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November 2, 2010

Webroot buys cloud-based anti-malware offering provider Prevx

Prevx's technology to be integrated into cloud security services

By CBR Staff Writer

Internet security service company Webroot has acquired cloud-based anti-malware offerings provider, Prevx.

England-based Prevx provides products with capabilities for protecting home PCs, corporate networks and mobile devices from malware threats.

Prevx uses real-time cloud technology to understand when malicious files or processes are attempting to attack.

Webroot said it will integrate Prevx’s technology into its cloud security services to deliver online protection for consumers and businesses.

Webroot CEO Dick Williams said Prevx is the leader in cloud-based antivirus protection and behaviour-based malware detection, which block threats before they can ever reach a PC or corporate network.

"This technology, combined with Webroot’s innovations, customer service and support, will make it easy for consumers to stay protected online wherever they go, and easy for businesses to protect their employees and their networks," Williams said.

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The deal comes following a series of major acquisitions by Webroot including enterprise email security provider Email Systems and Website classification company BrightCloud.

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