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December 10, 2009 14:16 ET

Ireland Wins avast! 1 in 100 Million Match With France

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC--(Marketwire - December 10, 2009) - Ireland edged out France in a tight contest to win the avast! 100 millionth user celebration.

Was it the luck of the Irish? Or was it divine retribution for the "Hand of God II", French striker Thierry Henry's hand ball which set up France for play-off victory and ended Irish hopes for a place in the 2010 World Cup finals?

We don't know. But, we do know that avast! signed its 100 millionth registered user this December 8th. With the clock just about to hit 11:00 Central European Time, one lucky Irishman kicked his registration into the avast! database just seconds ahead of a Frenchman to win the prize -- an expenses-paid trip for two to Prague, home of avast! antivirus software.

But, just the facts: Kevin Bolger, a surveyor by trade, decided to install avast! on his computer. "I heard about it from a friend," he said. "I just use a computer at work and at home." He completed his registration at 10:59:04 CET.

What he didn't realize was the boisterous reaction he set off in Prague. As Kevin registered, avast! employees were gathered around a large-screen monitor to watch the database, shouting out the numbers as registrations reached the 100 million mark.

"I was lucky," said Kevin. Absolutely. There was less than a one-second gap between his registration and the preceding Italian. A Frenchman was less than two seconds behind. "I had no idea at all that I could be so lucky that I could win it," he added.

"Getting our 100 millionth user is a great honor for us -- and I'm sure Kevin will enjoy his first-ever trip to Prague," said Vince Steckler, CEO of avast! producer ALWIL Software. "This has only been possible thanks to our global pool of users who put their trust in avast! for reliable computer security."

The avast! community is truly international. The two hundred people registering just before and after Kevin came from 48 countries ranging from Algeria to Zimbabwe. Incidentally, Kevin was the only Irishman in this group.

avast! added over 25 million new users during 2009 -- and nearly 82 thousand just in the 24 hours after Kevin's winning registration. It's a huge jump from the first registration back in 2002 said co-founder Eduard Kucera, "I can remember when we started registering on paper. Then we had just over 10,000 names."

ALWIL Software

ALWIL Software, based in Prague, is the maker of the award-winning line of avast! security software. Founded in 1988 by Eduard Kucera and Pavel Baudis, the company is one of the longest-running security companies worldwide. Further details about the company and its products can be found at

avast!® is a registered trademark in the U.S.A. and other countries and is used under exclusive license to ALWIL Software.

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