Dec 2010
08 Dec 2010

AVAST wins a VB100 award and a free weekend

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, December 9, 2010 - avast! Free Antivirus won another VB100 award for detecting 100 percent of the in-the-wild virus sample, proving that antivirus protection can be free, good – and easy on your weekend “away from the computer” plans. Avast got top marks from its performance, starting with the initial installation. “avast! ...

Dec 2010
05 Dec 2010

AVAST Software: Over 770,000 pirates plus 2 in the Vatican

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, December 6, 2010 - AVAST Software has always prided itself in how the avast! antivirus program spreads virally, with 80 percent of new users coming through the recommendations of satisfied friends. But the rapid global expansion of one multi-user license for avast! Pro Antivirus surprised even the company’s top management. ...

Nov 2010
22 Nov 2010

Four Reasons Why Malware Loves E-Shopping

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, November 23, 2010 – The growing popularity of online shopping puts consumers at risk for a malware infection during four separate stages of their e-shop experience. This risk is increasing as consumers spend more time and money online. U.S. e-commerce spending for the 2010 holiday season is projected to be between seven and ...

Nov 2010
17 Nov 2010

AVAST: Kroxxu botnet infects 100,000 domains without a money trail

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, November 18, 2010- Detection takes priority over money for AVAST Virus Lab. During the last twelve months, avast! Virus Lab researchers have covered the steady growth and structure of the Kroxxu bot network, an innovative self-generating network of password-stealing malware. This extensive botnet has around 100 thousand ...

Nov 2010
14 Nov 2010

23,000 reasons to mute your avast! antivirus

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, November 15, 2010 - Who hasn’t been embarrassed by unexpected sounds from a computer? Advertisements, music, or even the news that the avast! antivirus database has been updated can be a real surprise. Most of us, however, haven’t had this happen in front of thousands of wrestling fans. It certainly happened to A.J. and ...

Nov 2010
02 Nov 2010

AutoRun for malware:One out of every eight attacks comes via a USB device

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, November 3, 2010 - AVAST Software, developer of the award-winning avast! antivirus program, is detecting a growing number of malware attacks targeting the AutoRun function in Windows and plug-in USB devices. Researchers found that, of the 700,000 recorded attacks on computers in the avast! Community system during the last ...

Oct 2010
17 Oct 2010

AVAST Software taps Mailshell to protect its users from spam and phishing

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, October 18, 2010 - AVAST Software has signed a new contract with Mailshell, the leading provider of traffic reputation, anti-spam and anti-phishing engines for OEMs, confirming the continued integration of its email filtering technology into the premium avast! Internet Security Suite. Over 130 million users in more than 240 ...

Oct 2010
13 Oct 2010

avast! Server Edition: Racing to the finish line

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, October 14, 2010 - AVAST Software won another VB100 award for the virus-catching performance of avast! 4.8 Server Edition. Virus Bulletin, a leading independent security publication, recognized avast! 4.8 for its detecting 100 percent of its “In-the-wild” virus set with no false positives. “The infected sets were brushed ...

Oct 2010
06 Oct 2010

Gamers are ‘fair game’ for infected websites

Monthly “Most Wanted“ list points to gaming websites as consumers now spend more time playing games online than checking their email. Because gaming is popular, it is a more attractive target for cybercriminals. Gamers are particularly vulnerable due to unsafe behavior such as turning off their antivirus protection for greater computer ...

Sep 2010
23 Sep 2010

Fast, Accurate - and Free

Avast! Free Antivirus speeds past the competition in AV Comparative test PRAGUE, Czech Republic, September 24, 2010 – avast! Free Antivirus again took the pole position in AV Comparative’s test for on-demand detection of malicious software, repeating its top performance from last September. avast! had the fastest scanning speed out of all 20 ...

Sep 2010
20 Sep 2010

avast! Free Antivirus is a suite performer

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, September 21, 2010 - avast! Free Antivirus was a top performer in the Dennis Technology Labs test sponsored by Symantec, outscoring a number of paid-for applications. Avast! Free Antivirus outscored the paid-for internet security suites from Bit-Defender, McAfee, and Trend-Micro. In addition, avast! topped the below-average ...

Sep 2010
13 Sep 2010

AVAST Software crosses the 130 million user threshold

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, September 14, 2010 - AVAST Software gained its 130 millionth user at 7:52:52 (Central European Time) on September 7, when Francisco F. completed his registration for avast! Free Antivirus. “We crossed the 130 million user threshold for three simple reasons: avast! is certifiably effective, our users like how avast! protects ...

