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  • AVAST Software Deutschland GmbH
  • Otto-Lilienthal-Str.4
  • 88046 Friedrichshafen
  • http://www.avast.com
  • Contact person
  • Kristyna Mazankova

First Free Antivirus Certified for Windows 8: avast!

(PresseBox) (Prague, ) avast! is the first free antivirus software to be offered in the Windows® store and has earned the Windows 8 certification from Microsoft® (NASDAQ: MSFT).

"This provides Windows users with a certified PC security solution that is far better than what they would have with the pre-bundled Windows Defender antivirus previously known as Microsoft Security Essentials," said Ondrej Vlcek, AVAST CTO.

According to AV-Test, an independent antivirus software testing lab, performance of avast! Free Antivirus has notably surpassed that of Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) in all 2012 monthly Real-World tests. Although MSE attained a full score for common widespread malware, it failed to protect well against zero-day (new 'unknown') attacks in AV-Test's Real-World testing, where it scored below the average performance of all tested products.

AVAST Software Deutschland GmbH

AVAST Software (www.avast.com) protects over 165 million active devices with our security and antivirus applications. Our portfolio includes the new avast! Free Antivirus for Mac, avast! Free Mobile Security for Android, our flagship avast! Free Antivirus, the free computer security application that matches or exceeds the performance of competitors' paid-for products, the premium avast! Internet Security with SafeZone(TM) virtualized desktop, and a full range of business IT security solutions. Anchored by the CommunityIQ network of sensors and supported by multiple protective shields, avast! performance is certified by, among others, VB100, AV-Comparatives, ICSA Labs, and West Coast Labs.