Government Launches Free Anti-Virus Software For PCs & Smart phones; Get It Now!
The IT Ministry has launched anti-malware analysis centre that will facilitate free anti-virus for computers and mobile phones in the country with project cost of Rs 90 crore spread over period of five years.
“I would like ISPs (Internet Service Provider) to encourage their consumers to come on board, there is a free service available. Come and use it in the event some malware has sneaked in to the system,” IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said at the launch of Botnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centre. The Indian cyber security watchdog CertIn will collect data of infected systems and send it to ISPs and banks. These ISPs and banks will identify the user and provide them with link of the centre, launched in name of Cyber Swachhta Kendra.
Cyber Swachhta Kendra: Free Anti-Virus For All
Information Technology Ministry has launched Cyber Swachhta Kendra or Bot Cleaning & Malware Analysis Centre, allocating a budget of Rs 90 crore which would be spread across 5 years. This has specialised packages for both startups, businesses and consumers who are operating desktops, laptops and mobile phones.
While inaugurating this centre, Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “I would like ISPs (Internet Service Provider) to encourage their consumers to come on board, there is a free service available. Come and use it in the event some malware has sneaked into the system,”
At the time of writing, 58 ISPs and 13 banks have joined this forum for cleaning their systems, using the tools provided within this centre.
As per the system proposed as of now, The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert-In) will monitor and identify malware, botnet and virus infected systems across various industries (finance, media, manufacturing, banking etc), and then send the information to ISPs and the concerned entities.
The users would be then be provided with the link to this website, which will have all the necessary tools to make the system clean.
As of now, Standardization Testing and Quality Certification (STQC), which is a division within Ministry of Electronics and IT charges a fees of Rs 8-10 lakh for scanning and disinfecting large IT systems of corporate entities. However, the fees would be brought down to the level of Rs 4-5 lakh for startups who are into the cyber security niche.
Download Free Anti-Virus Tools
As of now, there exists 5 major anti-virus and malware removal tools, which can be instantly downloaded by any user in India.
- The most prominent among them is Free Bot Removal Tool, which would be provided in association with QuickHeal. You can download it here.
- M-Kavach is the name of the anti-virus tool for mobile phones, which can be downloaded here.
- USB Pratirodh (USB Protector) is the name of the tool for cleaning storage devices like USBs, external hard-disk and memory cards. You can download the tool here.
- AppSamvid is a desktop based whitelisting solution, only for Windows OS. You can download it here.
Besides, a specialised National Cyber Coordination Centre (NCCC) would be established by CERT-In by June of 2017, for which a budget of Rs 900 crore has been allocated. This will monitor and examine all cyber attacks being conducted inside India, and on Indian websites.