In an effort to help its channel partners gain fresh business anti-virus specialist Kaspersky Lab is handing resellers a scanning tool to gauge the level of malware that has infected a system.
The Cybercrime scanner is offered as a free service via partners that will be supported with some marketing collateral and sales tools in 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 was an unobtrusive tool that could be run on users PCs and report back on malware that existing security software had failed to detect.
Malware has continued to grow through the course of this year and research from Webroot has indicated that ironically it is those users that are more computer literate that often click on error messages and land themselves in hot water.
According to the vendor it is the more experienced users that fall for fake alters giving a chance for malware to enter a network.
“Links to seemingly real search results and videos -- and now even ads on reputable news sites – trigger fake warnings claiming you’re infected or need ‘Home Antivirus 2010’ or another bogus product,” said Mike Kronenberg, chief technology officer of Webroot’s consumer business unit.
“Business must be booming for these thieves, judging from the rapid rate at which Webroot is seeing new programs and variants created in an attempt to bypass security technology,” he added.