AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Security software from AVG
effectively blocks attempts by cyber criminals seeking to capitalize on the
recently discovered vulnerability in Microsoft's Internet Explorer web
browser. The vulnerability enables unauthorized third parties to take control
of users' PCs by tricking them into visiting poisoned web pages.
AVG, the global anti-virus and Internet security software provider with
over 80 million users in 167 countries, today assured computer users that its
commercial AVG 8.0 security software products have provided protection against
this vulnerability since December 11th. AVG estimates that its software has
already blocked close to 5,000 attacks against 3,000 users since Microsoft
announced the flaw.
Computer users can immediately safeguard their systems by downloading a
trial version of AVG software at http://www.avg.com.
"Today, the fastest growing dangers on the Internet are fast-moving,
transient threats that appear on one or more web sites temporarily, from a few
weeks to just a few seconds," noted J.R. Smith, CEO of AVG Technologies.
"Because they're so fleeting, these threats are easily missed by typical
built-in browser security measures, and require the real-time detection
capabilities of technology like LinkScanner, which tracks the spread of
specifically these types of threat and blocks them before they can endanger
users' valuable information."
According to Roger Thompson, AVG's Chief Research Officer and original
developer of the LinkScanner technology, the likely perpetrators of this
particular IE vulnerability exploit are the same people who have been stealing
World of Warcraft passwords from users for the past couple of years.
AVG software provides the most timely, precise and reliable safe searching
and surfing protection by analyzing web pages at the only time it matters --
when the user is about to visit them. AVG offers the security software
industry's only real-time web exploit detection and prevention, using
proprietary behavioral analysis and other breakthrough technologies to protect
personal information and defend against unwanted intrusions while users are on
About AVG Technologies
AVG is a global security solutions leader protecting more than 80 million
consumers and small business computer users in 167 countries from the ever-
growing incidence of web threats, viruses, spam, cyber-scams and hackers on
the Internet. Headquartered in Amsterdam, AVG has nearly two decades of
experience in combating cyber crime and one of the most advanced laboratories
for detecting, pre-empting and combating Web-borne threats from around the
world. Its free online, downloadable software model allows entry-level users
to gain basic anti-virus protection and then to easily and inexpensively
upgrade to greater levels of safety and defense in both single and multi-user
environments. Nearly 6,000 resellers, partners and distributors team with AVG
globally including Amazon.com, CNET, Cisco, Ingram Micro, Play.com, Wal-Mart,
and Yahoo!. More information is available at http://www.avg.com.
SOURCE AVG Technologies