Avast Software, the software vendor behind Avast Avira, Avast Secure, Avid Security, Avira Antivirus, and Avast Antivir, is offering a new software update that blocks malicious software from infecting a system.
The software update, which is available as part of Avast Suite 2.0, blocks “adware and other unwanted software,” Avast said in a blog post on Tuesday.
It is available in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian.
While the new software updates do not block all malicious software, it does block “malware” like the malware included in the virus that was found to have caused the “Heartbleed” bug in April.
The update includes two other software patches, including one that blocks adware.
The Avast website states that users can also install this update by selecting the “Add to Software Update” option from the “Update Manager” screen.
Avast’s software updates are part of a larger effort by Avast to build a reputation for software quality.
Last week, the company announced that it will be rolling out two new antivirus updates to its Avast suite of products, one for its antivirus products and one for third-party antivirus software.
The company is also working to make its antiviruses more easily compatible with Windows 8.1, which will be released later this month.
While some third-parties like Symantec have begun to add support for Windows 8, many of the major antivirus companies have remained quiet on the matter, according to Ars Technica.
Symantech has said it will “continue to offer a robust antivirus product lineup that supports the next-generation of Windows.”