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Meet Avast

Avast is dedicated to creating a world that provides safety and privacy for all,
no matter who you are, where you are, or how you connect.

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Faster, smarter artificial intelligence

Avast is one of the largest security companies in the world using next-gen technologies to fight cyber attacks in real time. We differ from other next-gen companies in that we have an immense cloud-based machine learning engine that receives a constant stream of data from our hundreds of millions of users, which facilitates learning at unprecedented speeds and makes our artificial intelligence engine smarter and faster than anyone else’s.

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Scalable,
cloud infrastructure

Avast has created a scalable cloud-based security infrastructure that sees everything that happens on the internet. We have a view into everything online, good and bad, giving us the unique advantage of being first to inspect and analyze potential threats. When new malware is discovered, we can quickly deploy new security features to protect our users.

We use advanced threat protection to keep
you and your business safe from cyber attacks.

Dedicated cybersecurity research experts

Avast’s innovative security approach comes from some of the most talented and experienced security engineers on the planet. Headquartered in Prague – a center of excellence for engineering and computer science –we attract the best and the brightest with over 45% of our employees in R&D. Our scientists, engineers, and mathematicians are from some of the most highly respected institutions, including Stanford, MIT, Oxford, and NASA. Our growth is fueled by our passionate culture of wanting to win and “beat the bad guys.”

Our growing patent portfolio is focused on these 4 key areas

We work every
day to keep
the world safe
online

We support our mission by working to cultivate the next generation of cybersecurity experts and to educate people to stay safe online.

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Our milestones and timeline

We have

400M+

millions of users all over the globe

We prevent

1B

attacks every month

We have

59

countries with over 1M users each

We have

1,700+

talented employees

2019

Ondrej Vlcek appointed CEO

Leading a new phase of growth

2018

Going public on the London Stock Exchange

In May 2018, Avast is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

2017

Serving 435 million active users

All versions of Avast antivirus protect against WannaCry, BadRabbit and NotPetya ransomware as well as Emotet crypto-mining attacks, without requiring a single product update. Avast reaches $811M in adjusted billings in 2017. Avast acquires Piriform, bringing our total active users to over 435 million.

2016

Joining forces, better together

Avast acquires fellow Czech-based cybersecurity giant AVG, doubling our total number of users and bringing in new talent and technologies. The acquisition gives Avast the largest and most advanced threat detection network, based on our massive user base, and further diversifies our product portfolio, geographic base, and revenue streams.

2015

Celebrating our brand new headquarters in Prague

Avast opens its new Prague headquarters, bringing Silicon Valley style to the Czech Republic.

2014

Rising up with the mobile boom

CVC Capital Partners becomes a strategic investor. Our mobile products reach the 100 million download milestone faster than any other mobile security tools in Google Play history.geographic base, and revenue streams.

2013

Gaining momentum with mobile carriers

Avast's mobile family apps hits the 1,000,000 subscriber milestone through mobile carrier partnerships.

2012

Bringing the best to mobile

Avast Free Mobile Security becomes the best-rated security app on Google Play. Avast Free Antivirus is the most downloaded software on Download.com

2011

Getting down to business

Avast expands into business security, focusing on the SMB market.

2010

Becoming Avast

Summit Partners comes on board as an investor. Alwil is rebranded as Avast to match the name of our iconic software.

2009

Welcoming new leadership

Vincent Steckler is appointed CEO of Avast.

2006

20 million users strong

The number of people using Avast continues to grow exponentially, doubling twice in one year, reaching 20 million.

2003

Surpassing one million users

Within 30 months of going free, Avast is used by over 1 million people around the world.

2001

Free security for all

Avast makes the defining decision to change the traditional antivirus business model and offers a fully featured, free antivirus to all.

1997

Avast goes global

After refusing an offer to be acquired, Alwil instead licenses its Avast antivirus to McAfee, and watches its global distribution grow rapidly.

1995

Joining Avast — Ondrej Vlcek

Ondrej Vlcek, now the CEO, joins Alwil as a software developer.

1991

Founding a company — ALWIL Software is launched

After the Velvet Revolution of 1989 and the fall of communism, Pavel and Eduard break off from the rest of the cooperative, establishing Alwil as a company.

1988

Destroying a virus — the start of something big

Pavel Baudis defeats the Vienna virus and establishes, together with Eduard Kucera, the Alwil cooperative to distribute and sell their newly created software.

Giving back

One of our fundamental values as a company is to give back to the community. Our Foundation is a manifestation of those values and is dedicated to creating programs that support the elderly, those living with physical and mental disabilities, and the terminally ill, as well as furthering education on human rights. Avast is committed to dedicating a portion of our profits to the Avast Foundation every year.

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