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Release history with notes
« on: February 26, 2016, 10:01:32 AM »

What's new:
- Do Not Disturb Mode replaces Game Mode and adds support for non-game apps too
- Edge extension replaces the Internet Explorer one (
- SecureLine VPN component won't be part of AV. User will be offered to install standalone VPN client independent from AV (staged release not for all users now)
- Support for scanning TLS 1.3 traffic via Web Shield (Chrome, Firefox)
- Automatic redirect to search page if domain isn't found
- Firewall notification not displayed when network changed
- Detection dialog not displayed for Web Shield when set to Ask
- Wrong reporting of Wi-Fi Inspector scan progress percent
- Site blocking works again
- Rescue disc
- Reporting of AV and Firewall state to Windows Security Center
- Explorer scan result not added to Notification Center
- Removed Enable offline mode option in free version tray icon


What's new:
- Notification alerts! A blue dot now appears on our systray icon when you have a notification
- Restore anywhere! Restore files from the Virus Chest to any location by clicking “Restore as”
- Improved our installation and update processes
- Clicking “Subscription information” in our systray menu now opens the correct screen
- Firewall status is now properly reported in Windows Security Center
- Disabled shields now appear correctly in our systray menu
- Fixed a few activation code bugs


- Detection dialogues for Anti-exploit and Anti-rootkit Shields
- My Licenses section
- Dropdown menu in top bar
- Earn Rewards program
- Wi-Fi Inspector redesign
- GDPR compliance
- Fixed a few crashes related to Firewall drivers
- "Scanning in progress" is no longer reported in tray after install
- Toaster from Game Mode is not shown when Silent Mode is enabled
- UI not responding when shields are disabled
- Behavior Shield crashes


- Avast now opens even faster
- Avast Passwords settings have been redesigned for easier use
- Squashed a Virus Chest bug that mistakenly deleted files when you tried to restore them
- Our welcome screen is now displayed properly after Avast is installed
- Firewall no longer blocks your emails over IPv6
- Game Mode popups about newly added games now slide away as intended
- Exterminated a Behavior Shield startup bug


- Threat detections made when Silent Mode is on will now appear in Notification Center
- Right-click scans from Windows Explorer are working again
- Automatic shutdown after scheduled scans is working again
- Our tray icon now animates properly
- Missing text has been added back when right-clicking the Recycle Bin
- Compatibility scan can be added to Smart Scan again via Settings
- Squashed some rescue-disk creation bugs


- You can now add multiple files to your Virus Chest at once
- We now better handle opening multiple Avast windows at once
- We've optimized scans of downloaded executable (.exe) files
- We now warn you if you try to shut down Windows during installation to ensure your Avast installation finishes properly
- Avast updates and installations are now more reliable thanks to our new fallback HTTPS server that kicks in if our standard servers are not reachable
- We've added a new Anti-Exploit module for better protection against exploits, shellcode, and other malicious executable files
- Hate being tracked online? Check out the new Avast AntiTrack offer we've added to your Privacy menu (now only in English version)
- Fixed scanning of files in your Virus Chest
- Fixed some problems with the Outlook plugin
- Fixed wrong text in the Recycle Bin context menu
- Fixed the name of the Avast window in the taskbar
- Fixed an annoying bug that minimized games every 30 minutes


- Now you can send feedback and bug reports from Settings > About
- Recycle Bin content can now be shredded via Windows contextual menu (Avast Premier only)
- Redesigned Scan & Shields screens in the Protection menu for easier navigation
- Redesigned Avast Passwords UI for easier use
- More detailed status reporting to Windows Security Center in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
- Nested virtualization support for AMD CPUs
- Better proxy detection by setup and update from Windows settings
- Fixed a problem with white UI (you might see more processes AvastUI.exe now, but that's OK)
- Sensitive Data Shield now works with Windows XP and Vista
- Anti-Phishing Protection in Web Shield now works with Windows XP
- Clicking Scan Details in the Notification Center no longer starts another scan
- Fixed Avast service crash when a license expires
- Fixed performance scan in Performance > Cleanup Premium
- Fixed issue where Behavior Shield sometimes cut off a user’s Internet connection
- False positives can now be reported directly from threat detection warnings (File Shield)
- Fixed boot issue on Windows XP when Virtual PC driver is installed
- Fixed BSOD caused by conflict between DELL percsas3 and Avast Self-defense drivers


- Fixed issues with deleting Firewall rules during program update
- Fixed issues with Passive mode
- Added support for custom folders in Ransomware shield
- Fixed repeating scheduled scans
- Fixed update action from Windows Security Center
- Polishing of Virus Chest
- Fixed issue with Gmail signature (007 error) that was breaking outgoing emails
- Fixed Firewall new network toaster to set the correct profile


