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January 8th, 2014

Mobile malware a real threat in 2014

50m_enSecurity industry experts from around the world must have been looking in the same crystal ball to make their predictions for the new year, because everyone agreed that mobile exploits and malware would drive growth for the industry in 2014. Mobile attacks will include malicious software that steals data from legitimate apps, spyware, ransomware and software installed via NFC.

Ondrej Vlček, AVAST’s Chief Technology Officer, agrees with the others, and has evidence to back it up, “We see nearly 2,000 new malware samples on Android every day, and this is up from maybe 50 a year ago. It’s quite likely that the trend will continue.” He explained in an article in SC Magazine that Android has reached a critical mass in terms of penetration and market share, therefore it’s an attractive target for cybercrooks.

This news has not escaped security journalists, and many are recommending security apps to protect Android devices. TechAdvisor, powered by PC Advisor, the UK’s number one technology magazine website, recently recommended avast! Mobile Security as one of it’s Best Android antivirus: 6 best cheap and free Android security apps.

avast! Mobile Security is a comprehensive suite of security and backup tools, with a particularly strong set of anti-theft features that could well catch a thief in the act.

Digital Trends looked at three of the top Android security apps. Avast! Mobile Security was their top choice.

If you’re looking for a security solution for your Android smartphone, and your primary concern is malware and safe browsing, then this could be the right app for you.

AV-Test certification Nov2013

Avast! is a trusted choice – over 50 million devices are protected.

The November 2013 mobile security evaluation conducted by AV-TEST, certifies that avast! Mobile Security provides 100% protection against malicious apps with zero impact on your device’s performance. That means no impact on your battery life, the app doesn’t slow down your device, and it generates negligible traffic.

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December 13th, 2013

How do I know which antivirus is the best?

howto2_enQuestion of the week: How do I know which antivirus is the best for my computer? I mostly use it for staying in touch with my friends, doing schoolwork and watching videos. Is your free product good enough to protect me?

We receive questions like yours on our Facebook page frequently. We understand how difficult choosing which security product is right for you when the technology is unfamiliar and the marketing messages are similar.

That’s where independent testing labs like AV-Comparatives can help. A few times a year, these experts set up a “real-world’ test in their lab where they test dozens of antivirus products on identical computers.

AV-C_adv+_dec2013avast! Free Antivirus was the only free product to receive AV-Comparatives highest award in the ADVANCED Plus category because of exemplary results in protecting against malicious samples with a small incidence of false positives (wrongly blocking domains or files). The other Advanced Plus recipients were paid-for products (that shows how good avast! Free Antivirus is! ;-) ).

For this “real-world” test, AV-Comparatives, together with the University of Innsbruck’s Computer Science department, set up identical Dell computers with Windows 7, Office, Adobe Reader, Flash, Java, QuickTime, Firefox, and a constant  internet connection – basically, like most of us have at home. Twenty-two products, of which only two were free, including avast! Free Antivirus, were tested. As you can see from the award, avast! Free Antivirus held it’s own, so yes, this product is more than good enough to protect your computer.

Notable among the test results is Microsoft Security Essentials, which placed last. AV-Comparatives only used it as a basis of comparison, because Microsoft withdrew it from testing this year.  This product provides only basic malware protection and has been the source of much conversation since earlier this year when Microsoft advised Windows users to use a third-party antivirus instead of counting on MSE. Since then they have changed their statement. Nevertheless, MSE’s scores in malware detection have continued to slide.

We hope you choose avast!, the most trusted antivirus in the world

No matter which antivirus product you decide to go with, make sure you keep it up-to-date, as well as keeping the software and apps on your machines updated. We hope you will choose avast! Free Antivirus or one of our premium products. You can see a comparison of all the choices on our website. If you want to see how avast! stacks up against others, then check out the avast! comparison tool on our Facebook page.

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 2nd, 2013

Forget fundraising! Your school can win $25,000 with AVAST Free for Education

25K-imgForget bake sales, dinner events, auctions, and school carnivals. Protect your school community‘s computers with avast! Free Antivirus and win $25,000 for your school!

The AVAST Free for Education  program has given over 3.5 million free business-grade antivirus software licenses to schools, school districts, universities, and colleges in the USA. Now we are asking those 3,000 schools (and new ones too!) to invite their students, teachers, parents, PTA, and entire school community to try avast! Free Antivirus. The educational institution that gets the highest number of new avast! Free Antivirus users will win $25,000.

Here’s how to win:

First

Make sure you have opened an AVAST Free for Education customer account. You need to be approved to participate. Apply here.

Then

Spread the word about avast! Free Antivirus to everyone, now until January 31, 2014. Share the message by using your unique link (which you can get from your AVAST account) on your webpage, school newsletter, intranet, Facebook page, Twitter account, backpack mail, etc.

Finally

Check your results on your account and watch them grow!

Learn more about the Recommend AVAST for $25,000 competition.

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 Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Business owners – check out our business products.

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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

Mobile story

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

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May 21st, 2013

Consumer Reports recommends free security software in 2013 State of the Net Report

CRMore than 58 million American adults had at least one malware infection that affected their home PC’s performance last year. The cost of repairing the damage from those infections was nearly $4 billion. These findings are from the latest Consumer Reports’ Annual State of the Net Report published in the June issue of their respected magazine. The magazine is trusted by millions of US consumers to give honest appraisals of products.

“Our Annual State of the Net Report revealed that home computers are no safer than they were last year. Effective security software, like the ones we recommend in our latest Ratings, is essential to protect against online threats,” said Jeff Fox , Technology Editor, Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports’ latest Ratings of Security Software revealed that some free products are sufficient for most users, offering very good protection from online threats. The full report is in the June 2013 issue of Consumer Reports and online at ConsumerReports.org. This press release gives you the highlights.

