In an effort to help its channel partners gain freshbusiness anti-virus specialist Kaspersky Lab is handing resellers a scanningtool to gauge the level of malware that has infected a system.
The Cybercrime scanner is offered as a free service viapartners that will be supported with some marketing collateral and sales toolsin a campaign designed to help them get a foot in the door with customers.
Bill Trim, corporate sales director at Kaspersky Lab UK and Ireland, said that the scanner wasan unobtrusive tool that could be run on users PCs and report back on malwarethat existing security software had failed to detect.
Malware has continued to grow through the course of thisyear and research from Webroot has indicated that ironically it is those usersthat are more computer literate that often click on error messages and landthemselves in hot water.
According to the vendor it is the more experienced usersthat fall for fake alters giving a chance for malware to enter a network.
“Links to seemingly real search results and videos -- andnow even ads on reputable news sites – trigger fake warnings claiming you’reinfected or need ‘Home Antivirus 2010’ or another bogus product,” said MikeKronenberg, chief technology officer of Webroot’s consumer business unit.
“Business must be booming for these thieves, judging fromthe rapid rate at which Webroot is seeing new programs and variants created inan attempt to bypass security technology,” he added.