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December 10th, 2009

100 Million Users !!!!!!!!

We did it.  We reached the 100 million user milestone at 10:59 Tuesday morning. We have been anticipating this event all year.  We started the year with about 70 million users.  We had a little celebration and promotion for 75 million users.  Then we watched 80 million and 90 million go by. By October it was clear that we would cross 100 million in December.  So, on the morning of 8 December all of our staff crowded around a large monitor to watch the registration counter tick upwards to 100 million. We had a little self-induced tension in the event—just 30 seconds before the 100 million mark, someone hit a button on a remote control that switched the display away from the count—some seconds of mad scramble restored the picture.

Check the sequence below and you can watch us reach and pass the 100,000,000 user mark:

Reaching and passing 100 million avast! users

If you can’t see a sequence, here is a single picture of the 100,000,000 user count (in the picture are Ondrej Vlcek, our CTO; myself; Jindrich Kubec, who runs our virus research lab; and our two founders, Pavel Baudis and Eduard Kucera:

avast! has 100 million registered users

Then it was time to open the Czech Sparkling Wine (since we are in the EU, we cannot call it Champagne as we do in America) and celebrate.  At the bottom you can find some pictures of our staff celebrating and toasting the event.

Now, we had started a contest in late November to reward the 100,000,000th user with a trip to Prague.  We had hoped to run this contest for longer than we did—but our new users came faster than we had expected. The winner is Kevin Bolger of Ireland. Here are the registrants just before and after Kevin:

Number

Name

Location

Time

99 999 995 whitney United States 10:58:46
99 999 996 hsemih Kenya 10:58:54
99 999 997 Fiona United States 10:59:00
99 999 998 qianfang China 10:59:01
99 999 999 carmen Italy 10:59:04
100 000 000 Kevin Ireland 10:59:04
100 000 001 durdux France 10:59:06
100 000 002 hutchinson United States 10:59:08
100 000 003 woyen France 10:59:11
100 000 004 pelle France 10:59:18
100 000 005 mini Taiwan 10:59:18

As much as we love our French users (we are the most popular security product in France), it was fitting that Ireland beat France for this prize.  It was only a week or two ago that a hand ball from the French side kept the Irish out of the Football (soccer) World Cup.  I am sure most Irish would not consider this a suitable consolation prize, but I am sure that Kevin and a friend will very much enjoy their expense-paid trip to Prague.

We had wanted to announce the results Tuesday or Wednesday but we had a little difficulty contacting Kevin. First our emails from avast and from gmail were blocked as Spam (I guess many ISP spam filters kill emails that have phrases about winning a contest).  We finally reached him with a real short email asking him to call us.  He did so but still doubted he had won (showing excellent skills at combating social-engineering scams).  So, he then sent an email to our technical support to confirm that it was not a hoax.  Thankfully tech support told him it was legitimate. Kevin, thanks for going to all this effort and we are glad to have you as our 100,000,000th user.

The times on the above list are Central European Time so it was rather surprising to see the three US names—depending on their US time zone, they registered between 2AM and 5AM!!!

Also, if you recognize yourself on the above list, send me a note from the email address you used for your registration. We will then send you a copy of our new Internet Security Product when it becomes available—and if you are ever in Prague, we will take you out for a nice evening and show you the sights. And Carmen, since you got beat out by a fraction of a second, if you ever find yourself in Prague let us know and our Italian staff here will take extra care of you.

On the serious side, we thank all 100,000,000 of our users for showing such trust in us.  It is a great feeling to be trusted by 100,000,000 users.Passing 100 million registered users.

For the official press release about the 100 millionth avast! user, click here.

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  1. Evi
    December 10th, 2009 at 14:50 | #1

    Congratulation!!!

  2. Omega40
    December 10th, 2009 at 16:51 | #2

    Congrats, Avast! Well done!!!!!!
    <3

  3. December 10th, 2009 at 17:25 | #3

    haha, looks like contacting someone today that he had win is rather complicated, because of all the scams and spams. I can imagine the conversation: “Hi Kevin, you have won the trip to Prague” “What? Er, dont call me again you basterds I did not take a part in any contest.” :o )

  4. December 10th, 2009 at 19:41 | #4

    Very Very Congratulation!!!

