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August 4th, 2014

AVAST blocks all malware in real-world test

avast! Free Antivirus blocked 100% of malware attacks in AV-Test’s “Real World” detection test.

AV-Test-June-2014Respected IT Security and Antivirus Research lab, AV-Test, put 23 antivirus products designed for the home user to the test for real-world malware blocking and detection of false positives in June. The testing scenario replicated the set-up of almost a quarter of AVAST’s 200 million users who still use Windows XP (SP3, 32-Bit, English). Just like your antivirus protection at home, the products were allowed to update themselves at any time and query their in-the-cloud services.

av-test_cert_2014_Consumer_06Avast! Free Antivirus scored 100% in protection against malware infections, such as viruses, worms or Trojan horses. AV-Test used widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the last 4 weeks, including malicious email attachements.

Avast! Free Antivirus had zero false positive detections, giving it a perfect score of 100%. False positives happen when your antivirus software erroneously identifies a file or a download as being malicious. The test included false warnings or blockages when visiting websites or when installing and using legitimate software.

Our customers are concerned about the impact antivirus protection has on their computer speed when visiting websites, downloading software, installing and running programs, and copying data. AV-Test measured the influence of each product in daily usage. On a scale with 5 being the lowest possible impact and 25 the highest impact, avast! Free Antivirus has minimal impact on system performance, scoring a very low 8.

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January 9th, 2014

How to germ-proof your devices

howto2_enQuestion of the week: Can I get a cold or the flu from my computer or smartphone?

Normally at avast! Antivirus we talk about keeping viruses out of your computer or smartphone, but you asked a question that is important to all of us – how to keep the virus out of you!

Dangerous bacteria is more common on our tech gadgets than on toilet seats, according to a handful of studies.

The London School of Hygiene in 2011 reported that 92 percent of the phones they tested in an experiment were contaminated with bacteria, and 18 percent came back positive for fecal bacteria (that’s from poop if you weren’t sure.)

James Francis, a microbiologist who carried out research for UK organization Which? in 2008, tested an iPad and found that it had 600 units of Staphylococcus aureus, which can lead to food poisoning (which leads to nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. Ugh.)  This compared with the office toilet which had less than 20 units of Staphylococcus per swab.

He said, “A count of 600 on a plastic device of any sort is incredibly high. It indicates that some people don’t wash their hands a lot.”

Flu viruses can stay active on computer keyboards, mice, tablets, and smartphones for a couple of days, even though people have been conditioned to regularly use sanitizing wipes and sprays, said researchers at the University of Arizona.

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