F-Secure integrates antispyware into new releases

F-Secure releases antivirus and antispyware software for consumers.

F-Secure announced Tuesday the launch of F-Secure Internet Security 2006, consumer-oriented software that can also manage Internet use by children.

The company also released F-Secure Anti-virus 2006. Both products have real-time integrated antispyware, which the company said are the first antivirus products able to detect spyware before it is installed.

The products use F-Secure's BackLight technology that takes aim at rootkits, or malware that remains hidden in computers and is undetected by current security products, according to the company. Daily automatic updates are delivered over the Internet.

The Internet Security software uses an antispam feature that employes a database of verified spam IP addresses and spam gangs, a feature F-Secure said wards off common phishing techniques. An antidialer ensures against unexpected phone bills caused by hackers.

A child-lock feature allows parents to screen out questionable Web sites and set time limits on how long children can be on the Internet.

A one-year subscription to Internet Security 2006 is offered for US$78 and Anti-Virus 2006 for US$64 on F-Secure's Web site. Both prices exclude value added tax.

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Jeremy Kirk

IDG News Service

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