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GFI introduces new functions for patch management and scanning into 2013 anti-virus

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GFI has introduced a patch management function into its anti-virus software to help further protect users.

The company announced the consumer product launches of Vipre Antivirus 2013 and Vipre Internet Security 2013 today and the business edition will be launched in early November. GFI has introduced three new features to remove old software, update third party patches and add improvements to its scanning capabilities.

Speaking to SC Magazine, Dodi Glenn, Vipre product manager at GFI, said that a scan is done of 18 third party applications that updates behind the scenes, including Adobe, Java and all browsers.

Mark Patton, general manager of the security business unit at GFI, said: “We know how to do this, we took the technology and built it in and the beta testers love this. We have not found a single machine that did not require an update. I would say two-thirds required several patches.

“The code looks at the browser plug-ins and scans them. It then downloads all the patches and applies them. The vulnerabilities are in the third party software.”

An 'easy install' feature will uninstall other anti-virus software at the point of installation. Glenn said: “You may need to run the tool to do a check-up, so we check before the installation to look for incompatible products, perform a reboot and they are uninstalled.

“Old software can lead to performance issues. This was in our business product and now it is in our consumer product.”

Also added is a 'rapid scan' feature that will scan a user's hard drive but having scanned documents once and confirmed that there is nothing malicious, it will not scan that every time, reducing deep scans that normally take an hour, according to the company.

Glenn said: “A two-three terabyte hard drive can be very cheap and it is full of photos and music, so we introduced a technology that will scan once and has no need to scan again. We wanted to make sure there was a good user experience. If anything is changed, it will monitor file changes and quarantines a file if it is malicious and inform the user. The first time any file enters the system it will scan it, there is no prompt behind the scan.”

GFI confirmed that it has added enhanced anti-rootkit technologies that find and disable malicious hidden processes, threats, modules, services and files on user systems, while removable device scanning scans USB sticks, CD/DVD-ROMS and external hard drives for threats automatically. GFI said that most of these features will be in the business edition.

Patton said: “The average internet user does not have the time or inclination to manage anti-virus 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.”

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