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July 31st, 2013

Join the avast! Mobile Security Beta test

app_locking-premiumWould you like a sneak-peek into avast! Mobile Security version 3, avast! Anti-Theft and the debut of a new product, avast! Backup? We are looking for advanced users to participate in the avast! Mobile Security Beta test starting today. This Beta test will run for a full week in which time you can give us valuable feedback that we can incorporate into our product before going public to millions of users.

Here’s how to join the Beta test

  • Sign up on the dedicated avast! Mobile Beta Testers Google Plus community
  • Click the product links on the right under ‘About this community’ and sign up as tester for our Beta program
  • Within 24 hours of the beta launch, you’ll see upgrades to avast! Mobile Security and avast! Anti-Theft in the Google Play Store. Our new product, avast! Backup will also be available to install from Google Play.
    !! Note that avast! Anti-Theft Advanced users (users who installed from our servers instead from Google Play) will need to send their IMEI to holzner at avast dot com to get their Anti-Theft client upgraded to the Beta version !!
  • In order to get your free premium test license, open any of our apps and click on the “Go Premium” button
  • Click on the “Voucher” button to the top right of the screen
  • Enter AVASTBETATEST as the voucher code
  • Get your free beta test license (valid until end of August)
  • Deliver your feedback to the avast! Mobile Security forum

This release incorporates a premium line on top of our free offering. You can learn more about the features on the avast! Mobile Security forum.

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July 30th, 2013

How do I wipe my old hard drive clean?

How_toQuestion of the week: I am going to buy a new laptop before school starts again. How do I ensure that my old laptop is completely clean of old credit card numbers, passwords, and personal files before I sell it?

It’s good that you thought of this important task before selling your old hardware to a stranger. There have been plenty of case studies describing how sensitive information was found on second-hand hard drives bought on eBay. In one publicized example, details of a U.S. military air defense system were exposed along with blueprints of facilities and employees’ social security numbers!

Bank account information, passwords, and your poetry are still recoverable even after you wipe the hard drive clean, reformat it and reinstall Windows. You see, when a file has been “deleted” the data itself isn’t deleted immediately. When you format a hard drive partition, or delete a file using standard tools, only a reference to its data is removed. No actual erasing is performed until another file overwrites the area on the disk where the original file resided, which is exactly what avast! Data Shredder does.

Wipe it Clean!

avast! Data Shredder is a new feature in avast! Premier which allows you to irreversibly erase hard drive partitions or individual files clean of sensitive data. It works by writing over the hard drive partition or the file with meaningless data before deleting it. This way you “shred” partitions and files in such a way that it is impossible to recover them by utilities capable of tracing and restoring deleted files.

So when you sell your computer and want to be sure that there is no way to restore your files, make sure you shred them with avast! Data Shredder. And when you get your new laptop, you can transfer the avast! Premier license.

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July 25th, 2013

AVAST is most downloaded Software in Europe

SoftonicSoftonic, one of the world’s largest download site for Windows, Mac and mobile, has just announced that avast! Free Antivirus is the most popular download in Europe.  Thank you to our users who have downloaded AVAST from Softonic!

Here’s what some reviews said about AVAST:

Good protection at no cost

Very good protection for a FREE product. It is very user friendly and the automatic updates were very nice to have. It is the only Free antivirus software I’ve tried, so I can’t compare it to other free software, but I really liked it.

Solid and Lightweight

PROS: One of the lightest antivirus I have ever seen. Protection is also better than many other paid_Antiviruses. It ate only 9 MB of ram in my PC. “VB 100″ or “AV Comparatives” already certified it for its solid security. Can be customized easily according to needs. Streaming fast updates. User friendly and attractive interface. Auto Sandbox facility. Cons: Doesn’t come with a firewall. Full scan is a little bit slow.

Great protection for the Home PC or Laptop user

Excellent, thank you avast! you’ve made my internet usage far more enjoyable. I no longer get annoying viruses on my computer and I was able to get rid of the ones that I had but didn’t even know.

Read Softonic’s Software Trends (PDF) report to learn more about popular downloads and trends.

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July 25th, 2013

AVAST File Server Security gets VB100 Award from Virus Bulletin

box+badgeAVAST’s high-performance server-security product, avast! File Server Security, has received the VB100 award from Virus Bulletin. The independent testing lab’s latest AV comparative test focused on performance in Windows Server 2012.

AVAST performed solidly with 100% detection rates and zero false alarms on both WildList and clean test sets consisting mainly of business tools to fit with the server environment.

The avast! UI has been redesigned to keep up with modern navigation styles and the testers noticed saying, “Avast’s server edition (is)… pretty easy on the eye, laden with multiple components and layers, and relatively simple to navigate even with a very good range of controls.“

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July 24th, 2013

Urausy Lockscreen: Your computer will remain locked for 3 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes!

