Dec 2011
22 Dec 2011

AVAST Software establishes mobile setting in Austria

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, December 22, 2011 – AVAST Software, developer of the avast! Antivirus program, has opened an office in Austria dedicated to mobile security issues. The expansion comes on the heels of AVAST’s acquisition of ITAgents, the developer of the Theft Aware mobile phone theft protection and recovery system – and ahead of the launch ...

22 Dec 2011

avast! Free Mobile Security: the best Android protection you can’t buy

Free, full- featured suite provides ‘stealth’ and remote-access features PRAGUE, Czech Republic, December 21, 2011 – AVAST Software, the world’s largest provider of antivirus software, will give Android owners an array of “stealth” and remote-access features in the new avast! Free Mobile Security- and it is completely free. “When a smartphone is ...

21 Dec 2011

AVAST Software Files Registration Statement for Proposed Initial Public Offering

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, December 21, 2011 – AVAST Software B.V., a leading global provider of security software delivered through a free-to-premium, or “freemium,” model, announced today that it has filed a registration statement on Form F-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a proposed initial public offering of its common ...

Nov 2011
23 Nov 2011

avast! BackUp: Every memory has its price

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, November 23, 2011 - avast! BackUp, the simple and automatic online backup solution, has been launched by AVAST Software. Because accidents can always happen, but data loss doesn’t have to. Computers don’t last forever and hard drives have a limited lifespan. Which leads to an interesting paradox: People are putting more and ...

10 Nov 2011

AVAST Software: 160 millionth user on her way to Prague

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, November 10, 2011 - A Brazilian is the 160 millionth registered user of avast! antivirus and has won a sweetheart trip to Prague for two. In fact, it really is a sweet deal, as it will be Fabricia’s honeymoon and she will come with her husband. It took so long to convince her that the offer of an expenses-paid trip for two ...

Oct 2011
31 Oct 2011

WordPress plugin leads to malware blackhole

AVAST warns site owners to “check your plugins" as infections spike PRAGUE, Czech Republic, October 31, 2011 – Researchers at the AVAST Virus Labs in Prague have seen an increase in malware infections within WordPress sites, an open-source application frequently used by bloggers and self-publishers, due to a vulnerability in a popular image plugin ...

06 Oct 2011

AVAST Software launches password manager

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, October 6, 2011 – AVAST Software has launched avast! EasyPass, the password manager designed to make life simpler and more secure. Modern technology requires passwords for bank accounts, programs, websites and more. While using a single password is a security risk, storing passwords on scraps of paper is an organizational ...

Sep 2011
07 Sep 2011

Hackers flip filenames to create “safe” file extensions

Unicode feature misused to infect computers on a payment-per-install basis PRAGUE, Czech Republic, September 7, 2011 -- “What you see is not what you get,” thanks to a new wave of malware that misuses a special language display feature to trick people into opening supposedly “safe” files. The new exploit misuses features in Unicode – the computing ...

Aug 2011
10 Aug 2011

AVAST Software: Superglue site stuck with malware

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, August 10, 2011 – The website of Super Glue Corporation ( makers of the world-famous adhesive, has been infected with malware. And after five days, this infection seems to be sticking like glue. The infection was a Trojan JavaScript Redirector which takes visitors through a series of infected sites to the ...

Jul 2011
28 Jul 2011

XP remains fertile breeding ground for cyber infection

75% of rootkits hit Windows XP; pirated versions provide perfect target for attackers PRAGUE, Czech Republic, July 28, 2011 – The AVAST Virus Lab has identified un-patched and often pirated versions of Windows XP as the main vector for rootkits infections. Data from a six-month study catalogued over 630,000 samples and found that 74% of infections ...

19 Jul 2011

AVAST launches new avast! Business Protection

More freedom, less hassle, greater protection PRAGUE, Czech Republic, July 19, 2011 – AVAST Software has launched avast! Business Protection, its comprehensive IT security software for small and medium-sized businesses. avast! Business Protection uses the award-winning 7.0 antivirus engine and includes a new browser-based central management ...

13 Jul 2011

Six out of every ten users run vulnerable versions of Adobe Reader

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, July 13, 2011 – AVAST Software researchers have discovered that six out of every ten users of Adobe Reader are running unpatched versions of the program, leaving them vulnerable to a variety of malware attacks. An analysis of avast! antivirus users found that 60.2% of those with Adobe Reader were running a vulnerable ...

Jun 2011
20 Jun 2011

Expand your language skills with avast!

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, June 20, 2011 – avast! antivirus provides more than protection from malware – it is also a tool for learning new languages. It only takes a couple clicks to expand your foreign language skills by changing the “avast! virus database has been updated” announcement into something more exotic, such as Turkish or Catalan. And if ...

07 Jun 2011

AVAST Software: brides beware, malware can cost you – but computer protection is free

Antivirus may be the only free part of your wedding (PRAGUE, Czech Republic, June 7, 2011) – Wedding bells are ringing as we enter the traditional season for getting hitched. Around 90 percent of soon-to-be brides plan their wedding while at work according to AOL. That inevitably means that the majority of planning is done on the web. From cakes ...

01 Jun 2011

AVAST releases new Mac antivirus beta

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, June 1, 2011 – AVAST Software has released a beta version of its avast! free antivirus for Mac. The new app is available for downloading and testing at the avast! user forum. “It’s time for Mac users to start thinking about an antivirus app and this beta shows what they will need for their protection,” said Ondrej Vlcek, ...

