How is avast antivirus pro

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  1. theshadow247

    theshadow247 Registered Member

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    i dont hear much about avast.how does it stackup to say,drweb.or antivir personal classic 7..
     
  2. JerryM

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    Hi,
    http://www.av-comparatives.org/
    Take a look how they stack up in the on-demand and heuristics areas.

    My own experience with Avast has been that it runs well on the three I have tried it on, and a couple of others that I have recommended its use. It is one that I go to when I do not have one that is trouble free, and am between AVs.

    Detection wise, it is better than Dr Web, but not as good as Antivir.

    Best,
    Jerry
     
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    thanks for the reply.i heard that the shields make the av and sufing slow.i have not used it yet thats why iam asking..
     
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    I don't know how different the Pro and Free versions are, I have the free version and the shields do not affect my surfing speed at all.
     
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    thanks.cheater87.iam going to install it and see how it is on my system each av is diffrent from machine to machine.so ill see..
     
  6. lodore

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    the webshield wont slow your surfing down and is meant to be the best HTTP scanner for the least problems and no slow down.
    lodore
     
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    First, having a stabil browser without security issues is more important than having the ability to block certain scripts according to my experience, therefore I wouldn´t either buy the Pro version, unless you want to support the work of the Avast team. Secondly, since malware producers very often uses encryption and/or compression in several layers, the shield won´t detect the malware between the Internet and your browser, meaning that not until the file executes on your system will your AV/AT/AS "detect" the malware (if your security software is good enough...). /Cerxes.
     
  10. quadrophonic

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    Do you mean the Antivir pay version? Would you rather go with Avast free, Avast Pro, or the free version of Avira PE Classic? Unfortunately, AV-comparatives doesn't compare Avira PE Classic to Avast or AVG, as the latter two might be a better choice, especially Avast with it's several shields.

    My trial of NOD32 ran out, and I'm thinking of temporarily going back to Avast.
    Looking at the latest AV-Comparatives report, NOD32 and Norton seem to be the best, with Kaspersky close. It's hard to decide between Avast and AVG, as they both do a decent job, but have their drawbacks according to the report. I sort of missed Avast's e-mail scanning shield when I was using NOD32 and Avira PE Classic.

    The question is whether Avira's free PE Classic AV without it's spy and adware protection, and a good free anti-spyware program like Spyware Terminator + Winpatrol Free + a Hosts File + IE Spyad Terminator + a firewall, is the equal of NOD32 or Avira Premium.

    In summary - Avast, AVG or Avira PE Classic?
     
  11. lodore

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    nod32 has a mail scanner
    lodore
     
  12. solcroft

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    In addition to what everyone else has said, I would like to add the comment that avast! has a very - VERY - slow response time to user-reported malware in terms of adding detection signatures. While this may or may not be a concern for you, one of my criterion for choosing a security program is the attitude its producers adopt when it comes to responding to new threats.
     
  13. Pedro

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    Since i bought this pc, i never tried anything else other than Avast! for AV.
    Solid, and complete. No hickups.
    Avast! freeware that is, unless you prefer to support them.

    That last post makes me think, but not uninstall.
     
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    Hi, folks: I use Avast home, and I feel its def update is in time and efficient, at least on daily basis, although it may react to user-reported findings slowly. That does not mean they do not care. They may have some sort of filter system to verify every single user-related findings. They value users' contribution, just that red tape slows it down. Do they act on it? if yes, then users's concerns are properly addressed. Avast's responding speed may not be the best, IMO. is adequate and effective. I would feel very safe to use it.
     
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    In terms of user support and response time, it would really be interesting to find out how many employees there are in these companies in terms of clerical and computer analysts.

    Obviously, Symantec and McAfee are the largest. Can an NOD32, Avira, Avast, AVG, and the rest afford to employ as many AV and malware specialists as the big two? The same goes for customer support. As large as Symantec is, I can't even find an email address on their site. I know that Avira and Avast do return emails and respond on their forums.
     
  16. solcroft

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    Companies like Kaspersky, AVG and Avira typically respond and add signatures within days (or hours, in Kaspersky's case) upon receiving user submissions. On the other hand, I have seen a post in the avast! user forums where it took the company 10 months to add a detection signature. Personally, I have given up tracking how long avast! takes to respond (by checking the scan results on Jotti and/or VT); it seems, for me, that they never do.

    Whatever the reasons may be, this is happening all the same. Just stating an observation.
     
  17. vlk

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    How did you find that out? You'd be really surprised how small the virus labs of these companies are...
     
  18. Inspector Clouseau

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    "Many" doesn't mean that it solves all your problems. "Many" only means quantity. Think about the fact that if you call the support in a smaller company that almost everybody can answer almost every question. Doesn't matter if it's a interface question, a driver question or a "help, i am infected" problem. Try that in a bigger company... If you have several problems you most likely get redirected between different people because everyone has it's own "field".

    And regarding symantec, just wait 2 or 3 months and then count the people there again. They are un-employing currently. Trend Micro for example has aprox. hundred people in the Vlab, take a look at the clementi testresults and build up your mind. I repeat it again: Many means nothing, you have only a man-power number you can calculate with. It always depends on the individuals how deep they integrate into the company, and that is usually in a smaller company much better.
     
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