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November 5th, 2013

How to shop safely online with the new avast! Free and Premium versions

Credit CardSeasonal shopping fever starts with Black Friday and Cyber Monday in a few weeks, but we’ve already seen terrific sales offered online by retailers getting an early start. Every year more people make their purchases online, with the intention of saving time and money and avoiding the crowds. There are, however, some people who love the shopping season for different reasons. These are people we all want to avoid – Cybercrooks. They study our shopping behavior with one thing in mind – to take advantage of us for their own profit. Here are a few tips to lower your risk of falling victim to cybercrooks.

Protect your credit card well

The most important rule is to protect your credit card. While shopping online, the only information you generally need to authenticate a payment are the numbers written on both sides of your card. Along with the PIN code, these are crucial for the security of your banking account. Be very careful who you entrust with them.

Remember to

  • Never let anyone write down your card number or take a photo of it
  • Never send those credentials by email, SMS, or tell them over the phone
  • Never give your card to a website you do not trust or which does not use a secured (encrypted) connection
  • Process your credit card data only from a clean (without malware infection) computer
  • Limit the maximum value payable over the internet at your bank

Some of the points mentioned above require in-depth explanation. Let’s take a closer look at them. Read more…

November 4th, 2013

First upgrade to avast! 2014, then to Windows 8.1

win_upgradeAre you ready to make the move to Windows 8.1? Reviews says that with Windows 8.1, Microsoft made some significant improvements, including restoring the much-missed start button. Make sure that your upgrade experience goes smoothly by installing avast! 2014 first.

Avast! 2014 has Windows 8.1 certification which ensures that it meets compatibility standards and performs well on the Windows platform. Older versions of avast! Antivirus do not carry that certification, so if you update to Windows 8.1, it will disable avast! and you will be unprotected.

Make sure you stay protected when upgrading to Windows 8.1

Update to avast! 2014 before you upgrade to Windows 8.1. Here’s how:

  • Open the avast! user interface
  • Click on the Maintenance tab
  • Click Update Program
  • The Update screen shows you the overall progress


  • When it’s done, you will be asked to restart your computer. Click ‘Yes’ to reboot.
  • Once your computer is restarted, you might be asked to install Google Chrome as your default browser. We recommend this safe browser, but you have the option to decline.
  • Click ‘Continue’ to complete the upgrade.

After this, the latest version of avast! Antivirus 2014 is installed on your computer and ready to use. You can now make the upgrade to Windows 8.1 and remain protected.

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November 3rd, 2013

How do I access the Avast Virus Chest?

howto2_enQuestion of the week: What goes into the Virus Chest, and how do I get to it?

Potentially harmful files are stored in a safe and completely isolated place called the Avast Virus Chest. This area quarantines infected or otherwise suspicious files away from the rest of the operating system so they cannot cause damage to your other files or your computer. When files are in the Virus Chest, they are not accessible to any outside process, software application or virus and also cannot be run there. There is no danger in storing files there.

How to open the Avast Virus Chest

To open the Virus Chest, right click on Avast’s little orange ball icon in the system tray in the bottom right hand corner of your computer. Select Open Avast user interface from the menu. Another way to open the user interface is to double click the desktop icon.

From the main menu, select Scan, then Scan for viruses, and then click the Quarantine (Virus Chest) button at the bottom of the screen to open the Virus Chest window.

If Avast 2015 detects an infected or suspicious file, it will try to repair it at first. Unfortunately, some files cannot be repaired so Avast will try to move the file to the Virus Chest. If the infected file refuses to move to the Virus Chest, it will be automatically deleted from your computer.

How to set up quick access to the Virus Chest

For quick access to the Virus Chest, you can assign it to one of the four shortcut squares in the Avast user interface. To change which function you see, click on the drop-down menu icon in the top right hand corner of the square. There you will find a choice to place the Virus Chest right on the Overview of your Avast product.

Once you have the shortcut on the user interface, then simply click it to open the Virus Chest.

To learn what you can do with files in the Virus Chest, go to our blog How to use the Avast Virus Chest.

This video gives you a good overview.

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October 10th, 2013


AVAST Free for Education is proud to sponsor some of the featured sessions at this years EDUCAUSE, which will be taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center, in Anaheim, California from Tuesday, October 15th until Friday, October 18th.

EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. The association organizes an annual conference whose target group is higher education IT professionals. Just one week remains until this big event, and we are ready for it!

