WebWatcher is one of the best. I am also a network administrator and the capability of a product like WebWatcher is quite scary from a corporate point of view.  After it is installed on a PC it is essentially invisible. Nothing visible in the registry, nothing in the directory structure, and nothing in Add/Remove Programs.  Further, it specifically says no known antivirus product will detect its existence. I have confirmed that data is sent out from the monitored PC via port 80 (the same port a browser typically uses) and similarly the monitoring PC needs only port 80 as well.  Therefore it is unlikely a firewall will block this program.  Do you know if this program installs as a root kit? Do you know if there is anyway for a company to know if such a product is installed anywhere in the organization? Thank you.
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I have purchased webwatcher for home use and it is a great product.  It is hard to detect, but here is a short article.

The reader executed a system scan using Spy Sweeper, which then caught and quarantined Ultraview Plus, a powerful surveillance program developed by Awareness Technologies (www.awarenesstech.com/general; the software is now called WebWatcher, but Spy Sweeper still identifies it as Ultraview Plus).

http://www.smartcomputing.com/editorial/article.asp?article=articles%2F2006%2Fs1708%2F12s08%2F12s08.asp

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