AVG Extends Availability of Free Security Software to Spanish-language Computer Users

Latin American and Spanish-speaking North American residents benefit from native-language AVG Free 8.0

Dec 02, 2008, 08:25 ET from AVG Technologies

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- AVG, a global anti-virus and Internet security software provider with over 85 million users in 167 countries, today announced the availability of the first Spanish-language version of its popular AVG Free 8.0 security software.

The free software will be available to Spanish-speaking computer users throughout North and South America beginning December 2nd, 2008.

The launch of the new Spanish-language version is part of an ongoing effort by the company to make its free product widely accessible to computer users worldwide. AVG Free 8.0 is intended for personal and non-commercial use on single computers running Windows 2000, XP or Vista. Users can download the software at http://free.avg.com/la-es, where the company also hosts a user-driven support forum.

"The introduction of native-language versions of our free software is part of our overall strategy and mission to safeguard computer users worldwide," said J.R. Smith, CEO of AVG Technologies. "We now support eight languages with AVG Free security software, and will be introducing additional languages in the months ahead. Given the phenomenal growth of computer use in Latin America -- with more businesses and consumers using the Internet and taking advantage of search and ecommerce opportunities -- there's a growing need for protection from the new and increasingly dangerous cyber-threats we're seeing arise around the globe."

Computer usage is increasing dramatically throughout Latin America. Recent research shows that the number of Internet users in Latin America grew to 122.4 million between 2000 and 2007 -- a statistic that reflects a compounded annual growth rate of 32 percent. (This compares with only a 12 percent CAGR in North America during the same time period.) All told, Latin America's Internet population accounts for approximately 10 percent of all Internet users worldwide.

AVG Free 8.0 goes beyond the protection provided by other free security products to deliver just-in-time protection against "drive-by downloads" -- the invisible threats that can place malware onto a computer without the user having taken any action at all. These threats can be hidden in any type of website and may remain on any given site for an hour, a day, or a week. The transient nature of these threats means they are impossible to track down using conventional anti-virus or anti-spyware products. Conversely, AVG's unique LinkScanner Safe-Search protection safeguards users at the most important time -- when they click on a URL in a search results page.

About AVG Technologies

AVG is a global security solutions leader protecting more than 85 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.

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