April 5 2006–Bellevue, WA–With Microsoft officials like Mike Danseglio, program manager in the Security Solutions group, admitting at the recent InfoSec World conference, “In some cases, there really is no way to recover [from malware] without nuking the systems from orbit,” hybrid security/recovery tools like Laplink PCdefense are likely to increase in popularity among home consumers and small businesses alike.

Like Windows Defender, PCdefense protects against a wide range of malware, including adware, spyware, viruses, keyloggers, and rootkits. But PCdefense also includes a unique Disaster Recovery tool that enables the user to create a complete backup profile of their PC-not just their files, but also programs and settings. In cases of a major malware infestation, users are able to restore their PC to its original condition by reformatting their hard drives and using Disaster Recovery to reload the exact contents and personality of the PC to a clean drive. Rootkits and other dangerous malware infections are effectively “nuked” by this type of recovery. PCdefense’s simple, automated recovery system allows experienced and inexperienced PC users alike to avoid losing data or spending hours or even days to strip and rebuild their system.

“Realistically, no matter how much you or your business invests in PC security, you’re never 100% secure,” explained Jack Wilson, Laplink CTO. “With PCdefense, we wanted to create a security product with a stronger approach to identifying and disabling malware, but we recognized that there must also be a fail-safe option in case the worst-case scenario becomes reality. If something nasty does get past all your defenses, then you need a product that can let you recover quickly, easily, and reliably. That’s where PCdefense has the edge over other solutions.”

A recent New York Times article observed, “As in football, sometimes the best offense is a good defense when fighting viruses, spyware programs and other malicious software trying to invade your computer. PCdefense from Laplink Software aims to differentiate itself from other security programs by including a disaster-recovery tool.”

PCdefense Disaster Recovery is also perfect for laptop users who need to restore their computer resources in cases of physical damage or theft. Within hours they can restore their programs, files and settings onto a new PC even it uses a newer operating system.

PCdefense is available at retail outlets such as CompUSA, Fry’s, Microcenter, Amazon, Buy.com and other authorized Laplink retailers. PCdefense can also be purchased directly from Laplink at www.laplink.com, and free trial is currently available on the site.