Myself, Stephanie King and my colleague, Che Johnson, will be attending the event and are looking forward to meeting everyone and to answering questions regarding the Free for Education program. We will be located at the Anaheim Convention Center, Level 3, Ballroom C, on Thursday, October 17th. We hope that our sponsorship will make educational IT professionals aware of the possibility they have to save money with our business-grade security product, which has the same features and performance as paid ones, but is unique in that it is FREE!


To sum it up: If you are a university professional, come to get more information about program, as well as some AVAST Free for Education materials. If you are journalist, stop by to learn more about our program and help us to spread the word about this unbeatable offer. And Corey E.P., as a US school district, you are eligible too. Find out more at at our Free for EDU website You can also apply there. It’s easy and fast.

Hope to see you there!

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October 2nd, 2013

Free for Education protects almost 200 universities and colleges

educationThe AVAST Free for Education is not only available for schools, school districts and libraries in the US, but also for US universities! To date, 200 universities and colleges across 47 different states benefit from AVAST’s FREE business-grade antivirus. This means that a total of almost 450,000 university computers are being protected, for FREE.

We are proud to support education on such a large scale, however it is not just about education. One of our many satisfied customers is the University of Hawaii Cancer Center. “AVAST has always held a spot in the upper tier of AV products. Savings will be used to purchase additional servers, computers or any number of upgrades.“ says Grant Gathagann of the University. Being able to protect the sensitive information stored on their PCs and servers is an honor for us, as well as giving them the opportunity to spend the money they save on antivirus software, so that they can focus their attention on fighting cancer.

Michael Keen, director of IT from Southern Vermont College pointed out the basic purpose of AVAST Free for Education, something we hope all universities will realize and take advantage of: “This product provides the same protection as commercial products for free. Why wouldn’t a school take advantage of this?“

Not all universities suffer from large IT budget cuts, as many schools in the states do, but it still important for them to save money so that they can purchase necessary hardware and software upgrades.

If you attend or work for a university (or school) in the US that hasn’t benefited from our program yet, you can apply online here:

Alternatively feel free to contact me with any questions or comments regarding AVAST Free for Education:

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September 26th, 2013

How California’s gone FREE for Education

California_mapRecently we announced reaching 3 million issued licenses under the AVAST Free for Education program. From all the US, California ranked first in terms of free licenses.

California, the third-largest state by area and number one by population, also seems to want to be number one in terms of education. Since our AVAST Free for Education program launched in November, 2012 (yes, it will have its 1 year anniversary soon!), almost 200 California schools, districts, colleges, universities, libraries, and other education institutions have obtained over a quarter million FREE licenses.

Read more…

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September 12th, 2013

3 million licenses issued for AVAST Free for Education

We’re really excited to announce that we’ve just reached the 3 million mark for number of licenses we’ve issued on the AVAST Free for Education program!

Some 2500 schools, libraries, universities and other educational institutions in the USA are benefiting from this program by receiving free business-grade antivirus protection.

The AVAST Free for Education league table

We’ve produced our very own league table to show which are the top states for number of licenses issued – how well is your state doing?


Rank State Number of licenses
1 California 251 887
2 Texas 237 410
3 Indiana 172 026
4 Missouri 167 494
5 Illinois 152 329
6 Ohio 113 729
7 Michigan 107 315
8 Pennsylvania 100 071
9 Florida 76 683
10 New York 71 346


Congratulations to California, who have received over a quarter of a million FREE licenses from AVAST.

We love to hear from our customers about how the program is benefiting them. Here are some of the feedback we’ve had from our schools on this program:


“We appreciate the offer and opportunity AVAST has given to Education.  We’ve been using this product for approximately 1 year now and have to say we are more than thrilled with it.  Thank you AVAST!”
Jim Giordano, IT Manager, Anaheim City School District

“We have been very happy with the support we have received… Avast is a great product at a great price – it provides the tools administrators need to keep their computers safe.”
Jeffrey Such, Director of Technology, Camp Tecumseh YMCA

Putnam Schools District are also thrilled to be using our free software. We went to visit them recently, hear what they have to say here:


If you’re a school in the US that hasn’t benefited from our program yet, why not apply online here:

Alternatively feel free to contact me with any comments or questions:



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September 4th, 2013

96% of US schools facing huge cost of Windows XP upgrades

blog_image_XPIn a recent survey, we found that over 96%[1] of schools in the United States are likely to face a major technology crisis in the new year when Windows XP will no longer be supported by Microsoft. Educational institutions of all sizes around the world are going to have to foot the bill of upgrading not only their operating system but also their hardware.

