AVG Technologies, developers of the world’s most popular free anti-virus software, AVG, today announced a limited public beta test of its new online tool, AVG Threat Labs. Threat Labs merges the quantitative Web threat detection data that AVG routinely collects from its almost 100 million users with data from AVG’s LinkScanner technology. It offers information about a website just like McAfee SiteAdvisor and MyWot. The latter is a community-based, free safe surfing tool for browsers that provides website ratings & reviews to help web users as they search, surf & shop online.
AVG Threat Lab reports are straightforward and simple to understand, outlining the respective site’s popularity (i.e. “POPULAR”, “VERY POPULAR”, “TOP SITE”), the location of the site’s server, the number of threats and the number of compromised web pages on the site, found if any. Users can also view a description of the threats detected, the period over which they were identified and how they’ve managed to manifest themselves over time. Furthermore, a user can get extensive details about the number of web pages infected – essential information if multiple threats have been detected.
AVG users with LinkScanner already installed are protected in real-time from sites containing malware. Threat Labs complements this software by enabling the user to type in the URL of a specific Web site to gather more information. Users not using AVG software can still benefit from visiting Threat Labs as it provides an instant and complete safety analysis of a Web site including detection statistics, a detection timeline, an analysis of linked sites and a detection map.
“Web threats are constantly evolving and it is our mission to provide consumers with the resources they need to not be victims of Internet crimes,” said JR Smith, Chief Executive Officer of AVG Technologies. “What really excites me about Threat Labs is that it is all about what makes AVG a different security software company to our competitors because it is based on people powered protection. From the standard AV tools and malware detection, to more cutting edge resources like threat labs and our new social media tools, AVG is committed to a product line that is effective against the risks we understand today and the threats that are evolving as we speak.”