AVAST ANTIVIRUS is an antivirus computer program developed by AVAST Software a.s. (formerly known as ALWIL Software a.s.). The name Avast is an acronym of "Anti-Virus – Advanced Set". Its trademarked product name is styled in all lower-case and includes an exclamation mark, as well as the slogan 'be free'. The company released its first software in 1988, as a tool to remove the Vienna Virus. In 1995, current Avast CTO Ondrej Vlček wrote the first antivirus software for Windows 95 while he was still busy finishing his university studies. By 1997 the Avast! Antivirus engine was used by McAfee within its own products.
Self-Protection — Prevents malware from terminating Avast processes and damaging Avast Files.
Automatic incremental updates — Updates of both the program and the virus database which is used to identify potential threats Avast updates its virus definitions on a regular basis (sometimes multiple updates daily) and this process is automated by default.
Resident protection comprising individual modules or "shields", each of which can be individually configured or disabled.
Audible alarms - Vocal warnings and notices such as "Caution, a virus has been detected!" and "Virus database has been updated.
Virus Chest - Quarantine; folder where infected files can be stored. The virus chest also stores vital system files to protect them from damage by malware. Users can also add their own files to the virus chest. Once in the chest, a file cannot be executed; double-clicking the file will instead display information about the file.
Remote Assistance — An Avast User can connect to the computer of a second Avast User allowing the “helper-friend” to help with any computer issues.
FileRep - The FileRep feature enables faster threat identification by sorting new, potentially dangerous files from known safe files. Sourced from the Community IQ sensor network, the data helps Avast Decide when questionable files should be placed in the Auto Sandbox.