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January 2nd, 2012

Early reviews of avast! Free Mobile Security

On 21 December, 2011, we launched our Android antivirus/anti-theft solution (see our official press release). The beta version, released a few weeks earlier, was well received, and generated a lot of initial buzz in the Android community. What follows are quotes from early reviews, many of which were written about the beta version. We have also received a lot of great feedback from our avast! user community, and thus a few days ago AVAST CTO Ondrej Vlcek responded to 10 frequently asked questions about avast! Free Mobile Security.

Here is some of the initial praise from the Android community:


“It has the potential to overshadow just about all of the apps in our Mobile Security App Shootout.”
“A strong contender for the best overall security app on Android.”
“Extremely sophisticated security solution accessible to everyone.”
Android Police (product review, 7 December 2011)

“I’ve tested the app on my rooted Samsung Galaxy S II on Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and can confirm that it works as advertised.”
RedmondPie (product review, 8 December 2011)

“Avast provides one-tap fixes for any detected malware threats.”
ZDNet (product review, 21 December 2011)

“It looks like Avast is determined to sink its teeth into a huge chunk of market share of mobile security, as it released more like a security suite for Android than a simple antivirus.”
Softpedia (product review, 22 December 2011)

“After you set things up, the thief won’t stand a chance.”
TechHamlet (product review, 22 December 2011)

“After testing the application for almost a week, it didn’t affected the smartphone’s battery at all.”
NeverDC (product review, 23 December 2011)

“Best Free Android Security Software: Avast Antivirus”
TheHackerNews (product review, 24 December 2011)

 

As you can see, people like it. In fact, in monitoring media coverage I remember only one complaint, and that is the lack of web console – which we’ll be offering anyway in coming months.  ;-)

If you have any comments or questions about avast! Free Mobile Security, feel free to join the avast! Mobile Security discussion on our avast! Forum.

If you’d like to try it on your Android phone, visit our avast! Free Mobile Security product page for more info and DOWNLOAD options.

  • http://www.rejzor.tk RejZoR

    Anti-malware part is undeniably the best. But anti-theft part, i’m not so sure. Especially the removal of root installed part is a real pain in the rear. This really has to be seriously improved. How hard can it be to add uninstall option behind the password protected menu inside anti-theft menu?

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

    @RejZoR
    LOL, questions like this are exactly what I was trying to avoid when I tried to divert them to the guys who BUILD these things:

    “If you have any comments or questions about avast! Free Mobile Security, feel free to join the avast! Mobile Security discussion on our avast! Forum.”

    Sorry, but I’m a communications guy (although I can make my name go across the screen on a C-64). ;)

  • Tech

    Jason, would it help if I make “my” own features list of expected mobile security app? I think Milos would like to have a blog text for that ;)

  • zeighy

    @RejZoR
    It’s exactly that difficulty in removing it makes it very effective…

    Also, if you installed it as root (which means you have root) I’d say you can remove it via Titanium Backup, but inside the menu of the anti-theft app, you’ll have to remove the saved settings first… Then, remove the app using Titanium… If you don’t have Titanium Backup, I don’t know why you don’t if you have your phone rooted…

  • ketani73

    zeighy :
    @RejZoR
    It’s exactly that difficulty in removing it makes it very effective…
    Also, if you installed it as root (which means you have root) I’d say you can remove it via Titanium Backup, but inside the menu of the anti-theft app, you’ll have to remove the saved settings first… Then, remove the app using Titanium… If you don’t have Titanium Backup, I don’t know why you don’t if you have your phone rooted…

    What do you mean by “but inside the menu of the anti-theft app, you’ll have to remove the saved settings first” ??

    Please help because i want to remove this “anti-theft” component completely !!