SOURCE: Sunbelt Software
July 22, 2008 11:25 ET
Sunbelt Software Announces VIPRE Antivirus + Antispyware
All-New Next-Generation Security Product Delivers Comprehensive Protection Against a Broad Range of Threats, With High Performance and Low System Resource Usage
CLEARWATER, FL--(Marketwire - July 22, 2008) - As part of its ongoing efforts to address
the rapidly evolving malware landscape facing PC users, Sunbelt Software today announced
the release of its all-new security solution, VIPRE™ Antivirus +
Antispyware. VIPRE is a completely new product that combines antivirus,
antispyware, anti-rootkit and other technologies into a seamless,
Tightly integrated product. Utilizing next-generation technology, the
product provides powerful protection against today's highly complex malware
threats, without the performance and resource headaches of many traditional
"With VIPRE, we wanted to create something that would leapfrog the industry
in terms of system performance with the ability to deal with today's
complex and blended threats," said Alex Eckelberry, CEO of Sunbelt
Software. "We started with a blank slate, and the result is a clean, fast,
and comprehensive anti-malware solution."
"An antivirus product is useless if the user uninstalls it due to
frustration with high system resource usage, slow boot times, endless
popups and, worse, an inability to deal effectively with certain types of
malware," says Eric Sites, CTO of Sunbelt Software. "VIPRE is designed to
be a high-performance product, with broad-ranging detection and remediation
of viruses, trojans, worms, and spyware."
Proprietary antivirus and antispyware detection engine uses all-new
At VIPRE's core is an antivirus and antispyware engine that merges the
detection of all types of malware into a single, efficient, and powerful
system. The new technology was developed exclusively by Sunbelt, without
building on older generation antivirus engines.
VIPRE uses multiple techniques to inspect the characteristics of all types
of potentially threatening files. From simple signature-based detection to
dynamic, sophisticated analysis of malware files, VIPRE quickly determines
whether a file is good or bad -- enabling comprehensive detection of both
existing and new unidentified threats.
Checkmark Anti-Virus Desktop certified by West Coast Labs and will
receive additional certifications through other certifying bodies in the
High-performance with low impact on system resources
User surveys show the biggest frustration with existing anti-malware
solutions is bloat and high resource usage. VIPRE addresses these concerns:
Designed with the latest programming and architectural methodologies, it
runs seamlessly without significantly impairing system performance. VIPRE
is also designed for an unobtrusive user experience, keeping notification
pop-ups and warnings to a minimum.
Advanced anti-rootkit technology
VIPRE's all-new anti-rootkit technology finds and disables malicious hidden
processes, threats, modules, services, files, Alternate Data Streams (ADS),
or registry keys on a user's system. Removing rootkits is supplemented by
VIPRE's FirstScan™, which runs at the system's boot time. FirstScan
bypasses the Windows operating system, to directly scan certain locations
of the hard drive for malware, removing infections where found.
Real-time monitoring with Active Protection™
VIPRE's Active Protection delivers real-time monitoring and protection
against known and unknown malware threats. Active Protection works inside
the Windows kernel (the core of the operating system), watching for malware
and stopping it before it has a chance to execute on a user's system.
Active Protection incorporates three methods to protect the user: signature
matching, comparing a file for an exact match against VIPRE's definition
database; heuristic analysis, which looks at the internal characteristics
of a file to determine the likelihood that it is malware; and behavioral
analysis, observing the actual actions of a program to determine if it is
possibly malware. The combination of these three techniques provides an
extraordinarily powerful level of real-time protection to the user.
Full protection against email-borne threats
VIPRE includes comprehensive protection against viruses, with direct
support for Outlook, Outlook Express and Windows Mail; and support for any
email program that uses POP3 and SMTP (such as Thunderbird, IncrediMail,
Real-time live threat data integration with Sunbelt's research center
Uniquely, real-time live threat data information from Sunbelt's research
center is integrated directly into VIPRE, using a dedicated window or
"active space" in the product. This feature allows Sunbelt researchers to
immediately warn customers of any major security outbreaks, and also
provides users with a fast and simple way to provide feedback to Sunbelt
without exiting the application.
Deep research intelligence a cornerstone to VIPRE's powerful threat
VIPRE's ability to provide powerful threat detection and remediation is
supported by deep research intelligence from Sunbelt's Malware Research
Labs (SMRL). SMRL includes some of the industry's leading malware experts,
as well as broad capabilities in automated malware research and analysis.
In addition to its proprietary research, SMRL works extensively within the
security community, through cooperative relationships with other security
companies and groups; and participation in VirusTotal, the largest online
malware submission site. SMRL also provides technology to the security
industry, with its Sunbelt
CWSandbox and ThreatTrack threat data in use by some of the world's
largest telecommunication, government, education, search engine, and
Pricing, availability and system requirements
A 15-day fully functioning trial version of VIPRE Antivirus + Antispyware is
available on Sunbelt Software's website at www.sunbeltsoftware.com.
VIPRE is the first security product to provide an unlimited home site
license. For an annual subscription price of $49.95, all PCs in a single
household can be protected with a single site license. A single user annual
subscription is $29.95, and 3-user subscription is $39.95. Annual
subscriptions include one year of threat definition updates, software
upgrades, and live US-based toll-free technical support. Sunbelt will also
be shipping an enterprise version of VIPRE in August.
An upgrade to VIPRE is available to all existing customers of CounterSpy
who have a current subscription plan for $9.95.
VIPRE Antivirus + Antispyware works with Windows 2000 SP4 RU1, XP SP1, 2,
and 3 (32 and 64 bit), and Vista (32 and 64 bit) and requires a minimum
Internet connection speed of 56 Kbps. Minimum hardware requirements:
IBM-compatible 400 MHZ computer with 128MB of RAM and 150MB of free hard
disk space. Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher required. Installation of VIPRE
Antivirus + Antispyware is not supported on Windows 95, 98, or Me, XP
without Service Packs, Macintosh or Linux computers.
About Sunbelt Software
Headquartered in Tampa Bay (Clearwater), Fla., Sunbelt Software was founded
in 1994 and is a leading provider of Windows security and management
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, Sunbelt Exchange Archiver, and endpoint firewall
technologies. The company is part of Sunbelt International Group, based in
For more information about Sunbelt Software, please visit the company's
website at: www.sunbeltsoftware.com. To learn more about current
activities, products, and ideas at Sunbelt Software, please visit Sunbelt's
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