AVG Technologies, also known as AVG , has announced that its AVG Free security product was downloaded more than five million times from CNET Download.com during the last week of May 2008.
The consistently high number of downloads reinforces the product's continuing and growing appeal to users. AVG Free is a popular application on Download.com.
"It's good that users are learning they need more than just anti-virus to be safe on the Internet today," says Karel Obluk, chief technology officer at AVG Technologies. "AVG Free also protects against many drive-by downloads and other Web 2.0 threats by giving real-time safety ratings to all search results obtained through Google, MSN, and Yahoo.
"While we provide AVG Free because we believe everyone has a right to basic Internet security, users should remember that the free product does not protect against the full range of today's web-borne threats. For complete protection, users should consider AVG's commercial products."
AVG Free 8.0 (which was launched in April) provides core protection against viruses and spyware, together with the safe-searching component of the company's patent-pending LinkScanner technology, incorporated into the new AVG Security Toolbar.
The free product does not include the proactive safe-surfing of the full LinkScanner module that is included in the commercial AVG products, nor the extended protection against hackers, keyloggers, spam, phishing attacks, and malicious file downloads. Support for AVG Free is provided through a free peer forum hosted by AVG Technologies.