Terms and Conditions

Purpose of Program

AVAST Software s.r.o. (“AVAST”) has established the avast! Free for Education Program (the “Program”) for qualifying U.S. educational institutions and organizations to be able to receive free licensing of avast! Endpoint Protection Suite (the “Software”). To be eligible to participate in the Program, your institution or organization must meet the criteria outlined in this document for the full period you wish to use the Software.

Who is eligible

You must be a public or non-profit educational institution / education organization (this includes grades K-12 and higher, vocational / trade schools, head start programs or other entities with educational purposes under 501(c) of the IRS Publication 557 - Organization Reference Chart section) or public library, operating in the United States (includes all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Marianas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Terms and Conditions of Participation

In order to participate in the program, you agree with the following requirements:

  • For applying for the Software under the Program, you must fill-in the application form:
    • Only one application per Applicant is accepted.
    • All mandatory fields in the Application Form must be completed.
    • The applicant is responsible that such information is true.
    • Applicant is obliged to define in the Application Form the number of endpoints and servers for which the Software license is requested. Number of licensed endpoints and servers must be adhered to. In case of breach of this obligation by the Program’s participant, the license will be blocked.
    • AVAST has the right to verify information provided by the applicant in the Application Form for participation in the Program. AVAST has the right to refuse the Application Form and, in this relation the participation of the applicant in the Program, in the case that AVAST any reasonable doubt about the accuracy of the information provided by the applicant in the Application Form. The reason for the refusal of the Application Form and in the connection the participation of the applicant in the Program does not need to be specified by AVAST.
    • After completion of the Application Form by the applicant, AVAST will provide the applicant confirmation in the form of an email regarding the acceptance/refusal of the Application Form and in this relation the participation of the applicant in the Program.
    • The information provided by the applicant in the Application Form will be used by AVAST in accordance with its privacy policy.
  • Under the Program, a one-year license for the Software will be provided. The Service Period commences on the free license generating from AVAST’s internal system.
  • Software upgrades and renewals will be available for free as well, based on the conditions already set forth.
  • AVAST is not obligated to provide technical support in relation to the Program.
  • By installation of the software, the Applicant agrees with the listing of the Applicant as a reference and as an AVAST customer on publicly available websites or other marketing and PR documents and materials of AVAST.
  • AVAST reserves the right to discontinue the Program with immediate effectiveness.

Appendix No. 1

Amendments to the AVAST End User License Agreement (for business) applicable to participants of the avast! Free for Education Program

  • Section 1. – License is modified as follows:
    “AVAST grants to you a non-exclusive license to use the Software and the Documentation for the agreed term indicated in the Documentation or applicable transaction materials made available to you at the time of or before your receipt of the Software (the “Service Period”), provided that you agree to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.”
  • Section 2. – Permitted Use of the Software, first paragraph, is modified as follows:
    “You may install and use the Software on up to the agreed number of computers indicated in the Documentation or other transaction materials made available to you at the time of or before your receipt of the Software (the “Permitted Number of Computers”). The Software must be used exclusively by you for internal purposes that do not contravene this Agreement or applicable law. Subject to the remainder of this Section, you may also make the necessary number of backup copies of the Software.”
  • Section 3. – Upgrades and Updates is modified as follows:
    “Upgrades and updates of the Software shall be provided to you by AVAST during the term of the license indicated in the Documentation or other transaction materials made available to you at the time of or before your receipt of the Software.”
    You will not be entitled to receive any feature or content updates or upgrades of the Software unless you and AVAST renew the Service Period.”
  • Section 7. – Limited Warranty; Disclaimers and Exclusion of Liability, first paragraph, is deleted.
  • Section 7. – Limited Warranty; Disclaimers and Exclusion of Liability, third paragraph, third sentence, is modified as follows:
    “THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED AS IS,” AND AVAST AND ITS DISTRIBUTORS MAKE NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS AND, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL CONDITIONS AND WARRANTIES IMPLIED BY STATUTE, COMMON LAW, OR JURISPRUDENCE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF NONINFRINGEMENT OF THIRD-PARTY RIGHTS, MERCHANTABILITY, SUITABLE QUALITY, OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE.”
  • Section 7. – Limited Warranty; Disclaimers and Exclusion of Liability, fourth paragraph, second sentence, is modified as follows:
    “YOU AGREE AND ACCEPT THAT, TO THE FULL EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO CASE SHALL AVAST’S OR ITS DISTRIBUTORS’ OR AGENTS’ LIABILITY FOR ANY DAMAGE EXCEED FIVE U.S. DOLLARS ($5.00).”
  • Section 12. – General; second paragraph, first sentence, is modified as follows:
    “This Agreement will immediately terminate upon your breach of any obligation contained herein – especially your obligations in Sections 2, 5, 10 of the AVAST End User License Agreement (for business) – and you shall cease use and destroy all copies of the Software and Documentation in your possession irrespective of any time that may be left in the Service Period of the Software.”

