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Monday, 10 March 2008 10:59

Avast! Here lies a booty of 50m registered anti-virus users

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Anti-virus and anti-malware makers ALWIL Software, well known for the avast! line of software for consumers, business and enterprise, have reported a treasure trove of 50 million users being protected by avast! Antivirus.

50 million users is nothing to be sneezed at, even if a good proportion of those users likely come from the fact that avast!, like Grisoft with its AVG software, offer a free anti-virus solution to home users – a clever tactic used to get the product out there and hopefully used as paid versions by consumers, businesses and enterprise customers. 

The first avast! Antivirus registration took place in January 2002, the 20 millionth took place in October 2006, 25 million users were registered in February 2007, it grew to 30 million in May 2007 and by October 2007 there were 40 million users – although just how many of the now 50 million users are actually still using avast! and haven’t moved onto other platforms is either unknown, or unreported.

Available for PC, Linux and Mac platforms, avast! certainly is a popular anti-virus package, and certainly indicates how successful the policy of offering a free home user version for non-commercial use can be to boost the rest of the business.
 
Eduard Kucera, ALWIL Software 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."

Kucera continued that: "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.

Speaking of the future, and outlining an upcoming avast! version 5, Kucera said that: "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."

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Pavel Baudis, joint founder and Joint President of ALWIL Software also commented that: "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."

ALWIL say that: “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 avast.com and download.com, and can be used free when you register, online at avast.com” – a small step that obviously helps ALWIL keep track of its user base. 

They also note that: “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 avast.com website or from any authorized avast! reseller.”

Clearly keen to transform as many free users into paid users as possible, ALWIL have also announced a special offer, allowing users to get a 25% discount until March 31, 2008 by entering in a “50 Million” coupon code in the box provided at ALWIL’s download site or those of its resellers. 


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