Major Upgrade to avast! antivirus Released

    LONDON and PRAGUE, March 31 /CNW/ - ALWIL Software a.s. is Pleased to
Announce the Next Major Release of avast! antivirus, avast! 4.8.
    avast! antivirus 4.8 is a major technology upgrade to the avast! product
line, which includes the addition of anti-spyware detection, certified by West
Coast Lab's Checkmark process, and the implementation of anti-rootkit
capabilities, all directly from within avast! antivirus.
    Eduard Kucera, ALWIL Software a.s. CEO, said of the release, "While only
an upgrade of avast!, this version represents a major evolution of the avast!
technology. Many of our competitors charge extra for anti-spyware or
anti-rootkit detection, or don't add the functionality at all. We don't think
a partial solution in scanning is a solution at all." Mr. Kucera continues,
"With the release of avast! antivirus 4.8, we have innovated again in the
industry, by adding this functionality to the avast! core scan engine
    avast! antivirus 4.8 is available now for download from the website. The technology is available in avast! Home
Edition (free for non-commercial home use), Professional Edition and avast!
Professional Family pack.
    All Editions are available from, to purchase online,
or from authorized resellers worldwide.
    Existing avast! Home Edition or Professional Edition users will be
prompted to update their programs automatically free of charge.
    The full version of this press release, including terminology help, can
be found here:

    Notes to editors:

    About ALWIL Software a.s.

    Headquartered in Prague, in the Czech Republic, ALWIL Software develops
and markets avast! antivirus products that protect every major operating
system platform and every major vulnerable device type. Further details about
the company and its products can be found on ALWIL's corporate website,
    AVAST(R) is a registered trademark in the United States of America and 
other countries and is used under exclusive license to ALWIL Software a.s.

    About avast! antivirus products

    avast! is the multi-award winning antivirus product line from ALWIL
Software a.s., which is ICSA Labs certified, and Checkmark certified (for
anti-spyware). avast! antivirus regularly receives the Virus Bulletin 100%
award, for detection of 100% of in-the-wild viruses, and is an SC Awards
winning product.

    Twenty Years Of avast! technology

    2008 marks the 20th anniversary of avast! technology innovation. Keep
visiting for special promotions and offers (including
prizes) during a whole year ongoing celebration to mark this key milestone.

For further information:

For further information: For press contacts, please email; Justin Bellinger, Worldwide Operations Manager, ALWIL
Software, Telephone: +420-274-005-742, Fax: +420-274-005-888, Email:, Web:

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