Download The Eligibility and Participation Requirements in PDF

FAQs

  1. Why did you choose to offer free security for the EDU sector?
  2. Is it only a short-term promotion?
  3. How do we know if our school is eligible?
  4. Which products and platforms are available for free to the EDU sector?
  5. Is the free product for EDU any different from the one that’s available for normal business customers?
  6. If I’m a school representative, how can I register for the program?
  7. What are the AVAST Free for Education accounts?
  8. Do you limit the number of devices that are free for the EDU program to protect? What about management options?
  9. What happens when our initial free licenses expire?
  10. Once a license has been generated, can it later be expanded?
  11. What about schools that are already using and paying for avast! Endpoint Protection Suite?
  12. Do you also offer technical support for this program?
  13. Are schools able to extend this offer to their faculty, students, students’ families, and others in the school community for home use?
  14. Why is the program available only in the USA? Do you plan to launch your free software for EDU for any other countries?
  15. Is AVAST hoping to monetize the AVAST Free for Education program?
  16. Why EDU and not another sector, like healthcare or government?
  17. What software can my students use on their own computers?
  18. Can I install the other AVAST Software onto my students’ personal computers for them?
  19. When will the Free for Education program be available for Macs too?
  20. Who do I contact if I have a problem or question?

1. Why did you choose to offer free security for the EDU sector?

AVAST leads industry by providing free computer protection to home users, who in turn recommend avast! software to their family and friends (avast! protects over 200 million devices worldwide). This enables us to have no advertising costs and helps us to find new viruses faster, via our avast! CommunityIQ technology. Also, having more users means more support in our avast! Forum and more volunteer translators for localizing avast! to new languages. The popularity of our ‘freemium’ home-use program ultimately brings customers to our paid-for solutions, as well, making it a good, sustainable business model for AVAST.

Now that schools are under considerable budget constraints, with school districts and their communities looking for ways – other than cutting teachers or other administrative staff – to reduce expenditures, we decided that our business model could help schools through these tough times, while further boosting the size and effectiveness of our user base. Offering a free, fully functional, centrally managed, business-grade endpoint security for school networks to schools meets the goals for school communities and AVAST.

2. Is it only a short-term promotion?

No, as long as there is an interest, we intend to provide the AVAST Free for Education Program. Of course, AVAST reserves the right to discontinue the Program, with at least a one-year notice given to the Educational Institution, to provide sufficient time to execute any changes resulting from the Program's discontinuation.

3. How do we know if our school is eligible?

You must be a public or non-profit educational institution / education organization (this includes grades K-12 and higher, vocational / trade schools, head start programs or other entities with educational purposes under 501(c) of the IRS Publication 557 - Organization Reference Chart section) or public library, operating in the United States (includes all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Marianas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

4. Which products and platforms are available for free to the EDU sector?

AVAST offers the following security software solutions based on the school’s needs, ranging from individual deployments to large installations:

Small/Individual deployments (unmanaged solutions):

  • avast! Free Antivirus (Windows)
  • avast! Free Antivirus for Mac (Mac OS)
  • avast! Free Mobile Security (Android smartphones/tablets)

Large network deployments (managed solution):

  • avast! Endpoint Protection Suite (Windows endpoints and servers)

5. Is the free product for EDU any different from the one that’s available for normal business customers?

No, our Free for Education program version of avast! Endpoint Protection Suite comes with all the same functionality and features that it would have for normal business use. avast! Endpoint Protection Suite is compatible with the operating system Windows: Microsoft Windows 8 and 8.1 (any Edition with the latest Service Pack, 32-bit or 64-bit), Windows 7 - (any edition excl. Starter Edition) - 32 bit or 64 bit, Windows Vista (any edition excl. Starter Edition) - 32 bit or 64 bit and Microsoft Windows XP (any Edition with the latest Service Pack 3, 32-bit only, except Home Edition).

