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Grisoft acquires Exploit Prevention Labs

Fourth-largest antivirus software vendor adds Exploit Prevention Labs' LinkScanner family of safe-browsing applications to its product offerings.

Grisoft, maker of AVG antivirus and Internet security software, on Wednesday announced the acquisition of Exploit Prevention Labs, maker of the LinkScanner family of safe Web-browsing applications.

Unlike other safe-surfing applications, which tend to rely on databases, LinkScanner uses technology that determines, as the page is downloaded onto your browser, whether it is tainted with malicious software.

In CNET Reviews testing, LinkScanner has detected recent changes on Web pages where other safe surfing applications, such as McAfee SiteAdvisor, has not. One limitation of LinkScanner is its inability to determine whether a page is fraudulent; LinkScanner determines only whether the page has malicious content.

Grisoft plans to host Exploit Prevention Labs' products on its site. According to Grisoft, Exploit Prevention Labs' 18 employees will join Grisoft. Roger Thompson will become chief research officer, Greg Mosher will become vice president of engineering, and Chris Weltzien will become vice president of business development.