Is Avast a worthy AV?

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by tonyseeking, Dec 17, 2008.

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  1. zapjb

    zapjb Registered Member

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    Yes! First thing I changed on my laptop. Uninstalled Norton360 & put Avast Home on. I always recommend for those wanting a Freeware (registrationware) AV.
     
  2. icr

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    I tried Avast! Pro on trial a couple of weeks back its good and light and provided good protection:thumb:
    I would suggest to try it as it provides demo for 60 days
     
  3. Nuke

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    Looks like you're right about the heuristics.
     
  4. Vladimyr

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    avast! 4.8 'Outlook/Exchange' & 'Internet Mail' providers and the anti-rootkit scanner include heuristic analysis. The 'Standard Shield' does not.
     
  5. RejZoR

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    We have stated numerous times. The line between pure signature detections and heuristics is not like black and white. And checkmark with text Heuristics next to it that does nothing is just as effective as antivirus without so called heuristics. Just look at proactive tests. Sure avast! isn't the top dog but hell, for antivirus without heuristics it's better than half of those that do have some form of heuristics mentioned in settings.
    Now, when avast! 5 is out, upgraded engine and behavioral analaysis part will rocket it again next to best AV's on market. It'll take some more time but it'll come :D
     
  6. Zeena

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    Hi :)

    Re : Avast Updates

    I have Avast Home on my - Laptop

    I find the way Avast updates is refreshingly - Truthful :)

    Avast Updates
    .. When there are updates to be updated with.
    In short: avast! detects the connection to the Internet every 40 seconds and looks for new updates every 4 hours.
    See Here : http://support.avast.com/index.php?_m=knowledgebase&_a=viewarticle&kbarticleid=25

    I Mean..

    I have AVG 8 ( Paid Version ) on my - Desktop Computer

    AVG 8 - Paid .. Updates every 4 hours
    But It Doesn't Really! :rolleyes:
    It just checks for updates every 4 hours.
    I actually recieve AVG 8 - Definition Updates .. Once or Twice per day
    Just The Same As Avast Really! :D

    And Then There Is - NIS 09 :thumbd:
    Note : I was using NIS 09 on my laptop .. Until I changed to Avast 2 weeks ago.
    These streaming Updates .. Every 5 Minutes
    I'm Sorry!
    But I just dont think this is necessary.
    Actually!
    I'm not even convinced that these updates are real :doubt:

    Whatever Antivirus we use... We only need updating when there are new updates to give us.

    And from comparing when I actually do recieve AVG 8 definition updates .. To ... When I recieve Avast definition updates.
    They apear to be about the same time intervals.
    So I'd Say...
    Avast Updates Are Perfectly Acceptable :thumb:
     
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  7. The Hammer

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    The frequency of NIS mini updates have been reported in some tests. So they are most likely real. But I'm glad your happy with Avast.
     
  8. normishmael

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    Ok....
    I just said Avast! does not use heuristics other than its MailShield.
    Now I see also in Internet Mail and the Microsoft email thing.
    Thats all.
    No insult/disrespect intended.No Avast attack.
    Sorry about BOClean.

    When Avast 5 comes out?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_2UScthu6Q
     
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  9. RejZoR

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    Actually it just states heuristic features are included in those providers.
    Standard Shield doesn't mention it anywhere but the scan engine still uses many proactive features. For example Win32:Virtualizer [Cryp] runs the files in emulator and if it finds any kind of known anti-emulation features, it marks the file as malicious/suspicious. All those with -gen tag use generic detections that can be classified as heuristics to some degree. And many detections that don't have any special tags use similar detection techniques. Like Win32:WMF. It has no special tags but it covers several variants of this malware.
     
  10. peetk

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    I'm one of those poor souls who have been bitten by NOD32 version 3 and am now looking for an alternative, unless I revert back to NOD32 version 2.7. How does Avast compare to NOD32 ?
     
