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A new malicious piece of spyware, disguised as Firefox, has spread across the globe.

AVAST Free for Education covers nearly 2 million computers and servers belonging to over 1,400 U.S. schools, districts, universities, libraries, and other educational institutions. Apply now for your school!

Serious security flaw found in older versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer. If you are using versions 6, 7 or 8, you need to upgrade IE or switch browsers to remain secure. Read more on the avast! blog, <a href='' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'></a>

Two critical vulnerabilities against popular Microsoft products were disclosed in June, and patches were subsequently released. NSS Labs, tested 13 popular consumer antivirus products to see how well they repelled attacks on systems not yet patched for the CVE-2012-1875 and CVE-2012-1889 vulnerabilities. Avast! Internet Security blocked all four attempted exploits when delivered via HTTP or HTTPS protocols. Only three other products did likewise.

avast! WebRep provides website reliability and reputation ratings according to community-provided feedback.

avast! Streaming Updates: Hybrid cloud technology streams your virus database updates to your PC in real-time, so your avast! software has all virus definitions as soon as they are known to our Virus Lab.

avast! SafeZone creates a private and isolated virtual window on your desktop for safely making your sensitive financial transactions when shopping or banking online.

avast! Remote Assistance lets you initiate remote support from a family member or friend who agrees to help.

avast! Firewall: Your built-in silent firewall blocks hackers and other unauthorized entry attempts to steal sensitive personal data from your PC. Phishing attacks are prevented via built-in anti-spam. 33 likes, 2 dislikes

avast! FileRep: Our cloud-based FileRep feature keeps reputation data on countless files, using select criteria (such as prevalence and emergence) for determining risks -- so we can warn you of a file's reputation beforehand. 20 likes, 1 dislike

avast! Sandbox lets you surf the web and run programs virtually (outside your PC).