Trend Micro adds Wi-Fi protection to PC-cillin

Antivirus software maker Trend Micro Inc. announced the latest version of its "all in one" security software suite Monday and said it plans to go head-to-head with dominant players Symantec Corp. and Network Associates Inc. for a bigger share of the U.S. home user and small office/home office (SOHO) security software market.

PC-cillin 2003 includes new features that give users advanced warning about virus outbreaks and protect users connecting to wireless access points, according to Trend Micro.

The product's new Outbreak Alert feature pushes warning messages out to workstations running PC-cillin, prompting users to download updated patterns to protect against newly detected viruses and worms.

The feature leverages one of Trend Micro's chief assets, the worldwide TrendLabs virus research and notification organization, to get out in front new virus outbreaks and inoculate its customers.

Alerts will appear in the form of either yellow or red pop-up messages. Yellow alerts notify users of scattered appearances of a new virus, whereas red alerts are used to inform users about a rapidly spreading outbreak. By clicking on a button on the alert message, users can update their virus definitions on the spot.

PC-cillin 2003's Wi-Fi Protection feature allows users to deploy a firewall on their computer that prevents all incoming connections to a computer equipped with a wireless access Ethernet card when it is associated to a wireless access point.

A popular product in Japan, PC-cillin is less well known in the U.S. Trend Micro is looking to change that, offering PC-cillin for only around US$50, as opposed to around $70 for competitor Symantec's Norton Internet Security 2003 and NAI's McAfee Internet Security 5.0.

The latest version of PC-cillin will be available later this week for download at the Trend Micro Web site, according to the company. The company says that the product will also be available through major online and catalog retailers as well as through resellers of Trend Micro's SOHO products. No specific online vendors have been named, however.

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