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Full PC security suite now available in the UK

Sunbelt Software : 03 March, 2009  (New Product)
Sunbelt Software VIPRE comprehensive security product covering anti-virus, anti-rootkit and other PC security technologies now available for UK home users
As part of its ongoing efforts to address the rapidly evolving malware landscape facing PC users, Sunbelt Software has launched its all-new consumer security solution VIPRE Antivirus + Antispyware in the UK. VIPRE combines antivirus, antispyware, anti-rootkit and other technologies into a seamless, tightly-integrated product. Instead of building on older generation antivirus engines, VIPRE is based on an entirely new engine built by Sunbelt and designed for today's PC user. Utilising next-generation technology, the product provides powerful protection against today's highly complex malware threats, without the performance and resource headaches of many traditional antivirus products.

'With VIPRE, we wanted to create something that would leapfrog the industry in terms of system performance and with the ability to deal with today's complex threats,' said Alex Eckelberry, CEO of Sunbelt Software. 'We started with a blank slate, and the result is a clean, fast and comprehensive anti-malware solution.'

'An antivirus product is useless if the user uninstalls it due to frustration with high system resource usage, slow boot times, endless popups and, worse, an inability to deal effectively with certain types of malware,' says Eric Sites, CTO of Sunbelt Software. 'VIPRE is designed to be a high-performance product, with broad-ranging detection and remediation of viruses, trojans, worms, and spyware.'

At VIPRE's core is an antivirus and antispyware engine that merges the detection of all types of malware into a single, efficient and powerful system. The new technology was developed exclusively by Sunbelt, without building on older generation antivirus engines.

VIPRE uses multiple techniques to inspect the characteristics of all types of potentially threatening files. From simple signature-based detection to dynamic, sophisticated analysis of malware files, VIPRE quickly determines whether a file is good or bad — enabling comprehensive detection of both existing and new unidentified threats.

VIPRE also includes a proprietary detection technology, MX-Virtualizationâ„¢ that enhances threat protection by testing for typical malware behaviour using a virtual Windows environment, allowing it to isolate and identify malware in a safe and controlled way. This better protects users from newer variants of existing malware and zero-day threats.

VIPRE is Checkmark Anti-Virus Desktop certified by West Coast Labs.

User surveys show the biggest frustration with existing antivirus solutions is the high amount of resources required. VIPRE addresses this concern, running seamlessly without significantly impairing system performance. VIPRE is also designed for an unobtrusive user experience, keeping notification pop-ups and warnings to a minimum.

VIPRE's all-new anti-rootkit technology finds and disables malicious hidden processes, threats, modules, services, files, Alternate Data Streams (ADS), or registry keys on a user's system. Removing Rootkits is supplemented by VIPRE's FirstScan, which runs at the system's boot time. FirstScan bypasses the Windows operating system, to directly scan certain locations of the hard drive for malware, removing infections where found.

VIPRE's Active Protection delivers real-time monitoring and protection against known and unknown malware threats. Active Protection works inside the Windows kernel (the core of the operating system), watching for malware and stopping it before it has a chance to execute on a user's system.

Active Protection incorporates three methods to protect the user: signature matching, comparing a file for an exact match against VIPRE's definition database; heuristic analysis, which looks at the internal characteristics of a file to determine the likelihood that it is malware; and behavioural analysis, observing the actual actions of a program to determine if it is possibly malware. The combination of these three techniques provides an extraordinarily powerful level of real-time protection to the user.

VIPRE includes comprehensive protection against viruses, with direct support for Outlook, Outlook Express and Windows Mail; and support for any email program that uses POP3 and SMTP (such as Thunderbird, IncrediMail, and Eudora).

Real-time live threat data information from Sunbelt's research centre is integrated directly into VIPRE, using a dedicated window or 'active space' in the product. This feature allows Sunbelt researchers to immediately warn customers of any major security outbreaks, and also provides users with a fast and simple way to provide feedback to Sunbelt without exiting the application.

VIPRE's ability to provide powerful threat detection and remediation is supported by deep research intelligence from Sunbelt's Malware Research Labs (SMRL). SMRL includes some of the industry's leading malware experts, as well as broad capabilities in automated malware research and analysis. In addition to its proprietary research, SMRL works extensively within the security community, through cooperative relationships with other security companies and groups; and participation in VirusTotal, the largest online malware submission site. SMRL also provides technology to the security industry, with its Sunbelt CWSandbox and ThreatTrack threat data in use by some of the world's largest telecommunication, government, education, search engine, and security organisations.

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