Thursday, June 8, 2006

AntiVir with new heuristics for preventative protection

The newest version of virus protection software from Avira also detects unknown malware

Tettnang, 8 June, 2006 – Avira has equipped its current June release of central AntiVir products with new, optimised heuristics: AHeAD (Advanced Heuristic Analysis and Detection). Decisive for this innovation was the ever increasing speed with which viruses and malware can spread, change and adapt. Statistical recognition processes of virus signatures are often no longer sufficient to ensure the security of a system. Avira has therefore added the newest heuristic virus recognition processes to its AntiVir product range.

The new AntiVir heuristics AHeAD from Avira recognises unknown malware proactively, in other words before a special virus signature is created against the parasite and a virus protection update then sent. To achieve this, Avira uses new, innovative structure analyses: On the basis of the composition of a file, the sequence of significant code sequences or based on particular behaviour patterns, the heuristics can determine with a very high probability whether it is dealing with a harmful or virulent file. If the alarm is raised, the virus protection software offers the choice of taking the potentially virally infected file into quarantine or deleting it from the computer.

But if that’s not enough: The AntiVir heuristics AHeAD also has the ability to proactively check manipulated HTML files for gateways. This process effectively prevents hackers from possibly making use of exploits in browsers.

“The first tests carried out from independent test institutes dealing with real operations have shown that with the new heuristics increased the proactive detection rate of our virus software,” says Gernot Hacker, security expert and acting managing director of Avira. “Proactive security is no longer a catchword with the new AntiVir heuristics, but a reality.”

This is also backed up, for example, by the excellent test results of, published on 1st June: AntiVir has proved to have the best proactive recognition rate at the rapid virus scan speed of 7.57 MB/second.

The heuristics are integrated for business and private customers into both the Windows and the Linux versions of AntiVir.

About Avira

Avira (formerly H+BEDV) is one of the pioneers in the IT security area. The security specialist has been developing as from 1988 cross-system security solutions for business and private customers under the brand name AntiVir. Some of these customers are leading national and international companies, various educational institutions as well as public entities.

The product portfolio comprises high-performance security solutions for workstations, file servers, web servers and mail servers as well as for PDAs and smartphones. The acquisition of the datapol technologies in 2006 provides Avira with additional leading technological solutions to protect and recover systems. The company doesn’t only have a wide range of products in the Windows environment; it is also one of the technology leaders in the UNIX market. Moreover, the company introduced the first SAP certified security solution for SAP NetWeaver in 2005 on the market.

The Avira AntiVir scanner is awarded the VB 100% on a regular basis and is proud to have a current TÜV Certificate (Technical Inspection Authority). The high competence of the company in the IT security area is also documented through the close collaboration with the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI).

The Avira security solutions can be obtained from the numerous Avira resellers, who represent and distribute the products all over Europe and abroad.

Company Contact:
Adela Kohl/Gernot Hacker
Lindauer Str. 21
D-88069 Tettnang
Telefon: +49 (0) 7542-500 0
Telefax: +49 (0) 7542-525 10

Press contact:
Jacklin Montag
Tel.: +49 (0) 89-17 30 19 19

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