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Internationally recognised, independent, antivirus programme test organisation recommends HouseCall

Marlow, England, 23rd October 2001 - Trend Micro (Nasdaq: TMIC, TSE: 4704), a worldwide leader in network antivirus and Internet content security solutions is pleased to announce that its online scanner, HouseCall, has gained first place in a recent test of free online scanners. The test was conducted by the independent test organisation, AV Test, which tests antivirus software at regular intervals for magazines. This latest test was carried out on behalf of a leading German publication, PC Welt.

AV Test examined six online scanners, all free tools offered by established antivirus vendors. The object of the test was to determine the efficacy of these tools; the detection rate of malicious code (computer viruses, Trojans and worms) and the recognition of ActiveX controls and Back door programmes. The test was carried out using 410 ‘In the Wild’ (ITW) viruses , eight ActiveX controls, 1252 Backdoor programmes and 1367 Trojans. AV Test also included other criteria; whether the scanner examined archived and embedded files as well as compressed formats. User friendliness was another important factor, how easy the scanner was to use, how it displayed and stored results, and whether registration with the manufacturer was necessary.

Trend Micro’s HouseCall gained first place in the test, with AV Test recommending its use. The online scanner detected all ITW viruses and recognised over 98% of Trojans and Backdoor programmes, giving the highest score of the test in this category. HouseCall also detected 100% of the Object Link Embedding (OLE) objects presented. Its user-friendliness was praised; its clear display of the number of files scanned and number of viruses found. AV Test complimented HouseCall on its free-of-charge, integrated clean function of infected files. It also noted HouseCall’s additional features, like the creation of back up copies of files before cleansing, its direct link to Trend Micro’s virus dictionary and its link to Trend Micro’s World Tracking Centre (WTC) , which allows visitors to the site to track the spread of malicious code across the world in real-time.

“HouseCall is now in its fifth year, and is still widely used across the world, as any visitor to our WTC can see. This, in itself, illustrates what a reliable effective tool it is. But to receive such a great review from such a widely acclaimed independent test centre really backs this up, and we are delighted with the result,” said Raimund Genes, Trend Micro European VP Sales and Marketing.

About HouseCall

Trend Micro introduced HouseCall, the Internet’s first free online virus scanner, in May 1997. This was two years before any other vendor’s online virus scanner.

HouseCall is also the only online virus scanner to have been certified by the International Computer Security Association to detect 100% of “in-the-wild viruses.” Trend Micro’s HouseCall has always been free and continues to detect, clean and remove computer viruses, Trojans and worms from users’ systems day in and day out.

HouseCall brings the ease, accessibility and effectiveness of a server-based antivirus application to home users over the Internet at no cost. With HouseCall, users always have access to the latest virus protection available, accessible 24 x 7, without time consuming downloads or subscriptions.

HouseCall is available now at . HouseCall works with Windows 95, 98, 2000, ME and NT Workstation users. Trend Micro also provides HouseCall for Exchange, which detects and deletes viruses stored in Microsoft Exchange Server mailboxes.

About Trend Micro

Trend Micro is a leader in network antivirus and Internet content security software and services. The Tokyo-based corporation has its European headquarters in Marlow, England, and business units worldwide. Trend Micro products are sold through corporate, value-added resellers and managed service providers.

For additional information and evaluation copies of all Trend Micro products, visit:

HouseCall is a trademark of Trend Micro, Inc. All other brands or products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as such.

For Additional Information

Penny Brennan
European Marcoms Manager
Trend Micro
Phone: + 44 1628 400 525

Dan Greaves
Text 100 Limited
44 208 996 4131

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