The first computer virus AVAST stopped was the Vienna virus back in 1988. That was before Symantec released its first product, acquired Norton in 1990, or even used the Norton brand to market its AV products. It was also before Dr. Solomon’s Antivirus was commercially released in 1991 to be later acquired by McAfee (itself established in 1989). Read more…
Last week on Friday September 16 – right ahead of the weekend – our servers had a good reason to celebrate. They were delivering a record-high 4.5GB of avast updates to our users EACH SECOND. AVAST has over 130 million active users, but of course not everybody turns on their computer every day. On average, about half of all users turn on their machine every day and receive an update. Friday was therefore not quite ordinary, as the 4.5 GB-per-second-traffic-fury lasted for 1 hour before subsiding to normal levels. Read more…
When AVAST users install the free antivirus, we use this opportunity to collect some research data on various subjects. This particular research was based on over one hundred thousand responses collected during the last couple weeks. So, it is pretty solid data. Read more…
Yesterday (1 Sep 2011) we made a Facebook post recognizing avast! antivirus users in particular towns in the USA, towns that because of their names have a special affinity with where avast! originated:
“Since we’re headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic, we’d like to say a big ‘Dobry den’ to avast! users in the following US towns: Prague, Nebraska… Prague, Oklahoma… New Prague, Minnesota… and Praha, Texas.”
These North-American towns all began as Czech communities (or at the time Czech, Moravian, and Slovak communities) in the ‘new world’ about a century ago. Even today, a lot of Czechoslovak festivals are held in these regions and many others (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czech_American).
Today, however, we want to recognize avast! users in our top 10 COUNTRY markets: Read more…
At AVAST, we not only provide you with free protection, we also reward you for registering it! No, no, we’re not crazy.
You help us immensely by recommending avast! Because of that, we don’t need to advertise, and so we want to reward you even more – e.g., Internet Security licenses, t-shirts, iPods, or a trip to Prague. (see the Winners Section at: http://www.avast.com/community )
And as we informed you several weeks ago, we celebrated our 160,000,000th registration of avast! Free Antivirus. The lucky person who won is Fabricia from Brazil. When she received an email to her native Brazil that she had won an all-inclusive trip to Prague for herself and a friend, she was of course skeptical, as junk mail scams with surprising winner announcements are so common these days. But since she had just registered her avast! Free Antivirus she was curious and asked her brother for his opinion. After a few phone calls and finding the announcement as well on avast.com, she knew it was legitimate.
Best of all, selecting the friend to accompany her was easy, as Fabricia had recently become engaged! So Fabricia’s trip to Prague – from being our 160 millionth user registration – will now also be her honeymoon.
We at AVAST are proud to be a part of it.
New Zealand’s state MetService website was hijacked by malware (apparently a fake antivirus) during a particularly high time for traffic, according to a stuff.co.nz news article. The article has prompted more than 100 comments in the first day, mostly from understandably upset site visitors who may have picked up the malware on their computers.
Here, however, I just want to show you one comment, as it’s nice to see this sort of feedback in the real world. It’s no secret that we typically offer our free version in tests against our competitors’ paid-for versions, but even the results from independent testing facilities don’t feel as rewarding as feedback like this from our user community:
Fortunately for those MetService users who were not using avast!, they can install it now and run the avast! boot-time scan — and that should do the trick.
We are happy to announce that our Facebook fan page for avast! antivirus has reached a whopping 300,000 fans!
The Virus Bulletin comparative test from last Friday was the first to include our latest version 6.0 and compare it to other security solutions. AVAST submitted as always our avast! Free Antivirus version against other companies’ paid-for security suites and even business solutions, to endorse our vision that when it comes to malware, free security can and should be delivering the same protection as paid-for alternatives.
All together there were 69 products in the test which – I have to say – is a bit of surprise to me because one keeps thinking there can’t be that many. If woken in the middle of the night I would be able to name 5 brands. Right now I could summon 14 names. Of course there is a little bit of inflation with some brands testing more products (like Kaspersky for example). And then there are a number of products that use the scanning engine or multiple-engines of other vendors. Several multi-engine products scored as always very high on detection (G-Data, Trustport, and others) but of course using more than one engine has an impact on the scan speed and use of computer resources.
So how did avast! compare to the others? Excellent indeed! Read more…
The popular downloading site Softonic announced on Monday the winners of the Best 2010 Programs Award as voted for by Softonic visitors in Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Polish and Dutch.
… ladies and gentlemen, and the winners is: avast! Free Antivirus! Voted as the best security solution for Windows.
Softonic.com is the world’s second largest downloading site with probably the broadest geographical coverage and we are honored by the vote and our users’ confidence in the protection avast! Free Antivirus provides. A big thank you to all who voted for us.
Friday, March 4, 2011, someone installed avast! Free Antivirus and pushed the “Register” button at JUST the right time: to be the 150 millionth registered user! Read more…