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January 2nd, 2014

AVAST to give away $26,000 in the new year!

New Year’s Resolutions

1. Protect my PC, smartphone, and tablet from viruses and theft 2. Recommend avast! Free Antivirus to friends 3. Win up to $10,000!

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Keeping  New Year’s resolutions like Lose weight or Quit smoking can be difficult on your own. But Protect my devices from viruses and theft is a resolution that avast! Antivirus can help you be successful with. This year, make sure you install avast! on your PC, Mac, Android smartphone and tablet. Tell your friends about us, too.

Did you know that about 70% of avast! users come to us from a friend’s recommendation? Take a few minutes and let your friends know that you use avast! by sending them an email, tweet or Facebook message. If they begin using avast! from your recommendation, you could start out 2014 with some serious cash.

It’s easy to do. Just follow these steps:

1. Log-in or sign-up for an AVAST Account at my.avast.com

2. Click the “Recommend” tab and follow the instructions

3. Once you’ve sent the recommendation to your friends, just wait for them to install and use avast! Free Antivirus

4. With each successful recommendation, you get closer to winning one of 7 cash prizes associated with the number of recommendations you produce! As always, a minimum of 7 successful recommendations will get you a free license of our premium avast! Internet Security

Share avast! with your friends.

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+. Business owners – check out our business products.

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December 30th, 2013

2013: The year of avast! Antivirus in pictures

This year AVAST celebrated 25 years in business and reached an astounding 200 million users. We released our leanest, fastest antivirus protection ever, avast! 2014, and we protect over 50 million Android devices with antivirus and anti-theft protection.

The team of experts at AVAST published 512 blog posts in 11 languages, posted 21,075 stories on Facebook, tweeted 1,200 times, and created videos that were watched over 10 million times on YouTube.

Major milestones reached

AVAST Software has been in existence for 25 years now. From its challenging beginnings behind the Iron Curtain to the innovative idea to give away avast! Antivirus for free to becoming the most downloaded program in the world with more than 200 million users, it has been a great run for AVAST – and it continues to get better! This video summarizes it for us.

 

Most popular Facebook posts
AVAST’s 3.6 million Facebook fans appreciate everything from virus alerts to notifications about social engineering scams to fun and contests. Did you know that a small team of only 5 people manages social media for AVAST? In 7 languages?!

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In June, news about the ZeuS Trojan spreading among Facebook users got people’s attention. Over 26,000 of our Facebook fans shared this message with their friends. All avast! Antivirus products detect and block Zeus if a user tries to install or run the .exe file.

 

 

Facebook redSocial engineering scams

The Facebook Red scam, along with Facebook Black and Facebook Pink, tricked people into clicking malicious links just to change the color of the Facebook interface. AVAST users know better, and nearly 14,000 shared it with their more gullible friends.
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Fun stuff

Our Spanish users liked this cartoon meme about avast! Antivirus audio updates coming at the wrong time. With 8,000 of our fans sharing it with their friends, it got half a million knowing laughs. Here’s a translation:

-  What are we??

-  Avast! Antivirus!!

-  What do we want??

-  Report when virus database is updated!!

-  When do we want it??

-  Whenever your headphones are at maximum volume!!

 

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December 23rd, 2013

AVAST scans what bugged us this year and will continue to buzz alarm in 2014

by Caroline James, AVAST Software’s U.S. PR manager

The top three security trends of 2013 will only strengthen in 2014. Hackers abusing new payment options, browser toolbars spreading extensively, and new privacy issues have defined this year’s trends of security threats and nuisances.

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Online fraud goes viral on mobile

2013 has been the year of new payment methods, including SMS, WAP and NFC payment – and with these new options, hackers have increased their efforts to develop new ways to steal users’ money.

AVAST detected an average of 1,839 new mobile malware samples a day, about 60 to 70% of which were designed to send and charge mobile users for premium SMS.

AVAST this year has also seen more targeted attacks where the goal is to steal users‘ financial transaction data and ultimately their money. This for example includes hacking specific banks by manipulating their Internet banking interfaces to steal the customer’s personal data.

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Unwanted toolbars cling like ivy to browsers

Another trend that snuck up on users in 2013 and strikes instant recognition among people who have experienced it, are browser extensions. The numbers AVAST has collected so far are enormous. The antivirus software company has identified more than 6.1 million different browser extensions for Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome in just eight months.

Unwanted toolbars are a pain everyone can relate to and we would argue they are the first major consumer security outbreak since spyware.

Our experts at AVAST say that we are in the era of new ‘spyware’, but this time it’s even more insidious especially since many players in the security space are actually in the game themselves by pushing the toolbars onto customers.

NSA has people spooked about privacy – who is watching you?

