Thursday, December 18th, 2008
AVG, the global anti-virus and Internet security software provider, today assured computer users that its commercial AVG 8.0 security software products provide protection against the recently discovered vulnerability in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser and has done so since 11th December. AVG estimates that its software has already blocked close to 5,000 attacks against 3,000 users since Microsoft announced the flaw.

AVG’s commercial AVG 8.0 security software products effectively block attempts by cyber criminals seeking to capitalise on the vulnerability which enables unauthorised third parties to take control of users’ PCs by tricking them into visiting poisoned web pages.

Computer users can immediately safeguard their systems by downloading a trial version of AVG software at www.avg.com.au.

“Today, the fastest growing dangers on the Internet are fast-moving, transient threats that appear on one or more web sites temporarily, from a few weeks to just a few seconds,” noted Lloyd Borrett, Marketing Manager at AVG (AU/NZ). “Because they’re so fleeting, these threats are easily missed by typical built-in browser security measures, and require the real-time detection capabilities of technology like LinkScanner, which specifically tracks the spread of these types of threat and blocks them before they can endanger users’ valuable information.”

According to Roger Thompson, AVG’s Chief Research Officer and original developer of the LinkScanner technology, the likely perpetrators of this particular IE vulnerability exploit are the same people who have been stealing World of Warcraft passwords from users for the past couple of years.

AVG software provides the most timely, precise and reliable safe searching and surfing protection by analysing web pages at the only time it matters – when the user is about to visit them. AVG offers the security software industry’s only real-time web exploit detection and prevention, using proprietary behavioural analysis and other breakthrough technologies to protect personal information and defend against unwanted intrusions while users are on the web.

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AVG today assured computer users that its commercial AVG 8.0 security software products provide protection against the recently discovered vulnerability in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser and has done so since 11th December.

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