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August 3rd, 2011

Registrations, Launches, Virus Lab Research

The second half of 2011 got off to a great start for AVAST Software (even if it was rough in terms of Prague’s “summer” weather, which been more like an out-of-place autumn). We began the third quarter with a record 165 million user registrations and (not long after launching our avast! Free Antivirus for Mac beta) in July we launched our new business security line. As for what’s next, CNET’s Seth Rosenblatt give a preview of our other upcoming security solutions here.

In other news, research by the AVAST Virus Lab uncovered an alarming trend in Adobe Reader version usage and a surprising percentage of Microsoft XP-based rootkits.

Our Virus Lab’s study showed that 60% of Adobe Reader users are not using a current and updated version, leaving them unnecessarily open to exploits. Here are a few media outlets that reported on our findings:

V3.co.uk

TheRegister.co.uk

Neowin.net

ZDNET.com

Techworld.com

ITPro.co.uk

 

As for the Windows rootkit vulnerabilities, the common belief that Windows 7 is immune against rootkits simply isn’t true. As well, Windows XP plays host to a surprising share of rootkit infections, a situation that many industry experts have since covered and weighed in on (here are a few articles on our research):

Computerworld.com

Techworld.com

TheInquirer.net

InfoSecurity-US.com

PCAdvisor.co.uk

ghacks.net

Tech2.in.com

Networkworld.com

TECHSPOT.com

 

It’s good to remember that many OS, browser, or application vulnerabilities have more to do with the “economy of scale” than with inherent design flaws. Hackers and/or other cybercriminals tend to go after that which yields to them best possible results (your personal information and other sensitive data), and thus they prefer exploiting weaknesses in the most widely used products. Keep your software versions current, updated, and be aware that these changes happen for a reason – typically, to patch problems that have developed in earlier versions.

  • http://www.nishantkhunt.com Nishant Khunt

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  • http://www.nishantkhunt.com Nishant Khunt

    avast is most powerful antivirus

  • http://www.puttarungsribcb.com Ringman

    I’m using Foxit Reader.

  • lius

    Avast is the best

  • lius

    I use avast free, but my PC is protected from viruses

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  • berkan

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  • http://www.spyware-specialist.com Steven

    Hi Everyone!

    Could you tell me what is the quickest and fastest way to make sure my harddrive is 100% clean without reformat, loss of any data and/or destroying my data structure and without me having to reload any of my installed software?

    I think this would make and excellent contest…between all the vendors of spyware and anti-virus software so the consumer would benifit and be able to make a smart choice on their next purchase without all the hype!

    I have used avast in the past and recommended it to many of my customers.

  • vicky

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  • http://Sprut92@spaces.ru Константин

    Avast Это мощьная защита вашего ПК я поставил и очень доволен проблем не имею!

  • shre54321

    i dedicate this song to u avast!:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-383VDg-pU

  • http://www.gmail.com strahnja

    avast je najbolji antivirus na svetu

    ja imam avast 5.0

  • http://na Steven Pearsin

    so any news on when a version for whs 2011 will be released???

  • shre54321

    hello,steven why u want a new version of avast! to be released?arent u happy with this 6.0 version?

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/mashak Jason Mashak

    Steven :

    Hi Everyone!

    Could you tell me what is the quickest and fastest way to make sure my harddrive is 100% clean without reformat, loss of any data and/or destroying my data structure and without me having to reload any of my installed software?

    I think this would make and excellent contest…between all the vendors of spyware and anti-virus software so the consumer would benifit and be able to make a smart choice on their next purchase without all the hype!

    I have used avast in the past and recommended it to many of my customers.

    That would be an excellent question for the avast! Forum: http://forum.avast.com/ ;)