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May 29th, 2012

Interact, earn points, and get rewards – Vote for your favorite photo!

We had an overwhelming response from the avast! community for our photo contest celebrating the launch of avast! Free for Mac. Over 50,000 submissions were entered through our Facebook fan page, and approximately 6,000 photos have been chosen to win one of five Apple MacBook Air computers. Now the voting is underway!

The rules were simple – in honor of avast! Free for Mac we asked you to take a photo of yourself with an apple.  At 50,000 plus photos, your response exceeded our expectations!  Again, you have proven how creative you are. Your photos were funny, original, and humorous. Simply amazing.

To show our appreciation for your contributions (and give you a chance to look through the photos) we are extending the voting period and giving away 100 free licenses of avast! Internet Security at the same time!

Here’s what you need to know:

1. The voting period is extended to June 14.

2. Fans who vote and share information about our contest with their friends – our top 100 avast! FREEks – will receive a free license of avast! Internet Security.

3. Winners will be announced June 20


Who are avast! FREEks?

You are! Many of you already support other members of our community with security tips and avast! -related advice. You support each other, interact with us and spread the word about avast! Free Antivirus. We want to thank you by recognizing your engagement and loyalty. You become one of our avast! Top FREEks by doing what you have always done – like, post, share – and for this contest – VOTE! The more you interact, the more points you earn, and the more opportunity you have to get rewards.

So please check out the amazing gallery of pictures submitted in the avast! Free for Mac competition and vote, share, earn points, and get rewards!

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May 14th, 2012

Don’t think alternative markets save your money

The Android:FakeInst family of malware seems to be never ending story. Its creators have been trying to trick users into sending premium rate SMS messages for several months now. Just a few days ago, we discovered 25 more apps placed on alternative markets that are all based on very similar concepts as was the one in the story we wrote about before Christmas.

This time malicious Android applications are hosted on several domains:

All these sites were registered a week ago so it looks like they were supposed to serve as a malware hosting for the bad guys from the very beginning. Also if someone tries to access these sites from the browser, the visitor only receives a 404 error message which does not look like a legitimate site. Analyzing the trail the malware creators left for us, we’ve discovered a few sites they have used in order to attract users and all of them target Russian speaking people and look like an alternative markets. In reality, these sites exist for a short period of time and offers only fake downloaders. Read more…

May 11th, 2012

Deeper and deeper

Don’t worry, we’re not gonna watch movies marked with an asterisk :P. However, from the malware analyst’s point of view, following lines might be somehow “spicy”. We’ll take a look at a suspected false positive promoted as a regular GameMaster setup. The file appeared in our FP submission system with an usual comment “it’s clean” or something like that, thus we can only guess that the file has not been obtained from official source.
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May 10th, 2012

You should be so lucky…

To celebrate the release of avast! version 7, we offered a contest on our Facebook page, in which we asked participants to estimate how many active avast! users there would be as of April 30, 2012. Out of the 23,553 avast! users that entered the contest, 8 participants provided us with the PRECISE number of avast! users as of April 30, 2012.

During the contest, we received a few (silly) estimates that ranged from a high of 202,020,302,050,206… down to a negative 156,000,000,000,000. With guesses like that, we didn’t expect 8 people to be so lucky!

Here is a list of the participants who provided us with the exact number and the time and date of their entries:

Name Country Estimate Date of Entry
Daniel Felipe S. Brazil 150,107,324 Mar102012 18:50
Luci M. USA 150,107,324 Mar162012 21:52
Rodrigo T. Brazil 150,107,324 Mar172012 05:03
Edilbert Magahi O. Philippine 150,107,324 Mar192012 03:56
Yalç?n Turkey 150,107,324 Mar232012 04:18
Konstatnin O. Ukraine 150,107,324 Mar302012 09:10
Maiel R. Dominican Republic 150,107,324 Mar312012 16:06
Ravi K. India 150,107,324 Apr032012 17:13

Among them, Daniel from Maceió, Alagoas, in Brazil, was the first correct participant to respond, with his entry made on March 10, 2012 at 6:50 PM CET.

Daniel, we are looking forward to getting in touch with you, to discuss where you want to plan your holidays! ;)


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May 9th, 2012

“Fix your hard disk” with fake S.M.A.R.T. Repair tool

Imagine a program that scans your computer, detects some errors, and offers to fix them. There are many legitimate programs that do this (for example, antivirus programs), but there are also many fake programs, which do nothing beneficial – they just pretend to do a scan of your computer, they pretend to fix some errors, but in reality there are no errors and nothing is being fixed. You didn’t install such a program, you don’t even know how it got installed on your computer.  It’s just there, wanting to trick you to buy a license.

Have you ever wondered what happens when you “buy” the activation key? Will the program really do something for you, will it just disappear… or, maybe, it will keep annoying you. Let’s look at a program called “S.M.A.R.T. Repair”.

Figure 1


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May 4th, 2012

avast! Free Antivirus for Mac is #1 download

avast! Free Antivirus for Mac was launched a mere week ago, and it only took three days to reach the #1 position on CNET’s avast! Free Antivirus for Mac fulfills the need for quality security just as the Mac community is recovering from the high-profile Flashback Trojan that infected 600,000 Macs. Many people realize now that OS X is not immune to attack, and new OS X malware is demonstrating how unprotected Macs can be infected when a user simply visits a website.

avast! Free Antivirus for Mac contains the same light, award-winning, certified, and highly acclaimed antivirus and anti-spyware engine as its avast! version 7 Windows counterpart. Learn more about it here.

Win a MacBook Air

Thanks to loyal avast! users like you, avast! is the most liked antivirus on Facebook. As of this writing, we have over 1.1 million likes and rising. Thanks, avast! fans.

Like avast! on Facebook and enter to win a MacBook Air! Take a photo of yourself with an apple and submit it to our contest by Friday, May 18. You must be a registered avast! user and a fan of avast! on Facebook. After the photos are in, the fun begins when all the participants vote for their top 5 favorite photos. Those five will each win a MacBook Air! So get those apples polished and cameras snapping. We want your best photo!