This is the question asked by CNET Download.com – one of the leading download sites – in a survey published last Friday, February 25, and running until March 3, 2011. So if avast! is your favorite free antivirus security, help us with your vote (it only takes about 5 seconds).
UPDATE: Voting is over and the winner is… Comodo, followed by avast! in second place and Ad-Aware ranked third. Thank you to all who casted their vote for avast! And of course congratulations to the Comodo team! (that was a very big push in the last day) ;)
My interactions with Jitka have been brief – she is a no-nonsense kind of person, and so you’ll almost never see her having a chat at the coffee machine. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in one place for longer than a few seconds, unless she has to sit for a meeting or at her desk. At AVAST for almost 5 years, Jitka oversees the interactions between AVAST Software and our business partners around the globe. I of course had to interview her via email, as I doubt she’d ever have time to meet with me. –Jason Mashak
1. Would you say that AVAST Software partners basically enable avast! users to have contacts and support in their own regions and languages, or is it not so simple?
To make it clear from the beginning, our business partners focus on the corporate and SMB segments rather than on home users. When potential customers make contact, our local partners only have a few minutes to establish trust and credibility. Fortunately, combining one of the best-known antivirus brands with our partners’ sales skills and marketing activities has been a simple and effective strategy for this.
Our business partners help alleviate fear of fraud, provide support in the local language(s), design or implement customized deployments, etc., enabling companies searching for an antivirus product to put their trust in avast!
2. How do avast! business partners help contribute to the direction of avast! products or services? Read more…
Have you ever heard about the Morphex PE32 Loader? You are certainly not alone. Even the mighty “Uncle Google” can’t find the proper results:
But … it definitely does exist.
Even if this is an “unknown” name, you should be concerned. Morphex PE32 Loader is supporting the most successful and fastest growing AutoRun worm of 2011.
The main role of antivirus being of course to catch viruses, borrowing computer terminology from the human environment is fitting… virus spreads from machine to machine, infecting them just like a flu. And just like in the case of influenza or other virus-type diseases, knowing the virus is the first step to a cure.
In the case of computers, it gets slightly complicated, because while nature presents a new influenza subtype about once a year and only now and then does it really get out of hand, virus creators are getting much faster at “turnaround” in their development of new viruses. Read more…
In a few days I’ll introduce a new avast! Blog feature, in which I’ll interview various people involved with AVAST Software – team members, volunteer translators, business partners, avast! Forum “evangelists,” etc. –with 5 questions.
This will give you a better look inside AVAST, at the people who make things happen on our end.
The frequency of interview postings will be partly “as inspired” and partly “up to you”… that is, the more you like them, the more they’ll keep coming.
Read interviews here:
The world is getting smaller. At least that’s how the saying goes, and in many ways this is true. This, however, was not at the forefront of my or my colleague Vojtas’ mind after travelling for more than half a day to visit AVAST Software partner iYogi in Delhi, India, this week. Read more…
I don’t know about you, but I really like taking the new avast! 6.0 features – WebRep, for example — for a test drive. With the beta 6.0 installed, I opened Google.com and quickly typed in “Longhotlegs” to see what would pop up. I even forgot to add the spaces. In my top five results, there was a stocking e-shop for women (no rating), strip bar in the UK (no rating), the TMZ celebrity blog (green rating), and – my favorite – a Wikipedia entry for Pholciadae.
This spider family includes the creature commonly known as “daddy long-legs”.
From the WebRep perspective, Google.com has a “good rating with many votes” while en.wikipedia.org has a “good rating with few voters”. Read more…
This test result arrived just now from the Virus Bulletin. For easier presentation I have extracted the results, plot it in graph and listed based on the On-Demand score. A picture is worth a thousands words so have a look to save me the writing. Note: none of the top 5 brands had any FPs.
In 2009, Symantec ran a full-page advertisement in PC Magazine explaining to readers that because Norton has the most virus definition updates (222 per day) they also have the best detection score of 97.9% compared to all others. We at AVAST liked the ad for a better reason: we had only 1 update per day and were second best after Norton in detection. Look at the advert snap shot.
However, driven by curiosity I looked up the actual test from AV-Comparatives.org and to my surprise learned that Norton has used a decent dose of creative-results interpretation by ignoring Avira and G-Data, both of which scored even better than Norton in detection!
I thought this level of creativity would be difficult to beat but I was wrong! Read more…
The new avast! 6.0 was spotted at the Prague Café Imperial this Thursday.
The “Additional Protection” features in the 6.0 version are more difficult to photograph than the art deco ceramics in this historic Prague hotel.