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100 millionth registered Avast! User wins trip to Prague

Avast Software : 11 December, 2009  (Company News)
A man from Ireland has won a trip for two to Prague after being the 100 millionth person to register as an avast! anti-virus user since the program started in 2002
Avast! got its 100 millionth registered user this December 8th. With the clock just about to hit 11:00 Central European Time, one lucky Irishman kicked his registration into the avast! database just seconds ahead of a Frenchman to win the prize - an expenses-paid trip for two to Prague, home of avast! antivirus software.

Kevin Bolger, a surveyor by trade, decided to install avast! on his computer. "I heard about it from a friend," he said. "I just use a computer at work and at home." He completed his registration at 10:59:04 CET.

What he didn't realize was the boisterous reaction he set off in Prague. As Kevin registered, avast! employees were gathered around a large-screen monitor to watch the database, shouting out the numbers as registrations reached the 100 million mark.

"I was lucky," said Kevin. Absolutely. There was less than a second gap between his registration and the preceding Italian. A Frenchman was less than two seconds behind. "I had no idea at all that I could be so lucky that I could win it," he added.

"Getting our 100 millionth user is a great honour for us - and I'm sure Kevin will enjoy his first-ever trip to Prague," said Vince Steckler, CEO of avast! producer ALWIL Software. "This has only been possible thanks to our global pool of users who put their trust in avast! for reliable computer security."

The avast! community is truly international. The two hundred people registering just before and after Kevin came from 48 countries ranging from Algeria to Zimbabwe. Incidentally, Kevin was the only Irishman in this group.

avast! added over 25 million new users during 2009 - and nearly 82 thousand just in the 24 hours after Kevin's winning registration. It's a huge jump from the first registration back in 2002 said co-founder Eduard Kucera: "I can remember when we started registering on paper. Then we had just over 10,000 names."
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