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avast!
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Avast! Free Antivirus
Developer(s)AVAST Software a.s. (formerly ALWIL Software a.s.)
Stable release2014.9.0.2013 / 22 January 2014; 47 days ago (2014-01-22)[1]
Operating systemWindows 2000/XP/Vista/7/Windows 8 (32/64-bit), Linux, Macintosh, Palm OS, Windows Server Edition, Android
TypeAntivirus software
LicenseFreemium
Websitewww.avast.com
 
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avast!
Avast-2010-Logo.svg
Avastscreenshot.png
Avast! Free Antivirus
Developer(s)AVAST Software a.s. (formerly ALWIL Software a.s.)
Stable release2014.9.0.2013 / 22 January 2014; 47 days ago (2014-01-22)[1]
Operating systemWindows 2000/XP/Vista/7/Windows 8 (32/64-bit), Linux, Macintosh, Palm OS, Windows Server Edition, Android
TypeAntivirus software
LicenseFreemium
Websitewww.avast.com

Avast! (styled avast!) is an antivirus computer program available to Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux users, with a user interface available in 41 languages. The name Avast is an acronym of "Anti-Virus – Advanced Set".[2]

Its developer, AVAST Software a.s. (formerly known as ALWIL Software a.s.), has headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic, with offices in Linz, Austria; Friedrichshafen, Germany; and Redwood City, California.[3]

The software has received a number of awards from Virus Bulletin for 100% detection of "in-the-wild" viruses,[4] and also won the Secure Computing Readers' Trust Award.[5] The central scanning engine has been certified by ICSA Labs[6] and West Coast Labs' Checkmark process.[7]

In June 2012, Avast! had 17.4% of the worldwide antivirus vendor market share.[8]


Features[edit]

A pop-up from Avast! indicating that the program's antivirus database has been updated.
A pop-up from Avast! indicating that the EICAR test file had been blocked.

Customization[edit]

Version 5 and higher versions of Avast! Antivirus allows its users to customize the voiceover played by the program whenever an event happens (such as the detection of malware, or whenever the program's database is updated).[11] Official voiceovers are available in Hungarian, Belarusian, Brazilian Portuguese, Catalan, Chinese, English, French, German, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian. Avast allows its users to submit voiceovers in different languages. Themed voiceovers are also available; these include "Aussie", "Californian", "Canadian", "Pirate Talk" and "Santa Claus".[12]

Version 4 allowed users to customize its graphical user interface with different skins from the Avast! website.

Registration[edit]

The free version of Avast! Antivirus is intended for personal, non-commercial use. After installation, the program can be used in trial mode for thirty days.[13] This limit can be eliminated by registering using a form in Avast's website.[13] The program must then be re-registered every year.[14]

However, a user who has version 4.8 and upgrades to the latest version is given an automatic 14-month license.

Versions[edit]

The latest stable Windows version is 9.0, released worldwide on 15 October 2013. Apart from business-grade security solutions, the Avast! product range includes the following:[15]

A comparison of the four products can be found below.[16]

 Free AntivirusPro AntivirusInternet SecurityPremier
Intelligent Antivirus with new DynaGen technologyYesYesYesYes
Anti-malware Protection plus anti-spyware & anti-rootkitYesYesYesYes
SafeZone for secured payments & bankingNoYesYesYes
Silent Firewall against hacker attacksNoNoYesYes
Anti-spam against phishing & scam emailsNoNoYesYes
Automatic Software Updater keeps other programs updatedNoNoNoYes
AccessAnywhere access your PC over the InternetNoNoNoYes
Data Shredder for a military-grade permanent data erasureNoNoNoYes

Other versions[edit]

Awards and certifications[edit]

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:

History[edit]

AVAST Software timeline:[39]

Related products[edit]

Avast! also offers anti-spyware technology, also certified by West Coast Labs' Checkmark process,[40] as well as anti-rootkit and self-protection capabilities.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "avast! - Release History". 
  2. ^ "Avast Software is the new company name". Archived from the original on 24 December 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-16. 
  3. ^ "Contact Us". AVAST Software. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  4. ^ "Virus Bulletin VB100 Awards". Archived from the original on 24 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  5. ^ a b "Secure Computing Readers Trust Awards". Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  6. ^ "ICSA Labs Certification". Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  7. ^ "Avast! AntiVirus - Anti-Virus Desktop". Checkmark Certification. West Coast Labs. Retrieved 2012-03-17. 
  8. ^ OPSWAT. "Market Share Report June 2012". Retrieved July 30. 
  9. ^ avast’s Top 5 Hidden Gems
  10. ^ "avast! Release History Version 6.0". Archived from the original on 14 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  11. ^ "New avast! audio notifications available for free download.". Avast!. Archived from the original on 23 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  12. ^ "avast! Voices". AVAST Software. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  13. ^ a b "Register avast! Free Antivirus". Avast!. Archived from the original on 23 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  14. ^ "avast! Support Center". Avast!. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  15. ^ "avast! antivirus Downloads". 
  16. ^ "avast! 9 - Editions Comparison Table". 
  17. ^ "avast! Mobile Security - Android-apps op Google Play". Market.android.com. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  18. ^ "Top 10 Windows downloads of 2010". CNET.com. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  19. ^ "Brothersoft Winners 2010: List of Editors Pick Windows Software". Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  20. ^ "avast! Server edition - Voted WindowSecurity.com Readers’ Choice Award Winner - Anti Virus". Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  21. ^ "Best Antivirus 2011 – Avast Antivirus 6". Techdeville.com. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  22. ^ "Avast!: The silver bullet against viruses and other threats". Filecluster.com. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  23. ^ "Avast Free Antivirus". CNET.com. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  24. ^ "Avast! Free Antivirus Product Review and Certification Report – May-Jun/2012". AV-Test.org. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  25. ^ "Avast! Free Antivirus Product Review and Certification Report – Jan-Feb/2013". AV-Test.org. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  26. ^ "Best Employers Study: Czech Republic". Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  27. ^ "Avast! Home Edition". Softpedia.com. 
  28. ^ "Avast! Free Antivirus 6.0". Softpedia.com. 
  29. ^ "Avast! Free Antivirus 7.0". Softpedia.com. 
  30. ^ "Performance Test (October 2008)". AV-Comaratives.org. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  31. ^ "On Demand Detection Test (August 2009)". AV-Comaratives.org. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  32. ^ "Retrospective / Proactive Test (November 2009)". AV-Comaratives.org. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  33. ^ "Performance Test (December 2009)". AV-Comaratives.org. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  34. ^ "On Demand Detection Test (February 2010)". AV-Comaratives.org. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  35. ^ "Performance Test (Suite Products) (July 2010)". AV-Comaratives.org. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  36. ^ "On Demand Detection Test (August 2010)". AV-Comaratives.org. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  37. ^ "On Demand Detection Test (August 2011)". AV-Comaratives.org. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  38. ^ "On Demand Detection Test (March 2012)". AV-Comaratives.org. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  39. ^ "Avast! history and origins". Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  40. ^ "Avast! AntiVirus - Anti-Spyware Desktop". Checkmark Certification. West Coast Labs. Retrieved 2012-03-17. 

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