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CNET Security Starter Kit includes avast! Anti-virus software

Avast Software : 01 December, 2009  (New Product)
ALWIL Software's anti-virus software wins place in Security Starter Kit 2010 from CNET ahead of launch of version 5.0 with improved interface early in the new year
avast! is the new top antivirus choice in the CNET Security Starter Kit 2010. The Kit is the annual list of recommended security freeware from the editors of CNET, a popular technology review and download site.

"In this year's version, you can expect to see avast! chosen ahead of [Avira] AntiVir as our most favoured antivirus app. Despite its odd interface, avast! scored higher than any other freeware antivirus in a third-party test," wrote Seth Rosenblatt, senior associate editor at CNET, in his November 25 The Download Blog posting.

Rating it as a "must-have" program, Mr Rosenblatt liked avast!'s extensive security components. "It doesn't skimp on protection, either, with e-mail, network, rootkit, and behavioural guards along with its top-rated virus protections," he added.

The move up CNET's Kit rating comes ahead of the early 2010 launch for the new avast! Free Antivirus 5.0. "The new avast! is faster, offers even more security and that 'odd' interface has been replaced by a much better looking GUI," said Vince Steckler, CEO of avast! producer ALWIL Software. "It's a much more user friendly product."

The CNET Security Starter Kit 2010 has six categories of recommended freeware including antivirus, in-browser security and parental control.

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