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December 20th, 2013

avast! 2014 brings a familiar voice to British users

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Patricia Rykiel, new voice of avast! Antivirus UK

The latest version of avast! Antivirus, avast! 2014 introduced many new features to our customers, but one feature we hope will please our United Kingdom users the most is the new voice they will hear reporting to them that their computer is safe. The voice they will be hearing will be that of Patricia Rykiel, voice of The London Minute which airs across North America on the Computer America show.

Here at AVAST we are always striving to make our product as user friendly and pleasant as possible, which is why we decided to ask Patricia to be the voice of avast! 2014. Her smooth, soothing and clear voice together with her knowledge and position in the computer world is the perfect fit for the voice of AVAST in the UK, to help our UK users feel more “at home” and secure by hearing a familiar accent telling them that their “Virus data base has been updated.”

Patricia is the creator and voice of “The London Minute,” a weekly audio column that airs on the US-syndicated radio show “Computer America,” as well as on the podcast “I Confess I’m a Geek,” a UK-based technology show. In addition to this, she helps people in West Sussex, England love their computer (which happens to be the name of her website!), by teaching them how to get the most out of their computer experience based on their interests and needs.

Change the voice of avast! Antivirus

For the international community of AVAST users, you can enjoy the voice of Patricia by manually changing the language to “English (United Kingdom)” by opening the AVAST user interface, and going into Appearance/Language settings, or if your regional settings are set to the UK, you will automatically hear Patricia. If you don’t see it in the listings, you will need to do a manual software update first. Right click on the avast! icon in your system tray (bottom right), then click Update and choose Program. You can also try out fun voices like the always popular “Pirate,” or just in time for the holidays get a little ho-ho-ho in your notifications with the “Santa” voice, by visiting the avast! Voices tab on Facebook.

To hear Patricia in the UK as you protect your computer, download AVAST 2014 here!

~written by Stefanie Smith

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+. Business owners – check out our business products.

December 16th, 2013

Join in the $26,000 AVAST Recommendation Cash Giveaway!

For a few more weeks, you can share AVAST to enter our Holiday Cash contest for the chance to win up to $10,000!

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I recommended Avast! to my mom and I’ll be recommending it to the rest of my friends and family, as well! ^_~
~Tiffany C.

Did you know that 60% of avast! Antivirus software’s new users come from a personal recommendation? That’s because our satisfied users tell their friends and family about avast!.

I have recommended Avast to friends and family here in Kenya and abroad. I have been an avast! Internet Security subscriber for long and I have no words to express my happiness in the product. ~Abraham O.

To thank all of you who share avast! with friends and relatives, we started a program where you can earn points to get a 1-year license for avast! Internet Security. Now, in celebration of our 25 years in business, we bumped it up a couple of notches, and we’re giving away a total of $26,000!! Share avast! with your friends.

$26,000 worth of cash prizes

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December 14th, 2013

AVAST welcomes Jumpshot fans

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Jumpshot was a cool company even before AVAST Software made them a part of the world’s most trusted antivirus family. They told us about the awesome fan base following the company, so we’re pretty excited to welcome all you cool Jumpshot kids as you make the move from Jumpshot’s current blog, Facebook, Pinterest, and most Twitter accounts to AVAST’s blog and social media outlets.

The AVAST social media team shares the latest news, fun facts, and contest information on our Facebook page, on Twitter and Google+. You can also discover news, tips, and advice on the latest security and privacy threats right here on the AVAST blog.

As part of the integration into AVAST, Jumpshot’s name has been changed to GrimeFighter. We all agree that it’s a great way to describe the war Officer Pete and his band of minions fight against the grime that accumulates in computers everywhere. Watch this blog and our social media pages for announcements on  when GrimeFighter becomes a part of AVAST products.

We invite you to continue your relationship with the former Jumpshot here on AVAST. Become an AVAST fan, follower, and blog reader to stay informed about the latest in security and privacy.  As you make the transition with us, we ask that you take a look around, and give the most trusted antivirus software in the world, avast! Free Antivirus, or one of our premium paid products a try. You can compare features of our products here, and look for deals at the avast! Store.

Thank you and welcome to AVAST!

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December 11th, 2013

Browser Ransomware tricks revealed

It’s not surprising that scared people are the most vulnerable to attacker’s traps, and there is no reason to think it will work differently with computer users. Using this psychology, cybercrooks show an unaware victim an alert page claiming to have found that banned pornography was viewed or stored on their computer. The message goes on to say their computer is blocked, all their data is encrypted, and they will be sent to court in 48 hours unless they pay a fine. This is basically how ‘Ransomware’ works – scare tactics with a convenient way to buy yourself out of the predicament at the end.

