We all see the reminders to update Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, and Java frequently. There is good reason not to put this task off: The trusted researchers at AV-TEST Institute found that 66 percent of affected Windows systems are victims of malware that took advantage of exploits found in Reader, Flash, and Java.
During the 10-year study, they found that Adobe Reader has nearly 37,000 recorded variants that exploit user machines with “high levels of precision.” Java gets the top spot for exploit attacks with a whopping 82,000 attack variations available against the multiple versions of software on 3 billion devices worldwide.
Can I just stop using Java or Flash?
Does avast! Antivirus provide protection?
AVAST 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.
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…
In an article explaining the differences between antivirus and anti-malware, and which tools protect you from both, Lifehacker recommends that you install their favorite, avast! Free Antivirus. AVAST “scans for as much as possible, and has an on-access scanning engine that protects you from threats while you surf the web, install applications, and open files.”
Viruses, Malware, and Trojans…Oh, My!
The name “Antivirus” became popular over a decade ago, when computer viruses were making headlines and being featured on nightly news broadcasts. Consumers became aware of the term, therefore marketers adopted it to describe the protection security software offered.
“Today viruses are the minority when it comes to malware,” explains Jiri Sejtko, Director of the AVAST Virus Lab. “More common than viruses is malware like Trojans, Worms, Backdoors, Exploits, Adware, and PUP (Potentially Unwanted Programs), which can include communication clients, remote desktops and password revealers, just to name a few.”
Cybercrooks are driving the change. Back in the day, it was enough for a hacker to have his ego stroked by playing practical jokes, but the diversity of the early market and platforms kept early viruses from spreading far and wide.
“The focus of online criminals has shifted and therefore malware has changed, “ said Sejtko. Read more…
There are lots of Android security apps to choose from, but avast! Free Mobile Security has got the goods compared to many paid-for solutions, and it’s FREE. Independent German testing lab AV-Test evaluated 30 mobile security products for Android and awarded AVAST with its coveted certification for the product’s excellent protection against malicious apps (99.8%) and outstanding performance and usability (100%).
Great, but does it slow down my phone?
Smartphone owners are concerned about the impact security software will have on the use of their phones. Here are some commonly asked questions along with the results of AV-Test’s analysis:
- Will security software make my battery run down? avast! Mobile Security does not impact the life of your battery.
- Will security software slow down my smartphone when I’m using it to text, send email or access the internet? avast! Mobile Security does not slow down the device during normal usage. Read more…
Avast Software received an “AV-TEST CERTIFIED” seal for avast! Free Antivirus in the latest test-round from the AV-TEST Institute, an independent testing lab in Germany. Avast! Free Antivirus detected 100% of widespread and prevalent malware (such as viruses, worms or Trojan Horses), and its cumulative score earned it the top spot for overall performance among other free and a number of paid-for solutions competitors.
During September and October 2012, the Institute evaluated 24 home user and 8 business internet security products covering a range of metrics, including protection against ‘real-world’ zero-day malware attacks ( very simply, a previously unknown vulnerability) , detection of a representative set of malware discovered in the last 2-3 months, false positive rates, and scanning speed.
The results in three tests for detection of malware were outstanding, especially in a field crowded with paid-for alternatives. Avast! Free Antivirus was equal to expensive security suites and outshined the majority with a score of 100% in October “real-world” detection rates, and achieved a perfect 100% in tests to detect widespread malware. Read more…
avast! Free Antivirus outperformed multiple free and paid-for antivirus products in AV-TEST’s analysis of thirty-one consumer and business internet security products. The test, which concluded in June, included familiar names in the antivirus sector. Even a well-known paid-for ‘Internet Security 2012’ product which sells for $79.99 a year, was bested by AVAST Software’s free antivirus product.
Both home-user and corporate products analyzed by AV-Test.org cover a range of metrics, including protection against ‘real-world’ zero-day malware attacks, detection of a representative set of malware discovered in the last 2-3 months, false positive rates, and scanning speed. avast! Free Antivirus detected 100% of widespread and prevalent malware (such as viruses, worms or Trojan Horses), and its cumulative score earned it the top spot for overall performance among competitors.
AV-TEST uses specially developed processes to examine products in accordance with the high standards of the IT security field. The aim of the research work carried out by AV-TEST is to directly detect the latest malware, to analyze it using state-of-the-art methods and to inform consumers of the results obtained.
Avast! Free Antivirus 7 has the distinction of being the only free antivirus to receive the Advanced Plus certification rating from the annual “On-Demand Detection of Malicious Software” test from Anti-Virus Comparatives.
Approximately 300,000 pieces of malware were used in the testing, and avast! Free Antivirus 7 detected 98% of them; the highest detection rate of all tested free solutions which outperformed a number of paid-for products from other AV vendors. Complementing the high malware detection rate, avast! was also recognized for detecting few false positives during the test. The number of avast! false alarms was 14. The average was 48 false positives. Avast! Free Antivirus 7 is the only free antivirus to receive the Advanced Plus certification rating.
AV-Comparatives chooses which antivirus products are to be tested from a field of internationally well-known, up-to-date antivirus products. In order to ensure that test results give a complete and accurate picture of a product’s capabilities, AV-Comparatives has strict rules about which tests every product must take part in, and which tests are optional. A dynamic “real world” protection test is conducted which measures file-detection rates, the number of false positive alerts raised, as well as other tests that cover different features of the products.