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Baidu Joins Microsoft Active Protections Program, Enhances Antivirus Product Security

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/09/14 -- Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU), the world's leading Chinese search engine and developer of award-winning PC, Web and mobile products, has announced that it has joined top software security experts in the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) to enhance its PC product Baidu Antivirus's capability to anticipate emerging threats and rapidly push out critical solutions to users.

Under MAPP, Baidu Antivirus will receive early access to vulnerability information from Microsoft in advance of the company's regular monthly security updates. The Baidu Antivirus team will then rapidly deploy protections to its tens of millions of users worldwide in coordination with Microsoft's release of its security updates.

"Early and accurate threat detection is essential to keeping people's data safe," said Sam Dong, team leader of Baidu Antivirus. "Becoming a member of MAPP is an important step for us, since it will allow Baidu Antivirus to quickly push out important updates to all of our users. Baidu Antivirus has also bolstered its protection ability with its own cloud [antivirus] engine," said Dong.

Baidu Antivirus has received numerous certifications and accolades. In December 2013, Softonic.com selected Baidu Antivirus as its "most promising antivirus" product of the year. Before that, Baidu Antivirus received the prestigious VB100 award from Virus Bulletin, Checkmark Certification from West Coast Labs, and OPSWAT Certification. It also ranked 2nd in file detection out of many antivirus programs in the AV-Comparatives test.

Baidu Antivirus is a part of Baidu's family of international products. It is compatible on desktop and laptop PCs running Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Baidu Antivirus is currently available in English, Thai, Portuguese, Indonesian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. It can be downloaded for free at http://antivirus.baidu.com/.

About Baidu
Baidu, Inc. is the leading Chinese language Internet search provider and developer of award-winning PC, Web and mobile products. As a technology-based media company, Baidu aims to provide the best and most equitable way for people to find what they are looking for. In addition to serving individual Internet search users, Baidu provides an effective platform for businesses to reach potential customers. Baidu's ADSs trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "BIDU." Currently, ten ADSs represent one Class A ordinary share.

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