The manufacturers of anti-virus industry are divided into three groups: the industry leaders, the second-tier companies, the others who have no significant effect on the anti-virus market.
One of the world’s leaders is Trend Micro, which dominates the stock market of Japan. The company was originally based in Taiwan until it penetrated the Japanese market. Now the Trend Micro headquarter can be found in the United States.
Trend Micro produces various lines of products and solutions that will protect computers, servers and mobiles. Although the company products and solutions are proprietary, Trend Micro also has a variety of free tools and services.
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Avast Home Edition 4.8.1229.80923 is a free antivirus, and it was released this year September 23, 2008. Even if it was just released less than a month (since the date today is Oct 8), 30,937,233 people have already downloaded this program at Download.com. Even the Editor of Download.com has given Avast Home Edition a perfect score 5/5. It just proves that Avast Home Edition is a program worthy for our attention. This program has the following workings, according to the publisherâ€™s description: On demand scanner with skinnable simple interface, choose what you want to scan and just press the play button; On access scanner, special providers to protect the most of available e-mail clients; Instant messaging–ICQ, Miranda; Network traffic–intrusion detection, lightweight firewall; P2P protection for Kazaa, BitTorrent; Web shield–monitors and filters all HTTP traffic; NNTP scanner–scans all Usenet Newsgroup traffic and all operations with files on PC; Boot time scanner–scans disks in the same way and in the same time as Windows CHKDSK does.