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AVG buys remote monitoring player LPI Level Platforms

Security biz AVG has put its hand in its pocket to buy remote monitoring and management (RMM) software player LPI Level Platforms as it tries to appeal to a wider bunch of channel firms. AVG shifted all its wares into the cloud late autumn and to date has signed up just 1,500 of the 5,000 channel partners it has in the UK and …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jun 2013
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AVG: That World of Warcraft hack? RIDDLED with malware

A new cross-platform security product that covers desktops, smartphones and tablets is likely to be a key area of development for desktop freebie virus-scanner firm AVG during 2013. AVG is best known for its free anti-virus scanner for Windows PCs, but over the years it has broadened its range to include more functional PC …
John Leyden, 12 Apr 2013
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AVG holds first Partner Advisory Council in Blighty

Small biz security specialist AVG has run its first Partner Advisory Council (PAC) in the UK after admitting it needs to brush up on channel comms, particularly in light of partners who are moving exclusively to the cloud. The inaugural event was held last week for six channel partners including Vivid Clouds, Pro-Logic, …
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2013

11-YEAR-OLD code wizard hacks Greedy RuneScape geeks

A Trojan that promises RuneScape players gold but instead steals their passwords was developed by an 11-year-old, researchers claim. Antivirus biz AVG said it made the discovery after studying a piece of code masquerading as a cheat tool for the wizards'n'warriors online role-playing game. The malware asks victims for their …
John Leyden, 8 Feb 2013
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AVG kicks out new touchy-feely UI to grab smartphone-fondlers

AVG launched a revamped range of its security products on Thursday that it said offered faster scanning and support for the latest touchscreen Windows 8 devices through an updated user interface. The 2013 vintage of AVG includes new versions of AVG’s consumer products, such as AVG AntiVirus Free, as well as paid-for security …
John Leyden, 6 Sep 2012
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AVG nukes stalking ads at press of BIG SHINY BUTTON

AVG is adding active “Do Not Track” technology to its security suites in a move designed to give consumers more control over their online privacy. AVG's new Do Not Track icon lets users keep an eye on stalkers... (click to enlarge) The technology – available as a free service pack to AVG's free and paid-for consumer …
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2012
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Avast buys Android thiefbuster developer

Antivirus scanner firm Avast has acquired mobile phone theft protection and recovery company ITAgents. Financial terms of the deal, announced on Thursday, were not disclosed. ITAgents specialises in technology for Android-powered smartphones. The Austrian firm's Theft Aware technology is particularly in demand because "normal …
John Leyden, 23 Sep 2011
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Avast still focused on Windows, despite new Mac security app

Free security software outfit Avast reckons unprotected Windows desktops still offer its greatest potential area for growth, despite its huge existing Windows user-base of 130 million active users. In addition to pushing out its technology to small businesses, the Czech Republic-based firm plans to offer an Android-based …
John Leyden, 27 Jun 2011
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Horror AVG update ballsup bricks Windows 7

An update from AVG on Wednesday night rendered 64 bit Windows 7 systems unstable after it was applied. Several Register readers have been affected by the problem, which leaves machines in a continuous reboot loop. AVG has pulled the problem update (3292) and published an advisory apologising for the cock-up and providing …
John Leyden, 2 Dec 2010
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MS hits back in Security Essentials row

Microsoft has said its rivals and the media have misunderstood its plans to offer its freebie anti-virus scanner to Windows users without security protection via its Microsoft Update service. Earlier this week we reported how Panda Security and Trend Micro both viewed the offer of Security Essentials via "automatic downloads" …
John Leyden, 12 Nov 2010
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AVG snaps up DroidSecurity

AVG, the security firm best known to its freebie security scanner software for consumers, has announced plans to buy mobile security firm DroidSecurity. The deal, announced Wednesday, is valued at up to $9.4m. DroidSecurity specialises in providing security software for smartphones, tablets and other devices running Google’s …
John Leyden, 10 Nov 2010
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Free anti-virus scanner hits the cloud

Avira has added cloud technology to the latest version of its popular freebie anti-virus scanner. Version 10 of Avira AntiVir, released on Tuesday, adds cloud-based detection to a free-of-charge security scanner that competes with similar products offered by (Czech-firm ALWIL's) Avast and AVG. All three firms aim to move …
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2010
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Anti-virus suites still can't block Google China attack

Analysis The vast majority of consumer anti-virus products are still failing to block the Operation Aurora exploits used in the high profile attack against Google and other blue-chip firms last December, according to independent tests. NSS Labs evaluated the effectiveness of seven popular consumer endpoint security products to see …
John Leyden, 16 Mar 2010
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New avast freebie security scanner aims to keel-haul MS

Updated A new version of avast aims to offer users of free anti-malware technology faster running protection against the latest hacking attacks, while offering alternatives to AVG and Microsoft Security Essentials. avast Free 5.0 comes with the same engine under its bonnet as its premium sibling, avast Pro Antivirus 5.0. Both versions …
John Leyden, 20 Jan 2010
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MS claims early success for freebie security scanner

Redmond estimates 1.5 million users downloaded its freebie security scanner software during its first week of availability earlier this month. Microsoft Security Essentials, which comes at no extra charge to consumers running kosher versions of Windows, detected four million instances of malware of one type or another on 535, …
John Leyden, 19 Oct 2009
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AVG goes toe to toe with MS in consumer security fight

Update AVG is putting an emphasis on increased speed with a revamp of its free and paid for security suites. The latest revamp - AVG 9.0 - boasts 50 per cent faster speed and increased ease of use. Improvements in speed have been achieved by skipping the scan of files already marked as safe in future scans unless the file structure …
John Leyden, 6 Oct 2009
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Microsoft Security Essentials shakes up consumer antivirus

Analysis Early tests with the full version of Microsoft's new free malware scanner software reveals a no-frills security package that does what it says on the tin. Microsoft Security Essentials offers a significant opportunity to improve internet hygiene in much the same way Windows firewall brought a then endemic worm problem to heel …
John Leyden, 30 Sep 2009
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MS opens up Security Essentials downloads from today

Microsoft plans to release the final version of its free-of-extra-charge anti-malware scanner later on Tuesday The application, Microsoft Security Essentials or MSE (formerly Morro), is designed to provide consumers with basic protection against Trojans, computer viruses, spyware and rootkits. The product lacks the personal …
John Leyden, 29 Sep 2009

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