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January 19th, 2010

Avast! Free Antivirus, Version 5.0: “…nothing short of a miracle”

Virus Bulletin, one of the most respected reviewers of security products, wrote a very detailed review of the Avast 5.0 beta products in their January issue (http://www.virusbtn.com/files/Avast-Jan2010.pdf). This is a lengthy review but to me the best line was their summation of the new free product: “the free version being available to all without charge is nothing short of a miracle”. There was also a review of it in the recent AV-Comparatives test of performance/system impact. The product scored the highest rating: A+.

With the new Free Version 5.0, we attempted (and we think succeeded) to raise the bar on free security products. We decided that our new free product needed to be the best antivirus product in the world—not just the best free product. We think we have succeeded, or come darn close. Now you the users (and of course the reviewers) can let us know….

Our version 4.8 was already one of the best products available. But it did have short comings. Its user interface was, to put it mildly, unique. And its registration process was a bit cumbersome. In developing the new free product, we attempted to not only fix the shortcomings of 4.8, but to greatly expand the capability of the free product.

The free product is our flagship product. We are proud of it. It is not just a marketing product designed to drive sales. So, with the new free product, here is what we have done:

  • Built an entirely new user interface. The old car stereo interface is gone replaced with a very modern and easy to use graphical interface.
  • Eliminated the email registration process. The free product still lasts for a year but now it only takes seconds online to register the product. All a person has to now do is to click a “register” button—no forms to fill out and no email information to provide.
  • Added a gaming mode—elements of this were there in 4.8 but now we have made this a central function. No need to buy someone else’s “gaming” product. All the capability is right here in the free product.
  • Ensured protection is top-notch. This was also a hallmark of the 4.8 version. We have long believed that free products should provide just as much malware protection as paid products. So in addition to the signature-based AV protection that you would expect, you also get all the modern detection techniques. Central to this is protection against web threats. These are 85% of the threats our users see—and the free product provides protection against them. There are also heuristic detections, behavioral detections, and just about any type of protection you can think of.
  • Continued our hands-off approach to asking for money. We don’t agree with how many free products try to monetize their free users. So with us, we don’t hide the free product (it is front and center on our home page); you will not see a daily pop-up asking you to upgrade; the product will not find problems and then ask for money to fix them; and we won’t scare you into upgrading. Now of course, there are sales messages. There is a message when you download the free product. There is a message when you register the free product. And at expiration time a year later, there is a message. But in all of this messaging, you are presented two choices: download/register the free product or upgrade to a premium product. The choice is yours.
  • Today January 19th, the free product (and all products) is being released in English and French. Over the next 10 days we will be rolling out the product in Czech, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Polish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

We did not cripple the product in any way. If you use the internet for e-mail or web-browsing, this is the perfect product. No need to pay us money…..and no need to pay anyone else any money.

In short, it is just as Virus Bulletin described, “nothing short of a miracle”.

  1. Eduardo
    February 6th, 2010 at 06:51 | #1

    Thank you so much for your efforts!

    Deeply thankful guys.

  2. Naveen Negi
    February 6th, 2010 at 10:32 | #2

    Thanks for being so Big Hearted!!! Your Free antivirus has stood with me throught enduring times. No Complains whatsoever.

    Thank you so much, and Good Luck to Avast Team!!!!!

  3. February 6th, 2010 at 11:31 | #3

    Thanks avast back my computer saf and protect againest.

  4. February 6th, 2010 at 11:32 | #4

    Thank you

  5. Peter
    February 6th, 2010 at 19:17 | #5

    Thank you for a wonderful product! Even the free version is one of the absolutely best products out there! Having used it for a few years, I finally decided to get the paid version, and it is simply the best user-interface, I have encountered in an Internet Security Suite! Good job!

  6. February 6th, 2010 at 23:08 | #6

    WONDERFUL product! I’ve been using it for years… THANK you so much for it, and most definitely for keeping a free option permanently available! :)

  7. February 7th, 2010 at 07:30 | #7

    I am a fervent supporter of your product and have been for 6+ years. I love the new 5.0 product and will continue to encourage people to use it at work, in the soho and at home for personal use.

