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    Free antivirus with anti-spyware protection for Windows 7, Vista, or XP. avast! Free Antivirus has better detection than competing paid-for products! Avast! is an antivirus computer program developed by AVAST Software a.s. (formerly known as ALWIL Software a.s.), a company headquartered in Prague. (Wikipedia) - avast!   (Redirected from Avast) "Avast" redirects here. For other uses, see Avast (disambiguation).
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    avast! Developer(s) Stable release Preview release Operating system Type License Website
    Avast! Free Antivirus
    AVAST Software s.r.o. (formerly ALWIL Software a.s.)
    2014.9.0.2021 / 26 June 2014; 3 months ago (2014-06-26)
    2015 Beta 3 (10.0.2201) / 30 September 2014; 13 days ago (2014-09-30)
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/Windows 8 (32/64-bit), Linux, Macintosh, Palm OS, Windows Server Edition, Android
    Antivirus software

    Avast! (styled avast!) is an antivirus computer program available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Android and Linux users, with a user interface available in 41 languages. The name Avast came from "Anti-virus – Advanced Set," a program developed by the company''s founders.

    Founded in 1991, the company was officially established under the newly free market of then-Czechoslovakia. The developer, AVAST Software a.s. (formerly known as ALWIL Software a.s.), is headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic, with offices in Friedrichshafen, Munich - Germany, Austin, Texas, Redwood City - California,Hong Kong and Beijing - China

    AVAST Software s.r.o. currently produces security freewares and shareware programs for personal and commercial uses on PCs, Macs, and Android devices; as of 2013, more than 200 million devices worldwide used avast!. In June 2012, Avast had 17.4% of the worldwide security vendor market share.

    The software has received a number of awards from Virus Bulletin for close to 100% detection of "in-the-wild" viruses and won the Secure Computing Readers'' Trust Award. The central scanning engine has been certified by ICSA Labs and West Coast Labs'' Checkmark process.


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    After coming across the Vienna virus in 1988, researcher Pavel Baudiš of Prague’s Mathematical Machines Research Institute set to writing a program that would be able to successfully remove it. He then shared the program with his colleague, Eduard Kučera, and later that year the pair started ALWIL Software, which released the first Avast! antivirus. Because of restrictions on forming a company in then-Czechoslovakia, ALWIL Software was founded as a cooperative. The Velvet Revolution, however, brought with it the introduction of the free market. In 1991 Baudiš and Kučera were able to register ALWIL Software as a joint-partnership company.

    Current COO and former CTO Ondrej Vlček joined ALWIL in 1995, he had joined the company when he was a student and wrote the company’s first antivirus program for Windows 95. The following year, Avast! antivirus was one of the first three antivirus programs worldwide to win Virus Bulletin’s VB100 awards in all testing categories.

    In 1997, ALWIL Software licensed the Avast! antivirus engine to McAfee for use in its own line of McAfee VirusScan antivirus products. Within the next seven years, the company reached the 1 million user mark for its Avast! product, following the launch of a free antivirus solution for home (non-commercial) use in 2001.

    ALWIL partnered with SanDisk in 2005, leading to language localization for all of SanDisk’s markets. In 2006, Avast! reached 10 million users by the beginning and ended the year with 20 million; it also swept the SC Awards categories of Best Antivirus, Anti-Malware (European) and Readers’ Choice (USA). The following year, ALWIL Software became a joint-stock company, and the number of registered Avast! users reached to 40 million, despite the company having just 38 employees. By 2009, there were more than 100 million users and 100 employees; Vincent Steckler, formerly of Symantic, also joined ALWIL as CEO that year.

    ALWIL Software changed its name to AVAST Software in 2010, and Summit Partners invested $100 million for a minority share of the company. Over the next two years, AVAST launched its Business Protection line and Avast! Free Mobile Security, which became the best-rated security app on Google Play. In 2012, Avast! Free Antivirus became the most-downloaded software on Download.com.

