Kaspersky Labs and Questar sign partnership agreements

Kaspersky Labs, an international data-security software developer, has signed retail and distribution agreements with Questar, an Italian software republishing company, which will enable Questar (www.questar.it) to sell Kaspersky Labs anti-virus software in the Italian market.

In accordance with the agreement Questar presents Kaspersky Labs current product line, which includes solutions for personal and business use.

“In April 2001 Kaspersky Labs switched its product line (former AVP Gold and Platinum) to a new one, which is based on the world’s most advanced anti-virus technologies. We are now glad to strengthen the presence of these products in the Italian market in cooperation with Questar, one of the strongest players within the local market. According to our agreement with Questar Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal and Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal Pro, localized into Italian and suitable for home users, will be distributed as boxed and downloadable versions. Kaspersky Anti-Virus Business Optimal, an anti-virus solution for small and medium business, can be purchased through Questar as a downloadable version” -, said Kirill Buzukov, Kaspersky Labs International Distribution Director.

All of the anti-virus products offered are powered by the well-known Kaspersky award-winning anti-virus engine and provide a high level of defense against all types of malicious code, in all of the virus propagation sources. They include the unique background virus-interceptor, Monitor, which allows the anti-virus software to comprehensively control all of the file operations and prevent attacks of even the most technologically advanced malware. They also contain extended capabilities for virus scanning inside e-mails and the majority of archived and compressed files. An essential part of Kaspersky Anti-Virus is also Kaspersky Updater that enables automatic download of free daily updates of the anti-virus databases via the Internet.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal and Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal Pro are both equipped with Kaspersky Control Center (a built-in scheduler and management console) and Kaspersky Mail Checker (on-the-fly virus detection and malicious-code removal from e-mail). However, Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal Pro is more suitable for experienced users, as it also includes Kaspersky Office Guard, the unique behavior blocker that provides 100% protection against macro-viruses, and the world’s most advanced integrity checker, Kaspersky Inspector.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Business Optimal provides complex anti-virus security for small and medium-sized business. It supports a wide range of platforms and applications, protects workstations (Windows 95/98/ME, Windows 2000/NT Workstation, OS/2, Linux), file servers (Windows 2000/NT Server, Novell NetWare, Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD) and controls data traffic in e-mail gateways (MS Exchange Server, Lotus Notes/Domino, Sendmail, Qmail, Postfix, Exim).

To make users fully protected, Questar and Kaspersky Labs will provide them with bi-level technical service. If needed, users can contact Questar’s local technical support in Italian by e-mail or on a toll-free phone number, 800-783.7827. At the same time English-speaking consultants from Kaspersky Labs’ technical support are available 24 hours a day by either phone or email.

All of Kaspersky Labs’ anti-virus products are tested with outstanding results by numerous international anti-virus centres and by the experts of the major computer magazines. Its reliability and effectiveness is confirmed by numerous certifications received from the world’s leading independent research centers and test labs.

To learn more about Kaspersky Labs’ anti-virus products please visit Questar’s booths #11-L29 and #22-K08 at the SMAU 2001 exhibition, taking place in Milan between 18 and 22 October 2001.

About Questar:

Founded in 1993 as software republishing company, Questar is committed in localization, adaptation and distribution of high quality innovative software products and solutions for the Italian market. Questar represents in Italy several international companies: Crystal Decisions, Euromap, FrontRange Solutions, Jasc Software, Kaspersky Labs, Lernout & Hauspie, Namo Interactive, Pentaware and TurboCAD. Products of all these companies are distributed via traditional market channels, Vars and companies, which sells via mail.

The company has two divisions named ‘Enterprise’ and ‘Consumer’. Both of them offer technical support, training courses and operate as consultants to help customers to use all the products in the best way.

About Kaspersky Labs:

Kaspersky Labs Int. is an international, privately owned software-development company, with representative offices in Moscow (Russia), Cambridge (United Kingdom) and Pleasanton (CA, United States). The company was founded in 1997, and concentrates its efforts on developing, marketing and distributing world-class data-security technologies and related computer software both for individual users and corporate networks of any size and complexity.

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