Author Topic: AVAST 2014 BETA1!  (Read 78435 times)

Offline pavels

  • avast! team
  • Sr. Member
  • *
  • Posts: 241
  • Gender: Male
  • avast! programmer
    • ALWIL Software
    • Personal Message (Offline)
AVAST 2014 BETA1!
« on: August 16, 2013, 01:57:21 PM »
Hi all,

I'm glad to announce that we've just released AVAST 2014 BETA1 (build number 9.0.2000). It's still summer-time, only a few months have passed since the release of AVAST 8, and the beta of a new major version is ready to be installed on your computers! Isn't it awesome? :-)

Here is the list of major changes/improvements:

Protection-related features and improvements
  • New DeepScreen technology allows avast! to make more intelligent decisions about new/unknown files. DeepScreen is a successor of AutoSandbox, now upgraded with some additional new technologies such as dynamic binary translation and dyna-gen announced earlier.
  • New Hardened mode for stricter lockdown scenarios. This is a new mode that is recommended especially for novice users (such as your grandmas): it automatically blocks execution of binaries that would normally be deepscreened (Moderate level) or even allows only execution of programs that are well-known to FileRep (Aggressive level). In a way, it brings the whitelisting concept to the consumer AV space.
  • Improved cloud scanning features and crowdsourced analysis of suspicious items. This includes new, optimized mechanism for collecting data from our sensors.
  • Continuously streaming update (CSU) technology for up-to-minute detections. This is not entirely new for v2014, but we now have really buttoned up the whole streaming update infrastructure to allow for reliable, uninterrupted service. We’re currently doing 350-400 updates a day, which equals to one update in roughly every 3.75 minutes, 24x7, 365 days a year. Streaming updates can now also carry more types of definitions than before.
  • Improved cleaning of malware. This applies to standard malware as well as rootkits and file infectors.

Other new features
  • All-new web browser plugins featuring comprehensive security ratings, protection against malware, phishing and typosquatting sites and Do-Not-Track (DNT) functionality for improved anonymity on the Internet. The DNT functionality doesn’t rely on the DNT HTTP headers; instead, it uses a proprietary technology that cannot be overridden by the servers.
  • All-new SafeZone for more secure online shopping and banking. Users can now switch back and forth between SafeZone and the regular browser with a single click. Also, online banking sites can be automatically opened in the SafeZone.
  • Rescue disk - allow users to create a bootable CD or flash disk with Avast on it. Great for cleaning.

Other improvements
  • A new, streamlined user interface for simplified navigation and more user comfort. The new UI is actually much simplified, and it’s probably the biggest change since version 5.0. We have also redefined the shields to the total number of three (File Shield, Web Shield, Mail Shield) and tweaked the action buttons (tiles) on the home page so that they’re now fully configurable.
  • Control and manage all protected devices directly from the Avast console. That is, the my.avast.com account is perfectly integrated in the UI to allow for management of all your devices running Avast.
  • Dramatic reduction in product size (full installer < 60MB, compared to today’s 120MB) and memory footprint. By default, install is done through a new stub installer though (which has the advantage of always installing the most up-to-date version).
  • Faster scanning thanks to optimized scanning engine (raw [in-memory] scans of EXE files are about 2x faster, while scans of text contents (e.g. web pages and scripts) are up to 10x faster).
  • Completely rewritten setup/updater that makes the installation and upgrade process faster, easier and more reliable
  • Firewall has been redesigned from scratch to allow for better compatibility with latest Windows, better performance and full support for IPv6 (although its UI hasn’t really changed).
  • New licensing system allows for much easier management of product licenses. The system relies on activation codes, and these can be added seamlessly by simply clicking a link.
  • Various improvement in the Software Updater and Browser Cleanup tool.

Download locations
http://files.avast.com/beta9x/avast_free_antivirus_setup.exe
http://files.avast.com/beta9x/avast_pro_antivirus_setup.exe
http://files.avast.com/beta9x/avast_internet_security_setup.exe
http://files.avast.com/beta9x/avast_premier_antivirus_setup.exe

avast! cleaner:
http://files.avast.com/beta9x/avastclear.exe


Known issues
- some inconsistencies in time entries in local statistics
- problems with sandboxing on win XP
- boot-time scan scheduling problems
- DeepScreen is still under development
- sometimes after upgrade from the sfx installer, the product requires manual license activation
- IE online security plugin not complete yet
- FW random BSODes
- Hardened mode not fully enabled yet
- this build doesn't contain the new Web Shield drivers yet
- minor issues with account registration
- non-English language packs haven't been updated and may not work correctly

It should be possible to install this version on top of your existing avast! installation (all settings should be preserved).

Any feedback is appreciated! https://feedback.avast.com/response/add
thanks a lot,
Pavel
« Last Edit: September 21, 2013, 09:10:51 PM by lukas.hasik »

Online RejZoR

  • Polymorphic Sheep
  • Starting Graphoman
  • *****
  • Posts: 7801
  • Gender: Male
  • We are supersheep, resistance is futile!
    • RejZoR's little secrets
    • Personal Message (Online)
Re: AVAST 2014 BETA1!!!
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2013, 02:00:58 PM »
Groovie :D I'll clean the existing avast! and start from zero just to avoid stupid problems...

