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GRISOFT’s AVG Anti-Virus is First to Receive Checkmark Certification on Windows Vista Business Edition

  • 16 February, 2007 07:56

<p>Avalanche Technology Group, the Australasian distributor of AVG security software, announced today that AVG Anti-Virus has earned Checkmark certification from West Coast Labs on Windows Vista Business Edition. This is the first anti-virus program to successfully pass the certification requirements for anti-virus level 1 (detection), anti-virus level 2 (cleaning) and Trojan protection for the business edition of Windows Vista operating system.</p>
<p>“The Checkmark System is a certification service that is at the forefront of technology validation,” said Chris Thomas, operations director at West Coast Labs. “For AVG, this achievement demonstrates their ability to remain at the vanguard with technology trends in the security industry.”</p>
<p>AVG Anti-Virus provides security protection against viruses, worms, Trojans and potentially unwanted programs that infect computers and networks. AVG security programs are light on system resources and include free updates and 24/7 technical support throughout the two- or one-year license duration.</p>
<p>“GRISOFT continues to offer the most comprehensive and proactive security solutions to businesses and home users,” said Larry Bridwell, Global Security Strategist for AVG. “Checkmark certification is another success in our ongoing effort to ensure our products contain the highest threat protection and certification possible. We are very proud to be the first to provide this latest certification for Microsoft’s newest operating system.”</p>
<p>WCL Testing</p>
<p>Level 1:
For a product to be certified to Anti-Virus Checkmark, Level One the product must be able to detect all those viruses which are "In the Wild". This gives a clear and independent indication to end users of those anti-virus products that they can be relied on to perforn to Level One functionality.</p>
<p>Level 2:
For a product to be certified Anti-Virus Checkmark, Level Two the product must comply with Anti-Virus Checkmark, Level One and, in addition, disinfect all viruses on the "in the wild" list which are capable of disinfection.</p>
The product must be able to detect all trojans in the West Coast Labs Trojan test suite, which is regularly updated. The product should not cause any false alarms (based on testing against the West Coast Labs false alarm test suite).</p>
<p>About West Coast Labs
WCL is an independent technical consultancy, specializing in the independent testing and validation of the functionality and performance of information security products and services.</p>
<p>With a global client base among the world's leading security technology developers, WCL has a reputation for technical expertise, quality of service and independence. Tests are carried out with pre-defined objectives, to agreed criteria and within a structured methodology appropriate to the individual test.</p>
<p>About Checkmark Certification
Owned by West Coast Labs, Checkmark brings a superior quality testing and certification service to technology developers through independent, industry-accepted standards on product effectiveness and performance for the benefit of corporate end-users and decision-makers. Far more than a static record of functionality tests, The Checkmark system is a proactive process of delivering critical product information, certification and performance data to support decision-makers' information-gathering and decision-making processes in a wide range of security technology sectors.</p>
<p>About GRISOFT
Founded in 1991, with corporate offices in Europe and the USA, GRISOFT is focused on developing software solutions that provide protection from computer viruses. GRISOFT's primary focus is to deliver the most comprehensive and proactive protection available on the market.</p>
<p>Distributed globally through resellers and through the internet, the AVG Anti-Virus product line supports all major operating systems and platforms. More than 40 million users around the world use GRISOFT AVG products to protect their computers and networks.</p>
<p>Employing some of the world's leading experts in antivirus software, specifically in the areas of virus analysis and detection, software development, and antivirus support, GRISOFT is uniquely positioned to continue its leadership in the industry. GRISOFT continues to invest in R&amp;D, teaming with leading universities to maintain its technological edge.</p>
<p>GRISOFT has experienced incredible growth in the last decade, particularly in the last few years, due to its ability to apply technical expertise to the protection of both businesses and home users. GRISOFT is continually expanding to address the needs of the global market.</p>
<p>About Avalanche
Established in 1997 and based in Melbourne, Avalanche Technology Group Pty Ltd is a wholly owned Australian company that distributes a range of innovative business software solutions to the Australian and New Zealand markets. The products, which focus on real business needs, provide outstanding technical solutions and exceptional value for the client.</p>
<p>Avalanche is the Australian and New Zealand distributor of GRISOFT´s AVG security portfolio and FinePrint Software´s pdfFactory and FinePrint products. Avalanche has a 900-strong reseller network across Australia and New Zealand.</p>
<p>For more detailed information please contact:
Peter Cameron Avalanche Technology Group 1300 855 005
Shuna Boyd BoydPR 02 9418 8100</p>

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