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Sophos beams up free Klingon antivirus app to Star Trek fans' PCs.

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Hard on the heels of the success of the revamped Star Trek Editing of this page by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled due to vandalism.  franchise, security company Sophos has released a Klingon-language version of a free malware scanning tool it uses to show Earth-bound customers how its technology stacks up against rivals' software.<p>Dubbed Klingon Anti-Virus (KAV KAV Kaspersky AntiVirus
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), the software is actually a tweaked version of Sophos' Threat Detection Test translated into the language spoken by Klingons in the fictional Star Trek universe.<p>Downloads of KAV have been "through the roof," said Carole Theirault, a senior security consultant with Sophos. "It's been huge. I'm just shocked."<p>Sophos' description of KAV uses considerable humor to pitch the product. "Our routine monitoring of sub-space transmissions alerted Sophos that the loss of the Klingon battlecruiser Battlecruisers were large warships of the first half of the 20th century first introduced by the British Royal Navy. They evolved from armoured cruisers and in terms of ship classification they occupy a grey area between cruisers and battleships.  Klothos was not due to Romulan incursion in·cur·sion  
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 opened an attachment from the system S'cam-419," the company said on the site promoting KAV.<p>"Use Sophos' Klingon Anti-Virus to quickly perform an on-demand scan On-demand scanning is a feature of both Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware scanners. Real-time protection is much better from a security standpoint, but it consumes more system resources than an on-demand-only program.  and find viruses, spyware, adware, zero-day threats, Betazoid sub-ether porn dialers and Tribbles that your existing protection might have missed," the site continued.<p>Even the system requirements To be used efficiently, all computer software needs certain hardware components or other software resources to be present on a computer system. These pre-requisites are known as (computer) system requirements and are often used as a guideline as opposed to an absolute rule.  got in on the act. "Runs on Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista. This software has compatibility issues with the version of msxml4.dll used by cloaking devices on Romulan-modded D7-class battle cruisers. Installing this software on such vessels is punishable by ordeal of Ginst'a'Ed," said Sophos.<p>It's just a fluke that KAV went public at all, Theirault said. Originally, Sophos had been asked by a potential customer to see whether it was possible to translate their software into Klingon; it was never intended to be offered to the general public. A partially-finished Web page, however, was discovered by users, and after the word began to spread, Sophos cleaned up the site and made it official.<p>"We didn't expect to make it available to the outside world," said Theirault.<p>Sophos hired a Klingon translator -- Theirault identified him as "naHQun," a Dallas man who is a member of the Klingon Language The Klingon language (tlhIngan Hol in Klingon) is the constructed language spoken by Klingons in the fictional Star Trek universe. Deliberately designed by Marc Okrand to be "alien", it contains many peculiarities, such as Object Verb Subject (OVS) word order.  Institute -- to translate the software's text from English. "He translates all kinds of things," said the clearly-amused Theirault. "He's done some Shakespeare plays, I believe. And his next project is the Kama Sutra Kamasutram, generally known to the Western world as Kama Sutra, is an ancient Indian text widely considered to be the standard work on love in Sanskrit literature. This is authored by Mallanaga Vatsyayana. A portion of the work deals with human sexual behavior. . Really."<p>Threat Detection Test, which Sophos has offered as a free download for 18 months, is simply a scanner: Unlike full-featured antivirus software, it doesn't scrub a PC of malware. Sophos, said Theirault, uses it to give potential customers an idea of how its antivirus engine compares with other vendors' software. "It allows people to see what ours catches that their own antivirus doesn't," she said.<p>Theirault swore that Sophos didn't sync the release of KAV with the debut of the movie Star Trek. "I wish I could say we had," said Theirault.<p>Earlier today, Graham Cluley, another security analyst at Sophos, said that the company had received "a rather hard-nosed communication from a certain party seemingly trying to bully us into removing the Klingon Anti-Virus software from our site. We think that's daft, so we won't be doing it."<p>Copyright 2009 IDG IDG International Data Group
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