AVAST Software Receives VB100 Award

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, May 15, 2012 AVAST Software, producer of the world’s most popular antivirus solution, avast! Free Antivirus, has won another prestigious VB100 award from Virus Bulletin, a leading independent testing authority in the UK. avast! Free Antivirus’ combination of excellent detection rates with “impeccable” results in the core certification sets exceeds the best that many paid-for consumer and high-end business products offer.

avast! Free Antivirus scored 89% in each “Reactive and Proactive” (RAP) malware sample test, reflecting its ability to handle a huge quantity of newly emerging malware and accuracy in detecting previously unknown malware. No false positives occurred when scanning the collection of known clean files. Virus Bulletin’s editors commended the detection rates of avast! Free Antivirus in its official evaluation stating, “Detection rates were excellent, with some superb scores in the Response sets and the reactive parts of the RAP sets.”

Reflecting AVAST Software’s commitment to its tens of millions of users to make avast! Free Antivirus as powerful as other vendor’s paid products, without sacrificing ease-of-use, the editors praised the user interface saying, “The interface is beautifully designed, combining eye-pleasing visuals with mind-pleasing clarity of layout and an extremely thorough set of controls made easily usable and unthreatening to the novice.”

VB100 certification is widely recognized within the industry, with its focus on virus detection rates and scanning speeds, as well as a range of additional tests included in comparative test reports. Over 60 security vendors participated in the latest antivirus test.