AVG and LimeWire Join Hands for Your Security
Article by George Norman
On 12 Mar 2010
AVG Technologies is the company that specializes in providing antivirus and internet security protection to home and business users – the company is better known for its very popular free antivirus solution AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0. LimeWire is the company behind the popular P2P (peer-to-peer) file sharing client, that works on computers powered by Microsoft’s Windows operating system, Apple’s Mac OS X, or Linux.

AVG Technologies and LimeWire announced that they joined hands to provide an enhanced level of security to the computer user. LimeWire’s premium product, LimeWire Pro now comes with AVG Anti-Virus protection. Thanks to the properly good virus protection provided by AVG’s antivirus solution, LimeWire Pro user can now download data safe in the knowledge that AVG will detect and remove.


LimeWire licensed the AVG Anti-Virus SDK (Software Development Kit) engine and integrated it into LimeWire Pro, thus providing antivirus and antispyware protection to LimeWire Pro customers. Before LimeWire Pro allows any file to be played or executed, said file is scanned by AVG’s security solution.

And now, comments from the involved parties:

“Peer-to-peer networks have come a long way. People are using peer-to-peer networks to share files and documents, and we are pleased to be protecting them,” said Rocco Donnino, SVP of Global Strategic Alliances, AVG Technologies. “AVG is committed to securing our online world, whatever it takes.” The ad hoc architecture of peer-to-peer networks affords no central point where security policies can be enforced, making the networks vulnerable to infected files, adware, spyware and other malware creeping into the system. It is incumbent upon users to secure their computers in order to protect both their own computers and the general health of their peer-to-peer network.

“LimeWire is committed to providing peer-to-peer's best user experience and we are vigilant about user security,” said Jason Herskowitz, VP Product Management, LimeWire. “We are always looking for ways to improve, and with AVG's seamless integration into LimeWire, we will be providing users with peer-to-peer's most secure technology.”

In related news, AVG Technologies recently announced that most of the world’s malicious sites are hosted in the good old US of A. A staggering 44% of all corrupted servers that serve exploits around the world are hosted in the United States. In AVG’s top three countries with web servers that, well, serve malware, the United States are followed by Germany and China.

  • You can download AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0 here. Paid versions here.
  • You can download LimeWire Pro or LimeWire Basic here.

Tags: AVG Technologies, LimeWire, Antivirus, Antispyware, Security
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