- New Webcam Shield stops hackers from hijacking your webcam to spy on you (Premier only)
- Virus Chest redesigned and moved to the Protection menu for easier access
- Improved low-level optimizations for better performance with AMD Ryzen CPUs
- Exclusions for Real Site (Secure DNS) can now be added via Web Shield exclusions


- Improved Anti-Phishing prevents you from falling victim to scams and fake sites (no browser extension needed!)
- New standalone Avast Cleanup Premium product with improved cleaning (to be rolled out in stages)
- We now recommend scanning for hidden network threats when you first connect to a new network
- Our systray icon now shows when you have a security notification
- Improved threat detections are now more visible and more informative about threats


- New feature: Ransomware Shield (for Internet Security and Premier)
- New warning system on dashboard
- Warnings added to notification center
- Redesigned some popups
- Notification counter added to tray icon


- updated GUI engine
- fixed notification of finished Smart Scan, now it correctly shows the results instead of starting the scan again
- fixed several crashes in Web Shield (including corruption of large downloaded files)
- fixed crashing during update of virus definitions on 32-bit OS
- viruses detected by File Shield are now correctly moved to quarantine
- firewall profile is correctly recognized also when you connect via different network adapters
- fixed problem with empty windows profile on Windows 10 after avast update
- right-click explorer scan now runs in main window


- Crashes in setup


- Firewall: Fixed internet connectivity not working after update (until restart) on Win XP, Vista and 7 - should now always work immediately
- Wifi Inspector: Fixed incorrectly displayed vulnerabilities - vulnerability info is now correct
- Web Shield: Fixed SSL scanning issue on some sites - sites now load correctly
- Issues with login to roaming profile after update
- Passwords: Fixed issues with self-authorization and import from Easy Pass
- Issue with installation on Braswell CPUs
- Network problems after update on Vista
- Issue with playing HTML5 videos in SafeZone browser
- Improved compatibility with Windows 10 Creators Update
- Issue with disabling components, which require restart
- Problems with never-ending Cleanup optimization


- not working User interface after update
- problems on Windows Vista after update
- issues with SecureLine license after update
- conflict with Comodo firewall
- installation of web extensions on 64-bit version of Firefox
- problems with opening Avast UI after installation
- security issue in SafeZone browser banking mode


- Improved user interface - simplified navigation, new brand colors, notification center
- Behavior Shield - better protects you against ransomware by monitoring running programs for suspicious behavior
- Game mode - helps reduce distractions and lag times by automatically prioritizing your game’s performance and suspending all unnecessary background notifications and processes while you play
- Free version no longer requires email registration
- Performance improvements - faster webpage loading and app launching thanks to optimized hashing algorithms
- Wi-Fi Inspector - previously called Home Network Security, this feature now detects even more problems and vulnerabilities on both home and public networks
- Passwords - faster UI and improved browser integration
- Real Site - our new name for SecureDNS, which prevents DNS hijacking to help you avoid visiting fake websites
- SafeZone browser - common settings for all modes, faster startup of bank mode, currency converter


+ Passive mode - new compatibility mode,  which should solve compatibility issues, when Avast is being installed on a pc, where other AV is installed (and registred to WSC), Most of the shields are turned off, Avast should be updatable.
+ Added SafeZone browser, Security browser extension and SafePrice extension to Settings->Components for better management

+ BSOD for Skylake processor running  Windows 10 Anniversary Update
+ Randomly opening Avast UI bug
+ SafePrice browser extension component is not installed during update when Browser extension was not installed in the previous version
+ Compatibility problems with PICO processes on Win10 RS1
+ Incorrectly displaying firewall network profile notification
+ Avast is correctly recognized in Windows Security Center after upgrade to Windows Anniversary Update
+ Showing all passwords as reused in passwords list


+ Fully compatible with Windows 10 Anniversary Update

+ The new Components menu in program Settings - an easier way to control which components are installed and running


+ Lower system impact - faster boot time, less space taken on disk

+ CyberCapture - better detection of unknown and unique files via our cloud technology

+ Regular monthly program updates - automatic and silent, configurable via Settings

+ Improved detection of router vulnerabilities

+ New Bank mode in SafeZone browser

+ Faster SecureLine connection

+ Antispam is now as opt-in component

- Removed hardware virtualization (NG) - replaced with CyberCapture,that has much lower impact on system resources

