When your computer slows to a crawl and is non-responsive, it can be very frustrating. But, one of the worst things you can do when trying to restore the performance of your PC is to remove the security software. Getting rid of your protective barrier just opens you up to threats that could make things even worse.
You know that you need a security product on your computer, but you don’t want to install software that will impact speed, performance, or be resource-hungry. That’s why an excellent choice for security protection are any of the Avast antivirus products.
“Avast provides high detection rates and good protection against malware, but it does not degrade system performance or annoy users by being resource hungry.”
But don’t take my word for it.
AV-Comparatives, a well-known and trusted third party testing lab, recently tested 20 antivirus and internet security products. Avast Free Antivirus topped every single one of them – paid security suites and free antivirus protection – and received an Advanced Plus three star award for the May 2015 Performance Test.
Reasons why your PC may be slow
It is not always security software that is responsible for a slow system. Other factors can play a role, which means that with a few tweaks your system’s performance can be improved.
The Avast Free for Education program currently protects more than 7 million educational devices in the US.
The Avast Free for Education team spent a week in Orlando, Florida at one of the country’s premier educational technology conferences, FETC. School administrators, IT professionals, media specialists, and educators visited our comfy booth, all curious about what the world’s most trusted antivirus software company was doing there.
Here’s a run-down of the Top 10 questions about Avast Free for Education:
- 1. What is the Free for Education program?
Avast supports education in the USA by making our business-grade security product, Avast for Business, available for FREE!
- 2. Why are you doing this?
There are two good reasons: The first one is technical – we collect threat data from our community of 230 million active users which the Virus Lab uses as a “sensor net” to automate virus research. So whenever we see something suspicious, it automatically gets transmitted to the cloud, and based on the threat data, we create new definitions and stream them back to the whole user base. It’s really quite unique and helps us to leverage the size of our user base, because no other antivirus company has as many users as we do.
The second reason is Free for Education is part of our expansion plan, to simply make US users more aware of Avast Antivirus. We have about 14 million Avast Free Antivirus users in the USA now, but we want that number to increase. Giving our business-grade security product to schools for free will also help us spread the word about our products for home-use and mobile.
- 3. How do you make money?
This program is not about making money, but improving our detection rate and increasing awareness. That being said, Free for Education participants can add our technical support at a special annual rate of only $2 per seat. We heard from visitors to our booth, that they would still save money because they were paying about more with other programs.
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Thanks for asking this question. Lots of people don’t realize that it’s not a good idea to run two antivirus programs simultaneously. In fact, many antivirus programs will not install if another antivirus is detected on your system. Running multiple antivirus programs on the same computer can cause conflicts resulting in false positive detections, a slowdown in performance, or system instability.
Therefore it is strongly recommended to uninstall all other previously installed antivirus applications before installing avast! on your computer. Most antivirus companies produce a special uninstaller program to remove the antivirus software. It’s best to use these removal tools because typical uninstallation from the Control Panel in Windows can be insufficient in some cases. Some records may still remain in the system and prevent avast! from being correctly installed.
You can find a list of vendors, from Avira to ZoneAlarm, that provide a special removal tool to uninstall their antivirus software on the AVAST FAQ page. We recommend you follow their instructions before proceeding with the uninstallation.
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Our 190 millionth registered avast! user, Julie P. and her friend Steve, were given a free trip to Prague, home base of AVAST Software, in appreciation of Steve’s recommendation. Steve recommended that Julie try avast!, and it turned our better than she expected.
“Since three out of every ten new users come because of a friend, it’s time we also recognize a recommender,” said Vince Steckler, CEO of AVAST Software. “I am pleased we have been able to identify both the 190 millionth registered user and the friend that recommended avast!.”
Julie is a British national living in Spain. She decided to get avast! Free antivirus on the advice of Steve, a helpful retired friend. And when it came time to install avast! on her computer, it was Steve that downloaded and installed it.
“As a recommender and IT helper, people like Stephen have a big impact on AVAST and have helped drive growth last year from 141 million to 189 million registered users,” said Mr. Steckler. Read more…