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Old 26-December-2004, 09:04
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Antivirus kernel

New version of avast! antivirus kernel features outstanding detection abilities, together with high performance. You can expect 100% detection of In-the-Wild viruses (the ones what are really spreading amongst people) and very good detection of Trojan horses, all that with only a minimum number of false alarms.

The kernel was certified by ICSA; it frequently takes part in the tests of Virus Bulletin magazine, often yielding the VB100 award.
Simple User Interface

Simple User Interface is used to start on-demand scanning, work with the results, change various options etc. Basic resident protection settings can be modified here.

Simple User Interface is the main application of avast! 4 Home Edition. You can start additional avast! modules from here, such as the Virus Chest, Updater or Log Viewer.

The appearance of Simple User Interface is very flexible. It supports so called skins, i.e. changeable appearances, so there are many possibilities the interface can look like. The main package contains three skins, additional ones can be downloaded from our web pages.
Standard resident protection

Resident protection, i.e. the real-time protection of the computer, is one of the most important parts of an antivirus program today. avast! features a powerful resident module that is able to detect the virus before it has any chance to infect your computer.

avast! Home Edition contains resident protection of the computer file system and resident module for e-mails.

The file system protection ensures that no virus will be started on the computer. It offers a wide range of settings - e.g. it is possible to specify that files will be scanned during copying, or that the scanning will include files with given set of extensions only.

E-mail protection consists of two independent modules; first, there is a generic scanner working on the SMTP/POP3/IMAP4 protocol level. It is capable of protecting any existing e-mail client that uses these protocols. Second, there is a special plugin for MS Outlook only; it is completely transparent, requiring no special settings.

New feature of version 4 is heuristic analysis of e-mail scanners. It is extremely useful in protecting against new, unknown viruses and worms that are not possible to detect by the usual means. The heuristic module performs a thorough investigation of every e-mail message and watches for suspicious signs that might announce virus presence. When the number of those signs exceeds the user-defined level, the message is considered dangerous and the user is warned.
Automatic updates

Automatic updates are another key point in virus protection. Both the virus database and the program itself can be updated automatically. The updates are incremental, i.e. only the new or missing data are downloaded, thus reducing the transfer heavily. The typical size of a virus database update are tens of KB, the program update usually has hundreds of KB.

If your Internet connection is persistent, the updates are performed completely automatically in fixed time intervals. If you connect to the Internet only occasionally, avast! watches your connection and tries to perform the update when you are online.

Having the up-to-date virus database and antivirus program all the time - it is the most certain way to protect your computer.
Virus Chest

The Chest can be thought of as a folder on your disk having special properties that make it a safe, isolated place suitable for storing certain files. You can work with the files in the Chest, even though with some security restrictions.

The main properties of the Virus Chest are complete isolation from the rest of the operating system (no outside process, i.e. no virus either, may access the files inside) and the fact that the files inside the Chest may not be run (i.e. there is no danger in storing viruses there).
System Integration

avast! antivirus features outstanding integration into your system. The scanning can be started directly from Windows Explorer, by clicking a folder or a file with your right mouse button and selecting the corresponding choice from the menu.

Another interesting feature is a special screen-saver that performs scanning for viruses during its run-time. avast! antivirus works together with your favorite screen-saver, so you don't have to change to anything you wouldn't like.

Another new option is the boot-time scan (Windows NT/2000/XP/.NET only). It is important in the case that a virus is suspected to be active on your computer. The boot-time scan is performed before the virus may get activated, so the virus cannot influence the scanning in any way.
Trying this out for a couple of weeks and I like it I uninstalled AVG and ran it for the first time and it picked up a trojan from the off.

The interface is a lot more modern to look at and is very simple to install and set up. Anyway else here tried it????

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Old 07-January-2005, 01:43
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I like AVG but i will give this a go, no point getting stuck in your ways is there.
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Old 07-January-2005, 23:12
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i have norton antivirus and its due to be renewed next week. could you tell me if i have to uninstall norton if i want to try avast? i have heard loads of bad press about norton so was looking for something free to replace it. this may be it!!!
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Old 07-January-2005, 23:45
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Yeah uninstall Norton though add/remove programs in the control panel.
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Old 14-January-2005, 13:16
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I have been using avast for a few months now. It's not only free, but some claim it is one of the best anti virus proggies around
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Old 14-January-2005, 23:42
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I recently installed avast after being with AVG and after doing the first scan avast picked up a trojan that AVG missed. I reckon its brill! so far.
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Old 17-January-2005, 15:42
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where would i find avast? is there anywhere particular i should download this from? cheers!
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Old 17-January-2005, 16:13
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try Google
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Old 17-January-2005, 16:47
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I have been using avast for the last nine months no problems.

