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January 19th, 2010

Avast! Version 5.0 is here!!!

Today is the big day—the day we (and many of you) have been waiting for—we are starting the release of the Version 5.0 products today. This is a pretty complicated roll-out so we are staging it. Today we will be releasing the new products (and the new website) in English and French. Over the next 10 days or so, we will be releasing the products and website in additional languages (German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Russian, Polish, Chinese, Japanese, and possibly Korean, and Arabic). Other languages will then be added as we have them available.

Three products (Free Antivirus, Pro Antivirus, and Internet Security) and a new website are being released today. Even though we have expanded our product portfolio, our philosophy of having and promoting a top-notch free antivirus is paramount. This philosophy has enabled us to achieve 100 million users and we are continuing it. As you read through our new website and launch information, you will see that not only is the new free product easier to use and more visually appealing than the old product, it provides even more security protection. And it is still free and free from annoying pop-ups and requests for money.

These products are not minor updates from the existing products. They are all new. Some of the changes—such as the new user interface—are obvious. Some are not obvious at all (such as the new scanning engine). All-in-all we think they are a vast improvement from the current products—modern, light, fast, and very effective. For details, see the product detail pages on the new website.

  1. Avast! Free Antivirus. This is our new flagship product and replaces Avast Home Edition (we changed the name to emphasize the product is free). We focus this product on users that use the internet for web browsing and email. If that is what you do on the internet, this is the product you need. We are very proud of this product and we stack it up against anyone else’s paid antivirus—in fact, we have recently started submitting this product in lieu of our paid products to all of the industry standard tests. Virus Bulletin, one of the most respected journals, recently called this product “….nothing short of a miracle” (see separate blog post). Google selected this product for incorporation in many of their Google Packs. You can download this product here: http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download.
  2. Avast! Internet Security. This is our brand-new product and is focused on users that do on-line banking or shopping or that have sensitive data on their computer. We believe that these users need some extra layers of protection and developed this product to provide three more layers. This product takes the free antivirus and adds a 2-way silent firewall, a sandbox, and anti-spam. The firewall ensures that only trusted applications are able to receive or send data across the internet. The sandbox provides a means of executing your browser (or any other application) in a protected environment—thus even if you get infected, the infection does not leave the sandbox and does not harm your computer. And the anti-spam helps you get rid of all that irritating email you receive every day. And, we have made this product attractive to consumer users—a single license can be used on 3 computers in your household. This link will take you to the product and download page: http://www.avast.com/internet-security.
  3. Avast! Pro Antivirus. This is the update to the old Professional Edition. We focus this product on individuals that want to customize their security and on businesses. It is the same as Internet Security but without the firewall or anti-spam. This allows world-class security using your own personal choice of firewall and anti-spam. Here is how to get this product: http://www.avast.com/pro-antivirus.

To support these products, there is also a brand new website. Today the website will only be available in English and French. But, as the other languages roll out, the language-specific websites will also.

If you are using a 4.8 product (home or professional editions), the update is pretty painless.  Sometime in the near future, the 4.8 product will tell you version 5.0 is available.  You will have the choice of a free upgrade or a special existing-user offer for the new Internet Security. All you have to do is click which option you want, and you will be upgraded. As we have about 100 million users, these messages will take a month or two to get to all users. If you don’t want to wait for this automated message, you can manually upgrade and get the same special offers by clicking on the homepage banner that asks if you are already a 4.8 user.

As you can imagine, it was a massive effort to release three new products and a new website at the same time. All of our teams have done a great job in making this happen. Development of course developed the new products. But many other teams were also involved—virus lab and research, localization and translation, website development, on-line store, and marketing.

If you are reading this at launch time, we will think of you as we celebrate with the Czech national drink……

  1. January 19th, 2010 at 18:19 | #1

    Thank you!

  2. January 19th, 2010 at 18:20 | #2

    Thank you for Great News!

  3. January 19th, 2010 at 18:21 | #3

    Thanks to all, i like your new product and work with avast.