    As of 2013, more than 200 million PCs, Macs and Android device useres were protected with Avast! programs. AVAST acquired the German company Secure.Me and the U.S.-based start-up Jumpshot that same year and was awarded "Best Employer 2013" for the Czech Republic in the category of large companies. This was also the year that the Avast! 2014 series, Avast! SecureLine VPN, and Avast! GrimeFighter were launched. In February 2014, CVC Capital Partners signed a binding agreement for a large-scale investment in AVAST. Valuing the company at $1 billion, the investment was set to position CVC alongside Summit Partners and founders Baudiš and Kučera as AVAST''s shareholders.

    In July 2014, Avast released data about the study carried out on 20 used Android smartphones in regards to data security, it was discovered that Android''s factory reset functionality did not delete all the data from a user''s phone after Avast retrieved 40,000 photos from the used smartphones it had purchased, this necessitated the creation of a new Avast product called Avast! Anti-Theft which has the ability to wipe out all the data from a phone and overwrite it.

    Also, in July 2014, Avast! acquired a Czech-based mobile app company called Inmite, which has developed apps for mobile banking, mobile television, some applications for Google Glass, and a car buying app for Škoda Auto.


    AVAST''s products work by utilizing the 200 million protected devices to act as sensors, finding and reporting threats from anywhere in the world. The threats are then automatically analyzed in the cloud, and SMS-sized updates are issued approximately every 6 minutes; the protected devices are thus kept up-to-date. Avast! programs are only available online and are available in 43 languages. The latest stable Windows version is 9.0, released on 15 October 2013. Apart from business-grade security solutions, the Avast! product range includes the following:

    Avast! Free Antivirus 2014 — freeware for personal, non-commercial use only

    Avast! Pro Antivirus 2014 — for both personal and commercial use

    Avast! Internet Security 2014 — for both personal and commercial use

    Avast! Premier 2014 — for both personal and commercial use

    A comparison of the four products can be found below.

    Free Antivirus Pro Antivirus Internet Security Premier
    Intelligent Antivirus Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Anti-malware Protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
    SafeZone No Yes Yes Yes
    Silent Firewall No No Yes Yes
    Anti-spam No No Yes Yes
    Automatic Software Updater No No No Yes
    AccessAnywhere No No No Yes
    Data Shredder No No No Yes
    Other versions

    Avast! Mac Edition — An antivirus solution for Apple Macintosh machines running Mac OS X based on a central virus-scanning daemon; it includes a mail scanner, an on-demand scanner and an on-access scanner controlled through a simple user interface. The Mac+PC Edition is for Mac users who have both the Mac operating system and MS Windows installed on the same machine. It comprises both the Mac Edition and Professional Edition.

    Avast! Server Edition — Shareware for businesses running Windows Server - may be extended by additional modules for MS Exchange Server 2000/2003/2007, MS Proxy/ISA Server, SMTP Server, MS Sharepoint Server (Portal Server 2001/2003, Windows Sharepoint Services 2003 and MS Office Sharepoint Server 2007)

    Avast! Distributed Network Manager — Allows network administrators to manage the Avast! antivirus product line across the whole enterprise.

    Avast! Small Business Server Edition — Shareware for Windows Small Business Servers, including an Exchange server or ISA server

    Avast! for Linux/Unix Servers — Shareware designed to run on Linux and BSD servers running x86 kernels only. Packages are available as RPM, Debian or in Tarball form.

    Avast! Mobile Security — Freeware for use on Android devices.

    Avast! Anti-Theft - Locates and Tracks your lost phone, Controls your cell phone remotely, Remotely locks or wipes the phone memory, to keep your data safe.

    Awards and certifications

    Softpedia.com has reviewed Avast! and given its highest 5-star "Excellent" rating in several reviews:

    Independent testing AV-Comparatives has multiple times awarded Avast! its highest "Advanced +" rating in various categories:

    Related products

    Avast! also offers anti-spyware technology, also certified by West Coast Labs'' Checkmark process, as well as anti-rootkit and self-protection capabilities.

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