Avast is a very popular Windows anti-virus, and now apparently, they are working on an Android version. Recent malware scares in the Android Market have started to underline the fact that Android devices aren't merely just phone any more. They are full fledged computers, and as such, they are susceptible to the nefarious attacks of the evil-doing jerks of the world.
The Avast app will reportedly have VPN services integrated in to the app, in addition to the antivirus engine, anti-theft functionality, phone tracking, as well as parental locks.
What is of particular interest with this anti-virus application is that additional features will be unlocked on phones that are rooted. According to Avast CTO, Ondrej Vlcek, the reason for this is "rooted phones are more prone to certain kinds of attacks […] We consider people with rooted phones high-risk users, and so they need more security."
The VPN functionality is also an interesting addition in that it will make it possible for users to securely access the Internet, even when doing so over an unsecured public WiFi network.
No pricing or release date has been confirmed at this time, so stay tuned for more information as it comes available.