PRAGUE, Czech Republic, November 5, 2012 – avast! is the first free antivirus software to be offered in the Windows® store and has earned the Windows 8 certification from Microsoft® (NASDAQ: MSFT).
“This provides Windows users with a certified PC security solution that is far better than what they would have with the pre-bundled Windows Defender antivirus previously known as Microsoft Security Essentials,” said Ondrej Vlcek, AVAST CTO.
According to AV-Test, an independent antivirus software testing lab, performance of avast! Free Antivirus has notably surpassed that of Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) in all 2012 monthly Real-World tests. Although MSE attained a full score for common widespread malware, it failed to protect well against zero-day (new ‘unknown’) attacks in AV-Test’s Real-World testing, where it scored below the average performance of all tested products.
Avast (www.avast.com), the global leader in digital security products, protects over 400 million people online. Avast offers products under the Avast and AVG brands that protect people from threats on the internet and the evolving IoT threat landscape. The company’s threat detection network is among the most advanced in the world, using machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies to detect and stop threats in real time. Avast digital security products for Mobile, PC or Mac are top-ranked and certified by VB100, AV-Comparatives, AV-Test, OPSWAT, ICSA Labs, West Coast Labs and others. Avast is backed by leading global private equity firms CVC Capital Partners and Summit Partners.
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