March 28th, 2013

2013 AV-Comparatives Security Survey: Great news for AVAST

 

Results of the AV-Comparatives 2013 Security Survey (pdf) are in, and once again AVAST leads among consumer preferences. Since AV-Comparatives is an independent testing firm, we always look forward to what they have to say. Here are some highlights:

 

According to survey respondents, AVAST remains the most widely used antivirus solution worldwide, claiming first place as the most used computer antivirus in Europe and South/Central America. :)

We are also glad to report that AVAST is the only brand to be among the top three most-used brands in all four global regions surveyed. ;)

At the time this survey was conducted, AVAST was protecting just over 184 million PCs, Macs, and mobile devices.

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To make the above news even better, the survey’s respondents requested AVAST as their top interest for future testing.   Read more…

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March 5th, 2013

My favorite avast! user feedback so far in 2013, from a ‘moonshiner’ in Wyoming

As most of our readers and fans know, we now protect more devices (PC, Mac, and Android) globally than any other antivirus provider.

As our business model is such that our freemium software serves as our ‘advertising’ (we don’t do traditional advertising), and most of our users come to us via referrals, we receive quite a bit of thanks from avast! users around the world.

And as our software is available in about 40 languages, we hear from grateful people in Spanish, German, Russian, French, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, Polish, English, and of course, in addition to a few others, the native Czech of the land where we are headquartered.

For years we put selections of this positive feedback on our webpages at avast.com. But recently the world has been shifting toward social media based feedback, which means we don’t hear as much from avast! users through our web contact form (and that’s ok!).

But now and then we still do. And occasionally a message really catches our eye. Today, that message came from Wyoming, USA, in perfect ‘cowboy’ speak.  Read more…

December 13th, 2012

Is Google Protecting Me After All?

The latest version of Android 4.2, code-named “Jelly Bean” has been released some time ago. While being just an incremental update to the major 4.0 release “Ice Cream Sandwich”, Google introduced some major new features within that update. While offering multi-user support and improved notifications, a new feature which is being promoted heavily, is the built-in app scanner which should protect Android devices from being infected by malware.

The client side app scanner of Android 4.2 is the next step in Google’s attempts to protect their Android ecosystem from malware threats, after introducing Bouncer, a server-side malware scanner used by Google to analyze apps that are being uploaded to Google Play Store. Bouncer was announced in February 2012 and is Google’s approach to prevent malware from being uploaded to the Google Play store as a first line of defense.

Now, some authors claim that third party mobile security tools are most likely not needed anymore, because Google now already pre-checks all mobile apps. I’ve been closely monitoring all those changes and improvements because I wanted to make my own mind on how successful these attempts by Google would be and to find out how our Android antivirus scanner delivered within our free avast! Mobile Security suite (http://www.avast.com/free-mobile-security) would stack up to what the operating system vendor itself would be able to provide.

Since months before the release of avast! Mobile Security in December 2011, our virus lab was working on setting up the initial state of our Android malware database. The database contains signatures of all the malicious files our virus lab guys find over time and is being extended day-by-day to contain definitions of the newest threats in real-time. Currently, tens of millions of Android devices owned by our users download those definitions every day to their avast! client side scanners. So I just went to our virus lab and asked the guys there to provide me with some statistics on the growth of our Android malware database.

As I already stated, Bouncer was thought to be the first line of defense, and tries to protect the main source of app downloads from malicious offerings. Could it be that as a result of introducing Bouncer, our malware database stopped growing or started to decline in size when Bouncer was introduced? Has Google been successful? See for yourself:

Android Malware Database History (Source: AVAST)

Android Malware Database History (Click to enlarge)

Obviously, since February 2012, our Android malware growth has not started to decline; it has not even stalled its growth, but has been continuously growing since that point in time. Read more…

October 18th, 2012

avast! only Free Antivirus to receive “ADVANCED+” award for Performance and Detection

Avast! Free Antivirus won the top rating for malware removal from independent research organization AV-Comparatives last month, and this month is the only antivirus solution that also received the ADVANCED+ award for performance. The latest performance test measured the impact on system resources and speed of 19 antivirus products, and avast! Free Antivirus was the best scoring FREE product again.

AV-Comparatives performance testing is a series of real-world scenarios that includes downloading, extracting, copying, and encoding files, installing and launching applications, in addition to an automated testing suite. The ranking system is three-levels: “Standard,” “Advanced” and “Advanced+” awards. To receive the “Advanced+” award, avast! Free Antivirus was compared to mostly paid-for antivirus suites based on how much impact the product has on system resources, 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 was the highest scoring free product and out-shined a host of paid-for products and other free products.

These results are proof that it is not necessary to pay for excellent quality antivirus protection.  Avast! Free Antivirus provides award-winning high protection rates against malware without degrading the system performance or troubling users.

Get award-winning antivirus protection on your own PC, download avast! Free Antivirus. We also have award-winning protection for Mac and your Android devices.

October 9th, 2012

AVAST is the only Free Antivirus to receive Advanced+ Award from AV Comparatives

AVAST Software received the highest ADVANCED+ Award Certification in the latest published independent tests by Anti-Virus Comparatives. The awarded avast! Free Antivirus 7.0 was the only free antivirus solution to achieve this result, competing among traditional paid-for antivirus tools.

AV Comparatives awards the certification based on a combination of high detection score and avoidance of so-called False Positives. “We did very well in both categories,” said Vincent Steckler, CEO of AVAST Software.  “I’m pleased to say that since 2010, when we decided to submit our free version to compete against the paid solutions, we have achieved the highest award every time but once.”

 

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