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September 30th, 2013

Tell us your AVAST story

AVAST Community: Without YOU, we would be nothing

There is no exaggeration in this statement. The AVAST Community keeps helping us by sharing security Tips, supporting each other on the AVAST forum,  helping to translate our product, most importantly, by recommending our products.

You also helped us create the great communities across social media. Every day thousands of AVAST users gather on FacebookTwitter,  Google+, and  Instagram to praise the AVAST products, ask us questions, request support, or simply share your AVAST stories.  It is extremely valuable for us to receive your feedback, positive or negative. Positive comments stimulate and motivate us for further hard work; negative one helps us to improve our service and products. Following our blog from January 2013, we would like to share with you some of the messages we have received lately on social media.

Tell us your AVAST story, and we will share it with our Community. Thank you all!

Protection: AVAST helps to find lost mobile devices

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It’s free: AVAST allows you to control your expenses, without compromising quality 

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September 27th, 2013

avast! Free Antivirus wins VB100 award

vb_award_enAVAST Software, maker of the most trusted antivirus in the world, avast! Free Antivirus, has achieved a VB100 award in the latest Virus Bulletin VB100 comparative review. 

The VB100 award is given to those products that detect 100% of viruses “in the wild,” using the freshest malware sample sets available, as well as samples not previously seen. In this round, the testers also used a range of items including a wide selection of educational software, designed for use either in schools or in home-teaching environments. avast! Free Antivirus scored 100% for each malware set tested.

“The core sets were dealt with flawlessly, easily earning Avast a VB100 award for this month’s efforts,” said the Virus Bulletin experts conducting the test.

The second standard measured is the number of false positives generated when scanning. A false positive warning happens when a file is erroneously tagged as a virus or malware, when in fact the file does not possess such malicious code and is not a virus or malware. avast! Free Antivirus had zero false positives and got a perfect score on both standards showing it has what it takes to handle newly emerging malware and accurately detect previously unknown malware.

Speed and performance measures are also taken and avast! Free Antivirus earned the highest Stability rating, Solid: No issues observed, as opposed to Stable, Fair, or Buggy.

The Virus Bulletin annual conference, the premier technical event of the antivirus/security industry, will be held the first week in October in Berlin. AVAST will be attending, so we hope to see you there.

Thank you for using avast! Antivirus and recommending us to your friends and family. For all the latest news, fun and contest information, please follow us on FacebookTwitter and Google+.

 

September 27th, 2013

#SecurityTips Contest: The best of the round 3.

The third round of the AVAST contest has ended. So far we have received outstanding 3500 #SecurityTips. Users participate by sharing their knowledge with others and at the same time they get a chance to win free avast! Mobile Premium and avast! Internet Security licenses, as well as Nexus 7 tablets and a Nexus 4 smartphone. The contest has four rounds and each week we will ask you a different question. So, don’t miss your chance! Enter here, to submit your tip.

Security on Social Media is extremely important to us. Therefore during Round 3, we asked participants the following question:

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Now we would like to share with you the most valuable, creative, and helpful tips to keep your mobile device safe and secured. Here they are:

Tip 1. #SecurityTip:

Make sure only your friends can see your timeline and post, by using the security options on most social media websites. ~ Chris O.

Tip 2. #SecurityTip:

To stay safe on social media, think twice before you share something, for example some epic party photos.  And double check your security and privacy settings on Facebook.~ Daw I. Read more…

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September 26th, 2013

How to avoid becoming a phone scam victim

HELLO. This is Microsoft tech support and we have detected a serious virus in your computer and we need you to log on right away so we can help you.

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Have you ever received a phone call like this, without actually requesting support? The call itself should already raise your suspicions. However, when you are asked to provide your personal data or credit card credentials, warning lights should be flashing.

Recently journalists, bloggers, and even Microsoft itself warned against the “Microsoft calling scam.” The Microsoft phone scam is just one example of thousands of similar offers reported daily. Scammers can be very creative and do not hesitate to take advantage of people’s trust. They are well prepared and trained, so we need to beware and ready to react fast.