  11. GES/POR

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    Avast supposedly is nice, has descent detection, good support, good removal of nasties, frequent updates, lots of neat n handy features such as boottime scan so id say it compres rather well
     
  12. Kerodo

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    I actually found Avast to have less impact on browsing and overall system performance for one thing. Works very well for me....
     
  13. Antarctica

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    Anything to backup what you are saying? Or is it just your experience, then you can say the same thing with every AV.Because you probably know that even Avira won't protect you 100%
     
  14. normishmael

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    This is purely anecdotal,but from my own "tests" (slip-shod,unscientific,etc)
    Avast! will alert on such items as Rogue Anti-viri.
    While Avira free will let you blissfully download and run them.
    I am not going to fall victim to this,and I doubt that any of you would,
    but for the less security minded user,Avast anti-spyware detection is a plus.
    Really,for all of us it is a plus.
    I wonder how the detection tests would come out if only the free versions
    of Avast! and Avira were compared?
    My guess is the gap would narrow.
     
  15. 031

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    Same here ........
     
  16. IceCube1010

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    I've tried many paid and free anti-virus programs over the years. Some I like, some I don't. But one thing is certain, I always come back to Avast. I only use the Standard Shield (high). When friends ask about this anti-virus and that, I always wind up telling them, you'd be better off with Avast. The program has good detection, light on cpu, always updates, very low FP's and the Home version is free. Their forum is great. High marks for Avast. It is a worthy AV.:)

    Ice
     
  17. RejZoR

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    Standard Shield alone is nice, but i'd recommend that you also use Web Shield and Network Shield.
    Web Shield scans all HTTP traffic (even inside archives) with nearly no performance hit on connection speed.
    Network Shield protects from attacks like the ones by Sasser and MSBlast.
    In latest version it also blocks known malware distribution addresses.
    All other providers are truly optional and not really necessary.
     
  18. Zimzi

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    Avast's Web Shield works great with no slowdown surfing internet. There is no reason to not use Web Shield.
     
  19. IceCube1010

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    Funny thing is, I had installed web shield and the network shield on my win xp pro laptop with SBIE and I was getting the BSOD with ashweb.sys I think that was the name. Anyway, I uninstalled the web shield and the network shield because I was at work. You make some good points with the above but using a Sandbox can protect you somewhat while surfing. When I get the time I might revist the BSOD issue.

    Ice
     
  20. RejZoR

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    Well, majority of users have no problems with BSOD's, so i'd say it's more related to problem on your box specific than with avast! itself.
     
  21. IceCube1010

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    Probably, because I'm sure there are many people using Avast with the shields on and SBIE. I will reseach further and find the culprit!

    Ice
     
  22. Zeena

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    Hi Ice :)

    I Totally Agree With - RejZoR

    What AV/AS .. Were you using before Avast?
    Perhaps there are still bits left hanging around.. Causing Problems :doubt:
    Perhaps a hunt & Kill of old bits of security software .. & .. A clean install of Avast would sort your BSOD issues.

    Not Sure!

    But I Do Know One Thing...
    From reading some of the threads at the Avast forum - Here : http://forum.avast.com/
    Almost everyone that visits the forum with a problem.. Seems to leave there - Happy! :D

    Very different story over at the Norton forum :thumbd: :D
     
  23. Arup

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    Have run Avast for years in different kind of PCs, currently out of 16 PCs at my institute, 7 of them are on Avast, never has one given a BSOD.


    Also congratulations to Avast, 75 million happy registered Avast users. They have to be doing something good. Said and done, people like vlk make using Avast and posting at their forum a pleasure.
     
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  24. RejZoR

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    There are others very helpful from ALWIL team who often post there.
    vlk, igor, kubecj and Maxx_original are probably the most active ones there.
    It's really great to have contact with actual team behind the program.
     
  25. IceCube1010

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    One of the best forums IMHO, next to this one!:D

    Ice
     
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