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AOL Launches Free Anti-Virus Program for All Online Users.

DULLES, Va. -- Active Virus Shield, Powered by Kaspersky, Provides Real-Time Scanning and Protection Against Viruses, Spyware and Other Online Threats

AOL today launched a new free anti-virus program -- called Active Virus Shield -- for all online users at no cost. Active Virus Shield is powered by Kaspersky Lab, one of the largest Internet security solutions providers in the world, and offers advanced detection technology to stop viruses, spyware, malware and Trojans before they attack, as well as real-time scanning of files and email. The software automatically updates every hour, offering an easy and convenient way for consumers to protect themselves from the thousands of new Internet threats created each month.

"The consumer PC security experience is long overdue for re-invention. With so many consumers online with inadequate security safeguards, it is time to make things like virus protection a fundamental right, not a risk," said John McKinley, President of AOL Digital Services. "AOL has always been committed to protecting online users from threats to their safety, and Active Virus Shield is a key product in AOL's comprehensive free line-up of safety and security offerings, which range from free protection and diagnostic tools like Active Security Monitor to all-in-one security services. To us, it's a simple value proposition - AVS is a great free anti-virus solution for today's online households and is one of the most advanced offerings in the market.

Key features of Active Virus Shield include:

--A combination of traditional signature-based detection with in-depth scanning to protect against a broad range of known and new viruses

--Always-on, automatic hourly updates

--Real-time file protection to scan individual files, catalogs and disks on access or the ability to focus solely on critical areas of the operating system or new and modified files

--E-mail protection by scanning both incoming and outgoing email

Active Virus Shield can be downloaded at starting today and set up in minutes. Once installed, it regularly notifies users of their current protection status and provides recommendations to handle security threats. During times of increased user activity, Active Virus Shield allocates more resources and processing power to the user to help ensure that virus scans do not slow down other activities.

"In today's environment of organized cybercrime and ever-changing online threats, it's more important than ever for consumers to have comprehensive virus and spyware protection that's continuously updated and easy-to-use," said Steve Orenberg, President, Kaspersky Lab, Inc. "By powering Active Virus Shield with our award-winning anti-virus and anti-spyware technology, AOL can offer a new breed of high detection and rapid response protection to guard Internet users against these new and evolving security threats."

AOL will also allow IE users to install a free security toolbar when they download Active Virus Shield. The toolbar will include a real-time update on their computer's security status via Active Security Monitor, a password manager, pop-up blocker, and a link to the Whois domain registration database to find more information on potentially suspicious sites.

In addition to Active Security Monitor and Active Virus Shield, AOL's other security offerings include the AOL Safety and Security Center, a comprehensive security suite available for free to all online users, and AOL Total Care, a premium package of security and computing tools (currently in beta testing).

A study released last December by AOL and the National Cyber Security Alliance found that more than half (56%) of the participants either had no anti-virus protection or had not updated it within the last week. More information about the AOL/NCSA Online Safety Study can be found at

Kaspersky Anti-Virus has won numerous honors, including five stars (out of five) from Computer Shopper magazine and 2006 Anti-Virus Product of the Year at the Network Awards.

Active Virus Shield is free of charge, and there is no obligation or AOL membership required to use it. Active Virus Shield works with Windows XP (home & Professional), NT, 2000, ME, & 98, Internet Explorer 5.5 and above, and requires about 50MB of spare disk space.

About AOL

AOL and its subsidiaries operate a leading network of Web brands and the largest Internet access subscription service in the United States. Web brands include the website, AIM(R), MapQuest(R) and Netscape(R). AOL offers a range of digital services in the areas of education, safety and security, communications and music. The company also has operations in Europe and Canada. AOL LLC is a majority-owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX) and is based in Dulles, Virginia.

About Kaspersky Lab, Inc.

Kaspersky Lab delivers the industry's most immediate protection against Internet-born viruses and threats. Kaspersky is unmatched in the speed that it detects and disarms even the most sophisticated new attacks. Kaspersky offers complete security protection both home users and corporate networks with advanced anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam, anti-crimeware and firewall capabilities, supported by rapid response and automated hourly updates from its world renowned Internet security lab. Today, Kaspersky Lab's products protect more than 200 million users worldwide and its technology is licensed by leading security, networking and messaging vendors globally. To learn more about Kaspersky Lab, visit
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