Symantec releases AntiVirus 2004

The latest version of Symantec’s Norton antivirus software should be available in the Middle East this month the company announced today. As well as guarding against viruses Norton AntiVirus 2004 provides protection against some new threats, notably spyware and keystroke logging programs.

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By  Peter Branton Published  September 1, 2003

The latest version of Symantec’s Norton antivirus software should be available in the Middle East this month the company announced today. As well as guarding against viruses Norton AntiVirus 2004 provides protection against some new threats, notably spyware and keystroke logging programs.

“With the emergence of recent high profile security threats like BugBear and Blaster, which are complicated and blended in nature, traditional antivirus solutions are no longer enough to guarantee trouble-free computing,” said Kevin Isaac, regional director for Middle East and Africa at Symantec. “The additional protection provided by Norton AntiVirus 2004 helps combat spyware and keystroke logging programs, which can be left behind by some of these new blended threats. Spyware can be acquired through everyday Web surfing, installing itself in the computer’s background, frequently with most users never knowing it is there.”

The new expanded threat detection capabilities of Norton AntiVirus 2004 will include scans for programs on the user’s computer that can be used with malicious intent to compromise the security of a system, spy on private data, or track the user’s online behaviour. It also offers protection against viruses in compressed files, which are commonly exchanged in instant messaging or peer-to-peer networks.

As previously reported, Norton AntiVirus comes with automatic product activation features, its LiveUpdate checking for new updates when the user is online and then downloading them automatically.

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