Sep 2010
07 Sep 2010

AVAST software warns students to protect their computers from infected education-related websites

Third monthly “America’s Most Wanted“ list points to education-related websites AVAST virus lab tells students to protect their computers when returning to school Upgrading pre-installed antivirus trialware is an unnecessary expense PRAGUE, Czech Republic, September 8, 2010 - As students prepare to return to school across the globe, AVAST ...

Aug 2010
24 Aug 2010

Avast Suite Award: Highest performance rating for avast! Internet Security

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, August 25, 2010 - Avast! Internet Security was awarded the highest three-star, advanced+ certificate from AV-Comparatives for its performance. AV-Comparatives, an independent testing laboratory based in Austria, tested products from 14 vendors on different performance criteria. The tests simulated user behavior for seven ...

Aug 2010
22 Aug 2010

Growth Equity Investor Summit Partners Invests $100 Million in AVAST Software

Leading Antivirus Software Developer Positioned for Continued Growth PRAGUE, Czech Republic and LONDON, UK, August 23, 2010 - AVAST Software, developers of the world’s most popular antivirus program, today announced that growth equity investor Summit Partners has invested $100 million for a minority stake in the company. "Summit Partners' ...

Aug 2010
12 Aug 2010

avast! antivirus delivers results for free

Virus Bulletin Test Proves Price Does Not Guarantee Quality PRAGUE, Czech Republic, August 13, 2010 - avast! Free Antivirus scored better than some of the best-known paid products in the latest Virus Bulletin test, proving cost is not an effective measurement of quality. avast! Free Antivirus detected all In-the-Wild viruses – including the newest ...

Aug 2010
11 Aug 2010

Computer protection available for the vision-impaired

Blind Community Fine-tunes Avast! Antivirus Software for Screen-reader Capability PRAGUE, Czech Republic, August 12, 2010 - AVAST Software, providers of the avast! antivirus program, has announced that the latest update to its antivirus application makes computer security fully accessible to the vision-impaired. Using basic screen-reader ...

Jul 2010
26 Jul 2010

Sports fans beware of AVAST Software’s second “America’s most wanted” list

Sports websites top the second monthly “America’s Most Wanted“ list AVAST Virus Lab experts offer tips to stay protected during July (PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC, July 27, 2010) – Summer has already been heated up by some sporting events, including the World Cup, NBA Finals, LeBron James’ “Decision” and Major League Baseball. Consumers turn to the web ...

Jun 2010
29 Jun 2010

World Cup threatens more than just your ears

Vuvuzelas and hearing problems are not the only issues that excited football fan can encounter at this year’s Football World Cup in South Africa. One month before the opening match between South Africa and Mexico the bad guys were already busy infecting popular related websites in anticipation of increased traffic. Compared to the same period last ...

Jun 2010
27 Jun 2010

Legitimate websites "outscore" the adult 99:1

HTML:Script-inf infection uses un-patched Microsoft bug to spread Consumer website of Leading Mobile operator infected by malware (PRAGUE, Czech Republic, June 28th, 2010) AVAST Software, developer of the award-winning avast! antivirus, released a report today proving wrong the general "feeling" that it is the 'dodgy' and 'adult‘ sites that are ...

Jun 2010
16 Jun 2010

avast! antivirus warns consumers to beware of "America's most wanted" websites

First monthly “America’s Most Wanted“ list points to games and popular culture websites avast! virus lab experts offer tips to stay protected during June (PRAGUE, Czech Republic, June 17, 2010) – This summer, consumers will continue to scour the web to keep up with their interests and news. While surfing the Internet is statistically safer than, ...

Jun 2010
13 Jun 2010

avast! Antivirus Server Edition wins a VB100

avast! won a VB100 award in Virus Bulletin’s test on the new Microsoft 2008 Server R2, detecting all in-the-wild viruses. Test labs at Virus Bulletin, an independent publication focused on computer security, examined avast! Antivirus Server 4.8, the antivirus product for securing businesses networks, “These results show that avast! is more than ...

Jun 2010
03 Jun 2010

avast! Free Antivirus best rated by users in Germany

Readers at CHIP Online, a leading German computer website, put avast! on their “50 Best Free Programs” list. Winning over 27,000 votes and a 97.85 approval rating, avast! Free Antivirus is the highest ranked antivirus product on the list. Overall, CHIP Online readers want programs which are compact, without annoying advertising, and which provide ...

