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 softportal.com and softodrom.ru, two leading download sites in the country.

Daily downloads of avast! Free Antivirus at softportal.com topped 6,182 daily, bringing the cumulative downloads to 690,258 by April 8, 2010. avast! Also passed Kaspersky Labs antivirus downloads in both daily and cumulative downloads (1021 / 347,942). Russian computer users are now downloading copies of avast! twice as fast as Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.0.

avast! has long been the leading security program at softodrom.ru, a major Russian download site. Now with the move up the Softportal.com rankings, avast is now the top downloaded security program at two of the biggest download sites in the country.

“This is great success in Russia, because the country already has two strong ‘national brands’, Kaspersky and Dr. Web,” said Alexey Tarasov, head of company AVSoft, the new distributor for the Russian market. “People are choosing based on rational criteria of speed and performance.”

The move up download charts comes just after avast!'s platinum performance in Anti-Malware Test Labs February test. avast! 4.8 Pro won the highest honor, the Platinum Performance Award, for its fast on-access scanning, together with a Gold Award for speed in working with office applications and a Silver Award for on-demand scans from the Russian-based testing laboratory.

“Increased interest in avast! is not a temporary spike,” said Alexey Tarasov. “Once people try avast!, they will start recommending it to their friends and the rate of downloads will increase even more. We are now getting a critical mass of users.”

avast!'s earlier growth in the Russian market was slowed by its US dollar pricing policy and lack of a local distributor. “With the start-up of Avsoft as our distributor in Russia, we now have the people in place on the ground to service this market,” said Vince Steckler, CEO of avast! maker ALWIL Software. “We already have 4.8 million people using the Russian language version of avast! and I am looking forward to see this number grow.”