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July 31st, 2013

Join the avast! Mobile Security Beta test

app_locking-premiumWould you like a sneak-peek into avast! Mobile Security version 3, avast! Anti-Theft and the debut of a new product, avast! Backup? We are looking for advanced users to participate in the avast! Mobile Security Beta test starting today. This Beta test will run for a full week in which time you can give us valuable feedback that we can incorporate into our product before going public to millions of users.

Here’s how to join the Beta test

  • Sign up on the dedicated avast! Mobile Beta Testers Google Plus community
  • Click the product links on the right under ‘About this community’ and sign up as tester for our Beta program
  • Within 24 hours of the beta launch, you’ll see upgrades to avast! Mobile Security and avast! Anti-Theft in the Google Play Store. Our new product, avast! Backup will also be available to install from Google Play.
    !! Note that avast! Anti-Theft Advanced users (users who installed from our servers instead from Google Play) will need to send their IMEI to holzner at avast dot com to get their Anti-Theft client upgraded to the Beta version !!
  • In order to get your free premium test license, open any of our apps and click on the “Go Premium” button
  • Click on the “Voucher” button to the top right of the screen
  • Enter AVASTBETATEST as the voucher code
  • Get your free beta test license (valid until end of August)
  • Deliver your feedback to the avast! Mobile Security forum

This release incorporates a premium line on top of our free offering. You can learn more about the features on the avast! Mobile Security forum.

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July 25th, 2013

AVAST is most downloaded Software in Europe

SoftonicSoftonic, one of the world’s largest download site for Windows, Mac and mobile, has just announced that avast! Free Antivirus is the most popular download in Europe.  Thank you to our users who have downloaded AVAST from Softonic!

Here’s what some reviews said about AVAST:

Good protection at no cost

Very good protection for a FREE product. It is very user friendly and the automatic updates were very nice to have. It is the only Free antivirus software I’ve tried, so I can’t compare it to other free software, but I really liked it.

Solid and Lightweight

PROS: One of the lightest antivirus I have ever seen. Protection is also better than many other paid_Antiviruses. It ate only 9 MB of ram in my PC. “VB 100″ or “AV Comparatives” already certified it for its solid security. Can be customized easily according to needs. Streaming fast updates. User friendly and attractive interface. Auto Sandbox facility. Cons: Doesn’t come with a firewall. Full scan is a little bit slow.

Great protection for the Home PC or Laptop user

Excellent, thank you avast! you’ve made my internet usage far more enjoyable. I no longer get annoying viruses on my computer and I was able to get rid of the ones that I had but didn’t even know.

Read Softonic’s Software Trends (PDF) report to learn more about popular downloads and trends.

Thank you for using avast! Antivirus and recommending us to your friends and family. For all the latest news, fun, and contest information, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram.

July 17th, 2013

Anna: Russian Princess of the FREEks

image3Anna Shirokova has joined the AVAST Social media team along with two other Community Managers: Albert Soriano and Anca Elena Amariei to create our A-Team. Anna is a native Russian speaker, living in Prague. When I met her for the first time, Anna was constantly busy with her mobile updating statuses across social media, I thought: She could be the one.  With her creative spirit and great technical background, Anna became a perfect candidate to join our FREEking great Social Media team, to grow, engage and manage AVAST communities for the Russian market. Russian users: You can be looking forward to a first hand AVAST Russian experience. Анна Добро пожаловать в AVAST

How did you learn that AVAST was looking for new Queens / Kings of the FREEks, and what  turns you on about social media? Read more…

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July 16th, 2013

Albert: Spanish Prince of the FREEks

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Albert Soriano, our new Spanish community manager, joins Russian manager Anna Shirokova  and French manager Anca Elena Amariei, to form the A-Team! Albert has an interest in social media and new technology, plus he’s a long-time AVAST user – a perfect combination for a Prince of the FREEks. He’s a university student studying Multimedia engineering and somehow he still finds time to write articles about video games and new technology for a Spanish digital magazine called Ñews.es. We are happy to welcome Albert to AVAST.

How did you learn that AVAST was looking for new Queens / Kings of the FREEks, and what convinced you to apply for this role?
Curiously, I learned that AVAST was looking for some new Queens/Kings of the FREEks through Twitter. I saw a tweet from AVAST offering a job as part of the social media team and I said: “¿Why not? I spend a lot of time on social networks and I love technology so that’s a perfect job for me! “ And here I am! :-) Read more…

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July 11th, 2013

avast! Mobile Security gets Editors’ Choice Award from PC Magazine

pcmag_blogPC Magazine awarded avast! Mobile Security the Editors’ Choice Award for free Android security apps thanks to its “huge array of powerful tools and fine-grained controls.”

A major concern for smartphone owners is the increasing threat of malicious software targeting Android OS. Max Eddy, software analyst for PC Magazine, writes that, “avast! is well-positioned to guard against new threats that use novel attack vectors we’ve yet to imagine.”

Running quietly in the background, with no system slow-down or stuttering, “avast! will also keep an ever-vigilant eye on your device, warning you as soon as it detects something it doesn’t like,” he writes in his June 2013 review.

But these days, it’s more likely that you will fall victim to theft and loss instead of malware. Eddy explains, “In this department, avast! has an impressive slate of features and controls.”

In case your phone walks off somewhere, you can use the my.avast web portal where you can remotely locate, lock, or wipe your device, and set off the alarm. Eddy said, “I was particularly impressed that the alarm was not only loud, at 96 dB, but also highly illustrative. ‘This phone has been lost or stolen,’ said my S III, cycling between that phrase and what sounded like a Star Trek warning klaxon.”

Make sure you install avast! Mobile Security, the Editors’ Choice for free Android security suites, on your smartphone and tablet. It is available for free in the Google Play store.