Jun 2010
31 May 2010

AVAST Software is the new company name

(PRAGUE, June 1, 2010) Ever hear of the Rocket Chemical Company, Software Development Laboratories, or Binney & Smith? Probably, but not by these names. Each of these companies changed their name to reflect the success of their flagship product: WD-40, Oracle software, and Crayola crayons for children. Now it is time for ALWIL Software. With over ...

May 2010
30 May 2010

avast! receives Red Herring 100 Europe award

(PRAGUE, Czech Republic, May 31, 2010) - ALWIL Software, producer of the avast! portfolio of computer security products, has received the Red Herring 100 Award for 2010, joining the ranks of previous winners like Google and eBay. These awards recognize the most innovative companies based on criteria that includes financial performance, technology ...

May 2010
27 May 2010

c't review puts avast! at the front of the free antivirus crowd

(PRAGUE, May 28, 2010) Not all free antivirus software is created equal according to c’t, a leading German IT publication. The c’t review of eight free antivirus programs found significant differences in their malware detection and technological capabilities. avast! Free Antivirus had the highest score from the eight for its zero-day heuristic ...

May 2010
20 May 2010

ALWIL Software is a finalist for the 2010 Red Herring 100 Europe Award

(PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC, MAY 21, 2010) ALWIL Software, makers of avast! Antivirus Software, is a finalist for Red Herring's Europe 100 award, a prestigious list honoring the year’s most promising European private technology ventures. The Red Herring editorial team selected the most innovative companies based on criteria that includes financial ...

May 2010
04 May 2010

Avast!’s GMER technology gets top score in rootkit detection tests

GMER version 1.0.15 wins comparative test of 12 anti-rootkit programs by Anti-Malware Test Lab (May 5, 2010, PRAGUE) ALWIL Software, developer of the award-winning avast! Antivirus program, has announced that its built-in GMER technology has earned recognition from Anti-Malware Test Lab, a respected independent security testing organization, as ...

Apr 2010
22 Apr 2010

Yes Minister, your website is infected

(PRAGUE, Czech Republic, April 23, 2010) The French government is listening, at least when it comes to news of infected government websites. France’s Network and Information Security Agency (ANSSI)  gave avast! a call on Friday, April 16 about our report that a government site was among the over 3,200 infected French domains identified in the ...

Apr 2010
19 Apr 2010

avast! now speaks 27 languages

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, April 20, 2010 - avast! Antivirus 5.0 is available in 27 languages, with the latest program update adding seven new languages. The new languages make avast! the world’s most multi-lingual free antivirus program. And, the expanded language option is included in all three versions of the new 5.0 – avast! Free Antivirus, ...

Apr 2010
14 Apr 2010

avast! releases internet security forensics data from the web’s largest malware hunter community

(PRAGUE, April 15, 2010) Researchers at ALWIL Software, providers of the avast! Antivirus program, have released the first set of data from its Community, an opt-in sensor program for the 100 million avast! Antivirus users. Community is the world’s first large-scale sampling of online threats. Sensors in the avast! Antivirus program identify ...

Apr 2010
08 Apr 2010

avast! tops Russian download charts

(PRAGUE, Czech Republic, April 9, 2010) avast! antivirus is the fastest moving security software in Russia, taking the number one position at and, two leading download sites in the country. Daily downloads of avast! Free Antivirus at topped 6,182 daily, bringing the cumulative downloads to 690,258 by ...

Mar 2010
23 Mar 2010

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 ...

Mar 2010
15 Mar 2010

Online ads put web users at risk to viruses

(PRAGUE, Czech Republic, March 16) Researchers at ALWIL Software, providers of the avast! antivirus program, have discovered a widespread campaign to infect website advertisements served up on leading online advertising services. The attack infects advertisements served up by a number of online advertisers, helping place malware on the computers ...

Feb 2010
09 Feb 2010

Eduard Kucera of ALWIL Software nominated as World Entrepreneur Of The Year

Eduard Kučera of ALWIL Software a.s. is the Czech nominee for the Ernst & Young “World Entrepreneur Of The Year” competition. The winner of the contest, selected from one of over 40 entrepreneurs from around the globe, will be announced this June in Monte Carlo. “Participating in this competition shows the impact avast! is having on the global ...

Jan 2010
18 Jan 2010

Be free with the new avast!

New range of free and premium antivirus products launched in version 5.0 PRAGUE, Czech Republic, January 19, 2010 – ALWIL Software, makers of the world’s most popular free antivirus program with over 100 million users, has launched new versions of its free and premium software. The new 5.0 furthers the company’s objective of offering full-fledged ...

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