How effective are avast's AM modules?

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by jo3blac1, Nov 22, 2012.

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  1. jo3blac1

    jo3blac1 Registered Member

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    Okay so I want to know how effective are Avast's real time modules and what do they do?

    - Web Shield
    - Network Shield
    - Script Shield

    Script Shield is self explanatory. But I have no idea what Web Shield and Network shield does. There is little info on Avast website.

    Mods: this topic is purely about Avast's effectiveness against malware, so that's why I would like to keep it here.
     
  2. vlk

    vlk AV Expert

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    Web Shield is a HTTP filter that scans all traffic for malware (html, scripts as well as downloads/executables etc). Works with every browser (or, more specifically, every program that uses HTTP). In case of executables, it also interfaces with FileRep and warns in advance about suspicious/unknown files.

    Network Shield serves two things:
    a) a lightweight IDS to handle non-HTTP (and non-email) network-based worms. Not very important these days as there's no big worms anymore, really.
    b) URL blocker. Just what it says - blocks access to malicious URLs (also from any program)

    Script Shield is a browser plugin. That is, it's only available for a few browsers (IE, Firefox, Chrome). The advantage though is that it can protect against malicious scripts that somehow made it through the Web Shield (e.g. HTTPS).

    Hope this helps,
    Vlk
     
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    jo3blac1 Registered Member

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    Which ones are redundant with MBAM Pro?
     
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