AVG Technologies today announced the commercial version 9.0 of its popular anti-virus software is now available to consumers. The company's free offering, AVG 9.0 will be available later this month.

The developers promise the new version will be considerably faster, offer improved scanning performance, offer improved ease of use, and improved phishing protection.

The most noticeable change in the software will be a huge reduction in scan times. Thanks to improvements in how the scanning software monitors files on your computer, AVG claims users could experience a reduction in scan times by up to 50 percent depending on system configuration. In addition, AVG claims improvements of 10 to 15 percent for boot times and memory usage.

“AVG 9.0 will provide home computer users with a more powerful and more streamlined solution that adds protection without impacting user experience." said J.R. Smith, CEO, AVG Technologies.on

Also new in AVG 9.0 is the integration between the Resident Shield, firewall, and identity protection modules. By enabling the modules to share malware information with each other, AVG says its software will have an improved ability to detect and remove most malicious types of malware, rootkits, and ID Theft threats, for which signatures have not yet been issued. The firewall enhancements include a complete redesign to reduce intrusive firewall ASK dialogues by 50 percent meaning the firewall application will be significantly less intrusive.

Through enhancements to its LinkScanner offering, AVG 9 will now be able to more quickly and accurately determine whether or not a web page is hosting a phishing attack. This is accomplished by allowing the software to apply more than 100 different potential threat indicators to a page. If the result is inconclusive, LinkScanner then makes a call to the cloud to check a multitude of phishing feeds plugged into the AVG research network to make a final determination regarding threat potential.

AVG 9.0 is available now from the AVG website with prices starting at $35 per year. AVG Free 9.0 will be available mid-October and will be able to be downloaded at http://free.avg.com/.

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