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November 22nd, 2013

avast! Antivirus featured by Computer America

Charles Tendell

Charles Tendell

Charles Tendell likes avast! Antivirus. “I’ve been recommending to clients for years,” he told millions of global listeners during the November 18thbroadcast of Computer America.

Computer America® is a US-syndicated radio show carried live for two hours each weeknight over the Business TalkRadio Network®. The popular show is heard in over 30 countries around the world and syndicated nationally to millions of listeners Monday through Saturday. Tendell is a Certified Ethical Hacker and Computer America’s co-host. Computer America is now in its twenty-second season.

“It is the only radio talk show dedicated to computers and technology in nightly national syndication,“said Craig Crossman, the host of Computer America. “In a world where entertainment programs come and go seemingly overnight, we think twenty-two years is a strong statement about the value we bring to our audience.”

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Patricia Rykiel

Patricia Rykiel, host of The London Minute, a weekly audio column which airs 5 times a week on the Computer America show, has been a satisfied AVAST user for many years. “I really like your antivirus program!” she said. In her other role as a home computer trainer in the UK, she recommends avast! Antivirus to her clients. Follow Patricia on Twitter @ComputerTweety.

Listen to an archived version of the entire broadcast here, http://archives.warpradio.com/btr/ComputerAmerica/111823.mp3

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November 13th, 2013

AVAST donates to Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts

foundationThe Foundation arm of AVAST Software announced today that it will make a donation of 500,000 CZK (approximately $25,000) to support relief and recovery efforts in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.

“The greatest needs are for water, food and hygiene kits, and this will be coordinated through our main partner, People in Need, the biggest humanitarian organization in Central/Eastern Europe,” said Martina Břeňová, spokesperson for the AVAST Foundation.

“I speak for the founders, management, and employees of AVAST, when I say that our hearts go out to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines,” said Vojtěch Nekvapil, AVAST’s Partner Sales and Support Manager. “Our highest priority is to make sure that our associates and their families are safe and have what they need.”

How to avoid scammers taking advantage of Typhoon Haiyan

Whenever a catastrophe hits, people seek ways they can help. Cybercrooks quickly throw up fake websites or use similar sounding names to trick donors, and scam victims or even the real charity. Typhoon Haiyan already wrecked havoc on residents of the Philippines; don’t let making a donation wreck havoc on your bank account or identity

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the Better Business Bureau (BBB), and other organizations caution people to be selective in choosing charities. Here are a few tips from the FTC:

  • Donate to charities you trust, those with a “proven track record” of delivering aid to those in need.
  • Be alert for charities that seem to have sprung up overnight in connection with current events. Check out the charity with the BBB’s Wise Giving AllianceCharity NavigatorCharity Watch, or GuideStar.
  • Don’t give out personal or financial information — including your credit card or bank account number — unless you know the charity is reputable.
  •  Never send cash: You can’t be sure the organization will receive your donation, and you won’t have a record for tax purposes.

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November 6th, 2013

AVAST passes 200 million users milestone


CEO Vince Steckler announced today that AVAST Software’s antivirus products are now protecting more than 200 million PCs, smartphones and devices worldwide.

“We are now securing over 200 million computers, and phones around the world,” said Mr. Steckler in a video address to avast! Antivirus users. “This is a milestone that no other software security company has ever come close to.”

AVAST is used by more people than the combined users of competitors AVG Technologies, Symantec, and McAfee. The software is available in 43 languages, many of them localized by volunteers, and has over 1 million users in 38 different countries. The largest markets for AVAST are Brazil with 28 million customers, France with 15 million, and the U.S. and Russia with over 13 million each.  Data from the October report by OPSWAT shows that AVAST leads overall in worldwide product market share for antivirus applications.

AVAST Software co-founder, Eduard Kučera, introduced free antivirus protection years ago because he believed that all computer users deserve protection from harmful threats, and that computer safety should not be a luxury only a few can afford.

“Our philosophy is we should not be a good product, but a perfect product,” Kučera said. “We provide the community with a perfect product.”

So perfect, that 72% of AVAST users have recommended it to someone else, which is the primary way AVAST spreads it message since virtually no money is spent on advertising. AVAST has never strayed from the vision of offering a high-end antivirus product for free while building a wide user base.

“And it’s all due to you, our loyal users who recommend and distribute our product to their family and friends,” said Steckler, “I can’t think of a better way of celebrating our 25th year in business. Thank you for your loyalty!”

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October 14th, 2013

Five wonderful things the Czech Republic has given the world

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Where beer flows like water

The Czechs love their beer. Monks living in the region started brewing in monasteries just a few centuries AD. The Czechs gave the gift of Pilsner to the world back in the mid-1800s, and ever since then citizens have supported their own industry by consuming more beer per capita than any other country in the world. These days, Czechs drink on average about 161 liters of beer per person each year.  Not surprising when bottled beer is cheaper than bottled water!

