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How do I wipe my old hard drive clean?

Question of the week: I am going to buy a new laptop before school starts again. How do I ensure that my old laptop is completely clean of old credit card numbers, passwords, and personal files before I sell it? It’s good that you thought of this important task before selling your old hardware to […]

AVAST is most downloaded Software in Europe

Softonic, one of the world’s largest download site for Windows, Mac and mobile, has just announced that avast! Free Antivirus is the most popular download in Europe.  Thank you to our users who have downloaded AVAST from Softonic! Here’s what some reviews said about AVAST: Good protection at no cost Very good protection for a […]

AVAST File Server Security gets VB100 Award from Virus Bulletin

AVAST’s high-performance server-security product, avast! File Server Security, has received the VB100 award from Virus Bulletin. The independent testing lab’s latest AV comparative test focused on performance in Windows Server 2012. AVAST performed solidly with 100% detection rates and zero false alarms on both WildList and clean test sets consisting mainly of business tools to […]

Urausy Lockscreen: Your computer will remain locked for 3 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes!

Yes, if your computer gets infected by Urausy Lockscreen, it will get locked. Luckily, not forever! Avast protects you against it. In this blogpost we will introduce an infamous lockscreen called Urausy. We will look at its special anti-debugging and anti-reverse engineering tricks, at its communication protocol, and determine what the conditions (if any) are […]

Multisystem Trojan Janicab attacks Windows and MacOSX via scripts

On Friday 12th July a warning from an avast! fan about a new polymorphic multisystem threat came to an inbox of avast company. Moreover, an archive of malicious files discussed here were attached. Some of them have been uploaded to Virustotal and therefore they have been shared with computer security professionals on the same day. […]

Top 7 tips when traveling with your computer

The AVAST forum is one of our largest and most active communities, with more than 300,000 users. The most active people on the forum are called Evangelists. They spend quite a lot of their free time helping and solving issues for our users, not only related to AVAST, but also with overall security. We asked […]

Six reasons to use avast! SecureLine VPN when traveling

Whether on business travel or vacation, you don’t want to worry about the security of your devices when you connect to the internet. Using a WiFi network in a café, airport, or hotel is a serious security risk that requires additional protection to secure your data and computer. avast! SecureLine VPN is now completely integrated […]

Anca: French Princess of the FREEKs

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Anca Elena Amariei is a new member of the FREEking wonderful AVAST social media team which now boasts Community Managers for our French, Spanish, and Russian speaking communities. Together with Albert Soriano and Anna Shirokova, these vibrant, talented people make up the A-Team! Anca is Romanian with such a love for the language of Voltaire that […]

Anna: Russian Princess of the FREEks

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Anna Shirokova has joined the AVAST Social media team along with two other Community Managers: Albert Soriano and Anca Elena Amariei to create our A-Team. Anna is a native Russian speaker, living in Prague. When I met her for the first time, Anna was constantly busy with her mobile updating statuses across social media, I thought: […]

Albert: Spanish Prince of the FREEks

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Albert Soriano, our new Spanish community manager, joins Russian manager Anna Shirokova  and French manager Anca Elena Amariei, to form the A-Team! Albert has an interest in social media and new technology, plus he’s a long-time AVAST user – a perfect combination for a Prince of the FREEks. He’s a university student studying Multimedia engineering and […]