I usually don't bother writing about individual AV tests and how great we did here and there, but this time I'll make an exception. Malekal Morte, a very well-known (and influential) security person (tester/blogger/expert) from France recently performed a test of all leading free antivirus software products, and I'm very delighted to say that avast 5 was selected as a winner of the test.
Malekal is known for his rigorous testing methods and relentless criticism of poorly-performing products. Winning the 2010 test is even more precious considering that in the past, his attitude against avast was very reserved, and his tests were dominated by other products. But all this seems to have changed with the new avast version 5.
The tester also liked the avast cleaning capabilities, mainly thanks to our unique boot-time scanning technology.
The final standing are as follows:
Gold medal: avast
Silver medal: Avira, Microsoft Security Essentials
Bronze medal: AVG, Panda cloud
Link to full review (in French): http://forum.malekal.com/comparatif-antivirus-gratuits-2010-t23535.html