“Beer is known to free up your brain for creative problem solving,” said Jindřich Kubec, Director of Threat Intelligence, “and since AVAST has some of the highest detection ratings of any antivirus out there, it shows that we are doing lots of “problem solving.” ;-)

Sweet success

Back in the day, refined sugar came in unwieldy big blocks that had to be sawed at, hacked, and cut through. This physical effort resulted in numerous boo-boos and aching fingers holding onto dainty tea cups (Czechs don’t always drink beer ;) ). One day, the wife of Jakub Kryštof Rad, the man who ran the local sugar refinery,  grew tired of having to bandage her appendages every time she wanted a little sweetener. She asked him why he couldn’t package sugar in a more manageable size for teacups. Mrs. Rad inspired her husband to create what we know today as sugar cubes.

“Speaking of sugar,” said Vladimir Saur, Traffic Manager at AVAST, “every day someone brings chocolate to the office, and we are living proof that dark chocolate improves brain function. Well, only when our boss leaves us at least a little bit!”

As unique as a fingerprint

CSI fans will dig what 19th-century physician and scientist Jan Evangelista Purkyně revealed in his work in physiology.  His discovery that all human fingerprints are unique and his subsequent classification of fingerprint patterns advanced criminology and forensic science.  A century later, Czech scientist Jan Janský learned that human blood could be classified into four distinct groups, which led the way to the A-B-O system we use today.

“Just like Sherlock Holmes hot on a the trail of a “whodunit” mystery, the researchers in the avast! Virus Lab follow clues to discover what malware does, why it does it, how to classify it, and most importantly, how we can stop it,” said Filip Chytrý , avast! Virus Lab researcher.

Mick Jagger lights up the castle

You will think you have entered a fairy tale when visiting the Czech Republic. With over 2,000 castles, the country has the highest density of castles, ruins, chateaux, and villas in the world. The most significant of them all is the Prague Castle, the largest medieval castle in Europe.

“One of the attractions to working for our great company, is its location. Prague is a fairy-tale city with magical beauty, said Marcela Římalová, Senior Worldwide Recruiter for AVAST Software. “After the Velvet Revolution, The Rolling Stones were invited by President Havel to play a concert. They noticed that the Prague Castle was dark at night, so they graciously paid for it and four of its grand halls to be illuminated. It’s a view we still enjoy today.”

source: http://www.praguewelcome.cz/en/

source: http://www.praguewelcome.cz/en/

 

avast! Free Antivirus

Powered, no doubt,historic-avast by Czech beer and chocolate, Pavel Baudiš, a young researcher at Prague’s legendary Mathematical Machines Research Institute came upon a sample of the Vienna Virus on a floppy disk. After he wrote a program to remove it, he showed it to his friend and colleague Eduard Kučera and, together they started what’s now the world’s most popular and trusted antivirus software. AVAST Software is celebrating its 25th anniversary soon and launching the newest version -  avast! 2014.

“When we started this company behind the Iron Curtain in 1988, we could not imagine that it would grow to protect more computers worldwide than any other firm,” said Eduard Kučera and Pavel Baudiš, founders of AVAST Software, “No one can say what the next 25 years will bring. But one thing is certain, the AVAST team – now spread over several countries – is talented, energetic, and committed to making sure that everyone in the world has access to computer security that works.”

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October 5th, 2013

5 questions with: Carlos Dreyfus

1267990_10100352145636202_1137362075_o „Carlos Dreyfus joined AVAST Software in January 2013, to support our multicultural marketing team. Carlos is American with a Colombian background. He moved to Prague from Berlin and before lived in a Sunny Florida, where he graduated from the University of North Florida. Carlos is a passionate football player, beer fan (Germany and Czech Republic are not coincident destination!) and a surfer. He brought not only great professional experience, but also energetic and optimistic Latino spirit into our team. We are very pleased to introduce Carlos to you!“

What is your role at AVAST Software?

I’m the User Experience Specialist for all things marketing.  The job role consists of listening to our users and modifying portions of our website using their feedback, also the position involves creating web things from scratch that give a more positive web experience.  Think of me as the person that makes portions of our website fun, educational, easy to use, etc.

How did an American get to Prague and find his niche at AVAST?

That question comes with a very long story, but I’ll try my best to keep it short.  While traveling the world while finishing graduate school I realized that I wanted to be in Europe, so than I pursued a profession in technology, specifically in web since the internet is everywhere.  After working as a consultant in UX and then as a product manager in eCommerce, I landed this cool job at AVAST Software.  What I’ve done in the past fits nicely with what I’m doing now, it couldn’t have worked out any better.

What do you consider the biggest and most exciting challenge at AVAST Software?

