AVAST Software s.r.o. (“Avast”) has established the Avast Free For Education Program (the “Program”) for qualifying U.S. educational institutions and organizations and U.S. public libraries to be able to receive free licensing of Avast Endpoint Protection Suite (the “Software”). To be eligible to participate in the Program, your institution, organization or public library must meet the criteria outlined in this document for the full period you wish to use the Software.
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) (the “Applicant”).
In order to participate in the program, you agree with the following requirements:
Amendments to the Avast End User License Agreement (for business) applicable to participants of the Avast Free for Education Program
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Disclaimers and Exclusion of Liability”
“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.”
“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).”
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.
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 210 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.
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.
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.
Avast offers the following security software solutions based on the school’s needs, ranging from individual deployments to large installations:
Large network deployments (managed solution, issued as default on the program):
Small/Individual deployments (unmanaged solutions):
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).
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.
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.
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.
Under the Program, Avast will provide a one-year license for the software. License renewals will be available for free as well, based on the conditions already set forth.
Yes. A license can be expanded to cover additional endpoints/servers. To expand you need to contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Qualifying institutions (based on the program requirements above) can renew their license for free once it has expired.
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, Forum, and User Guides.
Yes, schools are even asked to promote free Avast Free antivirus to their education community as part of the program. Institutions can send an email out, add a logo to their website or share Avast Free Antivirus on social media. Schools can use resources here: http://www.avast.com/en-us/education-recommend
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.
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.
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.
Students, parents, and teachers can also use a free Avast antivirus software (though not the managed business-grade version used by the school). They can download Avast Free Antivirus here: www.avast.com/students
As part of the program, we ask that all educational institutions tell their education communities about Avast Free Antivirus. Not only will it help further protect your education network (e.g. from infected USB sticks), but it also helps keep the education program free. Resources to help spread the word are available here: http://www.avast.com/en-us/education-recommend
Yes. Visit this link to install Avast Free Antivirus: www.avast.com/students
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.
As part of the program terms and conditions, institutions agree to announce they are using Avast and tell their community about Avast Free Antivirus. This helps keep the education program free and protects your network from outside threats from your students/parents/library user’s home systems.
We provide some resources here: http://www.avast.com/en-us/education-recommend
Please contact our support team: email@example.com