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September 21st, 2011

For an online revolution, you need to be online

I watched the BBC program “How Facebook Changed the World: The Arab Spring” about the importance of social media in the changes happening in Egypt and other countries. (If you have couple minutes, search for it on YouTube). Clearly, being online and connected was the key for receiving information, sharing news, and organizing protests. Read more…

September 20th, 2011

Shipping Wikipedia in 3 seconds

Last week on Friday September 16  – right ahead of the weekend – our servers had a good reason to celebrate.   They were delivering a record-high 4.5GB of avast updates to our users EACH SECOND.    AVAST has over 130 million active users, but of course not everybody turns on their computer every day.  On average, about half of all users turn on their machine every day and receive an update.  Friday was therefore not quite ordinary, as the 4.5 GB-per-second-traffic-fury lasted for 1 hour before subsiding to normal levels. Read more…

January 25th, 2011

Is avast! antivirus headed for the Super Bowl?

avast! sports fans around the world want to know: Will the world’s most popular free antivirus program make it to Super Bowl XLV?

Yes, it would be a long shot. But I’m betting that if avast! shows up at the number one event for American football, it will be instantly recognized by thousands of supporters.

Recent months have showed avast! steadily moving up the sporting ranks, getting a foothold in a variety of arenas. If avast! can handle NBA basketball and professional wrestling, – it can handle professional (American) football. Read more…

January 14th, 2011

One month down to one minute

I promised to follow on the most-download-software-statistics post from last week and shed some light on the real number… the number of avast! users.   But before that, let me get back to the history a little because what seems as the most obvious thing now – didn’t look quite so obvious 9 years ago.

It was only in January 2002 when AVAST introduced for the first time its free antivirus and allowed home, non-commercial users to use it for free.    During the whole first month following the introduction only  93 (!) users downloaded, installed and registered the free version.

Some say, getting the “first million” is the most difficult part.  Read more…