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April 14th, 2011

avast! Free Antivirus awarded the best security program of 2010 by Softonic

The popular downloading site Softonic announced on Monday the winners of the Best 2010 Programs Award as voted for by Softonic visitors in Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Polish and Dutch.

… ladies and gentlemen, and the winners is:   avast! Free Antivirus!   Voted  as the best security solution for Windows. is the world’s second largest downloading site with probably the broadest geographical coverage and we are honored by the vote and our users’ confidence in the protection avast! Free Antivirus provides.   A big thank you to all who voted for us.


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  • Subhajit Das

    This is awesome!!! Avast 6 rocks!!! :-)

  • hans petersen

    avast is the best

  • Malinda bandara

    Perfect avast!…….

  • zavistovich

    Avast лучший! )))

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  • surcozi

    The best may to be protected forever is AVAST.

  • surcozi

    The best WAY to be protected forever is AVAST))))))))))))))))))))))))))).

  • EdisnaecoIMVU

    avast! deserves it :)

  • sandy

    congratulations for avast!

  • dionis

    Simplemente lo mejor


    excelente antivirus, no lo cambio

  • Top Antivirus Software

    Bye Bye AVG hello Avast you Rock Awesome JOB! :)

  • SweX

    Hmmm…Interesting. Second largets download site, and I have never heard of Softonic (sounds like a drink btw :) ) before.

    Congrats indeed AVAST!

  • genebiller

    tring to load avast not doing it

  • genebiller

    i would like the avats back love it

  • chris

    I’m verry happy with this new antivirus avast!6,I’ve been using avast since 2007, intersting fact , My computer never crashed. Congrats , and keeu up the good work

  • http://yahoo renee

    would like avast back on my computer because i love it

  • Fernando Gregoire

    Comment writen in Spanish (I want to present my idea without confussion possibility because my poor English):
    Los felicito por el premio que este voto constituye que por cierto lo tienen bien merecido. ¿Por qué pienso que lo tienes bien merecido? Enumero a continuación las razones más importantes:
    * Tienen comunicación muy fluida con los usuarios (en los foros, en los blogs y en la página de Facebook);
    * No mienten ni siquiera sobre sus propias estrategias de marketing (recuerdo aún la explicación de por qué obligaban a registrar incluso el producto gratuito cada un año);
    * El equipo de soporte técnico tiene buena predisposición, recuerdan a los clientes y encima resuelven los problemas reportados (recuerdo cuando una vez mandé un e-mail al soporte y me dijeron que lo que requería sería soportado en la próxima versión, y que unos meses después me enviaron un e-mail sobre mi ticket avisándome que la versión tal tenía lo que yo necesitaba y que podía descargarla de tal enlace);
    * El analizador en el arranque está muy bien, así como también la autodefensa. Ambas son características que considero importantes en un software de seguridad;
    El rating de detección es muy bueno y la tasa de falsos positivos ha disminuido mucho en las últimas versiones;
    Con la incorporación de características de las ediciones pagas en ediciones gratuitas más nuevas, Avast es cada vez mejor para todos. Me gusta mucho el auto sandbox por poder utilizar keygens sin miedo de que vayan a tener virus realmente (lamentablemente hay veces que las empresas pagan a los fabricantes de antivirus y este tipo de programas son falsamente detectados (incluso usando Avast)).

    En fin; razones para merecer el premio tienen y son bastantes.

  • IT Support

    Is there a benchmark for the last version of avast (ideally the free version) and maybe a comparison with AVG-free, ESET(my fav) and Kasperski. I have used these last 3 extensively but never really got to see Avast in action. What is better in Avast that in AVG for instance?

  • Milos Korenko

    @IT Support
    There is couple of points to stress:
    - avast! detects (also the free) rootkits on-access while AVG, ESET, KASP only before deployment or on-demand (so you need to schedule the scan or push the button)
    - KASP and ESET don’t provide warning on infected website when searching not warning on website reputation
    - avast! (also free) is the only solution that offers complete virtualization technology that allows running suspicious samples in sandbox without any risk to the computer
    - AVG free has become way too heavy over years… the installation files are over 140 MB (3x as much as avast!) and I guess the installed ap needs over 300 MBs of space
    - avast! is the fastest scanning (see latest result of AV Comparatives or Virus Bulletin) and has (!) the least impact on computer resources. (the running scan of avast! increases the computer resources usage by only 1%)
    - avast! supports the most languages (36) while AVG only 21 So if you not native English speaker chances are we do speak your language anyway ;o)

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    beyound description

  • http://avista rajkumar.era

    pora jaffa it’s not down load full track

  • http://avista rajkumar.era

    sur it’s not fully down loaded

  • trisha hynes

    Be Ok if u buy it and all u get is free version….not happy

  • Milos Korenko

    @trisha hynes
    Dear Trisha, you get excellent version in both cases. And of course most of the users who purchase the avast! Pro Antivirus version are those who can not user the Free. The free version is only licensed to home, non-commercial usage. If you want to protect your business computer or use your home computer for business… you should not use the free license.

  • Arty B


    Do you mean adverts?

  • Pam W

    A couple of questions:

    How often are definitions updated? I’m only noticing one or maybe two updates per day, compared to Avira & Panda for instance which update almost every hour.

    Why does Avast not detect the latest fake antivirus trojans which appear on many websites nowadays? Panda Cloud & Malwarebytes seem to use generic signatures to pick these up immediately, and Avira usually has a signature update within an hour of submitting a suspect file. Avast always misses these for a couple of days after submission.



  • Milos Korenko

    Pam, yes we do have about 2 updates per day but that is not full measure of detection quality… Look at the independent tests for example. This will also answer the question about the use of generic signatures. In the last Virus Bulletin review avast! free antivirus scored 90% (detection of new viruses with outdated signature base) while avira professional had 91%. Hardly a difference. (Malwarebytes doesn’t participate). But those are still only signature-based detection techniques. avast! Free Antivirus offers also Behaviour shield in the Free version which Avira doesn’t do (only in the paid-for version). On top of that, avast! offers Sandboxing in virtual environment and again also in the Free version. This is not offered in any other free AV…

    Regarding the missed detection… avast! of course detects fake aps.
    As far as the missed but submitted … what do you mean? Could you be more specific? avast! users could participate in CommunityIQ sample submission which is fully automatic. We receive in our virus lab 12.000 to 15.000 new uniques virus samples every day and those are added immediatelly to the database.

  • Top Antivirus

    Well done Avast keep up the good work you Girlz and Guys Rock :)