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AVG Linkscanner Is Making The Internet Clean And Safe, Half A Million Computers At A Time

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AVG Linkscanner Is Making The Internet Clean And Safe, Half A Million Computers At A Time

Auckland, Wednesday 12 August 2009 - AVG (AU/NZ) Pty Ltd, the Australian, New Zealand and South Pacific distributor of the world's most frequently downloaded free anti-virus software, today announced the half-millionth download of AVG LinkScanner® software, a free product that protects consumers against web-based security threats and prevents their computers from being recruited for botnets like the ones that brought down Twitter and Facebook last week.

AVG LinkScanner Free Edition 8.5 for Windows is designed specifically to protect against Trojans, spyware, rootkits and other malware that tries to steal your private information via compromised web pages, where the bulk of computer infections are happening today. This includes backdoors that are created by infections that allow botnets the ability to access a computer.

LinkScanner provides an additional, invisible layer of protection that lets you search and surf the Web safely. Moreover, this protection is provided in real-time, which is the only way consumers can stay protected against transient threats 60 percent of which last less than a day before moving on to another site that occur even on well known and trusted websites.

"A few years ago we had the bad guys almost beaten by blocking their attacks with firewalls, email scanning engines and some simple heuristics. But then they created ways to exploit the websites that we all visit with a trusted browser," said Lloyd Borrett, AVG (AU/NZ) Marketing Manager.

"The cyber criminals have become so good at it that even a trained eye can't tell when a web page might be harvesting your private information or dropping some attack code onto your computer. That changed the game. AVG LinkScanner was created specifically to spot web-borne malware and alert computer users to hostile web pages. In real-time."

In keeping with AVG's promise to keep the Internet safe for all, AVG offers LinkScanner free for home use. AVG also lets LinkScanner work alongside most existing security software already present on consumers' computers. This includes competitors' software.

"We're doing our part to stop the spread of cyberthreats; 500,000 customers protected by LinkScanner means that roughly eleven new botnets won't be formed," continued Borrett. "So, LinkScanner customers, go ahead and click where you want we'll keep you and the Internet safe."

Where to Download AVG LinkScanner Free Edition 8.5 for Windows can be can be downloaded free as a stand-alone product from http://www.avgfree.com.au. LinkScanner is also included as part of many of AVG's home security products http://www.avg.com.au/index.cfm?section=avg&action=home_and_office_security and business security products http://www.avg.com.au/index.cfm?section=avg&action=business_and_enterprise_security. It is also included with AVG Free, which is AVG's free basic anti-virus solution for home users.

Support is available through a free online forum hosted by AVG at http://freeforum.avg.com.

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About AVG Technologies - www.avg.com AVG is a global security software maker protecting more than 80 million consumers and small businesses in 167 countries from the ever-growing incidence of web threats, viruses, spam, cyber-scams and hackers on the Internet. 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, downloadable software allows novice users to have basic anti-virus protection and then easily upgrade to greater levels of safety and defense when they are ready.

About AVG (AU/NZ) Pty Ltd www.avg.com.au Based in Melbourne, AVG (AU/NZ) Pty Ltd distributes the AVG range of Anti-Virus and Internet Security products in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. AVG software solutions provides comprehensive real-time protection against everything from viruses, spam, spyware, adware, worms, Trojans, phishing and exploits to cyber-criminals, hackers, scammers and identity thieves. AVG provides outstanding technical solutions and exceptional value for home, small to medium business and enterprise clients. AVG delivers always-on, always up-to-date protection across desktops, servers and e-mail in the home plus corporations, government agencies, utilities and educational institutions.

AVG products actively protect more than 80 million users worldwide, including more than three million users in Australia and New Zealand.

AVG (AU/NZ) has more than 2400 resellers across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

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