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September 27th, 2011

AVAST Foundation

For 10 years now, AVAST has been giving free antivirus protection to home computer users. What started on June 1st 2001 as an innovative step to bring the avast! brand to users around the globe without expensive advertising has worked very well indeed. Over 130 million users are now protected by avast! Free Antivirus and while it may sound like a cliché, even the users who have the free version are very valuable to us.

For starters, it is you, the users of the free version, who give us priceless word-of-mouth advertising. The majority of new users know about AVAST only because it was recommended to them by their friends (hence, we don’t pay for any advertising). You help us to translate the software (avast! is now available in 38 languages and 11 are now being finalized). You help each other and us at the Support Forum and, last but not least, you help us to find new viruses via the CommunityIQ system.

And of course, many users who have experience with the free version at home purchase the avast! PRO Antivirus version for their business or upgrade to avast! Internet Security at home to receive the Firewall, AntiSpam and SafeZone™ features. Personally, I especially like letters from users who say they have been using the free version for years and feel it is appropriate to purchase the paid-for version to give something in return back to the company.

The subject of ‘giving’ brings me nicely to the topic of this blog post. For some time back, AVAST was helping on an ad-hoc basis with donations to charitable organizations and to victims of natural disasters. At the end of 2010, we have decided to create an official foundation with a given annual budget that could more efficiently manage requests for donations and will focus on providing significant support to organizations and individuals who are either suffering from poor health or are in some other way disadvantaged. During the last 8 months, we already helped with 15 projects.

Here are the details:

  • atul

    thank u

  • bob

    Yarg matey, there be a typo in yer hyperlink at the bottom of yer article!

  • Milos Korenko

    Thank you Bob ;) Fixed now! (that is if we were looking at the same…)

  • HackToHell

    Typo guys !!!! u have typed that redirects me to some crap !!!

  • HackToHell

    Oh you have fixed it .. Keep up the good work !

  • johnny

    nice one, it is good when there are companie who are “giving back” something to society as well (apart from taxes, etc.). And looks like that you are supporting good projects, too. And I like the logo very much :-). Keep up the good work!

  • Tech

    Well. I’ve thought I will never get surprised with avast.
    But the Foundation and the supported projects are absolutely AMAZING!
    Guys you deserve the most deep thank you.

    Hope someday I could wear a T-shirt of the avast Foundation!

  • HackToHell

    @johnny Unlike prick jobs , some are good natured !

  • Milos Korenko

    The logo was done by Martin Novak – our in-house designer. He has been with the company for years and mostly everything you see in the product or on the website is his work. Great work shall I say ;)

  • Daniel Millroy

    Thank you very much all at Avast. I have been using your software since the beginning and have recommended it to more people than I can count. I truly love your software. The design has vastly improved – I love the UI and logo. Computers should speak more in my opinion, ;-) How about some extra voice packs / themes? I know people would love a StarTrek theme, “Shields at maximum captain – Scotty”, “an unidentified anomaly has appeared on our sensors captain – Spock ” – etc

  • Ken Howey

    Thanks avast!
    I have an T-shirt thanks to Milos Korenko or Ondřej Vlček or someone else from avast!

  • yanto chiang

    @ Milos and AVAST Software team, good to know that AVAST Software also concerned with the world problem. This is one of good progress that one company could established an one foundation to help others.

  • Aminu Musbahu umar

    4me Avast is incredable and charitable,i can only pray for more success and ideological productives thru future.thnx

  • Carlos

    Escriban español, yo siempre tengo que copiar el contenido para traducirlo en español. y Cuando escriben en Inglés pocas veces me llama la atención.

  • Jason

    Thank you Avast! for protecting us from viruses – Keep up the great work.