AMSTERDAM, 29 June, 2011 – AVG Technologies, a leading provider of internet and mobile security, today announced free Anti-virus technology for Amazon EC2 users. The preconfigured software bundled within an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) is now available on the Amazon Web Services Community AMIs list, free for everyone to download and use.

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    AVG’s AMI consists of a hardened Debian Linux operating system with AVG’s pre-configured Anti-virus technology. Saving the time, effort and expertise needed to secure an OS and install a commercial Anti-virus product, the AVG technology can be launched, ready for use, as rapidly as any other instance on Amazon EC2. Peace of mind for business owners and website managers is what AVG is relentlessly striving for.

    Many Amazon EC2 users are website owners and this technology is designed for those websites which enable user generated content to be submitted. AVG’s malware protection focuses on cleaning submitted files from viruses. The service is also ideal for companies using EC2 to perform a wide range of online activities involving files storage, supplier or partner communications.

    “For many businesses operating online, security is vital. Allowing users to upload content not only puts the site itself at risk from harmful files, it could also cause the site to become a distributor of malware itself, in turn infecting its own users.” said Yuval Ben-Itzhak, Chief Technology Officer, AVG Technologies. “With our free Anti-Virus for EC2, server operators benefit from our Community-Powered-Protection at no cost.

    “Amazon EC2 has proven to be a fantastic platform for an increasing number of businesses,” said J.R. Smith, CEO, AVG Technologies. “Particularly for smaller businesses, having little capital expenditure and hassle by using cloud services means they can focus on growing their business. AVG is offering this free technology to give small businesses peace of mind about their security too.”

    This service, targeted at small and medium sized businesses, is part of AVG’s SMB program. It aims to provide businesses with the tools and information to provide them with peace of mind about their security, making sure they are able to focus on driving their business forward.

    The relevant AMIs are ready to deploy and can be found in the Amazon directory under:
    us-east: ami-94758dfd
    us-west: ami-7d4c1e38
    eu-west: ami-7818290c
    ap-southeast: ami-d0750d82
    ap-northeast: ami-8e309a8f

    For instructions on how to setup the EC2 environment and run AVG please download our user-guide from: www.avg.com/download-file-guide-avl-ec2

    For more information about AVG’s services for businesses, visit the AVG Business Resource Centre:
    UK: www.avg.com/gb-en/business-resources-centre
    US: www.avg.com/us-en/business-resources-centre

    About AVG

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    AVG is a global security software maker servicing 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, Ingram Micro, Play.com, Wal-Mart, and Yahoo!

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