AVAST Software, which is backed by Summit Partners, said Tuesday that it has acquired Jumpshot. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in Austin, Texas, Jumpshot is a provider of solutions that help optimize PCs.
REDWOOD CITY, California, September 24, 2013 – AVAST Software, maker of the most trusted antivirus in the world, today announced that Jumpshot is now part of AVAST. Jumpshot’s simple, clever solution optimizes customers’ PCs in one easy step. The technology comes in the form of an animated team of minions who remove junk files, unnecessary toolbars, and files that slow down a PC’s performance. The process of cleaning up and enhancing a computer’s performance thus becomes effortless and entertaining. AVAST will integrate and make the technology available to its users by the end of the year.
“Home PC users care about two things: Keeping their data safe and running at peak performance. Today, AVAST protects more consumer devices from malware than any other security company. With the addition of Jumpshot’s top-notch technology, we give our users not only the best protection in the industry, but also the opportunity to have the most efficient and fastest running computers,” said Vincent Steckler, Chief Executive Officer at AVAST. “With the minion theme and user engagement, optimizing your PC performance couldn’t be more fun.”
Jumpshot was created in Austin, Texas, in 2010 and launched on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter in July 2012, by former security research managers David Endler and Pedram Amini. Having served as PC tech consultants to their friends and family, their goal was to build a product to help less tech-savvy PC users optimize and tune up their PC performance, cleaning it from unpleasant toolbars and junk software. They turned their goal into reality by creating Jumpshot, which – with one-click activation or the insertion of their USB stick into a computer – begins scanning the PC. While this is being done, each minion explains its specific task, providing friendly and easy-to-understand feedback on the clean-up work they have done. In addition to this, users can win “Karma” points for all the “Grime” (unwanted and harmful files) the minions have removed.
“Many people wonder why their computer is sluggish, but they are helpless when it comes to identifying the source of the problem. Jumpshot has found a clever solution that gives people a way to clean their computers thoroughly and automatically, in an amusing and straightforward way,” said AVAST Chief Technology Officer Ondrej Vlcek. “The PC tune-up tools market has many players, but we were especially impressed by Jumpshot’s ability to legitimately and dramatically improve PC performance.”
“We’re extremely excited to join AVAST and to offer our solution to their massive customer base,” comments David Endler, CEO of Jumpshot. “AVAST’s and our vision fit perfectly together — providing our customers with easy-to-use yet effective security, to maintain a smooth computer experience.”
AVAST Software (www.avast.com), maker of the most trusted antivirus in the world, protects nearly 200 million people, computers and mobile devices with its security applications. In business for over 25 years, AVAST is one of the pioneers in the computer security business, with a portfolio covering everything from free antivirus for PC, Mac, and Android, to premium suites and services for both consumers and business. In addition to being top-ranked by consumers on popular download portals worldwide, AVAST is certified by, among others, VB100, AV-Comparatives, AV-Test, OPSWAT, ICSA Labs, and West Coast Labs.