Agnitum to end support for its Outpost security products in December, offers free Kaspersky licenses for existing users
Agnitum, the popular Russian security firm, has announced that it will be ending support for its Outpost antivirus products, by the end of this year.
This news comes a month after Agnitum was acquired by Yandex.
In case you aren’t aware, Yandex is a Russian company which owns the Country’s (and also a few neighboring Nations) most popular Search Engine, of the same name, with a 60% share. You could say it is Russia’s Google.
Yandex also happens to run many other internet services, one of which includes a web browser called Yandex.browser. Despite having the majprity share in Search, Yandex sits at second place when it comes to Russia’s most popular browsers, with a mere 15.5% share, losing out to Google Chrome which holds top spot with 40.1%
It is for this application, that the company acquired Agnitum. The security experts behind the Outpost line up of products will now work with the browser team, to improve its security.
To be precise, Agnitum will be working on Yandex.browser’s “Protect” active security tech, which offers the following features: ID theft protection, Secure Wi-Fi feature, suspicious site blocking and virus scanner.
And because this is happening, Agnitum won’t be able to work on its own products anymore. So, it has stopped the sales of the Outpust security software already, announcing the same on its website.
This is what the Agnitum Store page says:
Agnitum terminates direct and partner sales of the Outpost product line. However, the company continues to meet its commitments to existing customers. Agnitum will provide antivirus base updates, bug fixing and technical support until December 31, 2016.
This news is sure to displease Agnitum users, especially those with a lifetime license, which is why the company is offering a solution. The company is giving all active Outpost license holders, a chance to exchange their Outpost licenses for Kaspersky Internet Security licenses.
Active Outpost license – Kaspersky Internet Security license
License expiring in 2016 – 1 year license to Kaspersky Internet Security 3 PC
Lifetime license/license expiring in 2017 – 2 year license to Kaspersky Internet Security 3 PC (you will receive two subsequently activated 1-year license keys)
Be advised however this promo is a temporary one, and only runs until January 31st, 2016. If you choose not to, you can use the Agnitum software till December 2016, and move to something else later.
So, make your mind before then and file a claim for a free Kaspersky license. More details are available at the official website.