avast! 4 Version 4.8.1282

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  1. midway40

    midway40 Registered Member

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    I noticed today on Start64 that Alwil has released a new avast! version. Since I am a newbie of sorts with avast! how does the program update work? I tried forcing a program update but it tells me that none is available. If I download the setup file can I install over the existing version or do I have to do the uninstall/install bit?
     
  2. Firebytes

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    New avast! version out today

    Version 4.8.1282

    November 12, 2008

    • improvements in some unpackers (Zip, 7-Zip, WinExec, Installer)
    • fixed incompatibility with ext2fsd driver
    • fixed a problem in The Bat! plugin (causing orphaned thebat.exe processes after the program was closed)
    • added new unpacker "droppers" (by default turned on in all tasks including the real time scanner)
    • fixed a problem with actions on infected files with special names
    • Network Shield: added a component for blocking of malware URLs
    • added the possibility of sending of statistical information about detected viruses
    • added a new option of reporting of false positives
    • improved the submission from the Virus Chest (now based on HTTP protocol)
    • added a component for gathering of new samples from exploited pages
    • implemented a limit of the maximum size of the selfdef.log file
    • speed optimizations in the updater
    • speed optimizations in the scanning engine
    • solved a minor conflict with McAfee SiteAdvisor
    • added support for the Windows Security Center in Vista SP1 (new API)
    • minor fixes in the Web Shield
    • removed support for ICQ a MSN Messenger alerts
     
  3. Firebytes

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    Re: New avast! version out today

    Looks like someone beat me to the punch concerning this new version while I was preparing to submit my initial post. ~Threads merged. - Ron~

    Mods - feel free to delete this thread. No sense having two going.
     
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    Re: New avast! version out today

    What's the old saying about "great minds" :D

    No problem, mine was more of a question about the new version than an announcement anyway.
     
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    Maybe it just hasn't made it onto the update servers yet. I have always been able to use the update function in the past...should be the same this time I bet. I haven't tried to update yet myself. I like to see if any problems are reported with the new version and give them a chance to be fixed before updating. Usually it seems that avast! does a pretty good job of testing before releasing a new version though.
     
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    Ok, thanks for the info. Just a little patience is needed :)
     
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    Re: New avast! version out today

    Well, maybe they can merge the threads with the change log at the top. Kill two birds with one stone so to speak.
     
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    Re: New avast! version out today

    I guess I can add that this version fully supports 64 bit instead of using WOW64 for it's kernel driver.

    Source

    Good news for us 64 bit-ers :)
     
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    Re: New avast! version out today

    Hmm...

    So good!!!

    I have updated it just now!!! Let me try,and then,report if something the matter...

    :D
     
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    Thanks! About to update now...... :D
     
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    Nothing has changed regarding x64 support in this version - it works the same as previously, there's no need to change it ;)
    The page about x64 support has been there for a long time...
     
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    Avast will be installed in the 64Bit Program-folder of Vista64, but it works as 32-Bit application(s). No changes...
     

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    I noticed this morning I had avast! popups telling me to reboot my computers. I was running kind of late for work so I didn't have a chance to investigate the new version.

    Going from what I read on that 64 bit info page, I thought it was supposed to be a "hybrid" x64. For example, in OneCare the main scanning program, MsMpEng.exe, ran in 64bit while it's support services ran in 32bit mode.
     
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