AVAST! Beta

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by the insider, Jan 9, 2007.

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  1. the insider

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  2. TAP

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    I really like this new avast! beta, I've been using this beta since it was out with no any problems (at least on my machine), it's faster and noticeable lighter in real-time performance.
     

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  3. rdsu

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    It's working very well on my old desktop... ;)
     
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    Superb, runs like a dream on my Core2Duo with XP64, very fast scan times now and way less load.
     
  5. lodore

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    sounds good.
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    I even tried the beta download with an old PC using dialup. The 5.5 MB download was also exceptionally fast on that PC, and avast! is using much less ram and system resources on all PCs. This is a great product update, and the avast! people did well.

    Dave
     
  7. lodore

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    where is the download link for avast beta?
    and do you have to have a avast version install before using the beta?
    i want to try it on my test system since i havent tested any av's since i got kis6.0:D
    ive heard good things about avast all they need to do now is improve the detection a bit.
    how do you get it to run the boot time scan?
    lodore
     
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  8. JerryM

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    Avast has always been a good AV IMO, and maybe it will make a significant improvement in detection rates. It has always run well on every computer I have put it on. I don't have a machine to test this beta, but will be eagerly looking at testers comments.
    Jerry
     
  9. lodore

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    i just need a download link for the beta and im a tester.
    i dont really like the interface for scans but i like the interface for the shields.
    its a really good free antivirus IMO.
    i think they will improve on detection rates.
    lodore
     
  10. shek

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    beta testing finished. the new version has been officially released.

    Here is the change log.
     
  11. lodore

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    thanks i just downloaded the pro version to test on my old pc direct from the site which must be the lastest version.
    where is the option to tell it to do a boottime scan?
    lodore
     
  12. JerryM

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    Lodore, after you have spent some time with it, let us know what you think about it. If I did not already have licenses for F-Secure, and KAV 6, I might use it as my resident AV on my laptop.

    Jerry
     
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    its a shame i dont have a machine i can use it on other than my test pc lol.
    i look at it more later.
    lodore
     
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    Can't speak for pro, but in home it's where it always was...start antivirus, menu (about halfway down) schedule etc.

    Working well.
     
  15. lodore

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    thanks yes it maybe where is always was but i didnt ever know where it was lol.
    lodore
     
  16. quadrophonic

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    Is there an e-mail scanner in the Beta version? I just checked the Avast website as I haven't been there in awhile. I switched over to Antivir Classic (free). Just checking the Avast Home free vs. pro versions, I see there's little difference.

    I may just install Avast again, and use Antivir as an on demand scanner.
     
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    Anyone care to post a screenshot of the main and options windows?
     
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    Quadrophonic, yes there is an email scanner. Here are the details from Avast's site. It's also no longer beta.

    "E-mail/News protection consists of two independent modules; first, there is a generic scanner working on the SMTP/POP3/IMAP4/NNTP 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; the mail scanning is completely transparent, requiring no special settings."
     
  19. TAP

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    You get all avast! Pro's e-mail scanner features in avast! Home, both general Internet Mail and Outlook/Exchange (if you use it).
     

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    Please don't blame avast!'s ugly skin interace at the first time (as most people always do), since it has clean and easy-to-use skinless interface for people who hate skin.
     

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    Thanks for the images. I was going to ask if the Beta version had a bootscan and now I know it does. That was my favorite feature of Avast for the two years or so that I used it. It caught quite a few trojans during that period before Windows loaded.

    Something I've noticed is that many of the most popular new AV programs are now from companies outside of the USA. Whereas Symantec and McAfee used to dominate the market, that no longer seems to be the case. The competition in the security market seems very strong in Europe. Avast must have taken notice of those AV-comparatives tests and should be trying to beef up their signature and definition files.

    I don't know which company is larger or if there's competition to hire away programmers from each other, but has anyone heard talk of a merger of any of the European AV program manufacturers?
     
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