Network Associates Granted New U.S. Patent for Updating Anti-Virus Over The Internet

New Patented Updating Technology Delivers Reliable Anti-Virus Protection To McAfee Customers

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ —

Network Associates, Inc. (Nasdaq: NETA) today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted the company United States Patent number 6,269,456 for its technology invention in the field of updating anti-virus software over the Internet. The anti-virus updating technology described in United States Patent 6,296,456, entitled “Method and System for Providing Automated Updating and Upgrading of Antivirus Applications Using a Computer Network,” further distinguishes the company’s McAfee brand anti-virus solutions from other anti-virus products and vendors. According to a particular example of the newly patented technology, updated anti-virus files are automatically pushed over the Internet from McAfee, or another source, to a local distribution server within a customer’s network. Files are then pushed from the distribution server to additional servers and desktops within the customer network.

The patented technology also encompasses retrieving information about a current anti-virus file installed on a client computer to determine if it is up to date. If an updated anti-virus file supersedes the current anti-virus file, then the updated anti-virus file is transferred to the client computer over the Internet.

“McAfee leads the industry in developing technology for updating anti-virus solutions and software using the Internet,” said Gene Hodges, co-inventor of U.S. Patent 6,269,456 and president of the McAfee division of Network Associates, Inc. “Our patented technology provides McAfee customers with reliable and easy-to-manage virus protection they have come to expect from the industry-leading McAfee brand.”

McAfee is a division of Network Associates, Inc. that protects e-businesses from security breaches and virus attacks. McAfee has aggressively focused on the burgeoning mobile and wireless marketplace, developing the VirusScan Wireless family of products. McAfee is also actively addressing the service provider market through McAfee ASaP, which offers Internet security and virus protection. All McAfee products are backed by the world’s leading anti-virus research organization, McAfee AVERT (Anti-Virus Emergency Response Team), the team which first identified Melissa, Bubbleboy and Phage, the first wireless virus. For more information, McAfee can be reached at 800-338-8754 and on the Internet at or

With headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., Network Associates, Inc. is a leading supplier of security and availability solutions for e-businesses. Network Associates is comprised of four product groups: McAfee, delivering world class anti-virus products; PGP Security, providing firewall, intrusion detection and encryption products; Sniffer Technologies, a leader in network and application management; and Magic Solutions, providing web-based service desk solutions. For more information, Network Associates can be reached at 972-308-9960 or on the Internet at

NOTE: Network Associates, McAfee, PGP, Sniffer, VirusScan, WebShield, NetShield, GroupShield, PrimeSupport, Enterprise SecureCast and Magic Solutions are registered trademarks of Network Associates, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other registered and unregistered trademarks in this document are the sole property of their respective owners.

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