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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 antivirus programs in the independent organization’s test. It also led the pack in balancing the demands of accurate malware detection with a minimum of false positives.

“With avast! you can have both speed and accuracy,” says Vince Steckler, AVAST Software CEO. “avast! shows you can have top-level protection without an array of bloatware features that slow down your computer and lighten your wallet.”

avast! clocked in with the fastest scanning speed out of all 20 tested programs. Its throughput rate was 30% faster than Symantec/Norton or AVG. avast! was nearly three times faster than Microsoft Security Essentials, which had the second slowest scanning speed of all tested programs.

Despite this blistering speed, avast! Free Antivirus still detected 99.3% of the nearly 1 million pieces of malware thrown at it during the AV Comparatives test, topping the detection rates achieved by Symantec/Norton, AVG, Kaspersky and Trend Micro. Microsoft Security Essentials, the only other free application in the test, scored significantly lower than avast! in malware detection, ranking 15 out of 20.

avast! 5.0 was designed for speed. At the time of its launch, tests on Intel® Core™ i5 mobile processor showed a 40% improvement in speed from the previous version and a parallel decrease in power use.

Of the 20 developers participating in this AV Comparatives test, six go to market with both free and paid-for antivirus programs. AVAST Software was the only one of these confident enough to enter its free program in a head-to-head competition against all – free or paid-for – applications.