Avast! Antivirus is the most trusted and popular antivirus in the world and a leader among worldwide antivirus vendors. “With nearly 200 million customers in 43 languages — a staggering 1 million users in 38 different countries — it is used by more people than rivals AVG Technologies, Symantec and McAfee combined,” wrote Jon Swartz in a recent USA Today article.
Data from the October report by OPSWAT shows that AVAST leads overall in worldwide product market share for antivirus and encryption applications. Microsoft Security Essentials is the only other vendor that comes close.
“Avast has held its own in the hotly contested consumer-security market – it ranks in the top five, based on market share, in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific – because of a fiercely loyal user community,” said Heidi Shey, security analyst at Forrester Research. “Fans, especially for a consumer product, go a long way. Avast users have even volunteered to help translate their product into different languages as a result.”
Microsoft makes an unusual suggestion
Microsoft admitted earlier this month that “Windows users should install antivirus above and beyond its own Security Essentials,” describing its protection as merely a “baseline” that will “always be on the bottom” of antivirus software rankings. Lifehacker comments on Microsoft’s announcement saying, Microsoft’s new approach means you’re best off using a third-party tool in your arsenal, like our current favorite, Avast.
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Avast! is the first free antivirus software to be offered in the Windows store after being tested and passing the rigorous requirements for Microsoft® Windows® 8 operating system compatibility. Avast! Free Antivirus earned the coveted compatibility certification and the right to display the “Windows 8 Compatible” logo.
“Avast has a track record of receiving Microsoft Windows certifications, and Windows 8 is not an exception,” said Ondřej Vlček, Chief Technology Officer of Avast. “Having avast! in the Windows store provides Windows users with a certified PC security solution that is far better than what they would have with the pre-bundled Windows Defender antivirus previously known as Microsoft Security Essentials.”
Windows Defender is basic virus and malware protection that provides similar protection, uses the same antimalware engine, and has a look akin to Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). Performance tests by AV-Test, a respected antivirus software testing lab, show that avast! Free Antivirus has notably surpassed that of MSE in all 2012 monthly Real-World tests. While it does a good job on common widespread malware, as do most good brands, MSE lacks the cutting edge protection against new unknown “zero-day” attacks of which avast! Free Antivirus excels in detecting.
Earning the certification gives avast! Free Antivirus the right to display the “Windows 8 Compatible” logo after passing Microsoft’s technical requirements for compatibility and reliability with Windows 8.
“The logo is an indication that the app has been developed and fully tested to work great on a given platform. Because of all the innovations in Windows 8, getting the logo this time was not simple, but getting it early on shows a clear dedication of my team to our users, making sure they can start moving to this new exciting platform immediately,” said Vlček.
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