When did Avast become good?

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  1. valnar

    valnar Registered Member

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    I don't visit this forum too often, but when did Avast become a good performer? I thought the standouts used to be Karpersky, NOD32 and even Avira. Should I not recommend those anymore?
     
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  3. RejZoR

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    avast! has been really good for a couple of years now. But has significantly improved in a last year or so. And i think it's the most complete free antivirus you can get, without stupid tricks, ads and stuff like that. It just works and it does that very well.
     
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    Well hello, RejZoR, what a surprise to see you in this thread. :D No offense intended of course. :p :)
     
  5. Pain of Salvation

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    For me, Avast became to bee good with this version 5. Very light, stable, nice interface, great detection rates, great http scan... best free antivirus in my opinion.
     
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    i think avast is a full feature free av but i think it needs to improve a little in terms of detection protection and update a little more than once per day
     
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    I'm still using v4.8 and it updates 2-3 times per day. Has that frequency changed with 5.0?
     
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    instant message and p2p sheild ! , sounds naive ! . just to write on their site look at avast features ! we have im sheild, wow !.
    floppy disk scanner ! sounds ancient!
     
  9. Technic

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    I am looking forward to see that data (detection rate(s)). :argh:

    Any links?

    Thank you.
     
  10. Pain of Salvation

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    Av-Comparatives... Dynamic tests shows that Avast 5 (beta) was only behind of Symantec, Kaspersky and Avira.
     
  11. AvinashR

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    Lots of false +ve...Really painful
     
  12. Zeena

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    Hi page 42 :)

    Don't Worry!
    Avast 5 Free .. Updates just the same as 4.8 ;)
    Except!
    Now it's a Woman that says... " Your Virus Database Has Been Updated "
    And..
    The New Update Pop Up .. Looks Really Cool! :cool:

    Almost always get 2 updates a day... Morning on Start Up - & - Again in the Evening :D

    Think there sometimes is a 3rd update .. Later on at night!
    But I'm in bed by then :D
    Guess it depends on where you live - Time Zone!
     
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    Yeah the updates are same but atleast you have better engine as compared to v4.8:)
     
  14. icr

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    Like what:)
    I actually have qualms regarding its detection against rogues:(
     
  15. valnar

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    I knew that Avira was good and AVG was crap, but I thought Avast was in the middle. On other forums it seems like Microsoft's offering now preferred as the quintessential freebee. Should it be Avast instead?
     
  16. Zeena

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    Hi :)

    Avast 5 .. Does come with - PUPs *puppy*
    And it's the PUPs that I would imagine.. Looks for the Rouges :doubt:
    However!
    PUPS is NOT ticked by Default.
    Think coz some people ( Advanced Users ) play with ( Lets Say.. ) less well known software :rolleyes:
    And so having PUPs - ON by Default .. Might cause some people False Positives :eek:


    If I Thought I Had A Rouge :(
    Then I'd definitely try scanning with the - PUPs *puppy*

    ---------------------- :D -----------------------
     
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    Valnar, Sounds like your commenting about programs from 2 years ago. Avast as a free AV is very good. Avast 5 beta was reviewed by AV-comp and was given a strong showing.
     
  18. clwnhat

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    I've used Avast for years, it has always been good in my opinion. I used Avira as a stand alone scanner for a couple years but it didn't find anything that Avast didn't.

    Haven't tried Kaspersky or NOD32.
     
  19. valnar

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    OK, I just installed Avast. I'll give it a shot.

    Does anyone know if it does incessant logging? Or create temp files for items that is scans? I have an SSD and don't wear it out unexpectedly.
     
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    with avast paid you can get up to 60 min updates according the vlk. i set mine to 120 min for now but i think ill try the 60 min setting and see what happens. though i do miss the updates every 15 min or so with nortons.. lol they are fantastic with the pulse updates
     
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    I guess in your books Norton and Kaspersky are also wrong in advertising IM protection, right? And perhaps Norton Antivirus' Intrusion Prevention is snake oil since you have a firewall to cover that, right?
     
  22. RejZoR

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    You just forgot to mention Behavior analyzer, full rootkit detection, boot time scanner, updater far superior to all others, fastest update servers even for free users, full uncrippled functionality etc etc etc.
    Where the hell you dig up the floppy scanning and similar stuff but forgot to notice all of teh above? Just a thought...
     
  23. Kees1958

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    My old XP Pro running LUA, SRP plus extra ACL on userspace (registry mainly), has never ran so fast with Avast behabioral plus file shield (being trigggered by OS through registry attachements tweak), I have a stable setup for months now (with Iron + AdSweep + WOT + New Tab Behaviour + IE tab)
     
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    Avast update definitions on my V5 2 or 3 times a day. :)
     
  25. linuxforall

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    It always was a quality product, did slack off a bit with version 4.8 but that was because their team was busy working on version 5. Now its back on top and with version 5, I feel its their best version ever.
     
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