Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Avira provides security for Windows 7

The ninth generation of Avira’s security tools protect the new Microsoft Windows 7 operating system

Tettnang, 23 June 2009 – While Microsoft is putting the new Windows 7 operating system through its paces in a public test phase, the IT security experts at Avira have developed their anti-virus solutions for both professional and private use to work with the new operating system. The products, which includes Avira AntiVir Premium 9, are compatible with Windows 7 which will reach stores by the end of 2009.

Running extensive preliminary tests, the German IT security experts have tested the ninth generation of its security solutions on the Windows 7 release candidate. As a result, both private users and businesses can rest assured about the compatibility of their Avira solutions with the successor to Windows Vista. The new operating system has a wider range of functions that will simplify the exchange of data and communication within the network. That’s why Avira advises greater safety precautions: “Windows 7 has fewer security functions than Windows Vista as standard and new applications for the operating system make security a real requirement. It is essential to use a good, fast and reliable virus scanner in order to provide effective protection against threats,” said Avira’s CTO Stefan Schiffert.

User friendliness at the expense of security

Although new applications in Microsoft’s Windows 7 do not expose the system directly, if they are handled carelessly, there is a greater risk that malware will enter the system more simply. For example, the User Account Control has been made much easier in Windows 7. This means that Windows checks less frequently whether a program really needs administrator rights. Some programs are given full access to the system without checking, something that could benefit malicious software.

Microsoft has also made it easier to set up a home network: with just a few steps even inexperienced users can network their PCs and link them to the Internet. The Windows onboard resources provide almost no protection from any malware transferred during this process.

Another gap in security in Windows 7 saves the user from having to display the file extensions, for example in Windows Explorer or in the standard dialog for opening files. This can make life easier for hackers because there is greater risk that users will open a damaging file type if they cannot see the file extension.

Avira offers extensive protection under Windows 7 – with helpful administrative tools for the efficient use of the network: If infected data reaches the system, whether through user error or through the efforts of particularly ingenious cyber criminals, Avira’s powerful, award-winning detection engine prevents the file from being opened, deletes it and makes it impossible for the system to become infected, preventing the spread of the virus.

Users who are still using previous versions of Avira can migrate to the current, ninth generation, version free of charge within their active license period and get the maximum protection under Windows 7.

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.