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September 28th, 2011

Day off in the antivirus company


It is a very quiet day in the office today because it is a DAY OFF. Yes, it’s a state holiday on Wednesday thanks to Saint Wenceslaus I. Wenceslaus –or ‘Vaclav’ (quite a common name for boys in Czech) was the Duke of Bohemia. On September 28th in the year 935, he was killed by his younger brother Boleslav (today, not such a common boy name) in a small city called Stara Boleslav about 30 kilometers north of Prague. Boleslav wanted to be the local duke and indeed he was for the next 6 years until his own death. Why Boleslav chose Stara Boleslav as the place to commit this murder is not so clear today. The legends focus on Wenceslaus and several of them would be a good topic for blog post, but most Czechs today remember him only thanks to the holiday on September 28th. In my view ‘a day off on Wednesday’ is one of the best inventions of mankind.

Unfortunately, there is no ‘day off’ for viruses which brings me to the subject of today’s post.  Day off or not – somebody needs to collect the new viruses, prepare their definitions, and release the update so that you can also be safe online today. I don’t know how it works in other antivirus companies and how many virus analysts need to spend their holidays in the office. But, I do know that at AVAST, there is only one. The individual in the office today is Vladimir Cernik. You might wonder how he can manage this by himself? Well, he is of course very good but he also has very good help from you – our avast! Free Antivirus users participating in the CommunityIQ system for the early identification of new viruses.

So thank you for your help. Keep browsing the internet and if you do want to help Vladimir, please make sure you are participating in the CommunityIQ system! (Just open the avast! application, choose ‘Setting’, ‘Community’, and check the box ‘Participate’)

You can also read an interview with Vladimir Cernik in English (or, read the same interview in Czech).

  • Jiri Gadourek

    Jste šikovní Češi. I Karel IV by z vás měl radost.
    Ať vám všem Bůh žehná.
    zdvaví vás Jiří Gaďourek

    Thank you for your follow! With a pleasure I present my next photo.
    Have a nice day. George

  • Jide

    I have been trying to contact avast support past two days becuase of a product with license for 5 servers from them which is NOT WORKING.

  • Tech

    Milos, how the Community can help (sending viruses samples) without getting infected itself? How can avast identify an infection before the user get infected him/herself?

  • Milos Korenko

    Majority of viruses (80% now) spread over infected legitimate websites. If AVAST user participating in the CommunityIQ visits infected website and it is infected with KNOWN virus, avast! WebShield will block it right away. If the infection is not known they the virus penetrates the first line of defense into the browser. However, it will be stopped by the avast! Behavior Shield. In such case the malware code, URL from which it downloaded and/or refereed is send over to avast! Virus Lab. Here the all samples are analyzed and if confirmed a virus updated to all AVAST users

  • VOJTA L2 support

    @Jide Hi, your query is being answered right now by my colleague. Thanks for understanding