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For other uses, see Avast (disambiguation).

Avast Software s.r.o. is a Czech multinationalcybersecurity software company headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic that researches and develops computer security software, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Avast has more than 435 million monthly active users[4] and the largest market share among anti-malware application vendors worldwide as of January 2018.[5] The company has approximately 1,700 employees across its 25 offices worldwide.[4]

Avast was founded by Pavel Baudiš and Eduard Kučera in 1988 as a cooperative.

It had been a private company since 2010 and had its IPO in May 2018. In July 2016, Avast acquired competitor AVG Technologies for $1.3 billion. At the time, AVG was the third-ranked antivirus product.[6] It is dual-listed on the Prague Stock Exchange and on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.[7]


Avast was founded by Eduard Kučera and Pavel Baudiš in 1988.[8] The founders met each other at the Research Institute for Mathematical Machines in Czechoslovakia.[8] They studied math and computer science, because the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia would require them to join the communist party to study physics.[8] At the Institute, Pavel Baudiš discovered the Vienna virus on a floppy disk and developed the first program to remove it.[8][9][10] Afterwards, he asked Eduard Kucera to join him in cofounding Avast as a cooperative.[9] The cooperative was originally called Alwil and only the software was named Avast.[11]

The cooperative was changed to a joint partnership in 1991, two years after the velvet revolution[12] caused a regime change in Czechoslovakia.

The new regime severed ties with the Soviet Union and reverted the country's economic system to a market economy.[9][11] In 1995, Avast employee Ondřej Vlček wrote the first antivirus program for the Windows 95 operating system.[9] In the 1990s security researchers at the Virus Bulletin, an IT security testing organization, gave the Avast an award in every category tested, increasing the popularity of the software.[9] However, by the late 1990s, the company was struggling financially.[8] Alwil rebuffed acquisition offers by McAfee, who was licensing the Avast antivirus engine.[8]

By 2001, Alwil was experiencing financial difficulties, when it converted to a freemium model, offering a base Avast software product at no cost.[9] As a result of the freemium model, the number of users of the software grew to one million by 2004[9] and 20 million by 2006.[11] Former Symantec executive Vince Steckler was appointed CEO of Avast in 2009.[13] In 2010, Alwil changed its name to Avast, adopting the name of the software,[11] and raised $100 million in venture capital investments.[14] The following December, Avast filed for an initial public offering, but withdrew its application the following July, citing changes in market conditions.[15] In 2012, Avast fired its outsourced tech support service iYogi, after it was discovered that iYogi was using misleading sales tactics to persuade customers to buy unnecessary services.[16] By 2013, Avast had 200 million users in 38 countries and had been translated into 43 languages.[8] At the time, the company had 350 employees.[17]

In 2014, CVC Capital bought an interest in Avast for an undisclosed sum.

The purchase valued Avast at $1 billion.[18][19] Later that year, Avast acquired mobile app developer Inmite in order to build Avast's mobile apps.[20] Additionally, in 2014 Avast's online support forum was compromised, exposing 400,000 names, passwords, and email addresses.[21][22] By 2015, Avast had the largest share of the market for antivirus software.[15] In July 2016, Avast reached an agreement to buy AVG for $1.3 billion.[23] AVG was a large IT security company that sold software for desktops and mobile devices.[24] In July 2017, Avast acquired UK-based Piriform for an undisclosed sum.

Piriform was the developer of CCleaner.[25] Shortly afterwards it was disclosed that someone may have created a malicious version of CCleaner with a backdoor for hackers.[26] Avast had its IPO on the London Stock Exchange in May 2018, which valued it at £2.4bn and was one of the UK’s biggest technology listings.[27]

Ondrej Vlcek assumed the role of CEO and co-owner of Avast Plc in July 2019.[28] A day later, he changed his annual pay to $1 and pledged his board director's compensation of $100,000 to charity.[28]


Main articles: Avast Antivirus, Avast SecureLine VPN, and Avast Secure Browser

See also: AVG Technologies

Avast develops and markets business and consumer IT security products for servers, desktops, and mobile devices.[29] The company sells both the Avast product line and the acquired AVG-branded products.[30] As of late 2017, the company had merged the AVG and Avast business product lines and were working to integrate the corporate departments from both companies.[31] Additionally, Avast has developed utility software products to improve battery life on mobile devices, cleanup unnecessary files on a hard drive, find secure wireless networks[32] or create a VPN connection to the internet.[33]

Avast and AVG consumer security software are sold on a freemium model, where basic security features are free, but more advanced features require purchasing a premium version.[30] The free version is also supported by ads.[34] Additionally, all Avast users provide data about their PC or mobile device to Avast, which is used to identify new security threats.[8] Antivirus scanning, browser cleanup, a secure browser, password management, and network security features are provided for free, while firewall, anti-spam, and online banking features have to be purchased.[35][36] According to PC Pro, the software does not "nag" users about upgrading.[33][35] About 3% of Avast's users pay for a premium version (10% in the US).[8]

The Avast business product family includes features for endpoint protection, Wi-Fi security, antivirus, identity protection, password management, and data protection.[31] For example, the desktop product will look for vulnerabilities in the wi-fi network and run applications suspect of having malicious hardware in an isolated sandbox.[37] The Avast Business Managed Workplace monitors and manages desktops, and assesses on-site security protocols.[31] The company also sells management software for IT administrators to deploy and manage Avast installations.[31]


PC Magazine gave the Avast free antivirus software an overall score of 8.8 out of 10 and gave AVG a score of 8.4.[30] The review said Avast gets good lab test results overall and has many features, but its password manager is a bit limited.[30] In tests by the AV-TEST Institute, Avast 2017 received six out of six points for protection and usability, and 3.5 points for performance.[30] A review in Tom's Guide said the free Avast antivirus product has "good malware protection" and has a small footprint on the system.[36] The review said Avast has a competitive set of features for a free antivirus product, but the scans are slow and it pushes users to install the Google Chrome browser.[36]

The Avast antivirus product for business users received 4 out of 5 by TechRadar in 2017.[37] The review said the software had good features, protection, configuration, and an "excellent interface," but took up too much hard drive space and didn't cover mobile devices.[37] According to Tom's Guide, the mobile version is inexpensive and feature-laden, but some features are unreliable or do not work as expected.[38] PC Magazine said the mobile version "has just about every security feature you could want" but was difficult to use.[39]

AVG, which was purchased by Avast in 2016, has also generally performed well in lab tests.[40] AV-Test Institute gave AVG six out of six points for usability, 5.5 points for protection and 5.5 points for performance.[40] However, AVG scored 81.05 in Virus Bulletin's lab tests, which is slightly below average.[40] The software is "very good" at detecting malware, but "disappointing" in antiphishing screening.[40] A review in Tom's Hardware gave the AVG software seven out of ten stars.[36] The review highlighted that the software has a small system footprint and has good malware protection, but does not have a quick scan option and lacks many additional features.[36]

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