Avast is really lagging behind...

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by Pigman, May 26, 2004.

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  1. Pigman

    Pigman Registered Member

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    Okay, I don't get it. By now, every single free AV, BAR NONE, has heuristics. Except for one: Avast 4 Personal Edition, which only has heuristics for mail scanning. What's with this? Is Alwil Software going to bring their AV up to date, or is it on the fast track to becoming a dead AV?

    Or does the professional version have heuristics? If so, they ought to mention it in the info-thingy in the free version, since not mentioning a key feature of a product is bad advertising.
     
  2. Big mike

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    Avast offers strong generic detection methods. This is more than enough.

    No, the PRO version doesn't offer it neithern (heuristics).

    If AVAST lags that behind ? why does it has so many VB 100 % tests ?


    Btw; there is a strong heuristic implented in the new Antivir-PE version now.

    Wich does have it false positives, but every strong heuristics has this anyway.
     
  3. RejZoR

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    Currently avast! holds its step with the big boys because of a fast Alwil team response time for new definitions. Heuristic detection is not something that you can make over night,but you need extensive knowledge of previous and current viruses and their structure to prevent false positives.
    Yeah sure we can add a nice text that avast! can handle Heuristic detection,but can it actually perform it? And than we should ask for other antiviruses as well. Sure Kaspersky,Pc-cillin and NOD32 have strong Heuristic modules,but we can't say the same for AVG,AntiVir,Norton...
    As long as antivirus detects all ITW viruses inside small time frame after its outbreak its nothing wrong if it lacks Heuristic module.
    AVG and AntiVir have it,but they still have worse VB100% score?
    Think again.

    RejZoR
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  4. kloshar

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    Has F-secure 5.42 for Workstation heuristics?
     
  5. Arin

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    well Pigman, you missed out TMIS which also lacks heuristics for detecting win32 viruses and trojans. though i recently found out that its got generic detection capability. anyway why don't you mail your suggestions to Avast. email address removed - wizard

    Mike the VB tests are ITW detection capability. even Norton wins VB awards. but we need a little more.

    RejZor, heuristics is needed for protection against new and unknown variants.
    for example recently the update service of Symantec, Trend Micro, DrWeb went down for some days. imagine the situation with no heuristics.

    dear Kloshar, F-Secure 5.42 has AVP engine which has heuristics and the Orion engine is totally heuristics. i have pretty good reasons to believe that
    the other scanning engine Libra is a spin-off of F-Prot's engine. F-Prot has good heuristics.
     
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    dearest AMRX, I thought that F-secure 5.42 has no longer f-prot. But which version doesn't use f-prot's engine?
     
  7. Arin

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    well Kloshar F-Secure 5.42 doesn't use F-Prot but it uses a customized F-Prot. 5.41 had the F-Prot engine but the 5.42 version has Libra and Orion. Libra is the modified F-Prot so i expect it to have heuristics.
     
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