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Comodo Rolls Out Cloud Scanner Portable Utility

Tool identifies malware, viruses, suspicious processes and other problems that are commonly present on PCs

Jersey City, NJ, March 17, 2010 - Comodo, a leader in cybersecurity, announced the availability of Comodo Cloud Scanner, an easy-to-use tool that quickly and accurately identifies malware, viruses, suspicious processes and other problems that are commonly present on PCs

Rather than grinding a PC to a halt as viruses used to do, today's malware may install itself and hover quietly in the background. It may activate the PC at scheduled times, using it as a relay station for spam. Or it may record confidential passwords and pass them back to the software's creator. With the passwords, the creator can raid the PC owner's online bank account. Until the bank statement arrives, the only symptom of infection may be that the computer runs slightly slower.

Comodo Cloud Scanner isn't just about finding malware and viruses. It also helps identify other types of files that might be causing problems, specifically:

* Malware / Suspicious File Scanner Comodo Cloud Scanner offers an extremely fast way of finding out whether computers have viruses, root-kits, worms, suspicious drivers/services and non-trusted processes. Apart from using a locally installed white-list of trusted executables, CCS also uses a real-time file look-up service to identify malware and suspicious (untrusted) files. The scanner discovers any hidden processes that are running on computers - processes which may have been started by malicious software. * Registry Scanner Whenever users perform tasks such as installing or removing a program or modifying a file on their computers, Windows creates an entry in the Windows Registry to reflect this change. Over time, these entries become disorganized and cluttered and slow PCs down. This is because, as the size of the registry grows, it takes longer and longer for Windows to sift through it to locate and update the entries for any new tasks. In short, systems become sluggish and slow. Cloud Scanner identifies Windows Registry problems by running an in-depth scan to find any unnecessary or corrupt or malicious keys. After cleaning the registry, Windows will be able to access the information it needs from the registry much more quickly - computers get an immediate performance and stability boost. * Junk File Scanner Over time disk drives become cluttered with temporary Internet files, logs, needless archives, unused icons and duplicate files. These junk files take up valuable hard disk space and can have a negative impact on the PC performance. Examples include temporary files created by Windows, files retained in the Recycle bin, Windows log files, temporary Internet files, and temporary files created by Office Suite. Comodo Cloud Scanner scours systems and identifies unnecessary files. * Privacy Scanner Windows and other popular software keep records of recent computer activities in the form of temp files, histories, cache files, cookies and usage records. This data represents a potential security threat because it might be accessed by hackers or other people using the computer. For example, anybody with access to this information can know exactly what work was performed on the computer, and which Internet sites the user has visited. Such a person can even read a full transcript of instant messenger conversations. Comodo Cloud Scanner helps protect PC users from identity theft by comprehensively identifying all traces of personal data that may lurk in Internet browsers, IM clients and many other applications

Comodo Cloud scanner runs straight from Comodo's cloud servers, eliminating the need for users to install multiple programs. This approach also yields extremely accurate scans incorporating the latest virus signature database . Another benefit of the Cloud architecture is that scans are fast and consume minimal PC resources.

About Comodo

Comodo is a leading brand in Internet security, covering an extensive range of security software and services, including digital certificates, PCI scanning, desktop security, online faxing, and computer technical support services.

Businesses and consumers worldwide recognize Comodo as standing for security and trust. Comodo products secure and authenticate online transactions for over 200,000 businesses and have more than 25,000,000 installations of Comodo desktop security software, including an award-winning firewall and antivirus software offered at no charge.

The Comodo family of companies is committed to continual innovation, core competencies in PKI, authentication, and malware detection and prevention. As a catalyst in eliminating online crime, the companies' mission is to establish a Trusted Internet.

With US headquarters overlooking Manhattan on New Jersey's waterfront, and global resources in United Kingdom, China, India, Ukraine, and Romania, Comodo products offer intelligent security, authentication, and assurance.

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