We have almost 200 million users, so the idea of being able to enhance their web experience on avast.com seemed like pretty fun challenge, so as the famous Barney Stinson would say: Challenge Accepted…

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October 4th, 2013

What’s hot on VB2013? – Day 3

Today is unfortunately the last day of the Virus Bulletin 2013 conference, but it has definitely been memorable. Last night, a gala dinner was held that went on into the wee morning hours. During the dinner there was a classic performance from a dancing cabaret group and a delicious meal was served. And as continuing the tradition for VB conferences, after dinner all the participants moved to our avast! Beer Bar and attempt getting their results to a higher level.

Today’s speaking line-up was concentrated on sophisticated malware on the Windows platform, online threats, and botnets. The afternoon panel discussion was moderated by Pedram Amini, our new AVAST colleague who joined the team a few weeks ago with the acquisition of Jumpshot. The discussion was about cyberwar and what we as a security industry can do about it.

Finally, the most important information: In the first blog chronicling this event, we mentioned the 7th IT Security Table Football World Championship. I asked you to wish us luck, and now I thank you for that! It definitely helped us a lot! And here are the final results!

1. Gdata – Germany

2. Avast – Czech republic

3. Microsoft – USA

Hurray, we came in second! From such a big competition, it’s a great success for the avast! Virus Lab team, and one that we hope our colleagues (and our boss) will appreciate. For example, by buying a new football table for our office! To be ready to reclaim the AVAST honor at VB2014, we need to increase our practice time! (Next year, Gdata. Next year…)

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October 4th, 2013

What’s hot on VB2013? – Day 2

We had a second day of VB 2013, and today can definitely be classified as an Android day. Most of the presentations from first three blocks were concentrated on Android threats, potential unwanted applications and Adkits. This gave a strong signal that everyone should take Android security very seriously. Every big antivirus vendor has their own Android security applications, but a main point for me personally was that we should cooperate and share information to fight malware effectively.

In the last presentation block of the day, there were two presenters: First was Milos Korenko with his presentation The Best Things in Life are Free.  I have to admit that listening to Milos is really inspiring. His high level public speaking abilities combined with the fact that he was speaking about such a good company as Avast made it one of the best presentations of the day.

During Miloš’ speech there were two hidden surprises. First, we announced the winners of the beer competition from Virus Bulletin 2012 held in Dallas. The top three from VB2012 are:

1. Dmitry (McAfee)

2. Jiri Bracek (AVG)

3. Roman Kovac (ESET)

The second surprise was from my colleagues in the avast! Virus Lab,  Jaromir Horejsi and Peter Kalnai. Milos finished his speech quite quickly so he could share his free time with our analysts. They presented Are Linux desktop systems threatened by Trojans? Their talk, based on a blog post Hand Of Thief threat, published at the end of August, extended some philosophical thoughts about a real potential for Linux Desktops.

The avast! Beer Bar is open again! On the first day of VB2013, we spent an evening socializing with other colleagues. You can check our website for the beer rankings and see which IT security company has the best score.

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October 3rd, 2013

VB 2013 has began!

Virus Bulletin 2013 just started today and our company is participating in many ways! This conference is one of the biggest IT security conferences in the world which well known security companies can’t miss. And we are really proud to be there with more than 370  specialist from the security industry. We are a platinum sponsor, we have a few speakers here – but mainly we are the PROUD BEER SPONSORS for all participants.

Here is a quick review of the first day which was a pretty busy one! During the morning the conference started with a welcome speech from Virus Bulletin editor Helen Martin, and then the technical and corporate streams, represented by many speakers, began. We have one speaker from our company here today. It was Jindřich Kubec, with Eric Romang, presenting “Big bang theory of CVE-2012-4792” – a very successful presentation indeed. The main subject was forensics & detective model that describes the early development of the watering hole campaign which was mostly active from Dec. 2012 to Jan. 2013, targeting prominently energy industries, governments, non profit organizations and human rights websites. After the initial targeted attack, the vulnerability cooled sufficiently to allow its integration in different confidential or public exploit kits. They also dug into the past and showed that there had clearly been a connection with the previous Sept. 2012 watering hole attacks on industrial websites, and also with watering hole attacks through Twitter in May 2012. The earliest phases of the vulnerability, like the Big Bang, are subject to much speculation. They tried to observe the most distant things that a security researcher can see. The timeline of the attacks, together with the disclosure, detection and publication dates were shown. The code structure and changes were also analyzed, including the binary payloads – e.g. remote access tools.

I should also mention that there is an international IT security table football championship. And so far we have been successful! In the morning we won the first match against Sophos 6:1, 6:2 and second against Norman 6:0, 6:0.  So cross your fingers and wish us luck for the next rounds.  Stay tuned, we will definitely share more information in the next two days!

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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!

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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.

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