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July 8th, 2013

Security tips from AVAST Forum Evangelists

The AVAST forum is one of our largest and most active communities, with more than 300,000 users. The most active people on the forum are called Evangelists. They spend a great deal of their free time answering user questions and helping to sort out issues of all kinds. You can meet them on the AVAST forum, where you can get assistance and support any time.

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Because of the Evangelists’ extensive experience and knowledge, we asked them to share their top tips on maintaining a secure computer or device. Here are their main tips:

  • Keep Windows and all other programs up-to-date (especially browsers and avast! Antivirus) and use only official sites for updating. For more convenience, you can use the avast! Software Updater feature to do it. Avoid P2P, cracks, patches and pirated software. On Android, use Google Play as the app source.
  • Don’t be a happy clicker, especially on social media sites and while installing programs. Always install programs via the custom mode and read the screens before clicking next. If something looks fishy, it probably is.
  • Take care about the sites you visit, knowing that legitimate websites can also be hacked. Use avast! SafeZone for web browsing whenever possible, especially while using online banking.  AVAST also provides a full isolated environment called avast! Sandbox.
  • Use different and strong passwords: Numbers, upper and lower case letters, symbols, etc. avast! EasyPass could help you manage this.
  • Keep your anti-malware protection always on, for instance, while gaming and installing programs. Community games are usually safer than the supposed official games you find online. Take extra care – or avoid completely – free public cheats for multiplayer games, especially downloaded from third party URLs.
  • Be alert for social engineering scams and emails. Do not open attachments from an unknown sender. Remember that not everyone is really your friend. Always use common sense.
  • Have backup strategies: When, what, local and remote. Remember: Better safe than sorry. AVAST offers an online backup solution too.
  • Use a firewall that manages the access of applications to the internet. Take care on open WiFi hotspots. At home, be sure to use strong WiFi passwords.

Special thanks to our AVAST forum members who have contributed these tips: Bob, Charyb, Essexboy, Omid, George Yves, Iroc, Donovan, Polonus, Ylap, Mac, Para-Noid, Coolmario, Dwarden and Jeffce. If you ever have a question, please log on to the AVAST forum and ask. Our forum evangelists are happy to assist you.

Thank you for using avast! Antivirus and recommending us to your friends and family. For all the latest news, fun, and contest information, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram.

July 3rd, 2013

avast! Free Antivirus is the best deal for the Real World

In the “real world” of monthly bills and rising expenses, a decision about antivirus protection often comes down to the best protection for the money – and that’s where avast! Free Antivirus wins out over the rest.

In the May 2013 Real-World Protection Test by AV-Comparatives, avast! Free Antivirus was up against 19 paid-for internet security suites which could cost the customer up to  $60 per year. avast! Free Antivirus passed the tests with honors and was the only free solution to receive the Advanced+ rating!

The test created a real-world scenario using a typical setup that many of us have; Windows 7 and software such as Adobe Flash and Acrobat Reader, Java, etc.  To show how well antivirus products protect the user’s computer when surfing the web, the testers pitted AVAST and the others against threats we encounter in everyday life. They used  431 current dangerous exploits, URLs with known malware, and even a few malicious files from email attachments. avast! Free Antivirus blocked 99.3% of the threats.

AVComparatives Real World test

 

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June 27th, 2013

Sharing AVAST on Throwback Thursday

Thursday is a fun day because we get to look back in time at how things were in the good ol’ days. It’s Throwback Thursday!

AVAST is the world’s most popular antivirus software because our happy users recommend avast! Antivirus to their friends. Some think of creative ways to share. Here are a few examples:

 

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Busy people who trust AVAST to protect their valuable assets (digital or otherwise), display the logo proudly on their computers, or in some cases, on the side of their barn. Read more…

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June 25th, 2013

An unusual AVAST spotting

When AVAST CTO, Ondrej Vlcek, was in Munich recently, he took an after-dinner stroll to see the Frauenkirche cathedral. Right next door to the cathedral is the Ferrari store, so he paused to do some window shopping.

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“Pretty standard stuff inside – lots of red t-shirts, red baseball hats and bunch of other clothing, plus a Formula 1 (or a mock-up of it). And a big TV screen with some interesting Ferrari movie.”

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“Now, what the hell is that little blue thing in the lower-right corner of the screen?” :-)

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So even those with lots of money to spend, choose avast! Free Antivirus. Send us a picture if you have an AVAST sighting in an unusual place.

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June 17th, 2013

Android:Obad – malware gets smarter – so does AVAST

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If you had the privilege to meet Android:Obad, which Kaspersky earlier reported to be the “most sophisticated android malware,” you are in a real bad situation and this will probably be the moment to which you’ll be referring to in the future as “The time I learned the hard way what better-safe-than-sorry means.” A few days ago we identified a new variant of that threat. There is a chance you bumped into this bad guy before we started detecting it, because if our generic detections don’t catch the malware there is always a short delay before it gets to us. In most cases, it isn’t a problem to get rid of a malicious app – you just uninstall it after you find it. This time, that won’t work.

The problem we are facing here is called “Device administrator.” After you launch an app infected with Android:Obad, you will be asked to make the app the current device administrator, which will be only a few buttons away so it isn’t hard to do. After you do so, there is no way back because this piece of malware uses a previously unknown vulnerability which allows it to get deeper into the system and hide itself from the device administrator list – the only place you can manage device administrators. You won’t be also able to uninstall the app via Settings, because all the buttons will be grayed out and will not function.

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Lucky for you, avast! Mobile Security will save you from doing a factory reset and losing your data, which certainly is one of the solutions. But don’t worry, you are safe with us. Read more…