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Kaspersky Labs now updates anti-virus databases every hour

13th August 2004 - Kaspersky Labs, announced today that it is the first anti-virus company to provide scheduled hourly updates. Until now, Kaspersky anti-virus database updates have been released every three hours for downloading via the Internet.

Over the last five years, the number of malicious programs which Kaspersky Anti-Virus databases detect has increased enormously, by almost 80 times. This is due to the fact that up to several hundred new viruses appear every day. In 2000, 63 updates were released; in 2001 – 205; in 2002 – 652; in 2003 – 818; and this year more than 1500 anti-virus database updates have already been released. Kaspersky Labs virus analysts estimate that by the end of 2004 at least 5000 scheduled updates will be released.

Alongside scheduled updates, Kaspersky Labs also releases additional urgent updates for anti-virus databases. These updates are a rapid response to virus epidemics, providing protection within 30 minutes of threatening virus activity being detected.

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About Kaspersky Labs
Kaspersky Labs is an international software-development company offering advanced products that protect a wide spectrum of customers, from home users to enterprise-wide networks, against viruses, hackers and spam. For fourteen straight years the company has waged a battle against computer viruses, and in doing so has gained unique knowledge and skills that have led to Kaspersky Labs becoming a technology leader and acknowledged expert in the development of virus defences.

Media Contacts

Sarah Buttery
Kaspersky Labs UK
0870 0113461
sarah@kasperskylab.co.uk
http://www.kaspersky.co.uk

Sara Claridge
Marylebone Media Relations
01344 876558
sara@marylebone.co.uk
http://www.marylebone.co.uk



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