Windows 7 Security: Avira Is Up for the Job
Article by George Norman
On 23 Jun 2009
The German security software provider Avira has announced that while Microsoft is busy putting the finishing touches on the next iteration of its Windows-based operating system, Windows 7, its own crack team of security experts are working hard to get the company’s antivirus solutions to work with this new OS. Avira’s security solutions, including Avira Antivir 9, are ready to tackle Windows 7 security, the company assures us.

Preliminary tests on Windows 7 RC, the version that was made available to the public back in May alongside Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate and will remain available for download at least through July according to Microsoft, have revealed that Avira AntiVir 9 is more than capable to address the security needs of any user. If you are a business or a private user, you can rest assured that Avira’s 9th generation security solutions are suited to handle Vista’s successor.

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The thing to keep in mind is that with Windows 7, exchanging data and communicating within the network is easier than ever and consequently user precaution is advised. CTO with Avira, Stefan Schiffert, explains: “Windows 7 has fewer security functions than Windows Vista as standard and new applications for the operating system make security a real requirement. It is essential to use a good, fast and reliable virus scanner in order to provide effective protection against threats.”

According to Avira, Microsoft has sacrificed safety at the expense of security: UAC (User Account Control) is more user-friendly, meaning that it checks less frequently if a program needs admin rights; setting up a home network is easier for the inexperienced used, but no malware protection is provided during this process; file extensions are not displayed in Windows explorer by default, meaning that an user could open a damaging file type. Avira is aware of all these issues and is ready to address them.

“Avira offers extensive protection under Windows 7 – with helpful administrative tools for the efficient use of the network: if infected data reaches the system, whether through user error or through the efforts of particularly ingenious cyber criminals, Avira’s powerful, award-winning detection engine prevents the file from being opened, deletes it and makes it impossible for the system to become infected, preventing the spread of the virus,” explains the software developer.



Tags: Avira, Windows 7, Avira AntiVir 9
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