AVAST Scores VB100 Award from Virus Bulletin, Stares Down Malware

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Anyone who's been playing with PCs for awhile has probably heard of AVAST Software, makers of the self-titled and popular free antivirus software heralding from the Czech Republic. AVAST is generally considered one of the 'good guys' in the fight against malware, and given the company's track record, it's no surprise that it's avast! Free Antivirus collected yet another VB100 award from Virus Bulletin, an independent testing laboratory that holds AV applications accountable to their claims.

The freebie security software scored a perfect 100 percent in Virus Bulletin's 'Reactive and Proactive' (RAP) malware sample, and did so without recording any annoying false positives.


"Detection rates were excellent, with some superb scores in the Response sets and the reactive parts of the RAP sets," Virus Bulletin commented.

avast! Free Antivirus scans and blocks viruses and spyware, and supports remote assistance "from a geek friend." In addition to its free security application, AVAST Software also offers/sells avast! Pro Antivirus starting at $40 for a single year of protection, and avast! Internet Security Suite, which is currently marked down to also start at $40 for 1-year.

Protip: If you're considering the Pro Antivirus package, click the 'Download' link for the freebie version and you'll be presented with a popup offer to upgrade to Pro Antivirus for half price ($20 for 1-year).
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Awesome job. It is amazing to me how a free product can beat the pants off of paid products such as Symantec and Mcafee.

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rapid1 replied on Wed, May 16 2012 1:22 PM

Yeah; Avast has always been better, I did have some issues with it, and I currently do not use it for myself or clients. I started having a couple small business's ask me about MS Security Essentials which I installed at there request. I use it as well for now at home. I change around pretty regularly though. I also use CIS or a while and I use SuperantiSpyware as well as Spybot for scans and spyware - adware removal.

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lipe123 replied on Wed, May 16 2012 1:39 PM

I'd like to see a comparison of MSSE since MS has been working pretty hard against malware themselves lately.

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DHampton replied on Wed, May 16 2012 2:43 PM

Microsoft the difference is they are focused eniterely on the money. So daily updates that avast has isnt likely. Plus microsoft bloating is just their natural state, Its how they make programs now. Also if code cant be entirely copyrighted they wont use it. Example if someone has already come out with any version shareware freeware with a any fragment of code that works. They will ditch it cause it cant be entirely theirs.

Which I think is a problem, I do believe in protecting property but if you right code for tessellation implementation in your game. Yes copyright the engine but I only think their is so many ways to code tessellation into a game and do it correctly. Its like the wheel while yes a good idea theres only so many ways to travel across land. And if you invented I could see copyrighting particular designs such as 3/4 inch thick rubber with a steal weave of 1/8 thick steel strands and have a v tread design thats 1/2 inch tall. But to copyright the wheel altogether would monopolize car industry. Leaving customers with subpar cars and services and high prices. Theirs a reason why government has authority to break up monopoly's.

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karanm replied on Wed, May 16 2012 4:23 PM

Love Avast, had it for a few years now and never had a problem with it over 3 different computers being used by three different tech level people. I will never go back to paying for the bloated and garbage anti virus software that is out there.

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realneil replied on Wed, May 16 2012 8:22 PM

Have used AVAST for many years without problems. The free part is golden. I have too many PC's here to consider paying for licenses for all of them. I have MSSE installed on two machines and they have had no issues either.

AVAST ~does~ publish many more updates than Microsoft does, sometimes as many as three per day. Yes

AVAST is getting to be much more commercial these days, and I wonder just how long they'll continue to offer us the free version. I'm hoping that it continues for a long time.

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dawn0124 replied on Thu, May 17 2012 4:43 PM

AVAST free antivirus software is my favorite antivirus program. I have paid for services from Norton and cancelled and uninstalled because they were not as good or reliable.

I highly recommend installing AVAST on a system before going online for anything else - trojans, worms, and malware are nasty buggers and hard to extierminate once they've infiltrated a harddrive.

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ajm531 replied on Fri, May 18 2012 12:34 AM

Sweet free software that gets a better or on par score with more expensive services is a win for everybody who uses it and the company. Definitely great publicity. It makes me want to download it.

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