  5. December 10th, 2009 at 19:45 | #5

    That make an impressive 1 new user each second!! That’s crazy. That’s also one less for N0r+0n and Mc4f33.

    Congratulation from one of your reseller down here in Canada.

  6. December 10th, 2009 at 19:52 | #6

    Congratulations team.

  7. December 10th, 2009 at 20:02 | #7

    Congratulations from Egypt

    We are Happy to be your partner and Good luck in improvment Avast products for all of us Users, Partners and Companies.

    Maged A. Reda
    Softex Software House – Avast Reseller in Egypt

  8. Shuayb
    December 10th, 2009 at 20:09 | #8

    Feels great to be an avast user (and to recommend it) after seeing the sympathetic team celebrating. Wish you all the best.

    (from a tiny island called Mauritius)

  9. December 10th, 2009 at 20:14 | #9

    Felicidades avast!, desde México.
    Y para todo el equipo que lo hace posible.
    Merecido!!

  10. Tech
    December 10th, 2009 at 20:17 | #10

    Congratulations!
    I’m honored to have been participated (at least at distance) from this adventure in the last 6 years.

  11. December 10th, 2009 at 20:27 | #11

    Alwil

    is
    our protection !

    very

    very

    very

    congratulations !

    MY OFFICE SRL TARANTO (ITALY)

  12. December 10th, 2009 at 20:56 | #12

    Congratulations team Alwil !

  13. December 10th, 2009 at 21:02 | #13

    Congrats from a Reseller in Minnesota!!!!

  14. December 10th, 2009 at 21:18 | #14

    Congratulations and we are ready for the 500,000,000.
    Happy and great 2010 to Alwil team
    Seyruo one of yours resellers in Mexico

  15. December 10th, 2009 at 21:39 | #15

    It’s what i was afraid of. Not that i’m not happy for Kevin, but what about other 100 mio of old and trusty avast! users that have been following it for years and decades? They had exactly 0 (zero) chance of winning because they registered ages ago. Only new users counted in. Just a thought on which i never got answer in one of the older blog topics… but it was just clarified.

  16. roy
    December 10th, 2009 at 21:44 | #16

    good luck!

  17. December 10th, 2009 at 21:46 | #17

    Mil Felicidades a todo el equipo de Avast.
    Siempre los apoyamos desde Mexico

  18. Björn Lundahl
    December 10th, 2009 at 23:48 | #18

    Congratulations from Sweden!!

  19. Mike
    December 11th, 2009 at 03:09 | #19

    Congratulations from Romania!I wish you get more and more users.Keep doing the great job you have been doing and I personally can’t wait for avast’s 5th version.Good luck.

  20. December 11th, 2009 at 08:39 | #20

    Congratulations from Indonesia, even tough nobody listed as nominator at ALWIL list :(

    But congrats again

    Regards
    Yanto Chiang
    Indonesia

  21. Bruno
    December 11th, 2009 at 09:15 | #21

    Congratulation from Toulouse (France)
    Regards
    Bruno

  22. vishwa
    December 11th, 2009 at 09:45 | #22

    Here is a really big CONGRATULATION’S from a 5 year strait user of avast pro ! ! !
    God bless the team and may you grow bigger and bigger and shine ever bright.
    ps: awaiting eagerly for the arrival of AVAST 5, I HAVE TRIED THE BETA AND HAVE JUST FALLEN IN LOVE WITH IT.

  23. vishwa
    December 11th, 2009 at 09:47 | #23

    btw i’m from singapore

  24. December 11th, 2009 at 11:53 | #24

    Hello avast,

    Am Sajjad Saladin, owner of Micronet Corporation from Bangladesh want to tell you that am the one of the reseller of avast and for this purpose I give you the congratulation by me and from my organization named, “Micronet Corporation”.

    Just at this situation am gotta reseller of you .. Thanks once more by me …!

    Sajjad Saladin
    Managing Director
    Micronet Corporation
    Cell : +88-01918173338
    Email : info@micronetbd.com
    Website : http://www.micronetbd.com
    Bangladesh (Asia)

  25. December 11th, 2009 at 13:26 | #25

    Congratulations from Portugal

    Luis Freire

  26. Alvas Rawuther
    December 11th, 2009 at 15:01 | #26

    Congrats ! Guys !

