SOURCE: Sunbelt Software

July 11, 2007 10:00 ET

Competitive Upgrade Offer to CounterSpy Now Available Exclusively to Second Life Residents

Second Lifers Can Add a Layer of Commercial-Grade Spyware Protection for Only $10 US

CLEARWATER, FL--(Marketwire - July 11, 2007) - Sunbelt Software, a leading provider of Windows security software, today announced that its aggressive competitive upgrade program to CounterSpy™ is now available exclusively to Second Life residents via the Sunbelt Software Island in Second Life. The upgrade program is offered to existing users of popular free antispyware tools, including SpyBot Search and Destroy, Lavasoft Ad-Aware, and Microsoft Windows Defender in an effort to encourage PC users to bolster their desktop security against more complex and malicious spyware threats.

Industry analysts predict an increasing threat from spyware in the coming years, with Gartner forecasting spyware will comprise 70% of security problems by the year 2010. While millions download and operate free antispyware software, none of the three leading free programs, SpyBot, Ad-Aware, or Windows Defender, has the endorsement of a leading publication as a satisfactory stand-alone application. Free antispyware tools typically fall behind commercially developed competitors in effectiveness and feature sets, while customer support is generally non-existent with these programs.

"There are literally millions of people relying on marginal antispyware software, simply because it is free. This incentive allows people to secure their PCs with industry-leading antispyware for $10 or 2,500 Linden, which is one-third the cost of most commercially developed desktop security software," said Stu Sjouwerman, vice president of marketing for Sunbelt Software. "With the increase in malicious threats on the internet, we are excited to make this offer available exclusively to our fellow Second Life residents and help ensure a safe internet experience."

Availability and Licensing

The CounterSpy competitive upgrade is available for 2,500 Linden dollars (approx $10 US, depending on exchange rates) and includes all of the features, toll-free support, and updates of a standard subscription. Additionally, this offer is extended as a courtesy to Spy Sweeper and Spyware Doctor subscribers.

Instructions for Purchasing CounterSpy in Second Life

To receive the competitive upgrade price of CounterSpy in Second Life, you will need to have a Second Life avatar. If you do not have one, registration is easy and free. Simply visit http://www.sunbelt-software.com/SecondLife/Join/ and fill out the brief registration form.

The next step is to download the Second Life viewer to your system. You might also want to ensure your computer meets Second Life's minimum system requirements. Once you've completed these steps, login with your avatar name and password, and visit the Sunbelt Software Island and purchase from the CounterSpy kiosks.

If you have technical questions about Second Life, please contact their Customer Support at 1-800-961-6851 (US and Canada).

NOTE: Many corporate firewalls block access to Second Life. You may want to contact your company's Information Technology department to inquire if you want to run Second Life from your office.

Teleport directly to Sunbelt Software Island

To go directly to the Sunbelt Software Island, paste the following URL into a web browser or simply click on the link: http://tinyurl.com/37opnu

Headquartered in Tampa Bay (Clearwater), Fla., Sunbelt Software was founded in 1994 and is a leading provider of Windows security software with product solutions in the areas of antispam and antivirus, antispyware, and vulnerability assessment. Leading products include the CounterSpy product line, Ninja Email Security and endpoint firewall technologies. The company is part of Sunbelt International Group, based in Paris, France.

For more information about Sunbelt Software, please visit the company's website at: www.sunbeltsoftware.com.

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