  4. January 19th, 2010 at 18:22 | #4

    Congrats!

  5. nick
    January 19th, 2010 at 18:30 | #5

    Brilliant news, but would you recommend waiting for update offer or manual installation.

    I only ask because you say there is an upgrade offer for Internet Security, how do we get this offer, and what is the price?

  6. January 19th, 2010 at 18:38 | #6

    @nick
    Hi Nick. The same offers are available on the website via the banner asking if you already have 4.8

  7. The_Blinded
    January 19th, 2010 at 18:42 | #7

    Congratulations!
    Now I can finally test new Avast 5.

  8. Aethec
    January 19th, 2010 at 18:52 | #8

    Great !

    Two small things about the new French website :
    -The favicon is still the old blue orb
    -The French translation of the website is not so great. Missing accents and capital letters, Google translations (if you see what I mean), missing links in the FAQ, …

  9. January 19th, 2010 at 18:53 | #9

    @Vincent Steckler
    Nick, this will actually show up there tomorrow.

  10. Nivesh
    January 19th, 2010 at 18:54 | #10

    Where can i download avast 5!

  11. January 19th, 2010 at 18:58 | #11

    @Aethec
    I don’t see any Avast new website?

  12. johlah
    January 19th, 2010 at 19:30 | #12

    I dont see new site ?

  13. Confused
    January 19th, 2010 at 19:35 | #13

    I’m not able to see any changes on the avast.com website. No new logo, latest version of home/pro listed as 4.8.1368… I’ve even deleted cookies before loading the page but nothing…
    Since I can’t see, I’ll ask here; is there/will there be an upgrad possibility to Avast! Internet Security for users who have the Pro Family Pack (1o Pro licenses)?
    And will there be a new version of the WHS version (the current was not able to recognise the beta).

  14. Prince Winter Flurry
    January 19th, 2010 at 19:40 | #14

    I don’t see the new Website neither. Where is it? Just asking.

  15. Salmander
    January 19th, 2010 at 19:42 | #15

    Superb!! Congrats!! :D

  16. Anupam
    January 19th, 2010 at 19:43 | #16

    Wonderful. Had been waiting for Avast 5 from long. Congratulations and best of luck to you guys. Great work!!! Thanks for keeping us safe with your quality products, which are too good to be free. This is a great news. I can’t wait to download the all new Avast 5.

  17. nick
    January 19th, 2010 at 20:00 | #17

    @Vincent Steckler
    cheers ill check it out tomorrow

  18. Will
    January 19th, 2010 at 20:06 | #18

    Hi all,
    Many thanks for the new free Avast antivirus!!
    Very exciting and much looked forward to, although v4 was great anyway… :o )
    Small question: I really like the old blue notification icon and can’t stand the new orange one. Didn’t try the Beta much ‘cos the orange icon was ‘noying!
    I have easily downloaded one of the blue icons. How can I use it and replace the horrid orange and go back to cool blue?!
    I see that I’m not the only one to think in this way, but sorry about such a mini-trivial question. And big apologies if it’s the new Corporate colour!
    Won’t stop me using Avast! stuff!?!
    All the best,
    Will.

  19. January 19th, 2010 at 20:07 | #19

    The new website looks great! I like how you cleaned it up and clearly explain the difference between the product versions.

  20. spg SCOTT
    January 19th, 2010 at 20:46 | #20

    WOW, so this was why I couldn’t get to the forum (still hit or miss), or here a little why ago…

    Good work ALWIL, and Thanks for the protection you have provided for free til now (and after…)

    Hows that for an early birthday present? (tomorrow ;) ) Thanks!

    -Scott-

  21. January 19th, 2010 at 20:55 | #21

    Nice job! Congratulations!

  22. rosa torres
    January 19th, 2010 at 21:11 | #22

    thanks to all, i like your new product

  23. Tech
    January 19th, 2010 at 21:12 | #23

    Congratulations!
    You’ve promised. You’ve delivered it. You continue to deliver it for free!

