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Title: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: Vlk on June 18, 2013, 11:34:58 PM
Fyi... I have recently written a few posts in this thread over at Wilders:
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=348830

I thought I'd retweet it here as some of the questions have been asked on this forum as well.

Thanks
Vlk
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: schmidthouse on June 19, 2013, 12:33:03 AM
Thanks  Vlk ;D
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: polonus on June 19, 2013, 01:13:00 AM
Hi Vlk,

Thanks for sharing this information with us here,

polonus
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: iroc9555 on June 19, 2013, 01:20:50 AM
Hi Vlk. I linked your replies at Wilders in the Avast! Spanish forum yesterday.
http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=127390.msg953749#msg953749

Waiting for the new features and improvements this coming summers. Well, actually, it will be winter for us in South America ;D

Thanks.
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: Dwarden on June 19, 2013, 10:08:25 AM
thanks Vlk, very useful information e.g. list of exploits protected http://www.avast.com/en-us/exploit-protection.php
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: true indian on June 19, 2013, 12:18:04 PM
Thanks for the re-tweeting vlk,though I already read it because I am a member of wilders but it feels good to read it again and again...re-generates my apetite ;D
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: CraigB on June 19, 2013, 12:25:34 PM
Thanks for the explanation Vlk, the future is looking very promising :)
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: spywar on June 19, 2013, 12:58:35 PM
Thanks vlk, looking forward to see them in action.
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: spywar on June 20, 2013, 08:43:05 AM
BTW, anybody has an ETA for v9 to share with us ?

spywar
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: CraigB on June 20, 2013, 08:55:08 AM
BTW, anybody has an ETA for v9 to share with us ?

spywar
This is asked all the time and every time it's the same answer "when it's ready"

Usually major upgrades are released to us at the beginning of each year.
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: spywar on June 20, 2013, 09:25:04 AM
BTW, anybody has an ETA for v9 to share with us ?

spywar
This is asked all the time and every time it's the same answer "when it's ready"

Usually major upgrades are released to us at the beginning of each year.
Hi craigb,

I know, I know ...  ;D
Actually, I was clearly referring to :

"I meant v9... but, that may actually be closer than you think. 'Nuff said for now"

spywar
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: ChrisTophe13 on June 20, 2013, 01:14:20 PM
Hi Guys,

On the voting / rating feature.

When Avast is telling me that the website I am on "has a poor reputation" and "has a bad rating (based on many votes)" - is this poor reputation and the bad rating, based purely on the votes that we Avast users give?

Thanks!

Chris
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: CraigB on June 20, 2013, 01:20:08 PM
Hi Guys,

On the voting / rating feature.

When Avast is telling me that the website I am on "has a poor reputation" and "has a bad rating (based on many votes)" - is this poor reputation and the bad rating, based purely on the votes that we Avast users give?
Short answer "yes"

Next time can you please ask these questions in the general section of the forum so as to not take the thread of topic.

Thankyou
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: Pubert E on June 20, 2013, 01:24:02 PM
This is magical vlk.
avast! is growing for sure, soon to be number 1 preventer of malware.
Thanks you all for making this wonderful softwares free.
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: thug4real on June 20, 2013, 03:16:19 PM
Thx Vlk. Avast definitely is improving. Must say I'm impress. Proud avast! user :) 
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: DavidR on June 20, 2013, 04:28:38 PM
<snip quote>
Actually, I was clearly referring to :

"I meant v9... but, that may actually be closer than you think. 'Nuff said for now"

That is as accurate as you are likely to get, after that it is pure speculation, Vlk and avast play their cards close to their chest and generally don't issue release dates well in advance.

