General Avast! 5 Free/Pro/IS questions

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  1. EightOneEight

    EightOneEight Registered Member

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    Just encountered another oddity. I deleted the "My Pictures" folder which contained about 9GB of photos, and Avast! held up the delete while it scanned each file. The whole process took a few minutes, instead of a few seconds. Am I missing a setting somewhere?
     
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    Yep if you DL the .torrent file while IE is sandboxed and run/open it from IE then the your torrent program will be sandboxed as well.
     
  3. fagoatse

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    defaults seem fine.
     
  4. tobacco

    tobacco Frequent Poster

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    Are Advast's telephone support still spammers??
     
  5. jfd15

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    hmm, i never thought about that....only thing i could guess would be uploading that much would have been dropbox though and TCPview was already showing about 5 connections from it with very little activity, iirc...you might be right though...

    would be nice to know what kind of data totals the Avast "community sharing" is typically generating...
     
  6. vlk

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    At this moment, it's zero unless an infection (or a suspicious file) is found and reported to the user.
     
  7. trjam

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    this is weird, I have tried the suite and the paid AV. My computers are faster with the suite. Firewall? But it actually is.
     
  8. pabrate

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    Had to remove it, because with firewall latency was about 6k , which is abnormal.
    It's cause of firewall, so if u not install it, latency is fine.
     
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    vlk, thanks for posting this. I have always opted out of such things, but I've changed my mind (and my avast! Pro settings) based on this information. I've used competing products that transmit packets on odd ports and at odd times. Getting any information on what the connections are for is like pulling teeth. I should have never strayed from avast! for the few weeks that I did, but I'm back for good. Thanks for staying abreast of the forum here and all that you do at the avast! forum. The excellent level of support that you provide is second to none and much appreciated. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
     
  10. trjam

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    I still can not find a reason to dump this product. I have tried and tried, but I swear it keeps on ticking and keeps to itself to not tick me off. It has caught all I have thrown at it, weak arm,;) but it is staying for now. I have to admit I would grab that deal because I will bet that when 5.1 is released later this year, that special will be gone to.

    Kudos to Avast.:thumb: You have moved into second place in timeframes that I have actually kept a product loaded.
     
  11. flik

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    I change antivirus very very often. Most of the times I use avast.
    Avast home is the best free av at the moment in any sector, I have no doubt about it. It's the lightest antivirus by far, very strong protection (top 5 for me for sure), very low percentage of false positives, and the most important, no conflict, crashes or any other problem caused to the system.
    As for the paid version, it offers an easy to use sandbox, I think that it's reliable enough, I have tested 2-3 times. Firewall is quite and light, but probably it has to improve a little more.

    So, avast has made a really great progress the last 2-3 years. I have never seen such a big improvement. Go on.

    Sorry for any language mistakes
     
  12. JerryM

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    Avast has always been my "Go to" AV. It has run without issues on every system on which I have installed it; both mine, friends, and family.
    Several years ago it did not have a detection rate, as tested by AV-C, that was in the top tier, and although it ran well without being penetrated I considered it less than a top AV.

    As far as I am concerned that has changed. It is now a top AV, and still runs without a hitch.

    I have not used the IS, but have a two year license for the Pro.
    I also consider it the overall best of the free AVs.

    For paid AVs I now have four that run without a hitch. Avira, Avast, F-Secure, and Norton (so far with the 2011 beta.)

    Keep it up Avast, you have a winner!

    It must be GREAT since trjam has had it installed for several days at least.:)

    Regards,
    Jerry
     
  13. tobacco

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    Well keep in mind he has like "38 computers" :D
     
  14. robinb

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    i have been using the free version for about 6mths on a bunch of my computers and a few of my clients and none of them have had any slow downs or problems so far. I still like it
    robin
     
  15. m00nbl00d

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    vlk, could you provide more details on how the behavior blocker actually works? (Sorry, in the weeks to come, I have no way to test and verify for my self)

    For what I could see in a video on youtube (very poor quality video, actually).

    There isn't any information on avast! site regarding it.

    Thank you
     
  16. hckyo

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    I´m a little concern about Avast! Pro ... I´m still with the trial because I want to be sure of my next purchase XD ...

    All the AVs that I have used (ESET,Bitdefender,MSE,Avira,G-data, others) I have tested them with warez webpages donwloading malware-cracks and inmediatly most of them have catch the cracks and sent them to the virus vault .. but now that i´m trying to do the same with avast! it doesnt give any alert :S , I dont know if this is because they are FP because I remember that version 4.8 detected any keygen or crack.

    But now i´m a little worried because i´m feeling unprotected.

    can somebody give me a hand here ??:p
     
  17. J_L

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    How do you know those cracks and keygens are malicious?
     
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    for the place that I took them, and I ran them on a VM and I saw that it infected the VM, one was a crack for Ashampoo Internet Accelerator, the VM get freeze and inmediatly showed a blue screen. that was the only one that Avast detected.

    the other ones i´m sure are PUA.. not a complete FP but at least it should give me a warning
     
  19. m00nbl00d

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    I don't know why, nor can I understand, the reason for avast! not shed lights on how their behavior shield works.

    No information on the web site. At their forum, a lot users wish to know how it works, and never get answers.

    What's all this secrecy for? Maybe avast! thinks the users of the free shouldn't bother them with such question, but for what I know such feature is also available in their paid products.
    So, in my most honest opinion, there should be information stating how it works. That's the very least it could be done! Or is the "Behavior Shield" only placebo?

    Someone at avast! forum tested it against key loggers, and no done deal.

    So, I'm wondering what it does and how it works to protect users and costumers.
     
  20. progress

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    Don't forget, the "placebo" shield is new and it has to be improved ...

    ... why do you use ESET? :D
     
  21. m00nbl00d

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    That's more than understandable. Everything has a start and progress in the way, but is that a reason not to state any information in their web site, nor answering their users, and perhaps also costumers, how it works?

    Two entirely different situations. Independent of each other.
     
  22. m00nbl00d

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    avast! has an option, selected by default, in the main settings, that checks for rootkits.
    Does anyone know whether or not the file system shield is required for avast to check for rootkits on system boot?
     
  23. trjam

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    Best free software ever created. Think what you want but it really is and right now is your chance to grab it before it gets watered down the first quarter of next year.
     
  24. mhl6493

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    OK, I'll bite. What is happening in the first quarter of 2011 that will water down Avast! free?
     
  25. firzen771

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    ye, im pretty curious about that statement as well lol, cuz i havent heard anything myself o_O
     
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