What should raise you suspicions?

  • You receive a call with an offer of a service you never requested
  • You receive a call / email / social media message claiming you won a prize from a contest you have never participated in
  • The person contacting you is very insistent and wants you to provide access to your personal data or pay in order to receive support or a prize
  • The person contacting you doesn’t provide his/her full contact details
  • The person contacting you requests access to your PC, personal information, or credit card.

What to do, if you suspect it’s a scam

  • Ask how they got your number or contact information Read more…
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September 26th, 2013

How California’s gone FREE for Education

California_mapRecently we announced reaching 3 million issued licenses under the AVAST Free for Education program. From all the US, California ranked first in terms of free licenses.

California, the third-largest state by area and number one by population, also seems to want to be number one in terms of education. Since our AVAST Free for Education program launched in November, 2012 (yes, it will have its 1 year anniversary soon!), almost 200 California schools, districts, colleges, universities, libraries, and other education institutions have obtained over a quarter million FREE licenses.

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September 25th, 2013

Win32/64:Napolar: New Trojan shines on the cyber crime-scene

In recent weeks, malware samples resolved as Win32/64:Napolar from AVAST’s name pools generated a lot of hits within our file and network shields. Independently, we observed an advertising campaign of a new Trojan dubbed Solarbot that started around May 2013. This campaign did not run through shady hacking forums as we are used to, but instead it ran through a website indexed in the main search engines. The website is called http://solarbot.net and presents its offer with a professional looking design:

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For the Win32/64:Napolar Trojan, the pipe used to inter-process communication is named \\.\pipe\napSolar. Together with the presence of character strings like “CHROME.DLL,” “OPERA.DLL,” “trusteer,” “data_inject,” and features we’ll mention later, we have almost no doubts that the Trojan and Solarbot coincide. Let us look at some analysis.

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September 24th, 2013

Jumpshot minions join AVAST to fight ‘Grime’

battleJoining in AVAST’s  fight against malware, is a team  of helpful minions with fanciful names like Zilch, Kobayashi , and Torque that clean and tune up your computer’s  system of unwanted grime. These are not the bumbling underlings of a wannabe super villain, rather they are a well-trained army, led by studly Officer Pete. This elite group, from newly acquired Jumpshot, removes “Grime” like trialware, pop-ups, bloated toolbars, and junk files that slow down your PC’s performance.

“With the largest AV user base in the world, AVAST has built the best protection in the industry,” said Jumpshot founder Pedram Amini, ” The Jumpshot minions leverage crowd driven intelligence to optimize PCs for speed and efficiency. We’re excited to deliver Jumpshot to the AVAST community by the end of this year.”

officer_peteJumpshot’s optimization technology is slated to become available to all AVAST users around the winter holiday season – just in time to get rid of the annoying pre-packaged software on brand new Windows computers. Jumpshot’s fully-automated solution to PC troubleshooting can also make sluggish computers run like new again. Using simple one-click activation or a minion-styled USB stick, each minion explains its specific task, providing friendly and easy-to-understand feedback on the clean-up work they have done.

“AVAST’s and our vision fit perfectly together — providing our customers with easy-to-use yet effective security, to maintain a smooth computer experience,” said David Endler, CEO of Jumpshot.

Please join us in welcoming the good folks at Jumpshot. And be on the lookout for announcements from Officer Pete and the rest of the minions in the coming months.

Visit Jumpshot’s website to learn more about their history, the minions, and the technology behind it all. Read the official press release.

Thank you for using avast! Antivirus and recommending us to your friends and family. For all the latest news, fun and contest information, please follow us on FacebookTwitter and Google+.

September 23rd, 2013

Malaysian submits #SecurityTip, wins smartphone

Hiew V.Y. from beautiful Kota Kinabalu in Malyasia wrote this winning #SecurityTip during Round 2 of the AVAST #SecurityTip contest.

