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AVG Introduces Streamlined, Highly-Scalable Anti-Malware Protection for Linux

AVG (AU/NZ) Pty Ltd has announced the release of significantly improved and updated implementations of the AVG anti-malware solutions for Linux platforms. AVG 8.5 for Linux, available in both server and free workstation editions, offers streamlined scanning capabilities, new anti-virus filtering and improved performance and ease of use for Linux-based users.
  • 11 May, 2009 08:49

<p>AVG (AU/NZ) Pty Ltd, distributor for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific of the award-winning AVG Anti-Virus and Internet Security products, has announced the release of significantly improved and updated implementations of the AVG anti-malware solutions for Linux platforms. AVG 8.5 for Linux, available in both server and free workstation editions, offers streamlined scanning capabilities, new anti-virus filtering and improved performance and ease of use for Linux-based users.</p>
<p>Though not as prevalent as on Windows operating systems, Windows malware can and does impact Linux systems. Additionally, Windows-based workstations are frequently attached to Linux-based servers in the network. AVG 8.5 for Linux provides centralised anti-malware protection for those systems.</p>
<p>AVG Server Edition 8.5 for Linux/Free BSD provides protection for both e-mail and file servers in a single distribution package. It is robust enough to support millions of e-mails a day, thereby suitable for use by even large enterprises and ISPs.</p>
<p>AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5 for Linux/FreeBSD provides basic anti-malware protection for Linux workstations.</p>
<p>AVG 8.5 for Linux offers both network managers and workstation users:</p>
<p>• A streamlined scanning engine that detects and removes viruses, worms, spyware, Trojans, keyloggers and other malware in a single pass</p>
<p>• Heuristic emulation for improved detection of new and unknown malware types</p>
<p>• New avflt anti-virus filter! A RedirFS-based on-access scanner for improved performance, along with simplified installation and deployment.</p>
<p>• Improved system resource handling through shared memory usage</p>
<p>• Increased scalability through support for 64-bit and multi-CPU architecture, new multi-core CPUs</p>
<p>• A fully modular solution, further reducing the number of necessary restarts</p>
<p>RedirFS, or redirecting filesystem, is a new layer between virtual filesystem switch (VFS) and filesystem drivers. It is implemented as an out-of-kernel module for Linux 2.6.25 and provides a framework to allow modification of filesystem calls in the VFS layer.</p>
<p>“We are particularly proud of the RedirFS element in AVG 8.5 for Linux,” said AVG Technologies CTO Karel Obluk. “The original intention was to discover possible ways of implementing an on-access scanner for the Linux kernel as an alternative to the Dazuko project. Since that time, the RedirFS project has evolved to the general framework of Linux 2.6. We have released the RedirFS as open source. This will enable much broader functionality than on-access scanning.”</p>
<p>AVG 8.5 for Linux is distribution-independent. It has been tested to run under FreeBSD, Mandrake, Mandriva, Fedora Core, DebIan, SUSE, Red Hat, Red Flag, Ubuntu, and other distributions using Debian packaging.</p>
<p>Licensing for AVG Server Edition 8.5 for Linux/FreeBSD is per connection, with pricing on a tiered basis. One and two year licence subscriptions are available. The product is available directly for purchase and download direct from, or through one of AVG (AU/NZ)’s more than 2200 resellers throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.</p>
<p>The AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5 for Linux/FreeBSD workstation product may be downloaded from</p>
<p>Support for existing versions of AVG for Linux will be phased out on 15 May 2009. Users are encouraged to contact their reseller or AVG (AU/NZ) to upgrade their protection as soon as possible.</p>
<p>About AVG Technologies</p>
<p>AVG is a global security solutions leader protecting more than 80 million consumers and small business computer users in 167 countries from the ever-growing incidence of web threats, viruses, spam, cyber-scams and hackers on the Internet. Headquartered in Amsterdam, 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 online, downloadable software model allows entry-level users to gain basic anti-virus protection and then to easily and inexpensively upgrade to greater levels of safety and defence in both single and multi-user environments. Nearly 6,000 resellers, partners and distributors team with AVG globally including, CNET, Cisco, Ingram Micro,, Wal-Mart, and Yahoo!.</p>
<p>About AVG (AU/NZ) Pty Ltd —</p>
<p>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 provide 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.</p>
<p>AVG products actively protect more than 80 million users worldwide, including more than two million users in Australia.</p>
<p>AVG (AU/NZ) has more than 2200 resellers across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.</p>
<p>For more detailed information please contact:</p>
<p>Lloyd Borrett AVG (AU/NZ) 03 9581 0807</p>
<p>Shuna Boyd BoydPR 02 9418 8100</p>
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