Schools that don’t upgrade to a new operating system by the April 2014 cut-off could be at risk. The withdrawal of support means that there will be no updates such as security patches, driver refreshes, or bug fixes — all of which are essential for networked personal computers, where protection of children and information is especially important.

At AVAST, we took a closer look at the costs schools will face: The cost of upgrading from Windows XP to a more recent operating system is approximately $200 per computer and it is not likely to stop there. Many schools are also facing the expense of upgrading their hardware as well since hardware older than three years is unlikely to be able to support Windows 7 and beyond. The cost to schools in this situation could run into tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

To help alleviate some of the burden, we created the Free for Education program which provides bullet-proof antivirus protection completely free to schools in the United States. Institutions can save an average of more than $14,000 USD per year by taking advantage of this program.

A great example of how AVAST’s Free for Education has benefited a local school system is the ABC Unified School District in Cerritos, California. With the program, they have saved over $40,000 USD. “With AVAST Free for Education we were able to take some strain off of our budget,” said Joe, Machado, Network Analyst at ABC Schools. “Our savings in licensing alone will be at least $20,000 USD per year. And, our savings in time from cleaning up outbreaks from unprotected or under-protected systems is easily another $20,000 USD per year.”

Since launching in November 2012, the AVAST Free for Education program has protected over 2.8 million computers and servers belonging to over 1,800 education institutions. If you are interested in more information or to participate in the program, please visit:

[1] AVAST Software survey amongst 164 educational institutions, July 2013

August 29th, 2013

How schools can save big with AVAST Free for Education

Keeping kids safe while they are online is a major concern for educational institutions from schools to libraries to museums. Schools in the United States spend a lot of money on education technology—it was estimated at $56 billion dollars in 2012. That’s about $400 per student per year. A portion of that is earmarked for security software and support. In fact, an average school district pays over $14,000 for antivirus protection. Because of declining budgets, 5 percent of schools can’t even afford this protection.

AVAST gives away Security Software for FREE


AVAST offers avast! Endpoint Protection Suite software for FREE to schools, universities, libraries, and other educational institutions in the USA (and its territories). The award-winning security software is available for up to 30,000 devices, can be centrally installed and managed, and also protects servers – all at no cost to educational institutions. It’s free, and there is no catch or hidden surprises.

You can find out more information here:

In the same way that avast! Free Antivirus gets shared between family and friends, we ask you to share with anyone that could benefit from this program. This fun infographic is a great way to do it!  :)




August 19th, 2013

Computers at Salt Lake County Library System protected for FREE

SLCLS_logoWhen we launched the AVAST Free for Education program last November, some journalists were asking us “what’s the catch”… They didn’t quite understand why we would do such a thing. ;)  I guess for them “advertising” means TV commercials, print ads, online banners, radio adverts, billboard, outdoor, and so on. In the world of antivirus companies, that would mean a company like Norton/Symantec, which pours $2.8 billion into Sales and Marketing (42% of its annual revenue).

But advertising can be different! Such as providing free computer security for Salt Lake Country Library System. In total: 50 servers and 500 computers in 18 library locations.  Cost? Our cost is only to provide the virus definition updates, as we do pay for the bandwidth. That is less than 2 cents per year per computer. In this example, the servers are getting the updates and they mirror them within the network for free. Total cost for AVAST: $1 per year (yes, ONE dollar).

Benefit? Well, I guess we will not be visible to all of the 600 thousands library card holders served by the 18 libraries. But I’m sure we got 1 loyal user there:  Scott Condie, the library Infrastructure Manager. (To quote him: “AVAST is a great product!  Works as well as any antivirus program we’ve ever used.  And it doesn’t have the bloat that slows down PC performance like other products we tested.”)

Then there are the 380 employees of the library whose computers are now protected by AVAST.  And of course we will be visible to some of the library visitors who use the on-site computers. Overall, not bad visibility for $1 per year.  Quite likely many of them will install AVAST on their home computers once their Norton license expires. And if only one of them buys an AVAST paid-for version… our advertising investment of 1$ into the Salt Lake Country Library System has paid for itself.  More than enough!

Free is GOOD ;)
If your library license is about to expire… get one for free here:

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