6. If I’m a school representative, how can I register for the program?

To register for the program, first apply for an AVAST Free for Education Account

If you‘ve already registered your email address with an AVAST account (our normal consumer accounts), you can use the same login details to apply for AVAST Free for Education. Log in to your AVAST Free for Education Account.

Once you’re logged in to your Free for Education Account, you’ll be presented with a short application form to get your Free for Education licenses. After you submit the application, you’ll hear back from us via email within two business days (you can also check the status within your account).

To prevent misuse, we review each application individually and will decline any that we feel do not meet our eligibility criteria.

7. What are the AVAST Free for Education accounts?

Your AVAST Free for Education Account lets you manage your free license online in one place. You can log into your account at your convenience to apply for licenses, renew licenses, purchase support, or get other help.

We have previously had problems with customers spam filters blocking our license emails. The accounts allow for you always to have access to your licenses without relying on an email.

You can reach the application form by registering for an account.

8. Do you limit the number of devices that are free for the EDU program to protect? What about management options?

avast! Endpoint Protection Suite is intended for larger networks from 5 to 30,000 devices (endpoints and servers). It has two central-management control options, which enable school IT administrators to remotely manage desktops and servers. Small Office Administration is a web-based console, suitable for networks with up to 200 PCs. For larger networks (5–30,000 devices), our Enterprise Administration console is the one to use. Both offer full control over the school’s computer network.

9. What happens when our initial free licenses expire?

Under the Program, AVAST will provide a one-year license for the software. Software renewals will be available for free as well, based on the conditions already set forth.

10. Once a license has been generated, can it later be expanded?

Yes. A license can be expanded to cover additional endpoints/servers, as in the case of another school department joining the program – for example, if a Faculty of Philosophy is currently participating, and a Faculty of Medicine or another satellite campus would also like to participate.

11. What about schools that are already using and paying for avast! Endpoint Protection Suite?

Qualifying institutions (based on the program requirements above) can renew their license for free once it has expired.

12. Do you also offer technical support for this program?

We have a special rate for educational institutions that wish to add AVAST Premium Support. This will give you access to our toll-free helpline, unlimited priority emails, and remote access assistance from our trained support staff at AVAST HQ. For more information, visit our support page . We can’t provide free support, but for those that don’t need our Premium Support, we can still provide limited help with our product FAQs, Knowledgebase , and User Guides.

13. Are schools able to extend this offer to their faculty, students, students’ families, and others in the school community for home use?

Yes, schools may promote free avast! software (for PC, Mac, and Android) for home use among the school’s extended community, for example using a banner on the school’s website or notifying people in school newspapers. However, this does not apply to avast! Endpoint Protection Suite.

14. Why is the program available only in the USA? Do you plan to launch your free software for EDU for any other countries?

We introduced the program in the USA first to test the user demand in one of the most advanced environments possible. Yes, we do plan to offer the same program to other countries, if we see enough compelling demand in the pilot market.

15. Is AVAST hoping to monetize the AVAST Free for Education program?

Our aim is to provide schools with the best possible protection that we can offer – for free. The core business-grade product that we provide is free with this program. We are now starting to introduce technical support and upgrades, which are paid-for services, however they are completely optional and they’re offered at special rates for participating educational Institutions.

16. Why EDU and not another sector, like healthcare or government?

We want to support public education initiatives in order to help educate the public about internet safety. Going to the schools will help us to educate the next generation much easier.

17. What software can my students use on their own computers?

Students should use the free software we have for PCs, Macs, and Android devices instead. The product that is being offered in AVAST Free for Education program is the business-grade avast! Endpoint Protection Suite. For an entire educational computer network (PCs and servers), it enables you to deploy and maintain the security software to your whole network from one centrally managed console. So this is not suitable for students’ personal computers.

18. Can I install the other AVAST Software onto my students’ personal computers for them?

Yes. For your students’ personal computers, you will need to use these solutions for: PCs, Macs, and Android devices. We have changed the terms for these products to allow you to install the products on students’ computers for them – so next time you have a BYOD program, why not help them install AVAST if they don’t have antivirus software?

19. When will the Free for Education program be available for Macs too?

We do have a free Mac version (which isn’t centrally managed) that educational institutions can download here: http://www.avast.com/en-us/free-antivirus-mac. We are really hoping to provide a centrally managed version for MACs soon, so please check the website periodically.

20. Who do I contact if I have a problem or question?

For any questions regarding your application, please contact us here: edu.program@avast.com
For software-related questions, please contact us here: edu@avast.com

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