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Title: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: slavo.benko on July 25, 2020, 12:40:29 AM
Hi, Avast enthusiasts. We'd like to hear your opinions on some possible features we're thinking of adding to our antivirus.

(These are just ideas for now, so there's no guarantee that they'll become reality.)

Just click the link below to see high-level descriptions of those features, and let us know what you think. You can also vote on your favorite features and even submit your own ideas.

Voting: https://portal.productboard.com/avast-protection/1-avast-antivirus/tabs/1-under-consideration?fbclid=IwAR3--PGluN-_VPnuUtFNTfW4jIAKIAuAuUK10Xf900fXdbBTfJpWB7GZa10 (https://portal.productboard.com/avast-protection/1-avast-antivirus/tabs/1-under-consideration?fbclid=IwAR3--PGluN-_VPnuUtFNTfW4jIAKIAuAuUK10Xf900fXdbBTfJpWB7GZa10)

Thanks in advance for your feedback!
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: TheOwner on July 25, 2020, 02:26:27 PM
Hello Avast team,
you are thinking about adding new features because you MUST release new version each month, but most of those features are more or less bloatware. This product became very fat over time. What about remove unnecessary bloat from this product and make it lightweight with minimum impact on computer performance? Try think about that.

In fact, for computer security you dont need 3rd  party AV because Win 10 has everything. So reason to install Avast should be better detection with less impact to computer performance. If you install Avast only active shields are necessary with wifi inspector if you want use it. Installing 3rd party firewall these days while win firewall is sufficient make no sense with potentially problems. AV should work silently on background but this will never happen in Avast. Spyware and often ad popups are cost for Free version (Paid version watch you too).

This is just my opinion what make this AV better, adding new features and make this product even more fat is no way to go. Removing ads, spyware and bloatware and focus on pure performance and detection, then you maybe bring back Avast users you already lost.  But this is your product, do what you want.
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: bob3160 on July 25, 2020, 04:05:18 PM
The choices offered, don't give you the opportunity to actually voice your opinion.
It's multiple choice and they don't necessarily fit the actual opinion one wants to share.


Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: Asyn on July 25, 2020, 04:45:21 PM
Installing 3rd party firewall these days while win firewall is sufficient make no sense with potentially problems.
-> https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=234512.0
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: bob3160 on July 25, 2020, 04:49:09 PM
Installing 3rd party firewall these days while win firewall is sufficient make no sense with potentially problems.
-> https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=234512.0 (https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=234512.0)
I'm sure that added protection would not be available in the free Avast Firewall.
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: Charyb on July 25, 2020, 06:26:17 PM
Hello Avast team,
you are thinking about adding new features because you MUST release new version each month, but most of those features are more or less bloatware. This product became very fat over time. What about remove unnecessary bloat from this product and make it lightweight with minimum impact on computer performance? Try think about that.

In fact, for computer security you dont need 3rd  party AV because Win 10 has everything. So reason to install Avast should be better detection with less impact to computer performance. If you install Avast only active shields are necessary with wifi inspector if you want use it. Installing 3rd party firewall these days while win firewall is sufficient make no sense with potentially problems. AV should work silently on background but this will never happen in Avast. Spyware and often ad popups are cost for Free version (Paid version watch you too).

This is just my opinion what make this AV better, adding new features and make this product even more fat is no way to go. Removing ads, spyware and bloatware and focus on pure performance and detection, then you maybe bring back Avast users you already lost.  But this is your product, do what you want.
Avast gives you the option to install what you want by using custom install or changing the program under Programs and Features. Currently, there are 6 items I uncheck at installation. You don't have to install what you consider bloatware. Others may find new features useful.
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: Charyb on July 25, 2020, 08:12:12 PM
The choices offered, don't give you the opportunity to actually voice your opinion.
It's multiple choice and they don't necessarily fit the actual opinion one wants to share.
You can comment on your choice by selecting nice-to-have, important, or critical and you can submit your own idea.


see attached
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: chris.. on July 25, 2020, 09:26:39 PM
Avast gives you the option to install what you want by using custom install or changing the program under Programs and Features. Currently, there are 6 items I uncheck at installation. You don't have to install what you consider bloatware. Others may find new features useful.
No, but you still pay more and more for each new useless function. :-\
On the other hand paid users are what allows the base (antivirus) to be efficient even for free users.
Too bad the policy (this poll and the loss of AIS say a lot about that) is not to make all users pay very reasonably for what they have as security with avast free.
But if they don't, they have their reasons.
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: bob3160 on July 25, 2020, 09:59:22 PM
The choices offered, don't give you the opportunity to actually voice your opinion.
It's multiple choice and they don't necessarily fit the actual opinion one wants to share.
You can comment on your choice by selecting nice-to-have, important, or critical and you can submit your own idea.