First and foremost, I cover myself with Mobile Security & Antivirus. Like the old saying goes:
[A]lone in the dark,
[V]arious dangers lurks,
[A]ctive protective is a must,
[S]afety ensured by professionals,
[T]rust we can get from AVAST.
On steps I take personally, don’t ever click and access anything that I’m not certain about, and disbelief any vaguely unbelievable things.

Since AVAST is one of the most trusted mobile security apps with more than 50 million users, we decided to ask:

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The first prize for best answer was a Nexus 4 smartphone and a 1-year license for avast! Mobile Premium, our new upgrade to avast! Free Mobile Security with premium anti-theft features. Congratulations to Hiew V.Y. for winning Round 2. Five participants also won a 1-year license for avast! Mobile Premium after asking their friends to vote for their tip. Congratulations to:

  • Guylaine H. from Canada
  • Ghazala N. from Pakistan
  • Parag S. from India
  • Muhammad T. from Pakistan
  • Darshan S. from England

ROUND 3 has begun

Don’t miss your opportunity to share your knowledge and experience with others in Round 3 of the #SecurityTip contest. This week’s question is all about social media. Click here to go directly to the entry form.

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When you answer the question, remember to include #SecurityTip, and after you publish it, ask your friends to vote by using the links in the app. The top 5 most voted tips for the week will receive a 1-year license for avast! Internet Security. Our favorite tip will win a brand new Nexus 7 tablet.

Thank you for using avast! Antivirus and recommending us to your friends and family. For all the latest news, fun and contest information, please follow us on FacebookTwitter and Google+.

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September 20th, 2013

Avast! Free Antivirus passes new Antivirus Test with flying colors

cert_133160_avast_freeAVAST is trusted by nearly 200 million people worldwide, and the trifecta of protection, performance, and usability work together to make it the most recommended antivirus protection in the world. If you don’t trust the experiences of 200 million people, how about research from an independent testing lab?

During July and August, when the rest of us were taking vacations at the beach, German lab AV-Test was busily testing 26 home user security products. They focused on realistic test scenarios and challenged the products against real-world threats like detecting brand-new malware, email threats, downloading software, and installing and running programs.

“Avast, once again, has an impressive performance in our tests,” said Andreas Marx, CEO of AV-TEST. Our Facebook fans agree.

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Avast! Free Antivirus was pitted against mostly paid-for products, and earned the coveted “AV-TEST CERTIFIED” seal for its stellar performance. AVAST scored perfectly in protecting home users from zero-day malware attacks, and identified and blocked all the malware samples AV-Test threw at it.

“The free edition of Avast has shown stellar performance,” said Marx, “The offered protection was a lot better than many commercial anti-malware products. Avast is one of the top products when it comes to malware detection and blocking of known and unknown threats.” Read more…

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September 20th, 2013

1700 #SecurityTips in the AVAST contest. The best of round 2.

The second round of the AVAST contest has ended with a phenomenal result of 1700 #SecurityTips. Users participate by sharing their knowledge with others and at the same time they get a chance to win free avast! Mobile Premium and avast! Internet Security licenses, as well as Nexus 7 tablets and a Nexus 4 smartphone. The contest has four rounds and each week we will ask you a different question. So, don’t miss your chance! Enter here, to submit your tip.

During Round 2, we asked participants the following question:

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Now we would like to share with you the most valuable, creative, and helpful tips to keep your mobile device safe and secured. Here they are:

Tip 1. #SecurityTip: Read through the app permissions to make sure they make sense and correspond to what the app actually does example: an alarm app does not require a permission to access your text messages. ~ Aleksandar G.

Tip 2. Don’t send personal data over public wireless networks – at cafés. Public wireless networks may or may not be secure and there is a risk that others may be able to capture data sent over these networks ~ Laima Kulikajevienė  Read more…

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