Thursday, February 2, 2006

IT-Security has a new name: H+BEDV turns into Avira

The new name reflects the international orientation - AntiVir stays "Made in Germany"

Tettnang, 2 February 2006 – H+BEDV Datentechnik GmbH will change its company name and will operate under the new name Avira, starting on 1 March. The renaming signalizes a new chapter in the company history: the producer wants to spur on the market penetration of its proven security solution AntiVir internationally and benefit from the synergy effects. The "Made in Germany" seal of quality will not be affected hereby.

Besides H+BEDV, the two sister companies Personal Products GmbH and the homonymous Avira will come together under the trademark of Avira, which will be headquartered in Tettnang. AntiVir Personal Products has so far concentrated on the security demands of the private users. The first Avira until now focused on the international business customers and provided security solutions on a global scale. With its new identity, the security specialist from Tettnang creates a central contact point for its worldwide private and business customers as well as for the strategic and distributional partners. The synergy effects will be mainly used to further develop the products.

"AntiVir remains AntiVir as the business and private customer product family is a worldwide acknowledged IT-security brand. The only thing that will change is our manufacturer name, under which we will present our product range from now on. Avira will lead us to a better score on the international market", underlines Tjark Auerbach, CEO from H+BEDV and main shareholder of the sister companies Personal Products GmbH and Avira.

CeBIT 2006 will be the first big launch of Avira. The business will present its new look in hall 7, booth B14. The security specialist Gernot Hacker will be glad to attend you for a one-on-one interview. Further details about the new company name will be communicated at CeBIT press conference on 10 March 2006 from 9:30 a.m. till 11:00 a.m. in the hall CC 107. Please contact Jacklin Montag at +49 (0) 89 17 30 19 19 or write an email to jacklinm@lewispr.com to take part in the press conference or to arrange a personal appointment.

About H+BEDV Datentechnik

H+BEDV Datentechnik GmbH is specialized in developing cross-system business security solutions since 1988. Its clients include leading national and international enterprises, both for-profit and non-profit, as well as various educational institutions and public entities.

Besides its extensive product portfolio for Microsoft Windows systems, the company is a growing technological leader in the growth market for Linux operating systems. H+BEDV Datentechnik GmbH already offers high-performance solutions for file servers, Web servers, mail servers and workstations.

The AntiVir scanner was awarded the Virus Bulletin 100% Award several times and has a current certification from the German quality assurance authority TÜV.

In addition to its own distribution channels, H+BEDV Datentechnik GmbH has a comprehensive network of resellers in Europe and all over the world. The company also works closely with the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI).

Company Contact:
Adela Kohl/ Gernot Hacker
H+BEDV Datentechnik GmbH
Lindauer Str. 21
D-88069 Tettnang
Telephone: +49 (0) 7542-500 0
Fax: +49 (0) 7542-525 10
Email: presse@antivir.de

Press Contact:
Jacklin Montag
Lewis Communications GmbH
Baierbrunner Strasse 15
D-81379 München
Telephone: +49 (0) 89 1730 19 19
Fax: +49 (0) 89 1730 19 99
Email: antivir@lewispr.com

About Avira

Avira protects people in the connected world – enabling everyone to manage, secure, and improve their digital lives. The Avira umbrella covers a portfolio of security and performance applications for Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS. In addition, the reach of our protective technologies extends through OEM partnerships. Our security solutions consistently achieve best-in-class results in independent tests for detection, performance, and usability. Avira is a privately-owned company that employs 500 people. Its headquarters are near Lake Constance, in Tettnang, Germany, and the company has additional offices in Romania, India, Singapore, China, Japan & the United States. A portion of Avira's sales support the Auerbach Foundation, which assists education, children, and families in need. For more information about Avira visit www.avira.com.