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AVG Secures Access to Social Networks Via Updated Browser Toolbar.

Facebook, Skype Presence and Status Update Functions Delivered Through AVG Notifier App

AMSTERDAM -- AVG Technologies, developers of the world's most popular free anti-virus software, today announced that it has updated its browser toolbar to include secure access to Facebook, Skype and weather updates. The toolbar functions as a secure portal through which alerts, pokes, friend requests, event invitations and status updates can be made. A proprietary Facebook Notifier feature can be configured to show only alerts that users want to receive.

"Our virus researchers have been warning consumers for the past year of hacks and scams that can be perpetrated via the social networks, so we are looking for ways to better align into these networks and begin to help make these interactions more secure," said J.R. Smith, CEO of AVG Technologies. "By adding this functionality into our toolbar, we are starting on a path to help keep our customers protected when they work, play, listen, view or connect online. AVG is protecting people, not PCs, and this addition to the tool bar gives them a convenient and secure channel through which to update Facebook status, launch Skype and get weather alerts."

The AVG toolbar is available now and included for free as an optional installation in all of AVG's security software products. Current AVG customers will receive the new toolbar functions as part of their next scheduled update; users with the AVG Security Toolbar already installed will be prompted to update. New customers can get the toolbar by downloading any of AVG's home security or business security software products here: http://www.avg.com/us-en/homepage

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About AVG Technologies

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AVG is a global security software maker protecting more than 110 million consumers and small businesses in 170 countries from the ever-growing incidence of web threats, viruses, spam, cyber-scams and hackers on the Internet. AVG has nearly two decades of experience in combating cyber crime and one of the most advanced laboratories for detecting, pre-empting and combating Web-borne threats from around the world. Its free, downloadable software allows novice users to have basic anti-virus protection and then easily upgrade to greater levels of safety and defense when they are ready. AVG has nearly 6,000 resellers, partners and distributors globally including Amazon.com, CNET, Cisco, Ingram Micro, Play.com, Wal-Mart, and Yahoo!

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