OPSWAT Launches Utility Providing Complete Uninstall of Antivirus and Antispyware Applications

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AppRemover beta valuable tool for antivirus/antispyware vendors, system administrators and more

OPSWAT, Inc., the leading provider of endpoint security integration technologies, today announced the launch of AppRemover™ beta, a lightweight package that enables a complete uninstall of many antivirus and antispyware applications.

Designed with simple, easy-to-use controls, AppRemover is a valuable tool for end users, system administrators, antivirus and antispyware vendors and support solution vendors that want to ensure seamless removal of endpoint security applications.

AppRemover should be used when:

  •     Replacing one security application with another
  •     Competing security applications tie up your computer
  •     Security application native uninstall process fails to completely delete files and registry keys
  •     Users forget the password for their security application or lack connectivity to the security application server

"While removing installed security products should be simple and thorough process, this is not the case. De-installed security applications leave un-installed files and registry items. This causes conflicts with existing non-security applications and new security products," said Christian A. Christiansen, Program Vice President of IDC's Security Products and Services Group. "As new endpoint security products and versions become available, it is critical to cleanly un-install older products. The current economic crisis exacerbates this situation because companies are reducing IT costs by lengthening the replacement cycle for PCs. This means that many companies will run 4-5 year-old PCs with limited performance and resources. As new and lightweight endpoint security clients become available, it will be critical to remove the older security clients so those older PCs can function more efficiently. AppRemover can significantly benefit this process."

"This utility is ideal for security software and technology vendors seeking to add a complete uninstall feature to their product," said Benny Czarny, president and CEO of OPSWAT, Inc. "AppRemover answers market demand for an easy-to-use program that eliminates superfluous files and registry keys left by various IT security solutions."

AppRemover currently supports hundreds of applications on Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems. AppRemover is free for personal and non-commercial use. Please visit http://www.appremover.com to download. If you are interested in a commercial or OEM license for AppRemover, please contact [email protected] The AppRemover production release is targeted for Q1 2009.

About OPSWAT
Founded in 2002, OPSWAT is the world leader in development tools and data services that power solutions managing security features of endpoint applications. The company OPSWAT, Inc. also founded OESISOK™, an open industry-wide certification program that verifies the interoperability of endpoint security applications with products from market-leading technology vendors. OPSWAT is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with an additional office in Herzliya, Israel.

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