    I have written an article on my blog about your product and I hope someone takes a look! http://ericbechtel.blogspot.com/

    Keep it up.

  8. February 7th, 2010 at 09:15 | #8

    i’ve been using avast! for five years, i love it, the new avast! version is a great job…

    nice for alwil…

  9. February 7th, 2010 at 09:54 | #9

    avast everything works fine.Any help appreciated (Avast simply the best paid or free

  10. Jhon
    February 7th, 2010 at 10:15 | #10

    hi every one,….
    how could I get the updates of avast….?
    I don’t know, because this web page was so different….
    thanks a lot…..

  11. hameedullah
    February 7th, 2010 at 11:17 | #11

    I need for an antivirus becouse my computer have some problem

  12. spg SCOTT
    February 7th, 2010 at 15:32 | #12

    @Jhon

    Do mean the offline database update?
    http://www.avast.com/en-gb/download-update

    -Scott-

  13. Mahboob
    February 7th, 2010 at 16:48 | #13

    Really the best Software for Viruses thanks for free

  14. February 8th, 2010 at 05:32 | #14

    iwould like to download your free version….i have been using avast for so long and i tell my friends to use avast only…..

  15. mamar
    February 8th, 2010 at 05:49 | #15

    great

  16. Jhon
    February 8th, 2010 at 06:12 | #16

    @spg SCOTT
    Thank u very much….

  17. February 8th, 2010 at 14:30 | #17

    Avast! saved my friend’s PC from a nasty virus attack. This thing had woven itself deep into the system, and avast! free version stopped it dead.
    Thanks!

  18. February 8th, 2010 at 19:59 | #18
  19. LAUDIA
    February 9th, 2010 at 05:45 | #19

    I heard good comments about avast so I decided to try it myself

  20. Shelly
    February 9th, 2010 at 10:52 | #20

    Iyi antivirus is the best .and its freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  21. ademola
    February 9th, 2010 at 12:28 | #21

    how can i get it free

  22. Petr Bucek
    February 9th, 2010 at 12:52 | #22

    @Jhon
    Hello,

    avast! update process is automatic, but you can also set it up at your convenience as described in our guide.

    Please, could you refer to our user´s guide, that can be downloaded from this link: http://www.avast.com/download-documentation

    With Kind Regards,

  23. February 9th, 2010 at 20:28 | #23

    I WANT TO UPDATE MY AVSTI ANTIVIRUS FREE ADDITION

  24. February 9th, 2010 at 20:29 | #24

    DGDFGFDGDGDG

  25. February 10th, 2010 at 10:27 | #25

    Thank you

  26. andrei
    February 10th, 2010 at 10:41 | #26

    best antiv. available out there…
    much thks.

  27. basem
    February 10th, 2010 at 11:19 | #27

    It is a great intevirose

  28. basem
    February 10th, 2010 at 11:20 | #28

    THANK YOU

  29. Vishu
    February 11th, 2010 at 09:13 | #29

    Amazing piece of software, better than even paid products, and all this for free!!!
    I have been using this for over 2 years and it works brilliantly!
    Thanks a million Avast!

  30. February 12th, 2010 at 11:14 | #30

    I WANT TO UPDATE MY AVAST ANTIVIRUS FREE BEFOR THAT THANK YOU

  31. February 12th, 2010 at 15:52 | #31

    I AM A CUSTOMER

  32. February 12th, 2010 at 15:55 | #32

    May Avast be always successful

  33. February 12th, 2010 at 16:00 | #33

    I DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO TYPE

  34. February 12th, 2010 at 16:07 | #34

    Have a lot of customers

  35. February 12th, 2010 at 16:11 | #35

    May you have a lot of followers

  36. February 12th, 2010 at 16:17 | #36

    HOW MANY ARE THE STEPS?

  37. Dugie
    February 17th, 2010 at 10:28 | #37

    As ever a big thanks to the Avast team. Great produc, Big thumbs up from me.

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