FRISK Software International

FRISK Software International was an Icelandic software company that developed F-Prot antivirus and F-Prot AVES antivirus and anti-spam service . [1] Its name is derived from the initial letters of the personal name and patronymic of Friðrik Skúlason, its founder. The company was founded in 1993. [1] It was acquired by Commtouch (now known as CYREN ) in 2012.

Frisk Software Competes in the antivirus industry contre Avira , ESET , F-Secure , Kaspersky , McAfee , Panda Security , Sophos and Symantec Among others .


F-Prot Antivirus is one of the oldest antivirus products since its creation in 1989. It was the world’s first with a heuristic engine . [2] , for which there are editions for Windows , Linux , and BSD . There are corporate versions for Microsoft Exchange , Solaris , and some IBM eServers . [3] [4] The Linux and BSD versions are available at home, with virus definition updates. Free 30-day trial versions for other platforms can be downloaded.

F-Prot AVES is specifically targeted towards corporate users. [5]

The company has also produced a genealogy program called Espólín [6] [7] and Púki, a spellchecker with additional features. [8]

In Summer of 2012, FRISK was acquired by Cyren , an Israeli-American provider of security products. Friðrik Skúlason, joined Cyren as vice-president of Antivirus technologies. [9]

F-Prot Antivirus

F-Prot Antivirus is an antivirus product developed by FRISK Software International. It is available in different versions for several platforms. It is available for Microsoft Windows , Microsoft Exchange Server , Linux , BSD , Solaris , AIX , IBM eServers and * nix .

The scanning engine used by F-prot provides signature based detection capability, heuristics , and low cost of the computer’s resources. In 1991, F-PROT Antivirus (for DOS ) became the world’s first heuristic behavior scanner. F-PROT for DOS has been discontinued.

FRISK Software International allows you to develop applications based on their scanning engine, through the SDK specifically released. Many software vendors use the F-Prot Antivirus engine, including SUSE . Their SDK is known today as the Commtouch Antivirus SDK.

Friðrik Skúlason

Friðrik Skúlason, also known as “Frisk”, is the founder of the Computer Antivirus Research Organization ( CARO ). He originally developed F-Prot Antivirus while doing computer support work, and subsequently, started the company. He was, for many years, the technical editor of the Virus Bulletin. [11] [12]

See also

  • Comparison of antivirus software
  • Comparison of computer viruses


  1. ^ Jump up to:b “F-Prot Antivirus – FRISK Software – Information and ..” (.htm) . FRISK . Retrieved March 14, 2006 .
  2. Jump up^ “Friðrik Skúlason ehf” (.htm) . FRISK . Retrieved March 14, 2006 .
  3. Jump up^ “F-Prot Antivirus Products – Detailed product information on F-Prot Antvirus for Windows, Linux, BSD ..” (.htm) . FRISK . Retrieved March 14, 2006 .
  4. Jump up^ “F-Prot Antivirus Products – Detailed product information on F-Prot Antvirus for Windows, Linux, BSD ..” (.htm) . FRISK . Retrieved March 14, 2006 .
  5. Jump up^ “Antivirus for Windows, Linux, BSD ..” (.htm) . FRISK . Retrieved March 14, 2006 .
  6. Jump up^ “Friðrik Skúlason ehf” (.htm) . FRISK . Retrieved March 14, 2006 .
  7. Jump up^ named afterJón Espólín, an 18th-century magistrate ofSnæfellsnes.
  8. Jump up^ “Púki 2007” . FRISK. Archived from the original (.htm) on April 5, 2008 . Retrieved April 25, 2008 .
  9. Jump up^ “The Register, Commtouch gulps down Icelandic anti-virus pioneer FRISK” .
  10. Jump up^ “Current versions of F-PROT Antivirus” . Retrieved 2016-10-06 .
  11. Jump up^ “Interview with Fridrik Skulason” . Archived from the original(.htm) on 2005-02-09.
  12. Jump up^ “A Public Letter to the University of Calgary” (.htm) . FRISK.

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