Avast 2012: The Year in Review

Deborah Salmi 24 Dec 2012

Avast 2012: The Year in Review

Another busy year is coming to a close at Avast Software. We launched game-changing products for Mac and Android which achieved astounding download numbers and won multiple accolades; we made technical strides in detecting dangerous malware to keep our users safer than ever; we grew our social media presence so that our Facebook fan page is in the top 4 of the software category; and we started a unique program providing business-grade security software to U.S. schools and libraries for free. avast! Antivirus is protecting more than 170 million devices - PCs, Macs, and Android phones and tablets - worldwide.

As the year comes to end, we look back on some of our accomplishments. Here’s our favorite moments of 2012:


  • avast! Mobile Security for Android reached 1 million installations the first week of January – only 10 days after its launch.
  • In one month, avast! recorded 1.87 billion incidents of our users encountering malware.


  • Avast reaches 150 million users worldwide. Three countries - the USA, Brazil and France - each have more than 10 million avast! users.
  • avast! Mobile Security for Android reached 2.1 million installations at the beginning of February, and we gave away 10 Samsung Galaxy Nexus phones to celebrate the success.



  • The beta of avast! Free Antivirus for Mac begins and protects users from the Flashback Trojan which infected 600,000 Macs.
  • avast! Free Antivirus 7 receives the Advanced Plus certification by AV-Comparatives detecting 98% of the 300,000 malware tested, surpassing many paid antivirus.


  • We celebrate the launch of avast! Free Antivirus for Mac with a Facebook photo contest, and welcome hundreds of thousands of new fans.
  • avast! Free Antivirus for Mac is the most popular download on CNET's download.com after only 3 days.





  • avast! Free Antivirus earns another VB100 award.
  • avast! Mobile Security exceeds 10 million installations and maintains 4.7 out of 5 stars rating on Google Play.



  • Avast announces the Free for EDU program which gives our centrally-managed business product free to U.S. schools and libraries.
  • avast! Free Antivirus earns the coveted compatibility certification and the right to display the “Windows 8 Compatible” logo.
  • avast! Internet Security provides 100% protection against banking malware.
  • avast! Free Antivirus receives AV-TEST certification for 100% detection rates of malware.
  • Avast teams up with Socialbakers to monitor and manage its growing presence on social media.
  • Avast users predict results of U.S. presidential election.
  • Avast has 170 million active users.




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