Speculation - closer than you think could mean it would be sooner than next year, if the last two major releases avast 7 and 8 were in February a year apart. So speculation doesn't really help it just makes waiting harder, just soldier on and we in the forums will get an idea when it is close in the eventual beta release closed or public.
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: RejZoR on June 20, 2013, 06:11:06 PM
By not that far away, after all, it's june already so technically, only 6 more months to go for v9. I think that's what Vlk meant in th first place...
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: thug4real on June 20, 2013, 07:25:06 PM
Well yes this true, V9 is closer and closer with every month. Beside all the new features that will be added, one thing I'm really happy, the V9 will abandon the proxy and will use something else, which is a good news, for users that use avast along with privatefirewall, or windows firewall. So can't wait next year for the V9 ;D
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: abruptum on June 20, 2013, 07:29:50 PM
@RealNature
Are you sure about changes in Web Shield ?
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: thug4real on June 20, 2013, 07:48:09 PM
@RealNature
Are you sure about changes in Web Shield ?
100% I know this from lukor
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: abruptum on June 20, 2013, 07:55:50 PM
Great news.I am waiting for Avast 9 beta.
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: DavidR on June 20, 2013, 08:07:46 PM
@RealNature
Are you sure about changes in Web Shield ?
100% I know this from lukor


Well I believe there are some changes planned for the web shield so that it can also scan https traffic, but how that will be achieved (like the Mail shield). I don't know if that would also mean no proxy requirement or not.
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: Pubert E on June 20, 2013, 08:28:11 PM
WoW! this sounding better and better.
hurry up V9  ;D
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: Para-Noid on June 20, 2013, 09:10:00 PM
"I meant v9... but, that may actually be closer than you think. 'Nuff said for now"
The next update will probably be in the line of v8.0.xxxx As in 1489, 1495, 1497, etc.

I can't see a "major" program update before Q1 of 2013.  :)
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: Pubert E on June 20, 2013, 09:14:03 PM

I can't see a "major" program update before Q1 of 2013.  :)

running late i think  ???
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: DavidR on June 20, 2013, 09:51:01 PM

I can't see a "major" program update before Q1 of 2013.  :)

running late i think  ???

Nothing of the sort, when there is no clearly defined schedule, it can hardly be running late.

Given that the last two major updates occurred in Q1 of the last two years, that would imply on schedule rather than late (if there were a defined schedule). Plus beta testing (not in house testing) for the last two major version updates was about 4 to 6 weeks before RC versions and final release.

As I have said speculation is pointless.
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: Pubert E on June 20, 2013, 10:01:36 PM
chillax david
2013 was clearly a typo error
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: thug4real on June 20, 2013, 10:06:30 PM
@RealNature
Are you sure about changes in Web Shield ?
100% I know this from lukor


Well I believe there are some changes planned for the web shield so that it can also scan https traffic, but how that will be achieved (like the Mail shield). I don't know if that would also mean no proxy requirement or not.
Well from what I've talk with lukor, they planing to replace proxy with other technology. So far I love how avast! has evolved. I think only good stuff will come in near future. As for https I think you right, let see what avast! is cooking for us :)
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: Diddy on June 21, 2013, 01:47:45 AM
HI Vik I am glad to hear that avast free is improving.  I love avast a lot I like that it is easy to use and best part it is free.  Great work avast team and Vik keep up the great work as always.

Diddy
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: Asyn on June 21, 2013, 05:58:40 AM
Beside all the new features that will be added, one thing I'm really happy, the V9 will abandon the proxy and will use something else...

Interesting. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: spywar on June 21, 2013, 08:51:41 AM
Thanks for all those infos concerning v9.

spywar
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: thug4real on June 21, 2013, 07:25:45 PM
You welcome spywar. Off topic: when we will see a new test with avast :) ?
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: Arnold72 on June 21, 2013, 07:44:03 PM
Well yes this true, V9 is closer and closer with every month. Beside all the new features that will be added, one thing I'm really happy, the V9 will abandon the proxy and will use something else, which is a good news, for users that use avast along with privatefirewall, or windows firewall. So can't wait next year for the V9 ;D

Hmm it is perhaps good news that avast is abandoning the proxy..Unfortunately the web shield has unearthed an issue with firewalls which changing proxies will not cure.

Malware may still use the same techniques emploted by the web shield.

Just a thought..
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: thug4real on June 21, 2013, 08:45:15 PM
Well yes this true, V9 is closer and closer with every month. Beside all the new features that will be added, one thing I'm really happy, the V9 will abandon the proxy and will use something else, which is a good news, for users that use avast along with privatefirewall, or windows firewall. So can't wait next year for the V9 ;D

Hmm it is perhaps good news that avast is abandoning the proxy..Unfortunately the web shield has unearthed an issue with firewalls which changing proxies will not cure.