  24. rosa torres
    January 19th, 2010 at 21:15 | #24

    no comments yet.

  25. Josh Taylor
    January 19th, 2010 at 21:18 | #25

    When I uninstalled avast 4.8 with the removal tool and installed the new Avast 5.0, I see that the virus chest is missing, is it integrated?

  26. RNAMOAKO
    January 19th, 2010 at 21:20 | #26

    ghananav

  27. Ilir
    January 19th, 2010 at 21:21 | #27

    I love Avast.

  28. shaekz
    January 19th, 2010 at 21:39 | #28

    great news

  29. Deluxe
    January 19th, 2010 at 21:40 | #29

    Where can you download the final version?

  30. stefan
    January 19th, 2010 at 21:56 | #30

    thank you

  31. spg SCOTT
    January 19th, 2010 at 22:03 | #31

    Josh Taylor :
    When I uninstalled avast 4.8 with the removal tool and installed the new Avast 5.0, I see that the virus chest is missing, is it integrated?

    See the first part of my post: http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=53643.msg455498#msg455498

    @Deluxe
    From the website of course:
    http://www.avast.com

  32. NICK
    January 19th, 2010 at 22:14 | #32

    Deluxe :Where can you download the final version?

    http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

    NICK ADSL UK
    MICROSOFT MVP

  33. Mikos
    January 19th, 2010 at 22:34 | #33

    Congratulations….

    Thank you so much… I love the new version… You guys have indeed gone a very long way in terms of developing Avast. In fact, Avast 5.0 is a big leap from 4.8. I love it… Great job Alwil. :)

  34. Leonardo
    January 19th, 2010 at 22:37 | #34

    Please you can make it fully compatible with the x64 machine?

  35. Deluxe
    January 19th, 2010 at 22:50 | #35

    Ist the final Version 377?

    If yes then you can download the pro version in multilanguage

  36. spg SCOTT
    January 19th, 2010 at 22:51 | #36

    @Leonardo
    How do you mean?

    Boot scan is being worked on, for a later version. IIRC some defferences between the two versions mean some extra programming…

  37. SD
    January 19th, 2010 at 23:00 | #37

    Its very surprising to find such an effective anti virus absolutely free. Thanks a lot!

  38. January 19th, 2010 at 23:17 | #38

    Wow! The UI is beautiful, and no reboot required after installation is super!

  39. January 19th, 2010 at 23:45 | #39

    Congratulations…

  40. Thanks for information…
    January 19th, 2010 at 23:55 | #40

    It’s really great. I used more anti virus but this is unique…!

  41. Razvan
    January 20th, 2010 at 00:33 | #41

    Very nice update to an already great product. Thanks for your efforts!

  42. Zeltz
    January 20th, 2010 at 01:08 | #42

    Thank you! much well..
    We love Avast

  43. Henry
    January 20th, 2010 at 01:47 | #43

    Finally!
    Thanks!

  44. kaden
    January 20th, 2010 at 01:48 | #44

    how do i upgrade?

  45. January 20th, 2010 at 02:15 | #45

    Awesome post. Thank you so much.

  46. Rifki
    January 20th, 2010 at 03:28 | #46

    Congrat, i’ve been waiting this one for months….finally…hello from Indonesia

  47. sen6ses
    January 20th, 2010 at 03:53 | #47

    Congratulations, great products and amazing GUI
    AVAST is the best ever , thanks tons avast

  48. January 20th, 2010 at 04:01 | #48

    Congratulations to ALWIL team, now Avast 5 ready for all of us. Thank you very much :)

  49. January 20th, 2010 at 04:04 | #49

    CONGRATULATION !!!

  50. January 20th, 2010 at 04:50 | #50

    Hi Vince and ALWIL team,

    Congratulations from Prima Partner Infotek for ALWIL team.

    Regards,
    Yanto Chiang

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