Trend Micro to buy InterMute

Antivirus and security software provider, Trend Micro, has announced entering into an agreement to acquire InterMute, a developer of anti-spyware products. Trend Micro’s hopes that InterMute’s technology will further enhance anti-spyware solutions for its business customers and consumers.

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By  Jane Plunkett Published  May 18, 2005

Antivirus and security software provider, Trend Micro, has announced entering into an agreement to acquire InterMute, a developer of anti-spyware products. Trend Micro’s hopes that InterMute’s technology will further enhance anti-spyware solutions for its business customers and consumers. The sneaky technology known as Spyware, which aids in gathering information about a person or organisation without their knowledge is presently a growing security threat. According to IDC research, 67% of all computers have some form of spyware on them, and in some cases, infected computers are host to hundreds of spyware programs. As the challenges of dealing with spyware become more complex, Trend Micro hope that with InterMute’s expertise and technology, it will be able to develop an effective solution to deal with spyware. “Trend Micro continues to be wholly focused on providing our customers with security solutions that offer advanced protection against unpredictable, malicious threats,” said Eva Chen, CEO and co-founder of Trend Micro. “Spyware continues to evolve and cause concern and damage, but not all spyware can be handled the way viruses and worms are. Customers need effective solutions to remove spyware, but must also be given the flexibility on how to manage it. The acquisition of InterMute further strengthens our ability to execute upon our anti-spyware strategy and their technology and products are entirely complementary to our own. We expect to deliver combined solutions to market quickly,” she added. Trend Micro has confirmed its intention to offer InterMute’s stand-alone anti-spyware products under the Trend Micro brand. Additionally, the company plans to integrate InterMute’s anti-spyware capabilities into its enterprise, small and medium business, and consumer solutions.

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