09 Dec 2010

AVAST wins a VB100 award and a free weekend

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, December 9, 2010 - avast! Free Antivirus won another VB100 award for detecting 100 percent of the in-the-wild virus sample, proving that antivirus protection can be free, good – and easy on your weekend “away from the computer” plans. Avast got top marks from its performance, starting with the initial installation. “avast! ...

06 Dec 2010

AVAST Software: Over 770,000 pirates plus 2 in the Vatican

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, December 6, 2010 - AVAST Software has always prided itself in how the avast! antivirus program spreads virally, with 80 percent of new users coming through the recommendations of satisfied friends. But the rapid global expansion of one multi-user license for avast! Pro Antivirus surprised even the company’s top management. ...

23 Nov 2010

Four Reasons Why Malware Loves E-Shopping

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, November 23, 2010 – The growing popularity of online shopping puts consumers at risk for a malware infection during four separate stages of their e-shop experience. This risk is increasing as consumers spend more time and money online. U.S. e-commerce spending for the 2010 holiday season is projected to be between seven and ...

18 Nov 2010

AVAST: Kroxxu botnet infects 100,000 domains without a money trail

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, November 18, 2010- Detection takes priority over money for AVAST Virus Lab. During the last twelve months, avast! Virus Lab researchers have covered the steady growth and structure of the Kroxxu bot network, an innovative self-generating network of password-stealing malware. This extensive botnet has around 100 thousand ...

15 Nov 2010

23,000 reasons to mute your avast! antivirus

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, November 15, 2010 - Who hasn’t been embarrassed by unexpected sounds from a computer? Advertisements, music, or even the news that the avast! antivirus database has been updated can be a real surprise. Most of us, however, haven’t had this happen in front of thousands of wrestling fans. It certainly happened to A.J. and ...

03 Nov 2010

AutoRun for malware:One out of every eight attacks comes via a USB device

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, November 3, 2010 - AVAST Software, developer of the award-winning avast! antivirus program, is detecting a growing number of malware attacks targeting the AutoRun function in Windows and plug-in USB devices. Researchers found that, of the 700,000 recorded attacks on computers in the avast! Community system during the last ...

18 Oct 2010

AVAST Software taps Mailshell to protect its users from spam and phishing

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, October 18, 2010 - AVAST Software has signed a new contract with Mailshell, the leading provider of traffic reputation, anti-spam and anti-phishing engines for OEMs, confirming the continued integration of its email filtering technology into the premium avast! Internet Security Suite. Over 130 million users in more than 240 ...

14 Oct 2010

avast! Server Edition: Racing to the finish line

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, October 14, 2010 - AVAST Software won another VB100 award for the virus-catching performance of avast! 4.8 Server Edition. Virus Bulletin, a leading independent security publication, recognized avast! 4.8 for its detecting 100 percent of its “In-the-wild” virus set with no false positives. “The infected sets were brushed ...

07 Oct 2010

Gamers are ‘fair game’ for infected websites

Monthly “Most Wanted“ list points to gaming websites as consumers now spend more time playing games online than checking their email. Because gaming is popular, it is a more attractive target for cybercriminals. Gamers are particularly vulnerable due to unsafe behavior such as turning off their antivirus protection for greater computer ...

24 Sep 2010

Fast, Accurate - and Free

Avast! Free Antivirus speeds past the competition in AV Comparative test PRAGUE, Czech Republic, September 24, 2010 – avast! Free Antivirus again took the pole position in AV Comparative’s test for on-demand detection of malicious software, repeating its top performance from last September. avast! had the fastest scanning speed out of all 20 ...

21 Sep 2010

avast! Free Antivirus is a suite performer

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, September 21, 2010 - avast! Free Antivirus was a top performer in the Dennis Technology Labs test sponsored by Symantec, outscoring a number of paid-for applications. Avast! Free Antivirus outscored the paid-for internet security suites from Bit-Defender, McAfee, and Trend-Micro. In addition, avast! topped the below-average ...

14 Sep 2010

AVAST Software crosses the 130 million user threshold

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, September 14, 2010 - AVAST Software gained its 130 millionth user at 7:52:52 (Central European Time) on September 7, when Francisco F. completed his registration for avast! Free Antivirus. “We crossed the 130 million user threshold for three simple reasons: avast! is certifiably effective, our users like how avast! protects ...

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