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GFI VIPRE 2013 launched in Middle East

Additions include critical security layer and built-in patch management

Spoor: VIPRE 2013 identifies third-party weaknesses and fixes them.
Spoor: VIPRE 2013 identifies third-party weaknesses and fixes them.

GFI Software today announced the launch of VIPRE Antivirus 2013 and VIPRE Internet Security 2013, bringing the latest evolutions of the company's antivirus products to consumers in the Middle East region.

The latest versions are designed to not only protect users' PCs from malware but also identify and fix any vulnerabilities that are present.

"The updates we've made to VIPRE 2013 enhance what the product has always delivered - simplicity and effectiveness," said John Spoor, regional director MEA at GFI Software.

"However, effective AV is not the only concern many people have. The average Internet user does not have the time or inclination to manage AV software. They simply want a product they can easily install that protects against threats aimed at them, and one that doesn't interfere with their PC's performance. They don't have time to manage third-party software either, but they sure would like a simple and intuitive way to fix any weaknesses in their PC due to third-party applications. VIPRE 2013 identifies these weaknesses and fixes them." 

Vulnerabilities in third-party software products can be exploited by malware and other viruses. Many consumers do not update their software products regularly, leaving their machine open to attack. In VIPRE Internet Security 2013, GFI has added VIPRE Easy Update, designed to automatically find and apply updates to out-of-date software. In addition, VIPRE warns the user if the Windows updating system is configured incorrectly, and assists in getting this corrected.

According to GFI, VIPRE Antivirus uses Active Protection heuristics and other detection methods to protect against more than 100,000 new threats every day, including the latest viruses, adware, spyware, worms, rootkits, bots and Trojans.

GFI claims the AV kit also provides "advanced zero-day threat detection, and in many cases, improves PC performance by detecting and removing malware that slows it down."

Additional new features found in VIPRE Antivirus 2013 and VIPRE Internet Security 2013 include VIPRE Rapid Scan, which is designed to make subsequent scans faster after an initial VIPRE scan and optimizes deep scans that normally take an hour so that they can be completed in 10 minutes or less.

Also included are enhanced anti-rootkit technologies, which are designed to find and disable malicious hidden processes, threats, modules, services, and files on user systems.

Removable device scanning inspects USB sticks, CD/DVD-ROMS and external hard drives for threats automatically, before they can access and infect a PC. Antivirus, anti-phishing email security helps to protect against email viruses, with direct support for Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail and any email program that uses POP3 or SMTP. The feature strips emails of phishing links, blocking access to phishing websites.

VIPRE Antivirus 2013 is available now through GFI's distributor E2E.