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When we look closer at the scam, we find that the Ransomware is focused only on the victim’s browser and fortunately, not as they claim, on the data stored inside the victim’s computer. Here are several points that work together to scare the victim:

  • The headline of the webpage: “FBI. ATTENTION! Your browser has been blocked…”. This is the part of the attack that tries to scare visitors as much as possible.
  • The name of the page, “gov.cybercrimescenter.com”, tries to convince visitors they are on a legitimate website which belongs to the government.
  • A countdown timer starts on 48 hours and counts down the time before “legal steps” starts.

These points try to rush panicked victims into paying the requested money as soon as possible without time to think. But it’s better to take a deep breath before reacting. You know you didn’t watch the movies mentioned on the page, and of course, you didn’t store illegal files. Do you really think that upon identifying a child pornographer, that the government will tell them to pay a small amount of money as a fine and let them go?

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December 5th, 2013

Recommend avast! Antivirus and win…CASH!

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Creativity takes courage ~ Henri Matisse

When in 2001 AVAST Software co-founders, Mr. Eduard Kučera and Pavel Baudiš, decided to offer avast! Antivirus for free, it was one creative and brave decision. No one expected that this would change the future of the entire company and that 12 years later avast! Antivirus would protect 200 million devices. It is a  marketing and business phenomena, and the AVAST “freemium” model has been outstandingly successful.

However, the key to our success is YOU: The AVAST Community. By recommending our products to your family and friends you have helped us to establish the largest antivirus community globally. So to say thank you we launched the AVAST recommendation system. Every user can register via my.avast.account.com, generate their own individual link and start recommending avast. Each successful installation with that link is awarded one point and once 7 points are collected, the user receives a free license of avast! Internet Security.

Putting our money where our mouth is

Now we take it a step further and offer special rewards for the best AVAST recommenders. For the next month or so, those avast! Antivirus users who help us get new users globally, and on each continent, will receive cash prizes! This is the time to get your whole family, work colleagues, or classmates protected with avast! Free Antivirus.

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December 3rd, 2013

2,700 AVAST ninjas, aka results of the #avastIQ quiz!

Our AVAST IQ quiz is over and it’s time to share results with you. Before announcing the winners,  let me share some interesting stats with you. Your engagement and participation exceeded our expectations. We would like to thank you for taking time and participating in our quiz. It was fun and you have proven once again that AVAST has simply the best community ever.

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Here are the numbers:

  • Over 10,000 fans participated in the avast! IQ Quiz
  • Participants were from 117 countries! Stunning results!

And how did you score?

  • 2727 AVAST ninjas answered all 5 questions correctly! YAY
  • 2665 people scored 4 points
  • 1628 people scored 3 points
  • 1442 people scored  2 points
  • 1095 people scored 1 point
  • and the rest scored 0 :)

Winners of licenses will be notified via email and receive a free license for avast! Internet Security this week. Below is a list of the 5 winners of our precious, desired VIP AVAST Teddy Bears:q06

Now i leave in Italy, but since 1994 leaved in 5  countries with different internet needs. And avast as always been there for me, and free, that is amazing in this world where almost everything you have to pay for, but still thank you that a smile, a please and a thank you and to not forget the less avast are free. that is the reasons why i do recommend avast to my friends and family in many countries.. ~ Sebastien S. from France Read more…

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November 26th, 2013

AVAST is Awarded Best Employer in the Czech Republic

We are proud to announce that AVAST has been named best large-size company employer in the Czech Republic by global HR consulting and outsourcing firm, AON Hewitt.

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AVAST HR Director Kamila Štěpánková and CEO Vincent Steckler accept the Best Employer award along with AVAST co-founders Eduard Kučera and Pavel Baudiš.

The annual study’s results were evaluated based on the HR policies of the companies, as well as feedback from their employees and leaders. AVAST excelled in all attributes of the study, scoring above 80% in each category. The categories of the study are: engagement rate, trustworthy leadership, high performance culture, attractive employer brand and sustainability. With these high marks AVAST beat MICROSOFT s.r.o and SAP ČR, spol. s.r.o. for first place.

AVAST scored an impressive 89% in engagement, 49% more than the Czech average. According to AON Hewitt, company engagement is a key influencing factor in the final ranking, and reflects the employee’s intense desire to be a member of the company, their consistency in speaking positively of the company overall and the extra effort and engagement in their work that contributes to the success of the business.

Kamila Stěpánková, our HR Director, commented:

I am extremely proud that AVAST has been named best employer. The entire company constantly works together to maintain the extraordinary company culture the founders established 25 years ago, which gives employees freedom in completing their tasks and flexible working hours. The employees have the opportunity to contribute to the most trusted antivirus software program in the world, a product that protects 200 million users, that is both a huge honor and responsibility that makes their daily work interesting and compelling.

If you would like to become apart of AVAST’s team, please visit the AVAST’s careers page to see if there is an available position for which you are qualified for.

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