avast! Free tops the paid competition to get “A+” rating

(PRAGUE, Czech Republic, March 24, 2010) avast! is the only free antivirus program to win the highest “Advanced A+” rating in AV-Comparative’s last test of on-demand detection of malicious software.

avast! Free Antivirus showed its high performance in malware detection, scanning speed, and the number of false malware identifications to get its “A+” rating. ALWIL Software, makers of avast! Free Antivirus, was the only company that chose to enter a free instead of a paid “premium” product in the competition. avast! Free Antivirus is completely free for noncommercial home use.

“This shows there is such a thing as a free lunch. Yes, with avast!, you can get advanced, full-fledged protection that is free – with no strings attached,” said ALWIL Software CEO Vince Steckler.

avast! Free Antivirus earned an “A+” in detecting the 1.2 million pieces of malware in the AV-Comparative sample while having very few, just eight, false positives. Avast! also had the fourth fastest scanning times out of the twenty tested programs. To read AV-Comparatives full report, click: http://www.av-comparatives.org/images/stories/test/ondret/avc_report25.pdf

“These test results destroy the rumor that free protection is somehow inferior. What is important here is consistency across all tests and, more importantly, giving consumers protection that they are satisfied with. Consumers want antivirus protection that works but one that will not harass them with false positives, slow them down, or empty their wallet and we are happy to provide them with that,” added Mr. Steckler.

The success of avast! Free Antivirus should be no surprise. With over one hundred million registered users, avast! Free Antivirus is probably the world’s most popular consumer antivirus product. The antivirus engine and virus database in the Free program are used across the entire avast! family of antivirus products with the paid products offering additional protective features such as the Script Shield, Sandbox virtualization and the Silent Firewall. Backed by millions of users in the Community, the system for automatically reporting new threats, avast! knows more about virus outbreaks than some other AV companies with their heads in the clouds.