Wednesday, February 23, 2011 7:37:24 PM
AVAST Software has officially launched their brand new flagship product avast! Antivirus in many flavors.
The version 6 brings the 6th gear of performance in scan speed and detection, featuring even faster scan engine with many scan optimizations, improved detection methods and brand new and unique features.What's new?
- Script Shield
Now also available in Free Antivirus!
- Auto Sandbox
Automatic sandboxing of suspicious programs. This makes avast! 6.0 Free the first antivirus to provide virtualization technology to the free users!
- Behavior Shield
It was available before, but this time also brings fully automated logic for detection of unknown malware through behavioral analysis without any user interaction. For both, free and payable users.
- WebRep browser plugin
This plugin provides avast! users with a tool for webpage rating. So you can always know what kind of page you're visiting, how other users rate it and what's its content.
This brand new and very unique technology only available in avast!. What's so unique about SafeZone is perfectly isolated and secured environment where keyloggers, hijackers and password stealers can't steal your important data. Once you fire up the SafeZone, you'll see a new desktop which already has Chromium installed and secured inside, ready for worry free shopping and banking. If the shop is verified and is using secure HTTPS connection there is almost impossible to steal your sensitive data.
These are the greatest new features but there are plenty of minor and less visible "under the hood" improvements. For more detailed info, visit http://www.avast.com
and check them out.
avast! webpage is experiencing some problems because it's getting hammered by millions of users, but you can also download latest avast! 6.0 from http://download.cnet.com/windows
Sunday, January 30, 2011 9:01:46 AM
Before you start using anything, remember, this is still a BETA version. It is not recommended to use it on productive systems. Use dedicated testing machines or virtualization tools like VMWare instead!
One of the worlds most widely used antivirus programs will soon reach version 6.0. The interface is not much different, but what's more important is the stuff under the hood. And i can assure you that it has plenty of new things. You can check out in the "What's new" below.You can participate in BETA test here:http://forum.avast.com/index.php?board=15.0
- AutoSandbox – suspicious programs will be optionally run sandboxed
- avast! WebRep – browser plugin for website reputation rating; a combination of data from our virus lab and community voting
- Script Shield now even in the Free AV
- Site Blocking now even in the Free AV
- SafeZone – a special virtualized area for sensitive transactions (e.g. secure online banking) (paid products only)
- Restore factory settings command (Settings -> Troubleshooting)
- Automatic actions in the boot-time scan
- New compression method in the installer makes the setup packages about 20% smaller.
- Script Shield now functional even with IE8/IE9 Protected Mode
- Sidebar gadget
- Improved stability/compatibility of the Behavior Shield
- Improvements in the avast! sandbox
- Help files not updated yet
- Localizations incomplete yet
- SafeZone not yet accessible (Pro AV / IS only)
- WebRep only available for IE and Firefox (Chrome is coming soon)
- Firewall: per-application packet rules not yet accessible
- Firewall: uTorrent conflict not yet resolved
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 4:45:31 PM
After chatting with ALWIL team i've got some info on what we can expect. I'll not be able to disclose everythng in detail since some of the info is still confidential. But i'll make few points to let avast! fans know what to expect from avast! 5. All this is still half official, so if anything will not land in the initial avast! 5 release, don't attack me or ALWIL guys. The missing features will probably follow in avast! 5.1 release.
There will be different versions, most notably antivirus and suite. First is obviously stand alone antivirus, while other one contains other features like firewall.
The first and most significant change will be GUI or graphical user interface. And the change is massive. I still don't have some details and stuff that i've seen was still heavy prototype stuff but still. It looks great and very functional. I'm sure most of you will love it. Second will be under the hood. They decreased memory footprint significantly and also lowered the system requirements, meaning avast! 5 will be much much faster and also use less resources. But they don't stop there. Under the hood improvements also include massive improvements in detection. Enhanced virus definition updates (VPS) with superior flexibility, incredibly fast VPS updating (very similar to Symantec Pulse updates, only for avast! Professional users though), enhanced proactive methods like heuristics, behavioral detection and sandboxing to combat 0-day threats and many many more exciting features.
The release is scheduled for summer 2009. Czech based ALWIL Software again shows they mean serious business with their state of the art engineered software. It will indeed be a very hot summer for any antivirus geek when avast! hits the internet. Stay tuned! This summer!
It appears there was a "communication error" (from my side) regarding the release date. The alpha and beta test phase will indeed begin soon (which falls under the summer estimation), however the actual retail release in 5 major languages (and more to follow later) and in 3 different editions is scheduled for autumn 2009. I'll post some more info once i get the alpha version in my hands.