Avast Antivirus

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Avast Antivirus
Avast Software white logo.png
Avast Internet Security screenshot.jpg
Avast Internet Security running on Windows 10
Developer(s)Avast
Stable release
21.3.2459 [1] / 15 April 2021; 24 days ago (2021-04-15) (Windows version)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS
Available in45 languages
TypeSecurity software, Antivirus software
LicenseFreeware, proprietary software
Websitewww.avast.com

Avast Antivirus is a family of cross-platform internet security applications developed by Avast for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. The Avast Antivirus products include freeware and paid versions that provide computer security, browser security, antivirus software, firewall, anti-phishing, antispyware, and anti-spam among other services.[2]

Avast launched a freeware business product, Avast for Business, in February 2015. It is a cross-platform solution that includes antivirus protection, web threat scanning, browser protection, and a cloud management console.[3]

As of 2017, Avast is the most popular antivirus vendor on the market,[4] and it had the largest share of the market for antivirus applications.[5]

In a February 2018, test of various antimalware products by AV-TEST, Avast Free Antivirus has earned 6 out of 6 points in "Protection" category, detecting 100% of malware samples used in this test and earning an "AV-TEST Certified" seal.[6] Avast's Mobile Security & Antivirus app detected 100% of malware samples in January 2018 test of Android malware by AV-Comparatives.[7]

In January of 2020, multiple news sources reported that Avast Antivirus, through a subsidiary, was selling the browsing history of Avast product users. Though the company claimed all data was "de-identified", it was reported that the sold data could be linked back to people's real identities, exposing every click and search they had made.[8][9][10] In response, Avast announced that it would close the subsidiary over the data privacy backlash.[11] Its file [AvastUI.exe] cannot be task killed even through the highest premmissions.

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  1. ^ "NEW Avast Version 21.3 (April 2021)". forum.avast.com.
  2. ^ "AVAST Software s.r.o.: Private Company Information". Bloomberg. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  3. ^ Kovacs, Eduard. "Avast Launches Free Security Solution for Businesses", Security Week 24 February 2015. Retrieved on 23 March 2015.
  4. ^ OPSWAT. "Antivirus and Compromised Device Report: May 2017".
  5. ^ "Avast worth 'upwards of $2 billion'; no IPO before 2017" Reuters. Published on October 29, 2015
  6. ^ "The best antivirus software for Windows Home User". AV-TEST. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Android test 2018" (PDF). AV-Comparatives. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  8. ^ "The Cost of Avast's Free Antivirus: Companies Can Spy on Your Clicks". PCMAG. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  9. ^ Cox, Joseph (2020-01-27). "Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data". Vice. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  10. ^ "Avast packaged detailed user data to be sold for millions of dollars". Engadget. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  11. ^ "Avast to Commence Wind Down of Subsidiary Jumpshot". Avast. Retrieved 30 January 2020.