Monday, June 20, 2011

Chinese Internet Users to Be Protected with Avira Anti-Virus

Avira Scanning Engine to be Incorporated in Tencent Group’s QQ Computer Manager; Free Anti-Virus Available to Burgeoning Chinese Market

Tettnang, Germany June 20th, 2011 – IT security expert Avira announced today that a strategic partnership with Chinese Internet giant Tencent to incorporate Avira’s scanning engine and core technology into Tencent’s QQ Computer Manager 5.0 Anniversary Preview Edition. The partnership expands Avira’s market presence to hundreds of millions of consumers in China and follows on the heels of Avira offering its award-winning anti-virus software localized for the Chinese language.

“With 25 years of securing PCs around the world to more than 100 million customers, Avira is very excited to work with a company like Tencent and a product like QQ Computer Manager where we can help protect even more users in the largest country in the world,” said David Ip, Vice President for North Asia, Avira. “We are grateful to Tencent’s decision to use our scanning engine in securing its massive customer base and we look forward to a long relationship.”

As Tencent’s leading security product, QQ Computer Manager has attracted over 100 million Chinese users in less than a year. Tencent is counting on Avira’s technical capabilities, massive user base and good reputation in the industry to provide an even more effective security offering to its customers in China.

“As a leading global Internet business, Tencent’s partnership with internationally-renowned anti-virus software company Avira is a model for cooperation within the Internet security industry,” said Tencent Research Institute Manager Deng Quanzhan. “This bilateral strategic cooperation initiative will not only provide users with access to a professional, intelligent one-stop Internet security experience, but will also enable Avira to provide even higher levels of service to its customers in China.”

About Avira

More than 100 million consumers and small businesses depend upon Avira’s security expertise and award-winning antivirus software, making the company the number-two market share leader globally. Avira is ranked #1 in technology innovation according to ABI Research; recommended by Consumer Reports for its free antivirus software; cited by OPSWAT as the #1 fastest-growing antivirus vendor in 2012 and the #2 largest vendor worldwide in 2011; and has received a nearly unbroken string of Virus Bulletin VB100 awards for the past decade.

Avira provides IT-security protection to computers, smartphones, servers and networks, delivered as both software and cloud-based services. Visit www.avira.com.