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December 11th, 2013

Browser Ransomware tricks revealed

It’s not surprising that scared people are the most vulnerable to attacker’s traps, and there is no reason to think it will work differently with computer users. Using this psychology, cybercrooks show an unaware victim an alert page claiming to have found that banned pornography was viewed or stored on their computer. The message goes on to say their computer is blocked, all their data is encrypted, and they will be sent to court in 48 hours unless they pay a fine. This is basically how ‘Ransomware’ works – scare tactics with a convenient way to buy yourself out of the predicament at the end.

Ransomware page

When we look closer at the scam, we find that the Ransomware is focused only on the victim’s browser and fortunately, not as they claim, on the data stored inside the victim’s computer. Here are several points that work together to scare the victim:

  • The headline of the webpage: “FBI. ATTENTION! Your browser has been blocked…”. This is the part of the attack that tries to scare visitors as much as possible.
  • The name of the page, “”, tries to convince visitors they are on a legitimate website which belongs to the government.
  • A countdown timer starts on 48 hours and counts down the time before “legal steps” starts.

These points try to rush panicked victims into paying the requested money as soon as possible without time to think. But it’s better to take a deep breath before reacting. You know you didn’t watch the movies mentioned on the page, and of course, you didn’t store illegal files. Do you really think that upon identifying a child pornographer, that the government will tell them to pay a small amount of money as a fine and let them go?

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December 5th, 2013

Recommend avast! Antivirus and win…CASH!

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Creativity takes courage ~ Henri Matisse

When in 2001 AVAST Software co-founders, Mr. Eduard Kučera and Pavel Baudiš, decided to offer avast! Antivirus for free, it was one creative and brave decision. No one expected that this would change the future of the entire company and that 12 years later avast! Antivirus would protect 200 million devices. It is a  marketing and business phenomena, and the AVAST “freemium” model has been outstandingly successful.

However, the key to our success is YOU: The AVAST Community. By recommending our products to your family and friends you have helped us to establish the largest antivirus community globally. So to say thank you we launched the AVAST recommendation system. Every user can register via, generate their own individual link and start recommending avast. Each successful installation with that link is awarded one point and once 7 points are collected, the user receives a free license of avast! Internet Security.

Putting our money where our mouth is

Now we take it a step further and offer special rewards for the best AVAST recommenders. For the next month or so, those avast! Antivirus users who help us get new users globally, and on each continent, will receive cash prizes! This is the time to get your whole family, work colleagues, or classmates protected with avast! Free Antivirus.

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December 3rd, 2013

2,700 AVAST ninjas, aka results of the #avastIQ quiz!

Our AVAST IQ quiz is over and it’s time to share results with you. Before announcing the winners,  let me share some interesting stats with you. Your engagement and participation exceeded our expectations. We would like to thank you for taking time and participating in our quiz. It was fun and you have proven once again that AVAST has simply the best community ever.


Here are the numbers:

  • Over 10,000 fans participated in the avast! IQ Quiz
  • Participants were from 117 countries! Stunning results!

And how did you score?

  • 2727 AVAST ninjas answered all 5 questions correctly! YAY
  • 2665 people scored 4 points
  • 1628 people scored 3 points
  • 1442 people scored  2 points
  • 1095 people scored 1 point
  • and the rest scored 0 :)

Winners of licenses will be notified via email and receive a free license for avast! Internet Security this week. Below is a list of the 5 winners of our precious, desired VIP AVAST Teddy Bears:q06

Now i leave in Italy, but since 1994 leaved in 5  countries with different internet needs. And avast as always been there for me, and free, that is amazing in this world where almost everything you have to pay for, but still thank you that a smile, a please and a thank you and to not forget the less avast are free. that is the reasons why i do recommend avast to my friends and family in many countries.. ~ Sebastien S. from France Read more…

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November 26th, 2013

AVAST is Awarded Best Employer in the Czech Republic

We are proud to announce that AVAST has been named best large-size company employer in the Czech Republic by global HR consulting and outsourcing firm, AON Hewitt.