Offline essexboy

  • avast! Überevangelist
  • Maybe Bot
  • *****
  • Posts: 28899
  • Gender: Male
  • Dragons by Sasha
    • Malware fixes
    • Personal Message (Offline)
Re: AVAST 2014 BETA1!!!
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2013, 02:05:39 PM »
On its way down, ta :)

Offline True Indian

  • Malware Hunter
  • Advanced Poster
  • **
  • Posts: 729
  • Gender: Male
  • A Good Old Indian!
    • Personal Message (Offline)
Re: AVAST 2014 BETA1!
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2013, 02:20:43 PM »
Yay!! goodbye 360 IS...Welcome Back Avast!!!!  ;D

Online RejZoR

  • Polymorphic Sheep
  • Starting Graphoman
  • *****
  • Posts: 7801
  • Gender: Male
  • We are supersheep, resistance is futile!
    • RejZoR's little secrets
    • Personal Message (Online)
Re: AVAST 2014 BETA1!
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2013, 02:24:03 PM »
Where should we post bugs? To the avast! feedback webpage that we used for avast! 8.0 ?

Offline Vlk

  • Global Moderator
  • Serious Graphoman
  • **
  • Posts: 11564
  • Gender: Male
  • Please don't send me IM's. Email only. Thx.
    • ALWIL Software
    • Personal Message (Offline)
Re: AVAST 2014 BETA1!
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2013, 02:28:44 PM »
Where should we post bugs? To the avast! feedback webpage that we used for avast! 8.0 ?

Yes that's a good place. Really depends whether it's an isolated bug, or more a general complaint/comment (which would probably be better here).

In any case, we monitor both locations. ;)
If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving's not for you.

Offline lukas.hasik

  • avast! team
  • Poster
  • *
  • Posts: 463
  • Gender: Male
  • Head of Quality (avast)
    • Personal Message (Offline)
Re: AVAST 2014 BETA1!
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2013, 02:29:08 PM »
Where should we post bugs? To the avast! feedback webpage that we used for avast! 8.0 ?
yes, use the feedback.avast.com, please. - https://feedback.avast.com/response/add
Quality is also a feature
AV 2014

Offline GTX66

  • An AIS User
  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 341
  • Gender: Male
    • Personal Message (Offline)
Re: AVAST 2014 BETA1!
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2013, 02:32:25 PM »
Thanks :)

Online RejZoR

  • Polymorphic Sheep
  • Starting Graphoman
  • *****
  • Posts: 7801
  • Gender: Male
  • We are supersheep, resistance is futile!
    • RejZoR's little secrets
    • Personal Message (Online)
Re: AVAST 2014 BETA1!
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2013, 02:33:20 PM »
It would be also smart to clean up the feedback page because any complaints/bug reports done so far (for avast! 8.0) are irrelevant now for v2014. just to avoid unnecessary confusions and problems using that page.

Offline essexboy

  • avast! Überevangelist
  • Maybe Bot
  • *****
  • Posts: 28899
  • Gender: Male
  • Dragons by Sasha
    • Malware fixes
    • Personal Message (Offline)
Re: AVAST 2014 BETA1!
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2013, 02:40:52 PM »
I had a debug report appear on the desktop after installation

Attached.  Windows 8 64bit

Offline Marco87

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 13
    • Personal Message (Offline)
Re: AVAST 2014 BETA1!
« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2013, 02:41:40 PM »
Awesome news avast! Team

Im gonna try v2014, i still love v8
So lets see how this new major version works!! :D

Again great work!! :D

Offline bobo1

  • Poster
  • *
  • Posts: 468
  • Gender: Male
    • Personal Message (Offline)
Re: AVAST 2014 BETA1! Poss bug!
« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2013, 03:16:35 PM »
 POSSIBLE BUG ON INSTALLER.

Tried beta version 9 on top of avast 8 today The latest version of avast 8! . Lost registration expiry!!!!! on the beta version 9 & Expires in 30 days unable to re insert key to beta version.. Gone back to Version 8 again. Will wait until major release is out later. GUI is not as nice as the version 8 all grey and not very colourfull!

Will try again on my test rig computer with a fresh install and not on top of version 8. Will post results later on today!
« Last Edit: August 16, 2013, 03:23:54 PM by bobo1 »
IBM T41 INTEL CENTRINO 1.6GHZ  3. XP SP3. 1000 MB RAM. 80GB HARD DRIVE. AVAST 9. MALWAREBYTES FREE.
NEW TEST RIG FUJITSU (SCALEO) 2.8GHZ 3000MB RAM DVI HD OUT SVGA PENT 4 AVAST 9. GAMING RIG

Offline abruptum

  • Poster
  • *
  • Posts: 574
    • Personal Message (Offline)
Re: AVAST 2014 BETA1!
« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2013, 03:18:59 PM »
Windows 7 Firewall outbound rules compatibility with Web Shield ?

Offline lukas.hasik

  • avast! team
  • Poster
  • *
  • Posts: 463
  • Gender: Male
  • Head of Quality (avast)
    • Personal Message (Offline)
Re: AVAST 2014 BETA1! Poss bug!
« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2013, 03:19:08 PM »
POSSIBLE BUG ON INSTALLER.

Tried beta version 9 on top of avast 8 today The latest version of avast 8! . Lost registration expiry!!!!!  & Expires in 30 days unable to re insert key to beta version.. Gone back to Version 8 again. Will wait until major release is out later.
could you be more specific? What as your origin and new "edition"?
Can't you re-register again?

Quality is also a feature
AV 2014

Offline GTX66

  • An AIS User
  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 341
  • Gender: Male
    • Personal Message (Offline)
Re: AVAST 2014 BETA1!
« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2013, 03:20:26 PM »
So far I am really liking this :)

 

Google Chrome

AVAST recommends using the FREE Google Chrome™ browser.

Download Google Chrome Now