Lindows.com Introduces Built-in Antivirus Defense System for LindowsOS
Teams with leading antivirus provider Central Command to offer safety from viruses at an affordable price
SAN DIEGO — February 18, 2003 — Lindows.com, Inc. today announced the immediate availability of an integrated antivirus service for LindowsOS (www.lindows.com/virussafe). This new service, called VirusSafe, uses the best-of-breed VexiraTM Antivirus for Linux workstation by Central Command, a leading provider of antivirus software and computer security services. Lindows.com has addressed the #1 software request for its desktop Linux operating system at the low price of just $29 annually.
“Computer viruses are now a way of life for PC users on the Internet. We certainly recognize that and wanted to provide LindowsOS users with affordable virus protection which they can install with a single mouse click,” said Michael Robertson, chief executive officer of Lindows.com, Inc. “With our new anti-virus service, our users get the security they expect in a modern operating system. It is important to us to offer best-of-breed solutions to our customers and that is why we chose Vexira Antivirus for our new Linux antivirus service.”
Malicious code worms spread through destructive email attachments and peer-to-peer programs waste countless hours of time and cost billions of dollars each year. The number of Linux viruses is currently low, but that number is sure to rise as shipments of desktop Linux systems like LindowsOS rapidly grow. Teaming with Central Command, Lindows.com has been able to offer a world-class solution that is both tightly integrated with LindowsOS and affordable.
VirusSafe, powered by Vexira from Central Command, offers numerous features important to LindowsOS consumers, including:
* Low cost — just $29 for one year of service
* One-click access to turn on the anti-virus protection
* Virus definitions that are updated automatically via the Internet during the term of service
* A virus scan scheduler
* Blocked access to infected files
* Options to repair, rename, or delete infected file
* Heuristic detection of new macro viruses
Using an advanced virus inspection technology, Vexira closely monitors for viruses and other suspicious activity on local hard disks, floppy disks, and Internet downloads. This keeps LindowsOS computers safe and also ensures that users will not pass on viruses to anyone using other operating systems. Vexira’s high-performance file analysis technology allows Vexira to accurately identify which files may contain malicious code (requiring further investigation) and those files that do not, a process that greatly increases virus-scanning speed.
“We know that as more desktop Linux computers are shipped, we have to step up our vigilance in Linux antivirus solutions,” said Keith Peer, President and CEO of Central Command, Inc. “It made good sense for Lindows.com to add the virus protection service using Vexira to the LindowsOS, as they are clearly embracing a consumer Linux model that is important to the growth of Linux. The LindowsOS is an exciting, easy to use desktop Linux solution and offering an antivirus service clearly demonstrates Lindows.com commitment to provide leading edge technology at an affordable price.”
The VirusSafe service is available to LindowsOS users immediately via Click-N-Run for an annual cost of $29. For more information, see http://www.lindows.com/virussafe.
LindowsOS is a new and exciting operating system that delivers the power, stability and cost-savings of Linux with the ease of a windows environment. LindowsOS is easy to experience because of its friendly graphical interface and support for popular Microsoft Windows file types (.doc, .xls, .ppt, .jpg, .gif, .mp3, etc.).
About Central Command
A leader in the anti-virus industry, Central Command, Inc., a privately held company, serves home PC users and industrial, financial, government, education and service firms with virus protection software, services, and information. Vexira is Central Command’s leading anti-virus program, which works on multiple OS platforms. The company services customers in over 93 countries and is headquartered in Medina, Ohio. Visit Central Command online at (www.centralcommand.com) or call 1-330-723-2062 for more information.
Lindows.com is a consumer company that brings choice to computer users. Lindows.com, Inc. was started by Michael Robertson, founder and former CEO of MP3.com. LindowsOS is a modern, affordable, easy-to-use operating system that allows users access to hundreds of applications via the Click-N-RunTM Warehouse. Visit www.lindows.com/order to purchase the most recent version of LindowsOS. All applications in the Click-N-Run Warehouse (www.lindows.com/warehouse) are licensed on a per-person or family basis and can be downloaded, installed and run with just one-mouse click. LindowsOS is also available on LindowsOS Certified Computers being offered from Lindows.com Builder partners (www.lindows.com/builders). See where you can pick up a machine bundled with LindowsOS at .www.lindows.com/featured
To stay apprised of all of Lindows.com activities, including low-cost computer announcements, visit www.lindows.com/mailing.
LindowsOS and Lindows.com are trademarks of Lindows.com, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Central Command and Vexira are trademarks of Central Command, Inc. All other trademarks, trade names, and products referenced herein are property of their respective owners. Microsoft Windows operating system is a registered trademark or service mark of the Microsoft Corporation.