By : Ulukai
people at Norman were kind enough to provide us with some
answers for our questions.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Norman, they basically
provide the means to secure and protect your computer and
have won several prestigious awards for both their anti-virus
software and their firewall solution (http://www.norman.com/News/Awards/en)
and they are a certified partner of Microsoft.( http://www.norman.com/News/Press_releases/15568/en)
a personal note, I have been using Norman Virus Control
for almost 5 years now and I am very pleased with it. Norman
Virus Control even lets me run Doom 3 without having to
turn it off, which is not the case for some other anti-virus
products I know.
It's my understanding that you started out as Shark with
Thunderbyte anti-virus. Then you merged with Norman. Can
you tell us a little bit more about this??
Yes indeed, we started about 12 years ago as SHARK with
ThunderBYTE Antivirus Utilities, TBAV. TBAV was developed
by a Dutch company called ESaSS, located in Wijchen. SHARK
became the biggest TBAV distributor, and was responsible
for the Benelux, and in a later stage also for EMEA. 7 years
ago ESaSS entered into cooperation with the Norwegian antivirus
company Norman. Norman had developed antivirus software
for NetWare, which ESaSS started to resell as a TBAV product.
The relationship with Norman and ESaSS was very close, and
it was decided to merge both companies. Norman was looking
for a sales office in the Benelux, and logically SHARK was
approached to fulfil this task. Since then, Norman owns
a major part in SHARK which is responsible for all Norman
products in the Benelux region.
Norman offers several products ranging from firewalls to
anti-virus to anti-spam. Can you elaborate a little about
Besides Virus Control for several platforms Windows,
Linux, Netware) we offer other products like:
Norman Personal Firewall
Norman Privacy (encryption)
Anti Spyware/ Adware
Spam Control for servers
Mailscanners for Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, Linux,
Download Control (for the ISA server)
Data Recovery (recover data from damaged media)
Data Erasure (safely remove data from systems)
our website you may find a lot of information about this
arranged in 'Products & services' or on the Dutch section
'Producten en Diensten'.
The press centre mentions the cooperation of Norman and
Lavasoft: is this going to lead to a new product? Are there
any more new products on the horizon?
Not really a new product. We are going to sell the well
known application 'Ad-aware'. Nowadays there is a growing
need for protection against Spyware and Adware. Now we can
offer our customers a complete protection against Spam,
Adware, Spyware and Malware.