Yes, if your computer gets infected by Urausy Lockscreen, it will get locked. Luckily, not forever! Avast protects you against it. In this blogpost we will introduce an infamous lockscreen called Urausy. We will look at its special anti-debugging and anti-reverse engineering tricks, at its communication protocol, and determine what the conditions (if any) are for self-deleting from the compromised system.

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July 22nd, 2013

Multisystem Trojan Janicab attacks Windows and MacOSX via scripts

On Friday, July 12th a warning from an AVAST fan about a new polymorphic multisystem threat came to an inbox of AVAST. Moreover, an archive of malicious files discussed here were attached. Some of them have been uploaded to Virustotal and therefore they have been shared with computer security professionals on the same day. A weekend had passed by and articles full of excitement about a new Trojan for MacOs started to appear on the web. We decided to make a thorough analysis and not to quickly jump on the bandwagon. The key observation is that the final payload comes in the form of scripts needed to be interpreted by Windows Script Console resp; Python in the case of MacOs. Moreover a script generator that creates new malicious Windows file shortcuts was also included.

Windows version

A chain of events that installs a malicious Visual Basic script on Windows platform looks like this:

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July 19th, 2013

Top 7 tips when traveling with your computer

The AVAST forum is one of our largest and most active communities, with more than 300,000 users. The most active people on the forum are called Evangelists. They spend quite a lot of their free time helping and solving issues for our users, not only related to AVAST, but also with overall security. We asked them to share their top tips for keeping your computer and other devices safe from cybercrime while traveling. Let’s go!

travel tips

 

1. Use your own devices (mobile phone, laptop, tablet) to go online rather than a public library’s or café’s computers. Some of the new smartphones allow password tethering. Always enable the SSL connection in your online accounts when offered, for example by Facebook, Twitter, and Google. You can enable it in many other sites using special add-ons which encrypt your communications when using Firefox or Chrome.
2. Connect to a VPN when traveling for business to get a secure, encrypted, and anonymous connection. Avoid free VPN due to ads and adwares like mentioned in our previous blog article. AVAST users can subscribe to avast! SecureLine  through both free and paid-for versions of avast! Antivirus. If you’re not a continuous traveler, you can go for a single month license. Learn more about VPN and  avast! SecureLine, here.
3. Never do your online banking while using a free/open or ad-hoc WiFi connection. To be more secure, remove any insecure/open WiFi connections in your network connections. If you’re on a Mac, take care of any Bonjour discovered items on the public network. It’s also a good practice to setup your own home network with an unique name. Read more…

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July 18th, 2013

Six reasons to use avast! SecureLine VPN when traveling

Whether on business travel or vacation, you don’t want to worry about the security of your devices when you connect to the internet. Using a WiFi network in a café, airport, or hotel is a serious security risk that requires additional protection to secure your data and computer.

avast! SecureLine VPN is now completely integrated into all of AVAST’s free and premium products. Here’s the top 6 reasons why you should use avast! SecureLine VPN:

1. Hides your data from thieves – avast! SecureLine VPN encrypts your public WiFi communications. That means that someone snooping on you will see a bunch of gibberish instead of your email, files, passwords, etc.

2. Keeps eavesdroppers from listening to your VOIP calls – avast! SecureLine VPN makes your voice or video conversations through the internet using Skype or Viber, for example, safe and secure by encrypting your conversation. This allows you to talk to people without fear of being eavesdropped on by cybercrooks, your ISP, and even the government! Read more…

July 17th, 2013

Anna: Russian Princess of the FREEks

image3Anna Shirokova has joined the AVAST Social media team along with two other Community Managers: Albert Soriano and Anca Elena Amariei to create our A-Team. Anna is a native Russian speaker, living in Prague. When I met her for the first time, Anna was constantly busy with her mobile updating statuses across social media, I thought: She could be the one.  With her creative spirit and great technical background, Anna became a perfect candidate to join our FREEking great Social Media team, to grow, engage and manage AVAST communities for the Russian market. Russian users: You can be looking forward to a first hand AVAST Russian experience. Анна Добро пожаловать в AVAST

How did you learn that AVAST was looking for new Queens / Kings of the FREEks, and what  turns you on about social media? Read more…

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July 16th, 2013

Albert: Spanish Prince of the FREEks

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Albert Soriano, our new Spanish community manager, joins Russian manager Anna Shirokova  and French manager Anca Elena Amariei, to form the A-Team! Albert has an interest in social media and new technology, plus he’s a long-time AVAST user – a perfect combination for a Prince of the FREEks. He’s a university student studying Multimedia engineering and somehow he still finds time to write articles about video games and new technology for a Spanish digital magazine called Ñews.es. We are happy to welcome Albert to AVAST.

How did you learn that AVAST was looking for new Queens / Kings of the FREEks, and what convinced you to apply for this role?
Curiously, I learned that AVAST was looking for some new Queens/Kings of the FREEks through Twitter. I saw a tweet from AVAST offering a job as part of the social media team and I said: “¿Why not? I spend a lot of time on social networks and I love technology so that’s a perfect job for me! “ And here I am! :-) Read more…

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