About Us


(Association of Anti-Virus Asia Researchers)

AVAR (Association of anti Virus Asia Researchers) was formed in June, 1998 with a mission to prevent the spread of malware and the damage caused by it. AVAR aims to do this by developing cooperative relationships among anti-malware experts in Asia. AVAR is an independent and non-profit organization which focuses on the Asia Pacific region and consists of prominent experts from 17 territories including Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, UK, and the USA.

AVAR’s independence is crucial in the global fight against malware and in raising user awareness on computer security issues. AVAR has a constitution and a code of conduct, and is committed to improving members’ knowledge and skills.

AVAR 2019

It is time to start planning for AVAR 2019! We would be happy to welcome you all to the city Osaka, Japan.
6th – 7th Nov 2019
Osaka, Japan
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Our activities includes:

  • Organizing and hosting AVAR annual conference and seminar on anti virus issues
  • Providing information on computer virus incidents through Asia on AVAR website
  • Operating AVAR members’ mailing list to exchange information and opinions among members.

We are also planning for the following:

  • Issue AVAR electric newsletter on security information
  • Conducting evaluation test for anti virus products(It has been underway in Japan since August 2009)
  • Provide certificates to anti virus products as well as to technical people for their knowledge and skills on computer virus prevention
  • Improve communication and cooperation with other international anti virus organizations



Recently, AVAR management decided to appoint a new CEO and has declared Mr. J Kesavardhanan, Founder and CTO of K7 Computing Pvt. Ltd., India, as the first CEO of AVAR.


Name Organisation Position AVAR title
Mr. Righard  Zwienenberg ESET, spol. s r. o.  Senior Research Fellow
Mr. Eddy Willems G DATA CyberDefense Security Evangelist
Mr. Cha  Minseok AhnLab, Inc.
Mr. Allan George Dyer Yui Kee Computing Limited Chief Consultant  Chairman
Ms. Hong  Jia  AppEsteem Corporation  Chief Research Officer
Mr. Jesse  Song SKD Labs CEO
Mr. CHEN Jianmin National Computer Virus Emergency Response Center Deputy Director