- Removed Remote assistance - not used enough and not a core functionality


+ fixed crashing installations

+ fixed critical crashes on some AMD processors

+ fixed problem with huge antispam logfile

+ fixed repeatedly adding SafeZone browser icon on desktop after avast update


+ Fixed issue when SafeZone browser was installed during program update also in case when user has uninstalled it before


+ SafeZone browser is now included also in free version

+ Avast program updates are now automatic and silent by default - can be changed via Settings->Update

+ Faster computer startup

+ Fixed issues with Firewall on Windows 7

+ Fixed postpone function on restart dialog

+ Fixed starting Pay mode in SafeZone browser

+ Better notification about email signatures


+ New firewall driver for Win8/10 - fixes issues with non working firewall

+ SecureLine start is faster - new OpenVPN method

+ Easier turning off email signatures

+ Faster loading of passwords list

+ Fixed installation of SafeZone browser

+ Extensions are now Firefox 64-bit compatible

+ SafeZone browser: Added security extension (phishing protection)

+ SafeZone browser: Fixed Pay mode crashes

+ SafeZone browser: Settings and bookmarks now synced to Pay mode (after browser restart)

+ Security fixes


+ Added option to disable the email signature to Setttings-> General ( )

+ SafeZone browser now automatically imports bookmarks and passwords from old SafeZone

+ Added shortcut for SafeZone browser to systray menu

+ Passwords extension for Firefox is now signed

+ Added icons for scans

+ HTTPS scanning now supports SPDY protocol

+ Fixed problems with browsing on Windows XP

+ Fixed issues with expired certificates needed for HTTPS scanning

+ Update popup not shown when just checking for latest version ( )

+ Fixed missing option to delete custom scan

+ Fixed wrong displayed text in menu

+ Fixed problems with SecureDNS

+ Fixed missing Spanish language in Home network security


NEW: Passwords - Avast can now manage your passwords and generate strong passwords for you. Just one password to remember.
 - checks your passwords security
 - stores your passwords securely
 - includes browser extensions for easier logging in and form filling
 - generates strong passwords

Android app:
iOS app:
NEW: SafeZone browser - Replaced the SafeZone for safer shopping and banking in Pro, Internet Security and Premier
 - Pay Mode: It isolates the session and protects it from possible keyloggers or other malicious software secretly lurking on your computer. With Pay Mode you can perform all your financial transactions in peace, without fear of your password or other personal details being stolen. Pay Mode runs automatically on banking site, but it can be also turned on manually.
 - Shielded Window: To open there suspicious websites and to ensure full anonymity
 - Ad Blocking: includes built in ad blocker extension
 - Video downloading for offline viewing
 - Easy setup: Automatically imports your bookmarks, history and cookies from your current default browser

NEW: User interface - More space for content, easy control

NEW: Feedback possible directly from program - report bugs, feature requests and other suggestions easier

IMPROVED: Home network security now detects more router vulnerabilites and shows more details
IMPROVED: Installation - it should be now faster and less obtrusive.
IMPROVED: WebShield HTTPS Scanning - We introduced a new method of HTTPs scanning. It is used in Firefox, Chrome and Opera. It works without changing the certificates and the security parameters and certificates are verified by the browser itself, including checks for untrusted or revoked certificates.

+ Many other minor tweaks and bug fixes


+ Better server selection list in SecureLine

+ Fixed: Cleanup to stucked on 99%

+ Fixed: Problems with HTTPS certificates in Firefox after upgrade to Windows 10

+ Fixed: Firewall not started after upgrade to Windows 10

+ Fixed: Cleanup to report leftover files, when software was just updated and not uninstalled (e.g. Skype, Java)


+ Bug fixing


    Grimefighter is now redone and called Cleanup
        runs without need of reboot
        much faster
        runs on more devices (better compatibility)
    Improved Windows 10 compatibility
    Ability to check compatibility issues with other antivirus software
    Host-based intrusion prevention system (HIPS): an installed software package which monitors a single host for suspicious activity by analyzing events occurring within that host
    StreamFilter with HTTPS scanning is now available also for Windows XP/Vista
    NG is no longer using Volume Shadow Copy Service


    Faster start after reboot - some components are loaded later
    File System Shield - solved incompatibility with TrueCrypt
    File System Shield - exclusions work again
    Added option to install Skype during Avast installation
    StreamFilter - Improved compatibility with other AV products


    Fixed bug - unable to insert Avast SecureLine license
    Fixed problem - failed to load language dll [1033\UILangRes.dll] error after update
    Fixed incompatibility with Windows Live Mail connection
    Fixed BCU problems with removing addons in silent mode


