CEO Vince Steckler announced today that AVAST Software’s antivirus products are now protecting more than 200 million PCs, smartphones and devices worldwide.
“We are now securing over 200 million computers, and phones around the world,” said Mr. Steckler in a video address to avast! Antivirus users. “This is a milestone that no other software security company has ever come close to.”
AVAST is used by more people than the combined users of competitors AVG Technologies, Symantec, and McAfee. The software is available in 43 languages, many of them localized by volunteers, and has over 1 million users in 38 different countries. The largest markets for AVAST are Brazil with 28 million customers, France with 15 million, and the U.S. and Russia with over 13 million each. Data from the October report by OPSWAT shows that AVAST leads overall in worldwide product market share for antivirus applications.
AVAST Software co-founder, Eduard Ku?era, introduced free antivirus protection years ago because he believed that all computer users deserve protection from harmful threats, and that computer safety should not be a luxury only a few can afford.
“Our philosophy is we should not be a good product, but a perfect product,” Ku?era said. “We provide the community with a perfect product.”
So perfect, that 72% of AVAST users have recommended it to someone else, which is the primary way AVAST spreads it message since virtually no money is spent on advertising. AVAST has never strayed from the vision of offering a high-end antivirus product for free while building a wide user base.
“And it’s all due to you, our loyal users who recommend and distribute our product to their family and friends,” said Steckler, “I can’t think of a better way of celebrating our 25th year in business. Thank you for your loyalty!”
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