Single Security Software License Used 774,651 times!

A single license for Avast security software has been used by 774,651 people after it went viral on a file-sharing site, the company told PC Pro UK.

The company said it was sold as part of an order from Arizona and when they discovered the pirated use wanted to see how many times it would be used. They have now contacted the current users offering them a free level user license or the chance to buy an upgrade. This way they have the chance to increase their client base.

We found our licence code at a number of warez sites around the globe," said Vince Steckler, chief executive of Avast Software told PC Pro UK. "There is a paradox in computer users looking for 'free' antivirus programs at locations with a known reputation for spreading malware."

The licence is being used in 200 countries - and has even been installed on two computers in the Vatican City, Avast added.

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Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.