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Old 20-January-2005, 22:44
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Just thought I would bump up this post as it might help Syd out.
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Old 02-February-2005, 07:13
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I was searching for an antivirus that will work with longhorn 4074. Everything I tried like Norton, Mcafee, AVG gave a blue screen of death. Finally i thought will give this one too a try. tried direct installation without any compatibility mode and installed fine, updated itself and working flawlessly.
Thanks for the info.
Btw, viruschest feature seems innovative.
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Old 08-February-2005, 14:23
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Back to AVG for me, the Tomy interface of Avast is crap
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Old 08-February-2005, 14:53
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just some test results of various antivirus programs and their detection rates:

The test was made on 10-25 August 2004, using Windows 2000 SP4 on a CELERON 2400 Mhz, 256MB DDRAM.
All programs tested had the latest versions, upgrades and updates and they were tested using their full scanning capabilities e.g. heuristics, full scan etc.
The 76556 virus samples were chosen using VS2000 according to Kaspersky, F-Prot, RAV, Nod32, Dr.Web, Sweep, BitDefender, E-Trust and McAfee antivirus programs. Each virus sample was unique by virus name, meaning that AT LEAST 1 antivirus program detected it as a new virus.
ALL virus samples were unpacked and the only samples that were kept were the ones that were packed using external-dos-packers (that means not winzip, winrar, winace etc).
The virus samples had the correct file extension using a special program (Renexts) and were unique, according to checksum32 filesize.
Most "fake" virus samples were removed, as well as "garbage" files.
The program PER was not tested because there was no english demo version available.
The programs BOClean , VET , Titan , RisingAV , Ikarus and Freedom were not tested because there was no demo version available.
The program InVircible did not include a "typical" scanner-function and could not be tested.
The program V-Catch checks only mail accounts and could not be tested.
The following file types were used.

BAT, ΒΙΝ, CLA, CLASS, CLS, COM, CSC, DAT, DOC, ELF, EML, EXE, HLP, HQX, HTA, HTM, IMG, INF, INI, JS, MAC, MDB, MSG, OLE, PHP, PIF, PL, PPT, PRC, REG, SCR, SH, SHS, SMM, STI, TD0, TPU, VBA, VBS, WBT, XLS, XMI, XML.

The virus samples were divided into these categories, according to the type of the virus :

File = BeOS, FreeBSD, Linux, Palm, OS2, Unix, BinaryImage, BAS viruses.
MS-DOS = MS-DOS and HLL*. viruses.
Windows = Win.*.* viruses.
Macro = Macro and Formula viruses.
Malware = DoS, Constructors, Exploit, Flooders, Hoax, Jokes, Nukers, Sniffers, Spoofers, Virus Construction Tools, Virus Tools, Corrupted, Droppers, Intended, PolyEngines.
Script = BAT, Corel, HTML, Java, Scripts, VBS, WBS, Worms, PHP, Perl viruses.
Trojans-Backdoors = Trojan and Backdoor viruses.
Rank

1. Kaspersky Personal Pro version 4.5.0.58 - 99.09%

2. F-Secure 2004 version 4.71.5 - 98.77%

3. Extendia AVK Pro version 11.0.4 - 98.68%

4. AVK version 14.0.7 - 98.50%

5. Kaspersky Personal version 5.0.149 - 97.88%

6. eScan 2003 Virus Control version 2.6.484.8 - 96.75%

7. McAfee version 8.0.41 - 93.59%

8. Norton version 2004 Professional - 93.38%

9. RAV version 8.6.105 - 93.14%

10. F-Prot version 3.15 - 91.85%

11. Command version 4.90 - 91.41%

12. Panda Titanium version 3.02.00 - 91.38%

13. Norton Corporate version 9.0.0.338 - 90.29%

14. Panda Platinum version 7.05.04 - 89.97%

15. MKS_VIR 2004 version 2.0 - 89.45%

16. Virus Chaser version 5.0 - 89.07%

17. BitDefender version 7.2 - 88.52%

18. BullGuard version 4.5 - 87.26%

19. Dr. Web version 4.31b - 85.35%

20. PC-Cillin 2004 version 11.00.1253 - 84.80%

21. Nod32 version 2.0.0.9 database 1.840 - 82.68%

22. Sophos Sweep version 3.84 - 81.31%

23. Avast version 4.1.418 - 80.55%

24. AntiVir version 6.27.00.01 - 79.57%

25. Vexira version 2.14.00.01 - 79.50%

26. AVG version 7.0.262 - 72.50%

27. Norman version 5.70.14 - 67.72%

28. UNA version 1.83 - 62.85%

29. Solo 2.5 version 2.6.3 - 61.08%

30. ZoneAlarm with VET Antivirus version 5.0.590.015 - 60.82%

31. Fire version 2.7 - 60.52%

32. E-Trust version 6.2.0.28 - 58.48%

33. V-Buster Pro - 57.61%

34. Protector Plus version 7.2.F04 - 51.28%

35. VirScan Plus version 14.091 - 48.36%

36. ClamWin version 0.35 - 48.08%

37. ViRobot Expert version 4.0 - 45.68%

38. MR2S version 1.47 - 44.36%

39. V3Pro 2002 Deluxe version SP2 - 42.33%

40. RHBVS version 4.13.656 - 41.99%

41. Digital Patrol version 5.00.08 - 38.52%

42. Quick Heal version 7.01 - 30.13%

43. Wave version 2.0 - 22.07%

44. TDS version 3.2.0 - 16.67%

45. PestPatrol version 4.4.3.24 - 15.34%

46. A Squared 2 - 15.05%

47. AntiTrojan Shield version 1.4.0.9 - 11.82%

48. PC Door Guard version 3.0.0.14- 11.77%

49. Trojan Hunter version 3.9.807 - 6.76%

50. The Cleaner version 4.1.42.52 - 6.34%

51. Trojan Remover version 6.2.8 - 5.62%

52. Tauscan version 1.6.1024 - 4.82%

53. Hacker Eliminator version 1.2 - 3.38%

54. IP Armor version 5.46.0703 - 2.87%

55. Anti-Hacker & Trojan Expert 2003 version 1.6 - 0%
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