Local developers take on antivirus market

Published: November 27, 2010
Developers claim the program continuously protects the operating system and data from viruses andcan repair corrupt files and failed PCs.

Developers claim the program continuously protects the operating system and data from viruses andcan repair corrupt files and failed PCs.

Two Pakistani IT students – Hafiz Usman and Syed Imran Ali – have developed the Instant Virus Killer (IVK), a program that has been touted as Pakistan’s first antivirus software.

The duo were motivated to create the software after their own computer fell prey to a virus. “We ended up installing the operating system several times in a single day in order to fix the problem,” explains Usman. “That was when we decided to develop our own antivirus. Initially, we didn’t plan to release it as a product; however, when our friends and family used and appreciated it, we were motivated to launch it professionally. Afterwards we worked on it more consciously, tested it, and got it registered with the Government of Pakistan Intellectual Property Organization. It took almost two years for completion.”

The developers claim IVK continuously protects the operating system and data from viruses, immediately detects USB viruses, can repair corrupt files and can recover a failed PC in 10 seconds, a feature that the duo consider unique and extremely important. It also protects against worms, trojans, and rootkits and offers dual virus protection.

In a market where free programs, like AVG, Avast, and MSE, are easily available, IVK’s Rs5,000 price tag seems steep. “We are providing lifetime protection with an additional recovery feature with no annual renewal charges,” says Usman, defending the pricing. “Most free antiviruses do not provide all their features in free versions. Moreover, they have no recovery functions.”

At present, the program only works with Windows – versions for other operating systems are planned for the future – and from everything that its creators say about it, IVK seems promising. In the absence of a trial version, however, one has no way of evaluating the product and can therefore not assess its effectiveness. The developers say they are aware of this issue and have received numerous requests for a trial version which is under consideration.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 21st, 2010.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • SK
    Nov 27, 2010 - 3:49PM

    As an IT pro my suggestion for these guys would be to detatch recovery feature and release antivirus part of the solution as a freeware. Remember, it would be a hell lot easier for you to market commercial solution to people if they had hands on to some variant of product- that way would be able to appreciate that part and will be more receptive to pay for recovery feature.

    This approach will also help you get candid feedback from diverse user base, who would essentially be working as your test lab so making it easier for you to mature and improve upon your solution. Recommend

  • Zohaib
    Dec 12, 2010 - 9:13PM

    Superb article! Thanks Sameen for your contribution. I want you to please contact me via email address mentioned above.

    I have used this software and believe me – it has no comparison with others in the market, though its a bit costly. Recommend

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