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Avira Adds WebGuard Protection To Free Antivirus Software During Service Pack 2

WebGuard component acts as a proxy to prevent customers from downloading malicious code

Tettnang, Germany --- June 28, 2011 – IT security expert Avira announced today it is offering WebGuard, a safe-surfing component, free to millions of customers of its Avira AntiVir Personal Free Antivirus software as part of its Service Pack 2 (SP 2) upgrade.

Compromised websites have become the most common source of security threats to Internet users today. Avira’s WebGuard component works by acting as a proxy to prevent customers from downloading malicious code from an infected or rogue website. Avira’s WebGuard, which was previously available only to customers of Avira’s paid security software, is now available for those “free” users who choose to install the Avira SearchFree toolbar. Other improvements included in SP 2 are enhanced rootkit detection and one-click removal of infections.

“On any given day millions of websites become victim to a security breach, exposing site visitors to drive-by downloads and malware infections, or tricking them with phishing scams into disclosing personal information. Avira has therefore decided to include the WebGuard component – previously given only to paying customers – to all customers for free,” said Travis Witteveen, COO Markets & Operations at Avira GmbH. “It’s an additional layer of protection that we feel all customers should have, and it’s our way of letting customers live even more free on the Internet.”

Avira’s SP 2 update will be made available as a product update to all customers, paid and free. During the update, only free customers will be asked to install WebGuard, which comes with an Avira SearchFree Toolbar. Customers have a choice to confirm the WebGuard and toolbar installations. SearchFree Toolbar works on Internet Explorer and Firefox web browsers.

SP 2 is available to German and English speaking customers immediately, while other languages will roll out through the summer. A full list of SP 2 enhancements include:

Enhanced Detection and Protection SP2 taps into the latest research on behavior-based and heuristic detection, which catches undiscovered malware according to the way the code looks and acts.

Enhanced Repair Functionality Generic Repair and One-Click Removal functionality have been enhanced for comprehensive cleaning of the hard drive as well as the registry in the event of an infection.

Improved Rootkit Detection SP2 adds extra functionalities for more aggressive tracking of hidden malware.

Improved Usability of WebGuard Avira WebGuard offers an expanded notification page whenever it blocks a harmful website.

Expanded Scan Log When running a system scan, a more detailed report is now available upon completion of the scan.

Avira SearchFree Toolbar SearchFree Toolbar uses the Ask.com back-end search engine and features a status indicator to help users keep their WebGuard version current. The toolbar works with Internet Explorer and Firefox web browsers.

Improved Product Documentation More detailed help files and user manuals are included for those who like to read the fine print. Links

- Download FREE Avira AntiVir Personal security with WebGuard: http://www.avira.com/en/free-download-avira-antivir-personal

- Read about the latest security exploits at Avira's TechBlog: http://www.avira.com/en/techblog

- Follow the Avira's antivirus tweets: http://twitter.com/avira

- Join the conversation at Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/avira

About Avira

Avira stands for extreme reliability and internet freedom around the globe.

The company was founded 25 years ago on Tjark Auerbach's promise to "make software that does good things for my friends and family". Because of Avira's security expertise and award-winning antivirus software, today more than 100 million consumers and small businesses live free of spyware, phishing, worms and other internet based threats. The company delivers IT-security protection to computers, servers and networks both directly and in the cloud.

In addition to protecting the online world, Avira's CEO promotes well being in the offline world through the Auerbach Foundation, which supports charitable and social projects. The philosophy of the foundation is to help people to help themselves.

For more information, please visit www.avira.com or join the community at www.facebook.com/avira.

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