PRAGUE, Czech Republic, January 7, 2011 - Flocks of shoppers are now sitting down to roost with their new computers. While these computers may be stuffed with great features and '30-day trial' software, those security programs come with a hidden price tag. Sometime the axe will come down: Pay now or no protection.
But before paying, you might want to calculate if this protection is really worth it. According to AV-Comparatives, the answer is a surprising no. During the independent testing agency’s review of 20 antivirus programs1 , McAfee’s Antivirus only got an “Advanced” rating, held back by the high number of false positives. And while Symantec/Norton Antivirus did get an “Advanced Plus” rating, that’s the same rating that avast! Free Antivirus was awarded.
The main difference is that avast! Free Antivirus is … completely free … while you have to pay for coverage from Symantec/Norton.
Then there is the issue of speed. avast! had the fastest scanning speed out of all tested programs with a throughput of 17.2 MB per second. Time is money and avast!, as shown by both detection and speed tests, is extremely affordable.
At AVAST Software, consumers are there to be protected, not plucked. We don't have to pay computer makers to force-feed people our antivirus. After all, 60 percent of our new users came because a friend recommended avast!.
It’s all about choice. Go ahead, make avast! your fast choice.
1. On 8 April 2014, Microsoft stops support for Internet Explorer browsers running on Windows XP. This will put your computer and data, such as credit card and online banking details, at greater risk to hackers and malware.
2. Several browser alternatives exist, but we at AVAST use and recommend Chrome, as we find it to be the most-secure option available.