Dr Solomon's Antivirus

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Dr. Solomon's
Original author(s)Alan Solomon[1]
Developer(s)S&S International
Initial release1988; 32 years ago (1988)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows

Dr Solomon's Antivirus Toolkit was an antivirus suite which incorporated prevention, detection and repair for Microsoft Windows (up to 98), Novell, SCO Unix, Sun Solaris and OS/2.[2] It was written by Alan Solomon of S&S International.


Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit was first created in 1988[3] and launched commercially in 1991.[3] This move was to rival market leaders Symantec's Norton Anti-Virus and McAfee VirusScan.

Dr. Solomon's won several computer magazine awards and recommendations. Jerry Pournelle recommended it in his column for Byte magazine in 1992, and more recently wrote "Solomon's was unreservedly the best virus service around."[4] In 1993, Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit was awarded the Queens Award for Technological Achievement. At this time the company name was "S&S International". Later it became "Dr. Solomon's Software Ltd." in the UK, with similarly named companies in Germany, the USA and Australia. In 1997, InfoWorld stated that Dr. Solomon’s was “best at detecting viruses”.[5]

After some previous tension between the two software products,[6] on June 9, 1998 McAfee (then Network Associates) agreed to acquire Dr. Solomon's Group P.L.C, the leading European manufacturer of Antivirus software, for $642 million in stock.[7]


  1. ^ Iain Thomson (April 14, 2009). "Top 10 IT Heroes". pcauthority.com.au. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  2. ^ "Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus Software at UIC". www.uic.edu. 1999-03-04. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
  3. ^ a b "Dr Alan and Susan Solomon". The Sunday Times. April 27, 2008. Archived from the original on June 11, 2011. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  4. ^ Jerry Pournelle (May 14, 2000). "Mail 100 May 8 - 14, 2000". Jerrypournelle.com. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  5. ^ Peschel, Joe (June 2, 1997). "Dr. Solomon's best at detecting viruses". InfoWorld. June 1997: 132. Retrieved September 3, 2018 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ Yardena Arar (April 8, 1997). "McAfee Versus Dr. Solomon: Fresh Round of Antivirus Mudslinging". PC World. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  7. ^ Cheri Paquet (August 21, 1998). "Network Associates Plans to Integrate Dr Solomon's Tools". PC World. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. Retrieved September 10, 2018.

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