Apr 2011
27 Apr 2011

avast! Virus Lab discovers new PDF trick - malware in black and white

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, April 27, 2011 – Cybercriminals are misusing a picture filter to encode malware exploits and payloads into Adobe PDF files, reports the avast! Virus Lab. The trick uses the JBIG2Decode filter which is designed specifically for encoding monochrome images. Using the JBIG2Decode filter specifications enables the malicious PDF ...

26 Apr 2011

Californian woman follows dream to become new avast! voice

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, April 26, 2011 – What do you do when the “avast! virus database has been updated” message comes from your computer in the morning? Aubrey Anthony, head of customer service at a California internet service provider, used to just imitate the message – but then she got an inspiration: “I told my boyfriend … what do you think ...

21 Apr 2011

AVAST Software: Twenty years in pursuit of malware

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, April 21, 2011 – AVAST Software, developer of the world’s most popular antivirus program, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Today’s AVAST Software was established as a partnership in April of 1991. Three of the initial AVAST crew are still active in the company: co-founders Eduard Kucera and Pavel Baudis together with ...

19 Apr 2011

AVAST Software Takes the Reins of the 2011 CARO Workshop

Two-day conference takes place May 5 – 6 PRAGUE, Czech Republic, April 19, 2011 – AVAST Software, developer of the avast! antivirus application, is proud to announce that it is the organizer of the Computer Anti-virus Researcher's Organization (CARO) 2011 Workshop. The CARO 2011 Workshop, taking place in Prague on May 5-6, 2011, is a technical ...

11 Apr 2011

avast! Free Antivirus wins 12th straight VB100 award

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, April 11, 2011 – avast! Free Antivirus won its twelfth straight VB100 award for malware detection for AVAST Software in the latest Virus Bulletin test. avast! Free Antivirus combined high scanning speed with very good detection skills that exceeded the best that many paid-for consumer and high-end business products could ...

01 Apr 2011

AVAST Software: Pirates jump ship, join lawyers – Vatican goes legal

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, April 1, 2011 – Pirates have joined the lawyers in their pursuit of avast! antivirus after the late 2010 shutdown of an illegal license. But this time, the Vatican went legal. An Arizona bar association with more than 1,500 legal professionals is the source of the product license key for nearly 750,000 avast! users. ...

Mar 2011
23 Mar 2011

Malware skips death and taxes, prefers games

The IRS and taxes may be scary, but not because of malware PRAGUE, Czech Republic, March 23, 2011 – Nothing on the internet is certain, but the odds of visiting an infected website focused on ‘death’ or ‘taxes’ are extremely low according to the avast! Virus Lab. The avast! list of infected “.com” domains contained over 8,000 site names as of ...

Feb 2011
23 Feb 2011

New avast! Free: 7.0 reasons to give your old antivirus the boot

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, February 23, 2011 – While industry testing shows that avast! Free version 5.0 handily beats most paid-for antivirus products, AVAST Software is pushing the envelope even further with the new avast! 7.0 – launching today. “With our new avast! 7.0 Free Antivirus, we’ve added advanced capabilities that aren’t in any mainstream ...

21 Feb 2011

avast! 7.0 will let users create their own safe space in a dangerous world

The next-generation avast! 7.0 will include a virtualized desktop for safer banking and shopping, adding a new layer of user security by preventing the theft of sensitive data from infected machines. PRAGUE, Czech Republic, February 17, 2011 – Even with an infected computer, users can still keep their online transactions private, thanks to the ...

17 Feb 2011

Exploring the “Trust Phenomenon” – 5 million infections and rising

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, February 17, 2011 – Experts from AVAST will highlight how the “Trust Phenomenon,” combined with innovation on the part of cybercriminals, is contributing to the growth of three distinct families of malware in their presentation at the RSA Conference in San Francisco. “The danger is in the familiar, everyday trusted places ...

07 Feb 2011

AVAST Software will add reputation analysis to the upcoming 7.0

The new WebRep feature in avast! 7.0, backed by millions of avast! users, will create the world’s largest reputation guide to internet and social media sites. PRAGUE, Czech Republic, February 7, 2011 – avast! users will create the world’s largest web reputation guide in the next generation of AVAST Software’s family of avast! web-security ...

Jan 2011
31 Jan 2011

AVAST Software: How to lose a million customers with malware

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, January 31, 2011 – Everyone knows that too much crime in the neighborhood is not good for business. So, it should be a surprise that companies running online shops don’t pay more attention to keeping their sites infection-free. While it may not directly affect their business, it might keep would-be customers from getting in ...

24 Jan 2011

avast! 7.0 will bring automatic virtualization technology to all free users

The new avast! 7.0 will provide no-hassle ‘virtualization’ to all users, giving them even greater security. AutoSandbox is the first time that a free antivirus will offer virtualization technology together with outstanding malware detection. PRAGUE, Czech Republic, January 24, 2011 – AVAST Software is including an array of new technologies in its ...

10 Jan 2011

AVAST Software releases its new 5.1 antivirus

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, January 10, 2011 – AVAST Software has launched avast! 5.1, the latest version of its award-winning antivirus software. The new version strengthens the day-to-day safety of computer users – even before their computers are fully booted – and comes with an enhanced ability to detect zero-day threats as they appear. “We have ...

07 Jan 2011

Don’t pay a high price for a cold turkey

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, January 7, 2011 - Flocks of shoppers are now sitting down to roost with their new computers. While these computers may be stuffed with great features and '30-day trial' software, those security programs come with a hidden price tag. Sometime the axe will come down: Pay now or no protection. But before paying, you might want ...

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