October 25, 2011 | San Diego, CA | Press Releases

ESET Partners with OPSWAT through Metascan Online to Increase Malware Detection

OPSWAT and ESET today announced that ESET's antivirus scanning engine will now be included in OPSWAT's Metascan Online. The partnership will help to improve Metascan Online, by including the malware detection capabilities of the ESET engine to the site's scanning process. In turn, OPSWAT will provide ESET with malware samples from the files uploaded to Metascan Online. With the help of thousands of samples a day, ESET has yet another means of identifying newly emerging threats and potential false positives.


OPSWAT, the industry leader in software management SDKs, interoperability certification and multiple-engine scanning solutions, provides Metascan Online as a free web based demo of its Metascan multi-scanning technology. Users can visit the site and upload files to have them scanned by many antivirus engines simultaneously. Available to anyone, Metascan Online receives and scans thousands of files a day. Currently the service uses 17 antivirus engines, although the amount of engines included is constantly increasing.

Through its extended partnership with OPSWAT, ESET receives information about the potential threats or false positives reported by the engines included in Metascan Online, in addition to the global samples it receives on a daily basis. By comparing its detection to that of the other engines included in Metascan Online, ESET can identify new malicious files or potential false positives to continually improve their engine's detection and performance.

"ESET is pleased to establish this collaboration with OPSWAT," said Pierre-Marc Bureau, senior malware researcher at ESET. "This exchange of valuable information will further ensure the security of our users and the optimal performance of our antimalware products."

ESET also partners with OPSWAT by licensing its engine to be a part of Metascan, as well as through the OPSWAT Certification Program, which verifies applications' compatibility with leading technology solutions.

"We are happy to partner with ESET through Metascan Online," commented Tausheet Antani, CTO at OPSWAT. "Their engine is a great addition to the service, and we are happy to share the invaluable data that is collected through Metascan Online."

OPSWAT's Metascan Online sample sharing program is a valuable asset to antivirus vendors in their continuous effort to improve malware detection rates and provide customers with the most thorough and relevant antimalware products on the market. For more information about including your engine in Metascan Online, please contact sales@opswat.com.

About ESET
ESET is on the forefront of security innovation, delivering trusted protection to make the Internet safer for businesses and consumers. IDC has recognized ESET as a top five corporate anti-malware vendor and one of the fastest growing companies in its category. Trusted by millions of users worldwide, ESET is one of the most recommended security solutions in the world. ESET NOD32 Antivirus consistently achieves the highest accolades in all types of comparative testing, and powers the virus and spyware detection in ESET Smart Security and ESET Cybersecurity for Mac. Sold in more than 180 countries, ESET's global headquarters is in Bratislava, Slovakia, with distribution headquarters for North America located in San Diego, California. ESET also has offices in Buenos Aires, Prague, Krakow and Singapore and is represented by an extensive global partner network. For more information, visit http://www.eset.com/ or call +1 (619) 876-5400.

Founded in 2002, OPSWAT is the industry leader in software management SDKs, interoperability certification and multiple-engine malware scanning solutions. With both software manageability and multi-scanning products, OPSWAT offers simplified and comprehensive SDKs that reduce time and costs for your engineering and testing teams. OPSWAT delivers: OESIS Framework, an open development framework that enables software engineers to develop products that manage thousands of third-party software applications; Multi-scanning products including Metascan, MetaDefender for Media and MetaDefender for Secure Access, which optimize several anti-malware engines to scan for viruses simultaneously (a free online demo of the Metascan antivirus API is available at www.metascan-online.com, a fast file scanning tool using many antivirus engines); Secure Virtual Desktop, a sandboxing solution for secure and private web browsing; and AppRemover, a free utility that enables the complete uninstallation of security applications.