Avast! 4.8 released

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by Malcontent, Mar 29, 2008.

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  1. Wordward

    Wordward Former Poster

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    Feel guilty for Avast being free? I don't get it.
    What kind of slowdowns? Browser or PC?
     
  2. lucas1985

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    I don't know if avast! 4.8 has improved ad/spyware detection, but avast! has had ad/spyware signatures for a long time. Go to this site, search for "virtumonde" using the find tool of your browser and see it yourself.
    Version 4.8 has "certified" ad/spyware detection and removal and it's recognized as an anti-malware app in the Security Center (IIRC)
     
  3. lodore

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    Hello,
    in around december 2007 i installed avast 4.7 on my friends laptop.
    its still version 4.7
    how do i update it to 4.8?
    does it need a reinstall?
    im hoping there is a program update button somewhere without having to reinstall it.
    Lodore
     
  4. Tarq57

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    Right-click the tray icon. Left click "updating". Left click "program update. My time (Broadband, sans restart) 57 sec.
    Smoothly installed over the top with no problems.
     
  5. lodore

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    thanks done. i think i will drop the interface comments since avast seems to have very little problems and the program update was done with no need to uninstall.

    if anyone is interested i have uploaded some screenshots of avast 4.8
    if you start a scan and then click on the cross it doesnt ask you if want to stop the scan bug or feature?
    definatly the lightest webscanner.
     
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  6. The Hammer

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    Thank you.:cool:
     
  7. Big Apple

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    Almost the lightest webscanner, I also thought so, but Eset Nod32 Antivirus is lighter!
     
  8. rookieman

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    I totally agree with you on this.It's a lot better.:thumb:
     
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  10. Firebytes

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    According to a post on the avast! forums by Vlk, a Global Moderator/avast! Evangelist, there will be a program update released somewhere within the next couple of weeks (guess-timation). There is a pre-release available now for testing. Right now it is being listed as version 4.8.1178. A link to the thread is HERE.

    Quoting:

    "There are a number of fixes in this release. Here's an (incomplete) list:

    - solved incompatibility of the avast self protection module and the System Restore feature (Windows XP/Vista)
    - solved keyboard/mouse lags in some games (e.g. World of Warcraft)
    - "Quick" scan now quick again (in the previous version, it was usually slower than "Normal" scan)
    - fixed deleting of infected files in some nested archives
    - shell extension: under Windows Vista, shortcut targets are now correctly scanned
    - boot-time scanner now correctly displays warning messages about corrupted archives
    - improved scanning speed in the Simple user interface
    - improved handling of scan exceptions
    - self protection: improved detection of changes in the INI file
    - start of the "avast! Mail Scanner" service should now be fast again
    - fixed a problem with avast being installed in a directory with name containing non-Latin characters
    - fixed entering of the license key (didn't work in certain configurations)
    - improved detection/healing of MBR rootkits
    - avast can now correctly handle the case when the INI file is missing/corrupted
    - the "Disable startup rootkit scan" option on the Troubleshooting page now effective (in the previous version, it was ignored)"
     
  11. XANA

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    Well...that's pretty big for an incomplete list.
    You said thats a new beta, right?

    I would really, really like to beta-test it!
     
  12. Firebytes

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    The link in my last post has download locations for the pre-release.
     
  13. Bluenile

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    It scans faster without the skin as well.
     
  14. PiCo

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    Has anyone experienced "freezes" with Avast! 4.8v?

    5 mins to boot
    Slow internet
    Freezes after a few minutes, reset button only way out
    Turing off self-defense module and anti-rootkit, does no good
    Scans are about 2 times slower

    Anyway for many it works great, for some like me it was like running 5 AVs simmuteniously and I did't have any other resident protection at that time.
     
  15. Firebytes

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    I haven't had any of the issues you have other than possibly a little slower web browsing (XP SP2). You might do a search over at the avast! forums and see if anyone else has reported your issues there. If not then I would recommend that you post them.
     
  16. PiCo

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    I have reported them and quite few have reported them too, but they remain unsolved.

    I just asked in case someone had the problems and figured out or had a close idea what the problem was, hardware/software related or anything.

    People in this forum seem pretty advanced and experient :thumb:
     
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    I will install it on one of my Pentium II (Windows 98 ) systems and see how it runs. Fewer AV programs left for me to use on them. :doubt:
     
  20. The Hammer

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    Let us know how it works out.
     
  21. osip

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    ...seems as avast pro 4.8 fails at eicar.com...
     
  22. The Hammer

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    The free Home version apparently checks for updates. But the Pro version has Push style updates. Can someone explain the difference.
     
  23. PiCo

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    Avast! 4.7 doesn't!
     
  24. i_g

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    Neither does avast! 4.8, of course.
     
  25. osip

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    all files except eicar.com.txt are detected when opening after downloading, the .txt file opens without reaction...
     
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