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AhnLab, Inc.
Native name
Traded asKRX: 053800
ISINKR7053800009 Edit this on Wikidata
IndustryComputer software
FoundedSeoul, South Korea
(15 March 1995 (1995-03-15))
FounderAhn Cheol-Soo
South Korea
Number of locations
Area served
Key people
Ahn Cheol-Soo (founder),
HongSun Kim(CEO),
Kim Cheol-Soo (former CEO)
ProductsAntivirus software,
Network security products,
Mobile security products
ServicesComputer security,
Network security
Revenue126,757,000,000 (2012)[1]
OwnerHongSun Kim
Number of employees
850 (2013)
WebsiteKorean(HQ) ahnlab.com
Footnotes / references

AhnLab, Inc., founded in 1995, is a security software provider in South Korea. AhnLab sells computer software such as antivirus software, online security, network security appliances such as Advanced Threat (Malware) Detection & Remediation, including APT type of cyber attack, firewalls, IPS, UTM, and security software for online games and the mobile web.


Establishment of AhnLab[edit]

Ahn Cheol-Soo (founder) found his computer infected with the computer virus called (c)brain. He developed a program to find and remove it and named it "Vaccine". Since then, anti-virus software has been called "Vaccine software" in Korea. He distributed the antivirus program to the public without charge, until he established AhnLab in 1995. Dr. Ahn promoted his new company in 1995.[9][10]


Since its founding in 1995, AhnLab has become one of the largest security software companies over 50% of market share in the Korean security market alone and approximately 500 distributors worldwide.[11][12] In September 2001, AhnLab was listed in the KRX: 053800. Headquartered in Seongnam-Si, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea, AhnLab is traded on the KOSDAQ under the symbol AhnLab.

On the tenth anniversary of the company's founding (2005), Ahn Cheol-Soo resigned his position as the CEO, Kim Cheol-Soo was appointed as the successor.[7] Current CEO is HongSun Kim(appointed in 2008).[13][14]

AhnLab has been selected as one of the Korea's most admired company for five years from 2004 to 2010.[15][16][17]

On 4 October 2011, Ahnlab' Headquarters has moved to Seongnam-Si, Gyeonggi-Do.[18] On 29 March 2012, Ahnlab' Korean company name has been changed from (주)안철수연구소 to (주)안랩 by the annual meeting of shareholders.


  • Korea: 673, Sampyeong-Dong, Bundang-Gu, Seongnam-Si, Gyeonggi-Do. (Headquarters)
  • Japan: 8F, Akihabara UDX Bldg, Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo.
  • China: Rm.1206, Science Tower of Beijing Electronics Zone, No.12 of JiuxianQiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China


AhnLab has many security software products for PC, Network and Mobile, including:

  • AhnLab V3 Internet Security (AntiVirus. Version for commercial use)
  • AhnLab V3 Lite (AntiVirus. Version for personal use in free. Technical testbed for commercial versions)
  • AhnLab V3 365 Clinic (AntiVirus and etc. Version for personal use)
  • AhnLab TrusGuard (Firewall, VPN, IPS, against DDoS)
  • AhnLab Absolute IPS (blocks worms and DDoS attack)
  • AhnLab Online Security (anti-malware, anti-keylogger, firewall)
  • AhnLab Mobile Security (Windows mobile, symbian, Wifi OS, Wii, Nintendo DS/DSXL/3DS, Android)
  • AhnLab SecuGuard for PC (security for PC)
  • AhnLab SiteGuard (Web filtering, protects against phishing websites and infected pages)
  • AhnLab TrusGuard UTM for LTAD (for securing LTAD)


HackShield is a hacking and cheating prevention software suite and service[19] for MMOs and has been used in games by Nexon and NCSoft.[20] It has been available to Korean game developers since 2001[20] and American game developers since 2005.[21]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ AhnLab's Homepage "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "AhnLab". Kr.ahnlab.com. 15 March 1995. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
  3. ^ "AhnLab". Kr.ahnlab.com. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
  4. ^ "AhnLab". Kr.ahnlab.com. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
  5. ^ "AhnLab". Kr.ahnlab.com. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
  6. ^ "AhnLab". Kr.ahnlab.com. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
  7. ^ a b Article "김철수, 안철수 연구소 사장" Archived 10 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine at BiznMedia.com (in Korean)
  8. ^ "Ahnlab (053800) Company Profile". CorporateInformation.com. 4 February 2010. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
  9. ^ "AhnLab". AhnLab. 8 July 2002. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
  10. ^ "Ahn Chul-soo: “Korea needs horizontal thinking to make a Nintendo game player.”" Archived 17 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine at Korea Foundation.
  11. ^ "Security: The Last Hope for IT Growth?" at Korea IT Times.
  12. ^ AhnLab Considers Overseas M&A at Korea IT Times.
  13. ^ "AhnLab". Kr.ahnlab.com. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
  14. ^ "AhnLab Looks to Perform in International Stage" at Korea Times.
  15. ^ "Archived copy" (in Korean). Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "'The Korea's Most Admired company' in 2013" at Yonhap News (20 February 2013). (in Korean)
  17. ^ "AhnLab". Kr.ahnlab.com. AhnLab. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
  18. ^ [1] at Digital Daily
  19. ^ "AhnLab HackShield for Online Game 2.0". Archived from the original on 21 June 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  20. ^ a b Brightman, James (22 November 2005). "Shielding Your MMO Against Hackers". GameDaily. Archived from the original on 31 December 2007.
  21. ^ "Ahnlab Announces HackShield - The Most Progressive MMOG Anti-Hacking Software". 15 November 2005. Archived from the original on 15 February 2010. Retrieved 3 September 2008.

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