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Avast 2019 includes Do Not Disturb Mode, Sensitive Data Shield, as
well as improved threat detections based on AI and visual recognitions

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (BUSINESS WIRE) Avast (LSE:AVST),

the global leader in cybersecurity products, today announced the Avast

2019 release of its free and premium flagship consumer security

software. The new version features enhanced artificial

intelligence-based phishing protection, privacy protection, and ensures

zero interruptions when using full screen mode.

Improved Threat Detections

Using Artificial Intelligence (AI), Avast 2019 ensures enhanced

detection of phishing websites by automatically checking a site’s URL

for suspicious tokens, domain meta information, and inspecting the

visual aspects of sites. This unique technology allows Avast to

recognize new phishing sites in seconds, protecting Avast users across

all platforms from falling victim of phishing scams and other fraudulent

emails.

Do Not Disturb Mode

Avast’s new Do Not Disturb Mode silences alerts including those from

third party applications, such as windows, email, chat and browser

notifications while users run applications in full screen. Do Not

Disturb Mode is a free feature and prevents applications from

distracting or embarrassing users while gaming or presenting.

Sensitive Data Shield

Sensitive Data Shield is a feature that protects premium Avast customers

with an additional safety net from cybercriminals and spies. The feature

identifies sensitive files, such as tax files, health records, and

travel documents, and gives users the option to “shield” and protect

access to these files. This way, unauthorized third parties and

programs, such as malware, are unable to read and alter the files,

allowing users to take back control of their sensitive data.

Improved Smart Scan

Avast’s Smart Scan feature combines scans for viruses, software updates,

network problems, and performance issues into one concentrated scan. It

allows free and premium users to check for a range of issues with just

one click and has been optimized to scan and identify any problems with

the PC, twice as quickly as before.

Enhanced network security

Avast’s Wi-Fi Inspector feature, a free feature which scans routers,

PCs, mobile and IoT devices connected to users’ network and provides

solutions on how to fix issues found, has been enhanced for improved

device identification and more thorough detection of security

vulnerabilities and similar weaknesses. The feature displays devices

found on the network in a detailed map, making it easier for people to

navigate and control the devices connected to their local network.

“Under the hood, we have extended our AI-based capabilities to ensure

the ongoing enhancement of detections and security response. We are

proud of our scores in third party tests blocking threats, but we know

it is a continuous battle where we need to keep outsmarting the bad guys

with new methods and technologies in order to win,” said Ondrej Vlcek,

Avast EVP & CTO. “Phishing is a very effective social engineering

technique and cybercriminals have recently upped their game when it

comes to creating phishing sites to trick people into giving up

sensitive information, which is why we need to use powerful technology

to combat the threat. Avast 2019 brings together next generation

phishing protection with great usability and convenience features, to

provide our customers with the best security and privacy protections.”

The Avast 2019 family of products includes Avast Free Antivirus, Avast

Internet Security and Avast Premier. Avast Free Antivirus provides

protection from malware, such as ransomware, crypto miners and spyware,

from phishing threats, malicious URLs on the web and in emails, as well

as malicious attachments. Avast Free Antivirus also alerts users of

security risks in the home network with Wi-Fi Inspector, and offers

simple password management with Avast Passwords, and easy vulnerability

patching with Software Updater. Avast Internet Security users will get

advanced protection from ransomware with Ransomware Shield, the ability

to run files in a safe environment with Sandbox, a Firewall and

Anti-Spam protection. Avast Premier users also have the option to

protect themselves from spies via Webcam Shield, and to safely delete no

longer needed but sensitive files with Data Shredder.

Avast 2019 is available now to all current Avast users and can also be

downloaded by new users at www.avast.com .

About Avast

Avast (LSE:AVST) is the global leader in digital security products. With

over 400 million users online, Avast offers products under the Avast and

AVG brands that protect people from threats on the internet and the

evolving IoT threat landscape. The company’s threat detection network is

among the most advanced in the world, using machine learning and

artificial intelligence technologies to detect and stop threats in real

time. Avast digital security products for Mobile, PC or Mac are

top-ranked and certified by VB100, AV-Comparatives, AV-Test, OPSWAT,

ICSA Labs, West Coast Labs and others. Visit: www.avast.com .

Contacts

Avast

Leonora Fleming, 781-974-3549

PR Manager

Leonora.fleming@avast.com
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