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20 June 2007, 17:23

Public betas of Internet security solutions

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Many anti-virus manufacturers allow volunteers to test the latest versions of their software for bugs before they are released to the public. While the open beta period for Kaspersky is now coming to an end and the final versions will be released to stores at the end of this month, Panda Software and Bitdefender are inviting volunteers to test the next generation of their security solutions.

Panda Software has launched the beta versions of Antivirus 2008 for Windows XP and Vista (both the 32- and 64-bit versions) and Windows 2000. The new beta version uses fewer resources than the previous versions, and its http resident module monitors Web traffic to detect and block malicious web pages. In addition to providing virus protection, Antivirus 2008 also includes additional protection against spyware and phishing and offers heuristic protection – but does not include the TruPreventTM Technologies behavioral blocker . To take part in the beta program, users need to fill out the registration form on the Panda Product Downloads page before they can download and test the software.

Bitdefender is offering beta versions of its upcoming internet security suite Total Security 2008 for Windows XP and Vista to users who register with a valid corporate e-mail address. The game mode is configured to be less intrusive for smoother game playing by scaling down the security components so that they use fewer resources without exposing the gamer to the dangerous files from the internet. Total Security also features a back-up feature that allows users to automatically create back-up copies of important data. To encourage testers to participate in the Bitdefender beta program, the manufacturer will be giving prizes to testers who have found and reported the most bugs. The prizes include a Sony Playstation 3, a Microsoft Xbox360, and a Nintendo Wii as well as a Nokia N90, 30 copies of either World of Warcraft or Command & Conquer 3) as well as full versions of BitDefender's 2008 consumer product line.

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