Russian IT security company Kaspersky Lab announced it is launching worldwide a free antivirus Kaspersky Free version.
This information was released Tuesday last week by Yevgeny Valentinovich Kaspersky, also known outside Russia and the west as Eugene Kaspersky, the company’s CEO.
“I’ve some fantastic, earth-shattering-saving news. We’re announcing the global launch of Kaspersky Free, which, as you may have guessed by the title, is completely free-of-charge! Oh my giveaway!” Kaspersky said.
The free antivirus is competing with its commercial versions that have more features, the company said, adding that the work on the antivirus took a year and a half.
“Last year, the product successfully piloted in the Russia-Ukraine-Belarus region, in China, and also in the Nordic countries,” the company said.
The company’s free antivirus will initially be available to the US, Canada, and many of the Asia Pacific countries.
Next scheduled release in September will include India, Hong Kong, Middle East, Africa, Turkey and Latin America.
The last quarter of the year starting October to Europe, Japan and South Korea, then in November to Vietnam and Thailand.
The launch of the free software coincides with company’s 20th anniversary.
Kaspersky Lab also develops and sells internet security, password management, endpoint security, and other cybersecurity products and services. (With report from Sputnik).