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How your social networks can hurt you during a job hunt

In a blog post published back in June, we shared the stories of a few unfortunate people who were fired from their jobs or passed over for a job promotion because of over-sharing on social networks. If you are looking for a job and wonder why you are not getting a call back, it could […]

Virus lab: team building

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Many of you might wonder how the virus lab works. Who are those guys setting behind the computers and analyzing malicious files. Well let us unveil some of the virus lab secrets and break stereotypes: 1. Virus lab team, doesn’t work in the laboratory 2. Virus analytic are real, nice human beings, not robots 3. Yes […]

AVAST just gave away a new tablet! You could win too!

Congratulations to Steve L. from the USA who won Round 1 of the AVAST #SecurityTip contest being played now on the AVAST Facebook page. He answered this question about helping kids stay safe when they are using their home or school computers: Steve’s answer covered some of the basics that every computer user should remember: […]

Seeking perfection

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AVAST antivirus developers strive for perfection in malware detection. Cybercriminals do not rest with their evil schemes to take advantage – mostly economical – over poor users. Always, but especially since version 8 of AVAST, we have improved the detection of recently discovered malware by trying to know them before our users are threatened. The […]

AVAST #SecurityTip contest: The best of round 1

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The first round of the AVAST #SecurityTip contest has ended. Users participate by sharing their knowledge with others and at the same time they get a chance to win free avast! Mobile Premium and avast! Internet Security licenses, as well as Nexus 7 tablets and a Nexus 4 smartphone. The contest has four rounds and […]

How to remove Give Hearts and other unwanted Facebook apps

Recently, we have seen many Facebook posts with links leading to applications called Give Hearts, Drink It Up and Daily Horoscope. The applications are very popular – they have over 5 million monthly users – and are managed by the same provider called App Discovery Engine. The posts attracted my attention because they seem to […]

3 million licenses issued for AVAST Free for Education

We’re really excited to announce that we’ve just reached the 3 million mark for number of licenses we’ve issued on the AVAST Free for Education program! Some 2500 schools, libraries, universities and other educational institutions in the USA are benefiting from this program by receiving free business-grade antivirus protection. The AVAST Free for Education league […]

Fake Antivirus Android application discovered

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AVAST virus lab analyst Filip Chytrý has discovered a fake Android Antivirus application impersonating avast! Free Mobile Security.  The malicious application called com.avastmenow has a user interface that looks very similar to the genuine one by AVAST Software. After the installation of the fake program, an icon with the text of PornHub is displayed to users.  […]

avast! Mobile Security trusted by millions to fight Android malware

There have been over 50 million downloads of avast! Mobile Security from Google Play since it was released last year. Android users are becoming more aware of the security and theft issues surrounding their mobile devices, and putting their trust in AVAST. A few weeks ago, avast! Mobile Premium was introduced providing superior back-up and […]