Prague, Czech Republic / Redwood City, California, United States, March 9, 2020 – Avast (LSE:AVST), a global leader in consumer cybersecurity products, today announced that Avast Free Antivirus has been recognized as one of the “Top-Rated Products” of 2019 by respected test lab, AV-Comparatives, surpassing many paid-for alternatives.
AV-Comparatives is an independent test lab that is known for its rigorous testing of security software products. Avast Free Antivirus has been named as a “Top-Rated Product” after receiving an “Advanced+” Award in four tests conducted in 2019, and “Advanced” in a further three tests. It also won a joint Bronze Award for Malware Protection and a joint Silver Award for Advanced Threat Protection.
“AV-Comparatives is one of the industry’s leading independent antivirus testing institutions, and we’re incredibly proud to be recognized as a Top-Rated Product,” said Michal Pechoucek, Chief Technology Officer at Avast. “We continue to be at the forefront in the fight against all types of cybercrime – from crypto-mining attacks to phishing attempts and botnets to banking trojans. Our machine-learning-based threat detection technology enables us to tackle new and evolving threats. Protecting people online remains at the heart of our mission to create a safer world for all.”
“In addition to its protection features, Avast includes a clean and modern interface. The setup wizard helps both expert and non-expert users establish tailored security settings unique to their device. With the rate of cyberattacks increasing year on year, it is important that antivirus solutions are accessible to people with different levels of technical expertise,” commented Andreas Clementi, Founder and CEO of AV-Comparatives. “Due to its performance during our rigorous testing process, we are pleased to call Avast Free Antivirus a Top-Rated Product of 2019.”
Each year, AV-Comparatives tests Windows compatible security products as part of its annual security report. All products were tested on: protection against real-world threats, protection against malware, protection against targeted threats, effect on device performance and number of false-positives flagged.
The full report for 2019 can be found here: https://www.av-comparatives.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/avc_sum_201912_en.pdf
About AV-Comparatives: AV-Comparatives is an independent organization offering systematic testing that checks whether security software, such as PC/Mac-based antivirus products and mobile security solutions, lives up to its promises. Using one of the largest sample collections worldwide, it creates a real-world environment for truly accurate testing. AV-Comparatives offers freely accessible results to individuals, news organizations and scientific institutions. Certification by AV-Comparatives provides an official seal of approval for software performance which is globally recognized. Visit: https://www.av-comparatives.org/consumer/