Kaspersky releases mobile antivirus beta

Antivirus software protects smart phones using the Symbian OS

Kaspersky Lab has released a beta version of mobile antivirus software for smart phones using the Symbian OS, it announced Thursday.

The product, called Kaspersky Anti-Virus Mobile 2.0, can stop suspicious programs before they infect the phone and scan devices for malicious software, the company said.

Kaspersky is one of many vendors pushing mobile antivirus products to market as malicious software increasingly targets those devices.

The company said its software is equipped to blocked suspect SMS (Short Message Service) and MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) messages. The product uses a so-called "blacklist" to compare messages and block spam.

The software can be set to download regular updates from Kaspersky Lab servers by WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) or HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol), the company said.

Anti-Virus Mobile is compatible with phones using the Symbian 6.1, 7.0s, 8.0 or 8.1 OS versions and the Series 60 user interface.

The second beta version will support Symbian Series UIQ and Microsoft's Windows Mobile versions 2003 and 5.0, Kaspersky said.

Interested users can sign up for beta testing at www.kaspersky.com/beta. Active participants in the program will receive free software upon commercial release, the company said.

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