Avira Will Protect China's Largest Internet Service Portal
Article by George Norman
On 19 Sep 2013
Security company Avira recently announced that its malware scanning engine will be used by Tencent’s QQ Mail division to protect its more than 300 million email service customers.

Tencent, China’s largest and most used Internet service portal, decided to license Avira’s SAVAPI anti-malware scanning engine and thus rely on Avira to protect its 300 million email service customers. Tencent’s QQ Mail division will use Avira’s malware scanning engine to scan for and remove malware that may affect its millions of customers.


There are numerous other security companies out there, so why did Tencent decide to go with Avira? It seems it is all about reputation, industry reputation that is. Avira is known for its top quality products that combine ease of use with powerful functionality. And there’s another reason: he ease with which Avira’s technology can be integrated via the SAVAPI SDK.

Here is what Avira CEO Travis Witteveen had to say on the topic:

“Avira software has been localized for Chinese languages since 2010, which demonstrates our commitment to the China market. And our technology has been proven to be able to scale to hundreds of millions of customers, so we were a natural choice for Tencent,” said Travis Witteveen. “We are pleased that Tencent has put their trust in Avira.”

And here is what Tencent’s Jeffrey Du had to say on the matter:

“QQ Mail is one of the biggest email service vendors in China. Tencent QQ email integrated Avira antivirus engine to improve virus scanning speed of the email and to provide secure email services for QQ Mail users,” said Jeffrey Du (杜庆生) , Vice General Manager of Tencent Email.

In related news, Avira rolled out Avira Free Android Security 2.0 not long ago. When version 1.0 was rolled out, Avira said that antivirus protection is not needed. Things changed and adding anti-malware features became a must. That is why version 2.0 comes with comprehensive antivirus scanning and removal capabilities. Read more about this topic here.

Tags: Avira, Tencent, QQ Mail, security, malware, agreement, protection
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