First Free Antivirus Certified for Windows 8: avast!

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, November 5, 2012 – avast! is the first free antivirus software to be offered in the Windows® store and has earned the Windows 8 certification from Microsoft® (NASDAQ: MSFT).

“This provides Windows users with a certified PC security solution that is far better than what they would have with the pre-bundled Windows Defender antivirus previously known as Microsoft Security Essentials,” said Ondrej Vlcek, AVAST CTO.

According to AV-Test, an independent antivirus software testing lab, performance of avast! Free Antivirus has notably surpassed that of Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) in all 2012 monthly Real-World tests. Although MSE attained a full score for common widespread malware, it failed to protect well against zero-day (new ‘unknown’) attacks in AV-Test’s Real-World testing, where it scored below the average performance of all tested products.

Your browser is obsolete.

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.