Cambridge, United Kingdom, April 20, 2001 - Kaspersky Lab, an international data-security software-development company, announces the release of a fully functional version of its world-famous, award-winning Kaspersky Anti-Virus for the Palm operating system. The program's essential characteristics-including powerful functionality, flexible configuration, full control over all data transmission channels and optimized cost-effective internal architecture-make Kaspersky Anti-Virus the most technologically advanced virus protection suite for Palm OS.
"Although Palm users today are threatened by only 3 malicious programs, we anticipate the potential for the overall number of Palm-specific viruses to increase. Considering the great loss for Palm users that may be caused by an unexpected epidemic, Kaspersky Lab has decided to protect its customers before a real global virus attack strikes," said Natalya Kaspersky, Kaspersky Lab CEO.
The main feature that distinguishes Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Palm OS from other similar products for this operating system is the provision of full control over all data transmission channels that could be used by malicious code to penetrate into a user's personal digital assistant. The software utilizes a comprehensive approach to checking data for viruses that includes:
- anti-virus scanner performing on-demand, data-storage virus-checks,
- anti-virus monitor for intercepting viruses in data traffic transmitted by HotSync technology,
- anti-virus monitor for intercepting viruses in data traffic transmitted by Beam technology.
Therefore, utilizing Kaspersky Anti-Virus simply excludes any possibility of malicious code entering Palm computers externally, protecting data at a maximum-security level.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus is powered by a multi-level settings menu, which provides users with an easy and flexible program configuration. The program supports a color graphic user interface and maintains a detailed report file reflecting software activity. It also includes the online Virus Encyclopedia containing the comprehensive description of malicious code infecting the Palm operating system.
In case a virus attack is detected, Kaspersky Anti-Virus allows for the infected object to be cleansed, deleted or skipped , and will also allow the user to learn more details about the virus discovered, from the Virus Encyclopedia. Depending on the program settings, the virus processing can be performed automatically or manually each time a virus is detected.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Palm OS is compatible with versions 2.*, 3.* and 4.* of the operating system (that is used in Palm Pilot, Handspring Visor, Sony CLIE, TRG Pro, Symbol and other handheld computers, as well as Kyocera and Samsung smartphones), and requires only 25Kb of the system memory. The program's internal architecture consists of two main parts: the anti-virus engine itself that performs virus scanning and monitoring, and the virus signatures database. This significantly simplifies the process of Kaspersky Anti-Virus updating: a user does not need to download the whole package when a new virus signature is available - to do so they need only to download the updated anti-virus database.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus will be available for purchase at Kaspersky Lab' online store at the end of May for the competitive price of $14.95.