Avg UK Introduces Free Virus Protection For Linux

Posted by tadelste on Jan 9, 2006 10:57 AM EST
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Newark, UK, January 9th, 2006
AVG UK, the official business partner of Grisoft, makers of the award-winning AVG Anti-Virus software, has introduced a new free version of its software specifically for the Linux desktop.

AVG Free for Linux is the first commercial-grade antivirus product developed for free home use, providing maximum virus protection for single Linux computers. Michael Foreman, Partner AVG UK, commented, “With its growing popularity, it is only a matter of time before the Linux operating system becomes more widely targeted by virus and malware writers.” He continued, “AVG is at the forefront of supporting the Linux OS, providing all Linux users with every possible precaution to reduce the risk of viruses.”

AVG Free for Linux is a natural progression of AVG’s commitment to security and a natural evolution of its product line. According to Foreman, “It brings together AVG Free, our popular free download for home users and AVG for Linux, our commercial product for protecting Linux servers in an enterprise environment.”

Although Linux systems are among the most resistant to virus attacks, experts agree that all computer users should take precautionary measures by installing an antivirus program to address potential threats.

AVG Free for Linux can be used on a single computer and is intended for private, non-commercial use only. However, it offers many of the same advantages of the commercial AVG Anti-Virus products. For example, AVG Free for Linux features an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) that makes the software easy to install and use. Other AVG Free for Linux benefits include:

- Rapid virus database updates for the lifetime of the product

- Small update files that do not drain system resources

- Automatic update functionality

- AVG On-Demand Scanner, which allows users to perform scheduled and manual tests

- AVG’s advanced virus detection methods (heuristic analysis, generic detection, scanning) designed to provide maximum virus protection

AVG Free for Linux is available for download at http://free.grisoft.com,

Grisoft also announces its membership of the Common Malware Enumeration (CME) initiative. CME provides single, common identifiers for new virus threats to reduce public confusion during malware outbreaks. More information about CME can be found at http://cme.mitre.org/.

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