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Newest version of company’s flagship product delivers a unified solution for real-time protection against viruses, trojans, spyware, adware and riskware

ESET, a global security software company providing next-generation virus protection, today announced the availability of the newest version of its award-winning flagship product NOD32 version 2.4, which includes enhanced protection against spyware, adware, phishing and riskware. To date ESET is one of only two security companies worldwide that have receive Checkmark’s certification for anti-spyware. To achieve certification, a product must be able to detect Trojans, key-loggers, cookies and other malware in the West Coast Labs spyware test suite. With the release of NOD32 v2.5, ESET is also launching ThratSense.NET an online early warning system that enables fast bi-directional notification of implementing threats.

In today’s IT environment, viruses are just a percentage of the broad range of threats facing enterprises. Spyware has become a leading threat and according to a December 2004 report issued by analyst firm, IDC, 67 percent of all computers are infected with some form of spyware. Though spyware is not always malicious in intent, many enterprises have identified it as one of the greatest threats to enterprise network security since it often slips through firewalls undetected.

NOD32 v2.5 utilises ThreatSense™ technology, a sophisticated detection system based on advanced heuristics, to proactively identify previously-unknown viruses, Trojans, spyware and phishing attacks in real-time. ThreatSense is built into NOD32’s single scanning engine to provide comprehensive protection so users do not need to rely on additional point solutions for spyware and adware protection. Additionally, slowed network and CPU performance is no longer an issue for end-users and IT administrators as NOD32 v2.5 consumes less than 20 MB of memory.

"The reactive signature-based methods of many anti-virus solutions can't keep pace with the number and speed of threats facing enterprises today. Many anti-virus vendors are adding anti-spyware applications to their suites that rely on signatures, thus extending a reactive paradigm that leaves customers exposed while they wait for signature updates," said Jose Lopez, senior industry analyst, Frost & Sullivan. "ESET's NOD32 meets the market need for a solution that delivers real-time protection against viruses, spyware and other malware with one unified application."

With the launch of NOD32 v2.5, ESET is simultaneously launching ThreatSense.NET, an online early warning system. ThreatSense.NET monitors global malware epidemics based on information gathered from two-way communication between NOD32 users and ESET’s ThreatLab. Customers can opt-in to automatically provide ESETs researchers with anonymous data about new threats detected by NOD32. The gathered data is used to enhance the ThreatSense engine to detect subsequent waves of new malware. Customers worldwide can receive notification of new malware outbreaks and tips on how to protect themselves via this feedback loop as well, thus enhancing their level of protection.

“One of the biggest challenges for today’s IT security manager is keeping up with all the latest threats. Before we were concerned with just viruses, but now we’re dealing with a multitude of threats like spyware, adware, Trojans and worms,” said Scott Brown, information security analyst at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire. “Most AV solutions are reactive, but fortunately with ESET's NOD32 we have proactive protection against all threats including spyware and adware. With NOD32’s small footprint, granular configuration and centrally managed console with exceptional reporting, I now have time to attend to other security issues. We are so pleased with the performance and support that we have purchased NOD32 for all of our students.”

New Features in NOD32 v2.5:

Improved Spyware, Adware, Riskware Detection:
• New option added for detecting adware, spyware and riskware that provides real-time active detection rather than scheduled scans.
• Certification by CheckMark for spyware detection capabilities
• New option for detecting programs that are usually used for commercial purposes, but may be misused by determined intruders such as programs for remote control, remote access tools and potentially dangerous applications

ThreatSense.NET Early Warning System:
• Monitors global threats, allowing for the optional submission of detected malware
• Notifies customers of new threats and recommended protective measures

Additional Improvements:
• Improved scanning of self-extracting archives (SFX):
• Improved performance via “Smart” application of advanced heuristics in active monitor
• Option to scan Alternate Data Streams
• Automated cleaning of system restore points

“The new Checkmark spyware certification tests the ability of a product to deal with a wide variety of spyware threats from the real world. NOD32 performed extremely well on these tests and is one of the first products to achieve certification to this standard," said Jon Stearn, CTO of West Coast Labs. "NOD32 is now certified to AV Level1, Level2, Trojan and Spyware Checkmarks. This confirms the commitment that ESET has shown to providing a reliable, integrated solution that will protect users from the multitude of threats they face online."

“Spyware and viruses are some of the greatest threats to network security, and can often slip undetected through firewalls. In addition, threats like identity theft through phishing are on the rise and attackers are coming up with new ways to infiltrate systems every day. The standard signature-based approach used by most traditional anti-virus companies is not always effective against these complex threats,” said Andrew Lee, CTO of ESET. “The only way that consumers and enterprises can protect their networks and desktops is by having proactive protection that is easy to manage. With NOD32, our customers have proactive protection from evolving malware threats within a single solution.”

About NOD32 v2.5
NOD32 v2.5 is a unified anti-virus and anti-spyware solution with a single optimized engine that protects against all email and Internet threats through its ThreatSense technology. The proactive system does not rely on known threats and acts like a “virtual malware researcher”,
using multiple methods including emulation, advanced heuristics, and generic signatures to deliver comprehensive protection from evolving threats. NOD32 is easy to install and use and offers multi-point protection (Internet, email, ftp, disk, USB, etc.) and is multiplatform (Windows, Linux, Novell, DOS). NOD32 v2.5 is flexible and configurable with centralized management and reporting functionality. With its highly optimized disk scanning, low memory usage and small footprint, NOD32 ensures network performance is never sacrificed. With a record 31 Virus Bulletin 100 percent Awards, and a 92 percent success rate in catching new email borne threats using advanced heuristics, NOD32 has the best detection record of any anti-virus product on the market.

Availability and Pricing
NOD32 v2.5 will be available on May 10th, 2005. Pricing for 50-user small business is £882 for one year, which includes licenses for a file and mail server and 50 desktops. Pricing for individual home and home office users begins at £23.

About Eset
Eset is a privately held software development and research company with offices in San Diego, London, Prague and Bratislava. Founded in 1992, Eset has focused on developing innovative antivirus software solutions. NOD32 has evolved from that development process to be consistently rated as one of the best anti virus products, holding more Virus Bulletin 100% Awards than any other product available.

For more information, please contact:
Melissa Geddes
Worth PR
Tel: 020 8439 8200

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