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 just a product for home users, it is also a great solution for business,” said AVAST Software CEO Vince Steckler.

avast! received high performance marks against the traditional industry heavyweights, despite it being an older product. The only reviewer disappointment was in not being able to test the upcoming 5.0. “Clearly version 5 includes some significant improvements in more than just the GUI design,” wrote Virus Bulletin’s John Hawes. The new avast! 5.0 Server edition will be available later this year.

In addition to virus detection capabilities, avast! scored high for its speed and use of system resources. “Scanning speeds were pretty zippy though, and both file access lag times and RAM consumption very light indeed,” wrote Mr. Hawes. avast! was one of the three of the 33 tested programs to increase CPU demands by less than a 22 percent during heavy file access testing.