Stopping malware early…

SafeBrowsing features scans for known malicious URLs

The best way to fight malware is to avoid getting infected in the first place.   If the file can’t get downloaded to your device, then there’s no risk it can infect it.   Since it is estimated that more than 500,000 new malware programs are created each day (often variations of previous ones), catching fresh malware is often a difficult task.

Yet, many malware analysts and organizations like ours are involved in flagging known URLs that carry malware as early as possible.   By sharing our efforts and them sharing theirs, we are active in creating live databases of known malicious URLs.   This list grows by about 20,000 net new URLs daily and changes are broadcasted every 5-10 minutes to millions of our users around the globe to protect their PCs.   It’s one of the key ways we help our free users in fighting malware.    If you want to benefit from this free protection, please download our browser add-on here (http://toolbar.lavasoft.com/info.php).   A new version (toolbar-less) is in the works too

Recently, we have partnered with BluePrint Data (a really nice company with really nice folks based in Florida) to license our feed within their cloud distribution system to help ISPs, OEMs and other software vendors provide additional protection to their users.   Considering BluePrint Data’s reputation as a provider of accurate URL filtering data, we are quite proud to have been selected as their malware vendor.

Through this partnership, Lavasoft should help protect another 2 million users around the globe.   And that makes us proud.

Moreover, we have licensed their website categorization feed and we are excited to soon be able to offer a free parental-control feature in a new software under way.   We will also soon rely on their cloud-based infrastructure to increase response time for our users.

A big thanks to the team at BluePrint Data and to Bob (their CEO).

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