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Kaspersky Lab Launches Its New Version of Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Mac

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Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions, announces the release of Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 for Mac, designed to offer protection against all forms of malicious software, hacker attacks and spam.

The new product offers different operating systems full protection from the constant stream of emergent malware that is appearing with alarming rapidity – about 30,000 samples per day. The antivirus solution protects the Apple Mac OS X from all types of computer threats including viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, adware, bots and phishing sites. Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 for Mac uses the antivirus databases both for Mac and other platforms such as Microsoft Windows and Linux, thus securing guest virtual OS and multiplatform computer networks.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 for Mac incorporates malware signature detection methods as well as cutting-edge cloud detection technologies and heuristic file analysis to protect users' computers from new threats that do not yet have recognised signatures.

Says Stephan van der Merwe, Regional Head of Operations for Kaspersky Lab Sub-Saharan Africa; “South Africa is seeing a growth in the purchase of Apple Mac laptops by both business professionals and individuals. It is therefore crucial that the right anti-virus software is provided and installed on Macs, to ensure protection of crucial data and a safe user experience. Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 for Mac does just that.”

The new version of the product leverages Kaspersky Lab cloud reputation services to improve protection still further. While scanning suspicious files, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 for Mac references the Company's online database which contains the very latest data received from the global distributed threat monitoring system. Therefore the latest threats can be detected immediately and the number of false positives can be minimised.

The online database also provides Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 for Mac with information about fraud and malicious sites. This information is then used by the Kaspersky URL Advisor to mark dangerous hyperlinks on web pages with a special colour indicator. By placing the cursor over the indicator, a user can get more detailed information about the Internet resource and decide whether to enter it or not. The Kaspersky URL Advisor works with Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 for Mac also provides protection from user errors that may lead to the loss of data or security setting alteration. Scanning of an object is performed in real-time without affecting the speed at which files are downloaded from the Internet and other operations.

Regarding the Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 for Mac interface – the windows, bars and menu have all been designed in the Mac OS Х style and match the design of the operating system and standard applications.

“Mac's popularity is growing. The number of threats targeting this operating system is also constantly increasing. According to the latest trend, malicious programs are primarily created to steal personal data. We consider it necessary to provide maximum protection to all users and that is why we continue to develop our product for Mac which additionally protects Microsoft Windows and Linux”, said Vartan Minasyan, Senior Product Manager at Kaspersky Lab. “Our users can be sure that their friends whose computers work under other platforms are safe. They can also feel free to surf the web because the new version of our product includes enhanced protection from IT threats”.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 for Mac is designed to protect Mac OS X 10.5 and higher, running in 32-bit and 64-bit modes.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 for Mac will be available for purchase in stores from the first week of March 2011.

More information about the product is available from: http://www.kaspersky.com/anti-virus-for-mac.

About Kaspersky Lab
Kaspersky Lab is the largest antivirus company in Europe. It delivers some of the world's most immediate protection against IT security threats, including viruses, spyware, crimeware, hackers, phishing, and spam. The company is ranked among the world's top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users. Kaspersky Lab products provide superior detection rates and one of the industry's fastest outbreak response times for home users, SMBs, large enterprises and the mobile computing environment. Kaspersky® technology is also used worldwide inside the products and services of the industry's leading IT security solution providers. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com. For the latest on antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-spam and other IT security issues and trends, visit www.viruslist.com