by Mike Masnick
Wed, Dec 8th 2010 6:18am
In yet another case of a copyright holder turning "piracy" into publicity, security firm Avast has been making some news after watching a single pro license apparently "go viral" on file sharing sites, leading it to be installed 774,651 times around the globe. The company is claiming it's been installed in 200 countries -- including two computers in Vatican City. Of course, this might raise some skepticism, because depending on who you talk to there are fewer than 200 countries in the world (though, others claim there are more -- so... who knows). Either way, it does appear that Avast has turned the whole thing into a publicity stunt, both with the press coverage, and popping up a note on those 774,561 installs, urging people to switch to legit versions (including the company's popular free version).
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