Free (Avast Home Edition) Antivirus Software Now Protects 40 Million Users

By Julio Franco
Oct 23, 2007
  1. New York and Prague – October 23, 2007 - For Immediate Release: ALWIL Software a.s. is pleased to announce the registration of the 40 millionth user of its multiple award-winning avast! Home Edition antivirus software.

    “We are extremely proud of this landmark achievement,” remarked Eduard Kucera, Joint President and CEO of ALWIL Software a.s. “The fact that 40 million home users have entrusted their internet security to our innovative and reliable antivirus technology – and that 20 million of them registered in the past year – demonstrates that our momentum is increasing, and that avast! has become a trusted brand for security protection, not only for avast! Home Edition, but also for our robust, leading edge offering of antivirus solutions for other platforms like PDA,U3 devices and servers.”

    The very first avast! antivirus Home Edition user registered in January 2002 and the 20 millionth, just a year ago in October 2006.

    “Internet security is a reality and a vital necessity today – no longer just a nice-to-have requirement,” said Joint President Pavel Baudis. “There’s no magic to what we’re doing, but rather a result of hard work, dedication and the ingenuity of our team – and the resounding vote of confidence from industry analysts and the users themselves – this world class, reliable security is now protecting 40 million users from threats to their valuable data and programs that exist on the internet today, and with avast! it is simply install and forget; updates are automatic and then you’ll only hear from avast! when you need it most: when you’re under attack.”

    Recipient of CNET’s coveted 5-Star Rating, winner of SC Magazine’s Best Anti-Virus Award as well as the first product to win in both US and European categories in SC’s history, and multiple winner of Virus Bulletin’s VB100 Award for detection of 100% of “in the wild” viruses, avast! Home Edition is available free of charge for non-commercial home use, both being conditions of the end user license agreement and can be downloaded at and selected download servers in over 30 languages.
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    avast! celebrates 50,000,000th Registered User

    Prague, Czech Republic - 5th March 2008 - for immediate release – ALWIL Software a.s. is pleased to announce the registration of the fifty millionth (50,000,000th) user of the multi-award winning avast! Antivirus.

    Commenting on reaching this milestone, Eduard Kucera, ALWIL Software a.s. joint founder and CEO said, "This is a major achievement for all of the hardworking team at ALWIL Software, showing that dedication to offering a best-in-class antivirus can pay off both for us as a team, and for our user base. With fifty million concurrent users of avast!, we can demonstrate that we are doing our job well, and our users agree." Mr. Kucera continues, "However, we are not resting or complacent in our approach to malware protection - in the soon to be released version 4.8 of avast! Antivirus, we have added anti-spyware capability, certified by West Coast Labs Checkmark certification process and anti-rootkit protection, as well as very strong self-protection of the product itself.

    "In the year ahead, we will continue to offer the best protection our users have come to expect from avast!, as well as continuing to develop avast! Antivirus to offer the additional features that our users are demanding, culminating in the release of avast! 5 towards the end of Q3 2008. We genuinely look forward to better serving our users and customers in everything that we do."

    The first avast! Antivirus registration took place in January 2002, with the 40 millionth registration in October 2007.

    Pavel Baudis, joint founder and Joint President of ALWIL Software a.s. commented, "We’re very proud of the success of avast! Antivirus, and the community of users and supporters who have helped to make avast! Home Edition the great solution that it has become. When Eduard and I started this project twenty years ago, we had no idea that it would turn into the success it has today, and we are working non-stop behind the scenes to make sure we don’t let our users down, by continuing to be as innovative as we were twenty years ago."

    avast! Antivirus is available as two Editions on the desktop: avast! Home Edition is available free-of-charge for non-commercial home use, and is available for download from and, and can be used free when you register, online at avast! Professional Edition can be used in both home and commercial settings, and also forms part of the avast! Professional Family Pack, available for up to ten users (and one Windows Home Server). Both are available to download, trial and purchase on the website or from any authorized avast! reseller.

    To celebrate, purchases both online and from resellers will get a 25% bonus discount from now until March 31st 2008. To claim the discount online, use the discount code 50 Million during the checkout process (in the your coupon code box provided.)
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