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October 25th, 2011

Happy 15th Anniversary to

Launched in 1996, is the leading (and safest) download portal for software of all types. The portal has been offering our avast! Free Antivirus for 10 of those 15 years, so we would like to say CONGRATULATIONS, and we look forward to the future. ;)

AVAST Brand Manager Miroslav Jirku says, “ is definitely an important distribution channel for us, because it’s well known in the USA. avast! Free Antivirus is’s 2nd most-downloaded software for 2011, which is really a great success for the whole avast! team.”

Indeed, in addition to being its 2nd most-downloaded software of 2011, avast! Free Antivirus is also’s 5th most-downloaded software program of all time.

Other noteworthy tidbits:

  • Software categories first seen in 1996 are more than doubled in 2011.
  • The 89.5% Windows platform share in 1996 dropped to only 28% in 2011 – due to the dominance of new mobile apps.
  •’s 2 dominating downloads in 2011 were developed by Czech companies AVAST Software and AVG. Also, both companies make up 2 of the portal’s top 5 downloads of all time.


Read Senior Associate Editor Seth Rosenblatt’s article (along with color charts) on the history of and how software – and its distribution – have changed over time: 15 years of, the original app store


Related article:

Avast’s virus lab relies on robust community (FEATURE ARTICLE) (June 26, 2011)
CNET/ Editor Seth Rosenblatt provides a well-written, in-depth feature story on AVAST Software, its Virus Lab, and the role the avast! antivirus user community plays in making it all work so well.


  • Tech

    First, congratulations to CNET. I was my download place for years.
    Hope they reconsider the toolbars and download managers and three clicks pages to get the download.

    Oh, congratulations to avast also :)

  • bob3160

    Congratulations Avast.
    It’s a well documented fact that I’ve been a fan of avast! free Anti Virus since 2003 and, back then, I actually downloaded it from Since CNET has started using their download manager and toolbar, I’ve started to shy away from their website. There are many other place I can get my favorite downloads without any unwanted payloads.

  • xbrt321

    congrats for the 2nd place, anyway you are even the most liked antimalware solution on AlternativeTo page!

    Great site if you are looking for alternatives to paid software (e.g. I found paint.NET on this site instead of photoshop, etc.)