Robot Genius Announces Free Anti-Malware Download

OAKLAND, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 30, 2007— Robot Genius today announced the availability of its new anti-malware download/plug-in, RGguard. RGguard is a web browser plug-in that protects users from all types of malware including spyware, adware, rootkits and other malicious programs on the web. RGguard knows not just the domain, but also the full path URL that points to each instance of malware. The exactness of the alerts reduces false positives keeping restricted sites to a minimum, and also keeps 'noisy' security alerts to a minimum.

RGguard is a lightweight browser enhancement, compatible both with Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. It provides a clear warning whenever the current site contains malware, harmful software. Users may also access a list of every executable publicly available from the site, including details about what each actually does.

"Rather than identifying threats by fuzzy keywords and links, RGguard attacks the most common vector for malware propagation: executable programs, the same ".EXE" files users have known for two and a half decades," said Stephen Hsu, chairman and co-founder of Robot Genius. "Malware purveyors bundle harmful software with innocuous screensavers, toys, and games. These programs wait before causing trouble, making identifying the cause of the problem difficult. Using RGguard, surfers can see exactly what various scanners said about a program before downloading it, check the total installed size, or even whether it installed device drivers."

RGguard accesses data gathered by a sophisticated automated testbed that has examined virtually every executable on the Internet. This testbed couples traditional anti-virus scanning techniques with two-pronged heuristic analysis. The proprietary Spyberus technology establishes causality between source, executable and malware, and user interface automation allows the computers to test programs just as a user would - but without any human intervention.

For enterprise applications, RGguard Enterprise Edition allows IT administrators to block users from downloading, or even browsing to, URLs known to contain malware. Administrators can remotely lock-down clients via a Java-based management server. Robot Genius also offers this RGcrawler information directly to companies for usage in firewall and desktop security products. Spyberus, the desktop security application that forms the foundation of the testbed, can be downloaded for free.

About Robot Genius

Robot Genius, Inc. creates behavior-based technology that locates, identifies and protects against various forms of malware. Its products include RGcrawler data, the most comprehensive 'blacklist' of all exact URLs containing malware on the Internet; RGguard, a lightweight browser plug-in enhancement that works in tandem with the RGcrawler data; and Spyberus, a behavior-based anti-malware desktop security client. Robot Genius is headquartered in Oakland, California. For more information, visit


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