    Compatibility with Windows 10
    Full integration of Browser cleanup
    Redesigned browser plugins
    Changed setup flow for better license activation
    Avast NG – lot’s of performance and stability fixes
    AccessAnywhere function is removed and replaced with new remote connection feature available through Account screen in all editions
    Browser Cleanup integrated to Avast UI and added to Smart Scan
    GrimeFighter now supports UEFI
« Last Edit: August 21, 2018, 04:24:33 PM by MartinZ »

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Re: Release history with notes
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2017, 01:58:32 PM »

    Improved the security of the product
    Added "resume" support in the setup component
    New version of the antispam library
    Added warnings during the installation process for compatibility purposes
    Ability to disable promotion popups (paid versions only)
    General bugfixing


    Stream Filtering – fixed stability and compatibility issues, it's running smooth and fast now
    Firewall – the firewall should be more stable and with better compatibility with other network applications.
    Android protection - we can protect (if you wish) your Android phones and tablets with Avast Free Mobile Security (through your active Google Account) automatically (during the installation or update)
    Stability & performance improvements


    Stream Filtering - fixed stability and compatibility issues, it's running smooth and fast now, so no more browsing problems
    ARA/ARC - implemented internal architecture improvements, if you can, please test these components, thanks a lot
    Firewall - the firewall should be more stable and with better compatibility with other network applications
    Improved! Software Updater - new installation wizard lets you download and install multiple updates at once directly from
    Improved! Browser Cleanup - improved detection and removal of browser protectors, those tools that try to block us from getting rid of annoying toolbars
    Improved! GrimeFighter - now supporting 12 additional languages and with an advanced console for more control of optimization tasks. Go ahead and fight the Grime!


    FIXED: Uninstalling avast might hang at "stopping service: Avast antivirus"
    FIXED: Upload issues for Dropbox and Flickr
    Performance and stabilization fixes in Stream Filter - e.g blocking of ajax calls
    Several firewall fixes - e.g. blocking of Google Earth
    Stability improvements - several crashes fixed


    Fully rewritten WebShield so that it now doesn't work as a "transparent proxy" anymore, which should result in an overall improvement in stability and performance. It also allows to see and detect more threats
    The Firewall component (in IS and Premier) has been made more compatible with other applications, such as Java and various VPN services
    The installer/updater has been improved to allow more reliable installation in case of infected machines
    The changes in the File System Shield's driver should result in faster performance, especially in the copy files and install programs scenarios
    Browser Cleanup tool beefed up to be able to rip off even the more stubborn toolbars
    For trialware users, we have also added an interactive tutorial that explains all the features of the product in a straightforward, concise manner
    Connectivity to the new Avast GrimeFighter product
    SafePrice is a new, optional module of the Avast browser plugins. It's designed to combine security (hence the "safe" part) with best deals (hence the "price") into one, easy-to-use module


    Fixed issues with Metro apps (after update to Win 8.1)
    Fixed occassional problem with playing sounds on the VPS toasters
    Fixed issue with Outpost FW warning („unsinged“ driver)


    Fixed connection issues from Java applets
    Fixed issues with Security Center registration
    Fixed problems with non english languages in RescueDisk
    GUI fixes
    Fixed issues with WinDVD and SQL connectors


    New DeepScreen technology allows Avast to make more intelligent decisions about new/unknown files
    New Hardened mode for stricter lockdown scenarios
    Improved cloud scanning features and crowdsourced analysis of suspicious items
    Continuously streaming update (CSU) technology for up-to-minute detections
    Improved cleaning of malware
    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
    All-new SafeZone for more secure online shopping and banking
    Rescue disk - allow users to create a bootable CD or flash disk with Avast on it
    A new, streamlined user interface for simplified navigation and more user comfort
    Control and manage all protected devices directly from the Avast console (through integrated the Avast Account)
    Dramatic reduction in product size and memory footprint
    Faster scanning thanks to optimized scanning engine
    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
    Network protection component tuning & compatibility (WFP technology on Win8+)
    Various improvement in the Software Updater and Browser Cleanup tool
    Full Windows 8.1 compatibility
    Improved general AV performance and stability, including security fixes


    Support version for migration to Avast 2014


    Support version for migration to Avast 2014


    Support version for migration to Avast 2014


    Support version for migration to Avast 2014


    Fixed issues related to Win 8 & Win 8.1
    Fixed issues in virtualization module (including other x64 platform fixes)
    Fixed issues in Script shield
    Outlook plugin fixes


    BSOD fix in aswTdi.sys
    Fixed WebRep™ crashes in IE
    Fixed WebRep™ FF issue with not saving the position
    SecureLine stability improvements