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eSoft Fights Junk E-Mail with New SpamFilter SoftPak;

April 2, 2001

BROOMFIELD, Colo., April 2 /PRNewswire/ — eSoft Inc. (Nasdaq: ESFT), a leading provider of Internet security appliances for small to medium enterprises (SMEs), today announced a new SoftPak for the InstaGate EX and EX2 line of Internet security appliances. SpamFilter, available immediately for download via eSoft's patent-pending SoftPak Director(TM), will filter unsolicited commercial e-mail (UCE).

"eSoft continually searches for ways to enhance our existing technology to help customers run efficient and secure businesses," said Dave Aylesworth, product manager for the InstaGate EX and EX2 product line. "Our customers have increasingly requested a solution which will assist them in fighting unwanted e-mail. Our introduction of SpamFilter allows businesses to save time and money by identifying and defending their systems against known spammers and junk e-mail."

According to online researcher eMarketer, spam is estimated to account for 10 percent of all e-mail in the United States. This means that by 2003, approximately 75.6 billion e-mail messages will be unsolicited. SpamFilter can help reduce the amount of UCE that businesses experience by integrating the technologies of organizations such as the Mail Abuse Prevention System (MAPS) and Open-Relay Behaviour Modification System (ORBS), which are dedicated to stopping abusive e-mail practices.

SpamFilter compares incoming e-mail against the MAPS and ORBS databases to identify known spammers. This allows customers to filter, reject and redirect junk e-mail to another mailbox, or tag and deliver it to the intended recipient for individual filtering.

In addition, businesses can use SpamFilter to create customized lists of addresses and domain names to block or reject unsolicited e-mail as well as define trusted addresses and domains to assure important, business-oriented e- mail messages arrive at their servers uninterrupted.

Through eSoft's innovative SoftPak Director, SpamFilter is currently available and can be downloaded with a single touch of a button. SpamFilter is one of the several SoftPaks available from eSoft. Other SoftPaks include anti- virus protection, web filtering and firewall policy manager.

About eSoft Inc.

eSoft Inc. was founded in 1984 with headquarters in Broomfield, Colorado. eSoft provides a flexible, customizable and expandable product suite, enabling rapid delivery of Internet security appliances for small to medium enterprises. eSoft's family of products provides businesses with firewall protection, VPN and other security software and services.

Contact eSoft at 295 Interlocken Blvd., #500,Broomfield, Colo., 80021, USA; 303-444-1600 phone; 303-444-1640 fax;

About MAPS

MAPS ( provides spam prevention resources to Internet computer systems administrators and end users.

About ORBS

ORBS ( ORBS is a validated database of open mail relays, open mail relay output points and spam support points, accessible via DNS lookup.

SoftPak Director, SoftPaks and InstaGate EX are trademarks of eSoft. All other brand and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements often can be identified by the use of terms such as "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "project," "estimate" or words of similar meaning. Readers should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, and eSoft will not necessarily update these statements to reflect subsequent developments. In addition, these forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and important factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These factors include adverse economic conditions, entry of new and stronger competitors inadequate capital, unexpected costs, failure to gain product approval in foreign countries, failure to capitalize upon access to new markets, the possibility that a competitor will develop a more comprehensive or less expensive solution and delays in the market awareness of eSoft and its products. Readers should review these factors and others, which are discussed in reports that eSoft files with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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