    Proud Avast Free user.

  27. December 11th, 2009 at 20:11 | #27

    CONGRULATIONS FROM FINLAND!

  28. logo
    December 12th, 2009 at 02:36 | #28

    That is so cool~~Congratulations~~

  29. 天地玄黄
    December 12th, 2009 at 03:31 | #29

    很不错,恭喜那个爱尔兰人。

  30. December 12th, 2009 at 04:26 | #30

    Congratulations from Indonesia… :)

    Keep the good works! Always the best for and from avast!

  31. December 12th, 2009 at 06:23 | #31

    Hi Vincent,

    After this you must hit the next target like “Top 100 Most Influential Executives”

    Please see : http://www.detikinet.com/read/2009/12/11/150521/1258596/455/bos-antivirus-masuk-daftar-100-orang-paling-berpengaruh

    :)

    Regards

    Yanto Chiang

  32. Omar Abdul-Aziz
    December 12th, 2009 at 09:23 | #32

    Congratulations from Yemen …
    Congratulations Kevin …

  33. December 12th, 2009 at 10:32 | #33

    Haha, almost everyone in my country felt ashamed we made our way into the soccer world cup through trickery, that is indeed, at least, small consolation for the Irish people :-)

    Congratulations Avast team, I wish you the best in the future too !

    Olivier, from France

  34. Ranin
    December 12th, 2009 at 12:48 | #34

    Congratulation, Team Avast! You are going great…

    Also congratulation to 100000000th user…

  35. December 12th, 2009 at 21:04 | #35

    Congratulations to Avast… Picture Gallery of the Winner and his tour with Avast would sure be nice… Share it with us guys… Hehehehe….

    Mikos

  36. December 12th, 2009 at 22:52 | #36

    Congratulations avast : ) ) also congratulations to a winner ))

  37. December 12th, 2009 at 22:56 | #37

    Congratulations !!! to the avast team for their support and announcing such contests, and my another greetz goes to the Kev for winning the trip to Prague. Of course I tried to win too, and am proud atleast I was part of this contest.

    I wish all the best to everyone in Avast Team for the future and keeping the people’s computers secure and safe.

    Imran, India.

  38. g.miller
    December 13th, 2009 at 00:46 | #38

    Great job guys and gals !

  39. Veraj Jay
    December 13th, 2009 at 06:43 | #39

    Congratulations avast! on achieving 100 million users, and for a great product.

    Veraj Jay

  40. December 13th, 2009 at 11:30 | #40

    Congratulations!

  41. Украинец
    December 13th, 2009 at 16:06 | #41

    Поздравляем от Украины!!!!!!!

  42. Žanis
    December 14th, 2009 at 00:49 | #42

    Sveicieni no Lavijas!

  43. MURALI MENON
    December 14th, 2009 at 07:50 | #43

    Gr8 to know that my favourite antivirus software is the world’s preferred one too. Waiting for the 200 million celebrations !!!

    Love u guys!!!

    Murali

  44. ram
    December 14th, 2009 at 08:25 | #44

    Congratulation, Team Avast! You are going great…..

  45. December 14th, 2009 at 23:50 | #45

    Congratulation, avast! Team :-) ) Now is time for next 100 millions.
    S spoštovanjem iz Slovenije.
    Miran Malovič, avast! GOLDpartner

  46. Razvan
    December 15th, 2009 at 12:37 | #46

    Congrats!

  47. Alejandro
    December 15th, 2009 at 15:13 | #47

    Congratulatulations!!! :D
    Thanks for the protection and happy Christmas and New Year!!!

  48. Sandy
    December 15th, 2009 at 22:55 | #48

    Congratulations and a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. My family has been using Avast for the last 5 years. Looking forward to the other miles stones ahead. Congrats!
    Sandy, United States of America (Kentucky)

  49. December 16th, 2009 at 06:46 | #49

    Dear All,

    Happy Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

    Hopefully avast more reliable and growth in the next year 2010, please provide more promotion in terms of to growth the market.

  50. myafei
    December 16th, 2009 at 12:12 | #50

    恭喜一下那个幸运儿!

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