AVAST HR Director Kamila Štěpánková and CEO Vincent Steckler accept the Best Employer award along with AVAST co-founders Eduard Kučera and Pavel Baudiš.

The annual study’s results were evaluated based on the HR policies of the companies, as well as feedback from their employees and leaders. AVAST excelled in all attributes of the study, scoring above 80% in each category. The categories of the study are: engagement rate, trustworthy leadership, high performance culture, attractive employer brand and sustainability. With these high marks AVAST beat MICROSOFT s.r.o and SAP ČR, spol. s.r.o. for first place.

AVAST scored an impressive 89% in engagement, 49% more than the Czech average. According to AON Hewitt, company engagement is a key influencing factor in the final ranking, and reflects the employee’s intense desire to be a member of the company, their consistency in speaking positively of the company overall and the extra effort and engagement in their work that contributes to the success of the business.

Kamila Stěpánková, our HR Director, commented:

I am extremely proud that AVAST has been named best employer. The entire company constantly works together to maintain the extraordinary company culture the founders established 25 years ago, which gives employees freedom in completing their tasks and flexible working hours. The employees have the opportunity to contribute to the most trusted antivirus software program in the world, a product that protects 200 million users, that is both a huge honor and responsibility that makes their daily work interesting and compelling.

If you would like to become apart of AVAST’s team, please visit the AVAST’s careers page to see if there is an available position for which you are qualified for.

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November 26th, 2013

How well do you know AVAST?

How well do you know AVAST?

avast! Antivirus protects you every day, but what do you know about the company, history, and people behind the most trusted antivirus in the world? To celebrate our 25th anniversary, we offer you a playful AVAST IQ quiz and the chance to win great prizes!

Here’s your chance to test your knowledge and win prizes :D



How does it work?

  • Go to quiz application here
  • Like AVAST Facebook page
  • For 5 days we will publish 5 new questions. 5×5 = 25! for the AVAST anniversary :)
  • You must answer ALL of them.
  • Tell us why you recommend avast!
  • Win licenses and teddy bears!

Play every day, invite your friends, have fun, and win great prizes!

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 FacebookTwitter and Google+. Business owners – check out our business products.


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November 22nd, 2013

AVAST is growing Movember moustaches

movember bearAvast Mo Bros have committed to grow a moustache for the 30 days of Movember* to make a difference and have fun. Why? Because we care! The moustache is our ribbon, the symbol by which we generate conversations, awareness and raise funds for men’s health. Avast Mo Sistas support us. If you do as well, show us your support.  Like or make a donation on our Movember page.

You can encourage us and also show your support by submitting your picture with a moustache across social media channels. Use the hashtag, #AVASTmovember! We will collect them and display in our Facebook photo gallery!



Avast Mo Bros and Sistas support Movember

*Movember (a portmanteau word from moustache and “November”) is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and other male cancers; and associated charities. ~ Wiki

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November 6th, 2013

AVAST passes 200 million users milestone

CEO Vince Steckler announced today that AVAST Software’s antivirus products are now protecting more than 200 million PCs, smartphones and devices worldwide.

“We are now securing over 200 million computers, and phones around the world,” said Mr. Steckler in a video address to avast! Antivirus users. “This is a milestone that no other software security company has ever come close to.”

AVAST is used by more people than the combined users of competitors AVG Technologies, Symantec, and McAfee. The software is available in 43 languages, many of them localized by volunteers, and has over 1 million users in 38 different countries. The largest markets for AVAST are Brazil with 28 million customers, France with 15 million, and the U.S. and Russia with over 13 million each.  Data from the October report by OPSWAT shows that AVAST leads overall in worldwide product market share for antivirus applications.

AVAST Software co-founder, Eduard Kučera, introduced free antivirus protection years ago because he believed that all computer users deserve protection from harmful threats, and that computer safety should not be a luxury only a few can afford.

