Deploys Anti-Spam and Anti-Virus Security Protection in U.S.

RESTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 10, 2001–

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and Symantec Global, a US-based international consumer Internet Service Provider, today announced the deployment of a real-time anti-virus and anti-spam filtering solution, VirusDefender(TM) and SpamGuardian(TM), as part of its basic monthly subscription service.

U.S. customers will be the first to benefit from the service followed shortly by customers in the 15 other countries serves.

Transparent to the user, VirusDefender(TM) will detect and eliminate email-borne viruses and threats before they reach customer mailboxes. All email attachments that can contain viruses are scanned, as are different encoding schemes (UUENCODE, Binhex, and Mime).

SpamGuardian(TM) will scan the header and body of suspect email messages before they reach customer mailboxes. This feature stores this mail in a “caught spam” area for the user to review, in effect sidelining suspected mail for 14 days for examination, rather than deleting it.

“Together, VirusDefender(TM) and SpamGuardian(TM) will analyze and filter email messages to protect the integrity and security of our customers and their equipment. “This is an important step in our goal to provide customers with a safe, easy way to use the Internet for communications and sharing information,” said Eric Lunn, President of U.S.’s deployment of anti-spam and anti-virus technology arrives in time to respond to today’s increased Internet security awareness and frequent email attacks.’s VirusDefender(TM) and SpamGuardian(TM) are being provided through a global arrangement with Brightmail, a leading provider of advanced message management whose anti-virus technology is powered by Symantec, a world leader in Internet security technology. According to a Brightmail spokesperson, is the largest ISP to offer their anti-virus and anti-spam protection at no additional charge to its customers.

Since its inception, has grown its global operations to provide service on four continents. With a constant focus on setting new standards for service quality and network reliability for its customers, will continue to launch innovative services. Soon to be announced, the company is in the final testing stages to add more countries to its Roaming Service which allows customers to easily access their account and email while traveling the globe.

About is the first global Internet Service Company providing local content shared through a unique global network of online communities. Its customers place a high-value on their Internet service and choose for its reliability, quality of service and the ability to deliver immediately on the promise of the Internet. will continue delivering on this promise through the development of new dial-up and broadband access options across multiple platforms and devices. will continue to innovate by investing its resources in appropriate Internet technology companies and service providers. has over 900 employees in 16 countries and serves nearly 500,000 customers worldwide. has offices in Europe, Latin America, North America and Asia and is headquartered in Reston, Virginia. For more information and to visit the world of, please visit

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