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How do I protect my online accounts from being hacked?

Question of the week:  First it was Facebook, then Living Social, then LinkedIn, now Twitter accounts have been hacked. How can I keep my business and personal accounts from being hacked, if the big boys can’t even protect theirs? You are right. It seems like every week we hear about another major website or an […]

Grum lives!

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  Grum, one of the largest spamming botnets, suspected to be responsible for over 17% of worldwide spam (as described here), which was “killed” in July 2012, still lives.  We have been tracking its activity since January 2013.  We can confirm spiderlab’s doubts about the grum killing published in March 2013. The following article provides some […]

Consumer Reports recommends free security software in 2013 State of the Net Report

More than 58 million American adults had at least one malware infection that affected their home PC’s performance last year. The cost of repairing the damage from those infections was nearly $4 billion. These findings are from the latest Consumer Reports’ Annual State of the Net Report published in the June issue of their respected magazine. […]

Lockscreen Win32:Lyposit displayed as a fake MacOs app

When the mastermind hackers of the notorious Carberp Banking Trojan were arrested, we thought the story had ended. But a sample that we received on May 7th, a  month after the arrests, looked very suspicious. It connected to a well known URL pattern and it really was the Carberp Trojan. Moreover, the domain it connected […]

avast! in the Final Frontier

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With the release of the summer blockbuster Star Trek: Into Darkness, I started thinking about the Star Trek universe, Trek-nology, and what it would be like if avast! Antivirus was adopted by Starfleet. Wouldn’t it be amusing to hear the voice of the computer echoing through the bridge, “avast! Virus Database has been updated”? As […]

avast! Photo Contest: How can you BE FREE?

No one wants to spend time worrying about the security of their laptop or mobile phone. When things go wrong, it is very…well… frustrating.                         Avast! Antivirus protects your computer and mobile phone around the clock, so you can BE FREE to enjoy your […]

Loosing your mobile device does not mean it’s lost – install avast! Anti-Theft to become protected!

When 2011 ago, we at AVAST released our mobile device theft protection tool, avast! Anti-Theft, we wanted to change the way mobile devices are being protected from being stolen or abused. We did not know if people would like it, we did not know how well avast! Anti-Theft would perform in actually protecting mobile device […]

avast! fans are Winners

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Today, we received an email from one of the four winners of last December’s Facebook game Member Gets Member. The object of the game was to introduce your friends to avast! Antivirus by inviting them to our Facebook page. When your friends liked our page, you earned points, and earned points gave you the chance […]

#avastBeFree: AVAST is looking for its next Photo Contest Winners!

One year ago, Avast launched avast! Free Antivirus for Mac, and celebrated with our first photo contest. The results were outstanding – we received 50,000 photos with “APPLE” as the topic, and  our Facebook page became the 5th fastest growing page worldwide during the first week of the competition! Your enthusiatic reponse told us that: You are […]

Follow avast! on Instagram and meet our teddy bear

The AVAST Software social media team love challenges;  it stimulates our creativity.  Despite the fact that there is hardly any way to photograph antivirus software, we decided to establish an official AVAST channel at Instagram.  “A picture is worth a thousand words”!  We fell for this inspiring and creative social network, so please check us […]