Computer Associates in conjunction with Microsoft announced an offer to provide qualified Windows home computer users with a no-charge, one-year subscription to CA's eTrust EZ Armor antivirus and firewall desktop security suite.
CA will aggressively promote this special offer as part of Microsoft's "Protect Your PC" campaign. A download link for eTrust EZ Armor is featured on the Protect Your PC site on Microsoft's Web site.
"The widespread embrace of PCs and the Internet has put extremely powerful technology in the hands of consumers," said Toby Weiss, senior vice president of eTrust solutions at CA. "To ensure the safety and integrity of the Internet experience, we are making CA's powerful enterprise-class security technology readily available to home computer users while supporting Microsoft's Protect Your PC campaign."
According to the eighth annual ICSA Labs Virus Prevalence Survey, there are roughly 105 virus infections per 1,000 PCs per month. This has increased steadily from 32 per 1,000 in 1998. A recent survey conducted by AOL also revealed that 62 percent of home broadband users did not have recently updated antivirus software on their machines.
Viruses and worms have caused billions of dollars in damage worldwide this year, with the SoBig worm alone costing individuals and business more than US$29 billion, according to the London-based digital risk assessment firm mi2g. eTrust EZ Armor addresses the key steps for effective PC protection as outlined in Microsoft's Protect Your PC program by delivering:
Enterprise-class antivirus technology, based on CA's award-winning eTrust Antivirus and certified by ICSA Labs
Daily updates to protect against malicious computer risks such as viruses, worms and Trojans
An easy-to-use, pre-configured personal firewall
The ability to control and weed out pop-ups, cookies and other invasive code
eTrust EZ Armor is a $49.95 retail value. This free subscription for qualified Windows users is available for download through 30th June 30 2004, and provides one year of personal firewall and antivirus protection including daily virus signature updates.