Malware may still use the same techniques emploted by the web shield.

Just a thought..
Yes this is true, but first the malware must pass from avast. And if you use avast! and common sense, windows 7/8 firewall+nat router, then you should be fine, or you could replace windows firewall with comodo firewall. I personally feel pretty safe with the first suggestion. :)
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: Arnold72 on June 21, 2013, 08:54:29 PM
I 100% agree.
Im not using avast at the present time due to installation difficulties.
Using CIS at the moment.

Just to add though..
When i used CFW v5.10 and avast in tandem i never experienced any of the issues in terms of blocking etc.
Im awaiting a new release of avast before diving in again.

Thank you.
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: thug4real on June 21, 2013, 09:06:52 PM
I 100% agree.
Im not using avast at the present time due to installation difficulties.
Using CIS at the moment.

Just to add though..
When i used CFW v5.10 and avast in tandem i never experienced any of the issues in terms of blocking etc.
Im awaiting a new release of avast before diving in again.

Thank you.
Well I was using CIS till last update, another release with bugs, so I returned to my avast 8). Since windows 7 is hard to find 2 software that work 100%(av+fw). Indeed comdo fw and avast free is the strongest combo ;). Ok good luck hope the next version of avast to play well for you :)
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: DavidR on June 21, 2013, 09:51:54 PM
You welcome spywar. Off topic: when we will see a new test with avast :) ?

No one knows as has been said in this topic, no schedules.

As I have said speculation is pointless.
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: thug4real on June 22, 2013, 09:11:58 AM
You welcome spywar. Off topic: when we will see a new test with avast :) ?

No one knows as has been said in this topic, no schedules.

As I have said speculation is pointless.
No David you misunderstood me  :). I was asking spywar: when he will make a new test with the current version of avast!8 free?
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: abruptum on June 22, 2013, 09:24:00 AM
I think that smart people from Avast should make some supplement or addon for
Windows Firewall so it can work with Web Shield.I don't expect any help from Microsoft.
Maybe  that is too complicated...I don't know.
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: thug4real on June 22, 2013, 11:05:09 AM
I think that smart people from Avast should make some supplement or addon for
Windows Firewall so it can work with Web Shield.I don't expect any help from Microsoft.
Maybe  that is too complicated...I don't know.
Well they don't need to do nothing, because avast 8 free! is fully compatible with windows firewall, by default windows firewall allow all outgoing connection, so nothing incompatible here. If you turn on the outgoing protection(or you select some application to be blocked by WFw then you start to have some problem i.e. with Firefox, IE, an others, but who will block browser from internet connection). So from version 9 they will abandon the proxy as concept not because WFw can't filter localhost. So from V9 you could use again avast! free in combo with other firewall(i.e. privatefirewall, and others that currently like WFw can't filter localhost).
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: true indian on June 22, 2013, 06:35:16 PM
Im awaiting a new release of avast before diving in again.

Sorry but you have been requested 1001 times to upload your dumps to avast but you dont want to comply and considering the fact that each PC has a unique fix,avast team may want your dumps to fix any new issue,so without complying and just simply moaning about new version and BSOD isnt going to help avast team,please try and co-operate,This is my kind request.

Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: Pubert E on June 22, 2013, 08:14:38 PM
arnold and co.
who care about co - mo - do  >:(
this topic is avast
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: Arnold72 on June 22, 2013, 08:18:08 PM
arnold and co.
who care about co - mo - do  >:(
this topic is avast

I agree with you pubert to a certain extent.
Im only using their firewall as i dont rate their av at all and avast is better in that respect.

Only reason i use comodo firewall is because its the only free one except outpost i have tried and it works.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Explanation of some of the new features in Avast
Post by: Aventador on June 22, 2013, 08:31:30 PM
arnold and co.
who care about co - mo - do  >:(
this topic is avast

I agree with you pubert to a certain extent.
Im only using their firewall as i dont rate their av at all and avast is better in that respect.

Only reason i use comodo firewall is because its the only free one except outpost i have tried and it works.

Ummmmmmmmmmmmmm. Cough. Cough. And Windows Firewall with Advanced Security isn't free?  ::)

Thanks.