SOURCE: BitDefender


December 20, 2010 09:00 ET

BitDefender and BitTorrent Join Forces to Protect Users With Free Virus Guard Application

BitTorrent Users Gain New Functionality and Ability to Scan Torrent Files for Malware Using BitDefender's Security Software

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - December 20, 2010) - BitDefender®, an award-winning provider of innovative internet security solutions, and BitTorrent Inc., a technology company engineering transformative new products to accelerate the discovery, distribution and delivery of large files over the Internet, have partnered to safeguard users from malware when downloading media files across the Internet. The new Virus Guard application, available to millions of BitTorrent users, provides peace of mind as they explore open license movies, music, games and apps.

The Virus Guard app, powered by BitDefender's industry-leading security technology, scans all torrent files to ensure they are malware-free. Available in the new BitTorrent App Studio, Virus Guard operates as a standalone security app that's seamlessly incorporated into the BitTorrent and µTorrent clients to scan downloads once they're completed. If malware is detected, the app flags the offending torrent and prompts users to sign up for a free trial of BitDefender's security suite and remove the threat or the user can rescan their computer system using their existing antivirus solution. Virus Guard is one of many apps BitTorrent offers to enhance functionally and give users an exceptional experience.

"Security is a high priority for BitTorrent and our community, and we are very pleased to partner with BitDefender to give our users peace of mind knowing that they are being offered advanced anti-malware features," said Claude Tolbert, vice president of business development for BitTorrent. "In early releases, the Virus Guard app has been overwhelmingly popular. Moreover, working with BitDefender means being part of a strong partnering culture, so we looked forward to implementing an anti-malware solution to keep BitTorrent users safe."

"BitTorrent is a powerful and increasingly popular way for users to exchange content they value. Its increasing popularity has made third-party hosting sites a target for malware authors to try to infect users' systems. By partnering with BitTorrent, we're able to protect users proactively from malware and other e-threats before they are able to infect users' computers," said Peter Laakkonen, BitDefender's general manager of OEM and technology licensing. "We're excited to be part of BitTorrent's new App Studio and contribute to an even better user experience by providing a safe computing environment for all users." 

About BitTorrent
BitTorrent engineers transformative open technologies and products to accelerate the discovery, distribution and delivery of digital media over the Internet, bringing the world's open licensed movies, music, games and apps to over 80 million enthusiasts worldwide. The company's two main products today include the original BitTorrent software and the tiny-but-mighty µTorrent. BitTorrent is based in San Francisco, Calif. and currently has 40 employees. More information is available at, and the SDK for apps development can be found here.

About BitDefender®
BitDefender is the creator of one of the industry's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Since its inception in 2001, BitDefender has continued to raise the bar and set new standards in proactive threat prevention, emerging as the industry's anti-malware innovator. Every day, BitDefender technology protects tens of millions of home and corporate users across the globe -- giving them the peace of mind of knowing that their digital experiences will be secure. BitDefender has become a preferred choice for leading Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), hardware vendors, service providers, and marketing companies worldwide, who want to license content security technology and implement them within their products. More information about BitDefender and its OEM products are available at the company's OEM solutions portal. Additionally, BitDefender's provides background and the latest updates on security threats helping users stay informed in the everyday battle against malware.