The new 5.0 furthers the company's objective of offering full-fledged antivirus and anti-malware protection that is modern, sophisticated - and free. Together with the free version, avast! is also introducing the new premium Internet Security suite and an update of its paid Pro Antivirus product.
"With avast! 5.0, we are defining a new direction in antivirus," explains Vince Steckler, CEO of ALWIL Software. "Our free and paid versions are identical in terms of the level of malware protection. The free version is designed for ordinary internet use while avast! Internet Security 5.0, our new top product, is best for internet users doing security-sensitive activities such as on-line shopping and banking." The new Internet Security includes an intelligent firewall and anti-spam service with ongoing updates to help users deal with unwanted email.
The new avast! Pro Antivirus 5.0 uses the same core detection engine as the free version, but with more customization options. "It offers a few extra functions aimed at more advanced users, small businesses or technical experts who want to integrate avast! into an existing, best of breed, security solution," says Mr. Steckler. "These advanced features include real-time script inspection, a command line scanner and the new sandboxing technology for safely examining suspicious file activity.
The new avast! 5.0 products are already getting kudos :