“Our philosophy is we should not be a good product, but a perfect product,” Kučera said. “We provide the community with a perfect product.”

So perfect, that 72% of AVAST users have recommended it to someone else, which is the primary way AVAST spreads it message since virtually no money is spent on advertising. AVAST has never strayed from the vision of offering a high-end antivirus product for free while building a wide user base.

“And it’s all due to you, our loyal users who recommend and distribute our product to their family and friends,” said Steckler, “I can’t think of a better way of celebrating our 25th year in business. Thank you for your loyalty!”

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 FacebookTwitter and Google+. Business owners – check out our business products.

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October 28th, 2013

Loyal fans make AVAST the most popular antivirus

Avast! Antivirus is the most trusted and popular antivirus in the world and a leader among worldwide antivirus vendors.  “With nearly 200 million customers in 43 languages — a staggering 1 million users in 38 different countries — it is used by more people than rivals AVG Technologies, Symantec and McAfee combined,” wrote Jon Swartz in a recent USA Today article.

Data from the October report by OPSWAT shows that AVAST leads overall in worldwide product market share for antivirus and encryption applications. Microsoft Security Essentials is the only other vendor that comes close.


“Avast has held its own in the hotly contested consumer-security market – it ranks in the top five, based on market share, in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific – because of a fiercely loyal user community,” said Heidi Shey, security analyst at Forrester Research. “Fans, especially for a consumer product, go a long way. Avast users have even volunteered to help translate their product into different languages as a result.”

Microsoft makes an unusual suggestion

Microsoft admitted earlier this month that “Windows users should install antivirus above and beyond its own Security Essentials,” describing its protection as merely a “baseline” that will “always be on the bottom” of antivirus software rankings. Lifehacker comments on Microsoft’s announcement saying, Microsoft’s new approach means you’re best off using a third-party tool in your arsenal, like our current favoriteAvast.

Please share this Facebook post with your friends, so they can make the switch to the most popular (and trusted) antivirus in the world!


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October 28th, 2013

Facebook Clickjacking: Will You Like Me?

FB_meme“Who wouldn’t want to have more likes on their Facebook page?” This is the motivation of a very trivial code to get more likes, but while other methods usually comprise of adding better content or advertising, this one is a bit easier, and much dirtier. Why not show the like button directly beneath your mouse cursor as you browse a website, make it invisible, and move it as you move your mouse?

The only thing the victim has to do is click; if they are logged in to Facebook, they will automatically like the Facebook page. And of course, it is not only about the number of likes, but each like means the victim will get all the information about this page on their news feed (until they unlike the page), and all friends will also see that you like it – so why not check it out themselves?

FB_clickjack_Like_ButtonThis method is possible due to Like Button, a social plugin for Facebook, made by Facebook developers. It is used properly on many legitimate sites, but when combined with CSS hiding and JS moving, the victim has no other chance. If you want to know how to minimize the impact of such tactics, or if you are more into technical details, read on.

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October 16th, 2013

Fake email spoofs AVAST

Malware samples received in the avast! Virus Lab Wednesday show that a spoofed email which looks like it has been sent from AVAST is spreading widely. Fortunately, AVAST detects this malware as Win32:Malware[Gen] and has been blocking the virus since 12:45 pm yesterday.

The email’s subject header says, “Your Order details and Additional information,” and the email message contains standard text that is sent when a person purchases a license from AVAST. The message includes an order number that is not authenticated and does not exist in the AVAST database.

The sender’s email address is This is a fake email address and was not created by AVAST. The email contains an attachment titled The attachment is a file that includes two file extensions – *.PDF.EXE – which is malware.

Our worldwide CommunityIQ sensors automatically detected and provided information to the avast! Virus Lab about these suspicious files, and the new threat was detected and neutralized immediately. So far, our virus lab has received 12,500 malware samples.

Avoid this attack by downloading the new avast! Antivirus 2014 for free.