avast! antivirus earns the Windows 7 logo

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Prague, Czech Republic, September 10, 2009 -- avast! antivirus software has earned the “Compatible with Windows 7” logo after successfully completing Microsoft Corp.s’ testing regime to prove it can be readily installed and run reliably on Windows 7.

“It’s important that our users know avast! is fully compatible with Windows 7 from the very beginning,” said Ondrej Vlcek, Chief Technology Officer at ALWIL Software, makers of avast!.

Microsoft’s “Compatible with Windows 7” logo can now be used with Avast! version 4.8 software. The logo will help Windows 7 users easily identify software and other products that have passed Microsoft tests for compatibility and reliability with Windows 7.

“We’re excited about Windows 7 and hope it will be adopted soon,” said Vlcek. “It’s not only nice for the users but it also brings a number of improvements and fixes for software developers.”

To complete compatibility testing and ensure that avast! worked with Windows 7, ALWIL Software sent specialists to the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington. “We had two teams working in parallel on this,” said Vlcek. The teams tested avast! with a basket of lower-level applications during their Redmond visit.

AWIL Software is preparing avast! version 5, the newest version of its antivirus program, for full compatibility with Windows 7 ahead of its launch this autumn. “”We’ve done the initial tests and are making sure that the new features such as persistent caching, process virtualization and the firewall all work great under Windows 7,” said Vlcek.

More information about avast! antivirus software can be found at http://www.avast.com.

The Microsoft listing of security programs that are compatible with Windows 7 is at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/antivirus-partners/windows-7.aspx.