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October 11, 2010

Prevx launches PC security initiative

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by Janet Harris

Security firm Prevx has launched a new initiative which aims to improve the way PC users are protected from viruses, according to a report on the BBC’s news site.

With around 60,000 new malware programmes being released daily, security companies are understandably finding it hard to keep up with analysing and fixing threats.

Prevx is coming at the problem from a new angle, with a programme that will let PC users know if their protection is effective, and will also show which security companies are performing best.

The program, which should be ready by November, will sit on a PC and log when files are installed.

It will then alert a user when a fix is created for malware it has found on the PC, and indicate how long the PC has been vulnerable.

This will allow the effectiveness of security companies to be assessed by their response times, rather than judging them on their performance in dealing with a fixed list of malware.

Earlier this month Prevx appointed Chris Bolin as its new chief executive.

Bolin was formerly chief technology officer at McAfee.


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