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March 8th, 2011

avast! Free tops the Russian download charts

The first week of March brought interesting news from Russia.  First, on the  morning of March 2, 2011, avast! Free Antivirus surpassed the longtime-leader Adobe Acrobat Reader to become the most downloaded software on the largest Russian software downloading site Softportal.com. avast! Free Antivirus gets downloaded even more than popular applications like Skype or Firefox in Russia, and is the only security solution listed in the top 20 most-popular applications.

In the “antivirus” subcategory, avast! Free Antivirus is ahead of local Russian brands Kaspersky and Dr.Web – in 2nd place, with 5-times fewer downloads, and 3rd place, with 6-times fewer downloads, respectively.

 

The other big news from early March was the user-base growth. The Russian base grew to over 7 million active avast! users in February – a full 56% (!) increase over last year and dramatically faster growth compared to the overall market there (Gartner estimates the Russian market grew at 5.7% in 2010).

According to the same Gartner report, there were 13 million computers installed in homes and 24 million in companies in Russia in 2010. Unfortunately, the report doesn’t specify further the split of companies segmented into small and medium-sized businesses – where avast! is likely to be deployed – and the bigger companies, which would likely choose more traditional brands.  Nevertheless, the 7-million-strong base of avast! users within the Russian market is a great achievement.

 

Russia has been a priority for AVAST for a long time.  With the help of our avast! community in Russia (see Translators: avast.com/community), we localized avast! Free Antivirus into Russian in March 2004, and on April 21, 2004, it was released to the public. In retrospect, it seems an obvious direction, but in spring 2004 the decision toward Russia was still only 2 years since we had introduced our free antivirus as such, and it was still before we had even reached the 1st million users.

But of course what matters most is the product itself and the trust it has among users.  We try to deliver the best possible free antivirus that is more than match for competitors’ paid-for products. Looking at the AV Comparatives tests or Virus Bulletin review, avast! Free Antivirus actually outperforms Kaspersky’s paid-for products. But without our community’s trust, word-of-mouth advertising, and support we would not achieve such growth.

So thank you all. Or better yet: Спасибо всем вам за доверие и поддержку ;)

  1. shirley tempted
    March 8th, 2011 at 19:03 | #1

    well, good job! everybody is now looking to India and China… in next 20 years they will certainly have massive increase not only in population, but also in computer users… but I guess that avast is already translated into those languages… well with India there certainly is a problem with the various “regional” languages.

  2. Tech
    March 9th, 2011 at 02:44 | #2

    Wow, 50% of Russia market!
    Indeed I found a lot of more Russia based/written posts in forums. The International board increased.
    Welcome Russians :)

  3. LunarWolf
    March 9th, 2011 at 03:33 | #3

    Actually it is not true that avast! Free Antivirus actually outperforms Kaspersky’s paid-for products. Kaspersky still out-perform avast in terms of heuristics, self-defense and in the dynamic test. Unless this year AV comparatives result shows otherwise, Kaspersky still reign in heuristics, self-defense and in the dynamic test.

    Self defense test is based on Malware Research Group test. By the way, I am a user of avast and ex-user of Kaspersky. avast beats Kaspersky in terms of speed and effect on the system and avast releases tend to be more stable than Kaspersky’s. Detection wise,they are about the same.

  4. Abdul Sami
    March 9th, 2011 at 12:21 | #4

    I am one of ur client

  5. March 9th, 2011 at 13:34 | #5

    it important in systems in d world of 2 day

  6. March 11th, 2011 at 08:21 | #6

    As a computer repair guy i install avast on a great number of systems

  7. March 11th, 2011 at 18:08 | #7

    Thanks to team Avast!, for your great support, I just swapping and installing Antivirus avast!

  8. March 13th, 2011 at 16:51 | #8

    urgent

  9. March 14th, 2011 at 10:00 | #9

    Great job…i hope Indonesia will have a same as Rusia for avast..

    Regards,
    Yanto Chiang

  10. March 17th, 2011 at 10:03 | #10

    I Want to subscribe a new version of avast pro… tnx… avast 6.0.1… i really like it. thank you very much.

  11. March 18th, 2011 at 13:28 | #11

    avast.com

  12. March 18th, 2011 at 13:42 | #12
  13. March 18th, 2011 at 17:39 | #13

    السلام عليكم انا فئز السراج من العراق بغداد من مواليد 1990انا طبعاجربت هذا البرنامج من قبل ومن تتابيعي لهذا البرنامج ومن المنتوجات التي تطرح على الأسواق وجدة ان هذا البرنامج للحمايات من الفيروسات المضره بالجهزت الحاسوب فكان اختياري لهذا البرنامج جيد ومفيد لي وشكرا لكم على هذا البرناكج المحترف بكل شيء

  14. March 19th, 2011 at 17:32 | #14

    cristian

  15. Павел
    March 21st, 2011 at 21:13 | #15

    Хороший антивирус,да же лучшее некоторых платных антивирусов,спасибо за работу.

  16. Владимир
    March 22nd, 2011 at 16:52 | #16

    Около трех лет пользуюсь Вашим антивирусом. Ни единого нарекания ни по скорости, ни по выявлению вирусов. Всем своим друзьям советую именно его. Спасибо ! Best Regards.

  17. Татьяна
    March 24th, 2011 at 00:07 | #17

    Мне нравится! Хороший антивирус, не тормозит работу компьютера. Регулярно обновляется. Активно реагирует на подозрительные файлы.

  18. владимир
    March 24th, 2011 at 13:17 | #18

    Хороший антивирус, спасибо за работу. мне очень нравится. Большое спасибо.

  19. duong
    March 27th, 2011 at 02:21 | #19

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