Agnitum Acquires Antivirus Technology from VirusBuster

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Long-time partner assigns exclusive rights for its technology to Agnitum.

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From now on, Outpost security solutions will be supported by its own virus lab.

Agnitum, the PC security expert and manufacturer of the Outpost range of security products, today announces the acquisition of antivirus technology and infrastructure from its long-term partner VirusBuster. From now on, Outpost security solutions will be supported by its own virus lab operating from the corporate headquarters in St Petersburg, Russia.

Originally founded as a firewall company, Agnitum has been licensing VirusBuster’s antivirus technology and including it in Outpost software since 2006. Over the past six years, Agnitum has developed a number of modules that have enhanced the functionality of the VirusBuster Software Development Kit — behavior based detection, on-access, on-demand, speed-up of repeated scans, email and web filtering, and more. These enhancements have significantly contributed to Agnitum’s run of 12 successive Virus Bulletin (VB100) awards (http://www.agnitum.com/news/awards.php).

“We have reached the point where we cannot add further enhancements to the antivirus technology in the context of a licensing relationship,” says Agnitum’s Managing Director Mikhail Zakhryapin. “To that end, we have concluded an agreement with VirusBuster to acquire the exclusive rights to their technology, virus database, and antivirus processes. As a consequence of this acquisition, we have also opened an antivirus laboratory in our home town of Saint Petersburg, Russia, where the VirusBuster technology will be maintained and developed.”

VirusBuster will cease the maintenance and development of the antivirus technology, effective October 1, 2012. Agnitum is offering consumers with a currently-valid license for VirusBuster antivirus software a transition to the equivalent Outpost solution at no cost for the remainder of the current VirusBuster license term. VirusBuster consumers must apply for the transition license before October 1. VirusBuster users in Hungary should contact the local Agnitum distributor, Nollex Nemzetközi Kft, at vb-atteres (at) agnitum.hu; those outside Hungary should contact Agnitum’s Customer Service at http://www.agnitum.com/support/contact.php.

“We have enjoyed very much working with Agnitum over the past six years, and are confident that they will continue to support and develop the product to the benefit of PC users everywhere,” said Peter Agocs, co-founder of VirusBuster.

“We are extremely grateful to VirusBuster for their support over the years as a rock-solid strategic partner,” adds Zakhryapin. “Their top-notch technology has underpinned a significant part of Agnitum’s growth over the past few years.”

About Agnitum
Founded in 1999, Agnitum Ltd. (http://www.agnitum.com) has been committed to delivering and supporting high-quality, easy to use security software for over a decade. Agnitum’s commercial solutions for the home market are Outpost Firewall Pro and Outpost Antivirus Pro, securing personal and family computers; and Outpost Security Suite — an all-in-one Internet security solution. Dedicated to global e-security, Agnitum also offers free versions of Outpost Firewall and Outpost Security Suite to secure users’ system, network connections and critical data. Outpost Network Security ensures centrally-manageable endpoint protection and reliable performance for SMBs, and Outpost Antivirus Service provides antivirus protection via monthly subscription to 140,000 ISP subscribers.

For more information and to request review copies of Outpost Pro, please contact:
Agnitum International PR: http://www.agnitum.com/news/pr_contacts.php

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