see attached
Precisely why I made my comment. It isn't a true review but multiple choice and none of them may apply.
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: TheOwner on July 26, 2020, 01:52:17 PM
Avast gives you the option to install what you want by using custom install or changing the program under Programs and Features. Currently, there are 6 items I uncheck at installation. You don't have to install what you consider bloatware. Others may find new features useful.
Of course i uncheck features i dont want. I mean adding more things to this product may slow down your computer, if they must run realtime (firewall, behaviour shield, ransomware shield.....). This is only paranoia, if you use brain you cannot get ransomware at all. This may be only useful for people without backups, but those days everyone has backup of important data. In other hand usefull features like file shredder, which has no impact on computer performance and has free alternatives is paid.
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: Asyn on July 26, 2020, 02:27:03 PM
Quote
Firewall redesign (premium version)

Make our paid firewall easier to use and more effective by:
• updating its design
• improving the handling of firewall rules and customization options
• adding more security features

I second the suggestion from Martin.
Currently, the FW settings are spread over several different areas. Not user friendly..!!
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: bob3160 on July 26, 2020, 02:31:12 PM
Quote
Firewall redesign (premium version)

Make our paid firewall easier to use and more effective by:
• updating its design
• improving the handling of firewall rules and customization options
• adding more security features

I second the suggestion from Martin.
Currently, the FW settings are spread over several different areas. Not user friendly..!!
It shouldn't take a genius to figure out how to set up custom settings.
The default should be set to keep the average person safe with easy to understand explanations on the various settings and functions.
Make it simple so that even a Senior can understand it. :)
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: DavidR on July 26, 2020, 04:58:12 PM
<snip quotes>
It shouldn't take a genius to figure out how to set up custom settings.
The default should be set to keep the average person safe with easy to understand explanations on the various settings and functions.
Make it simple so that even a Senior can understand it. :)

A watch word from the past, that appears to have been forgotten, KISS.
Keep It Simple Stupid.
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: rocksteady on July 26, 2020, 05:47:06 PM
I wonder if it is worth suggesting reformatting the geek:area, but is not a thing that could be monetised, so forget that idea.
So the phrase "none of the above" comes to mind. IMO Avast need to get back to concentrating more on the quality rather than quantity of features.
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: DavidR on July 26, 2020, 07:38:54 PM
I wonder if it is worth suggesting reformatting the geek:area, but is not a thing that could be monetised, so forget that idea.
So the phrase "none of the above" comes to mind. IMO Avast need to get back to concentrating more on the quality rather than quantity of features.

Not just reworking the geek:area were you have to scroll forever to find anything, but also time to completely redesign the whole UI.  It is not very intuitive and getting very tired and not really easy to navigate.

The UI also needs to support modern hi resolution screens, e.g. be user resizeable.

Generally I do a minimal install and then check two other options, mail shield, software updater and lately the do not disturb function.  The rest is just too much noise.
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: sj.vegetto on August 08, 2020, 07:25:16 PM
I vote for the Old setting menu, specifically that shield part that let use excluded file/folders/process from SHIELDS ONLY.

None of actual voted options are something I care fore
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: bob3160 on August 08, 2020, 07:48:51 PM
I vote for the continuation of the Avast Passwords Manager
which is scheduled to be discontinued.
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: Bill.Green on August 10, 2020, 06:53:41 PM
The hacked passwords and web notification features look most useful. Driver Updater might be, if it doesn't risk applying the wrong driver e.g. a generic one instead of for a specific laptop configuration.

There should really be an option to choose 'Don't want' as some of the suggestions are not even a 'Nice to have'... I don't think Speed Test has any place in an AV, it's really not hard to find several good tests online. The AV Timeline will also be of no interest to the vast majority of users who just want an 'install and forget' AV.

Firewall redesign in Premium is most welcome! But would the lite version be any better than the built in W10 firewall? If not, it's probably not needed and just adds extra complexity. 
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: schmidthouse on August 13, 2020, 10:42:29 PM
I also support all 3 suggestions by Martin.
For me
" improving the handling of firewall rules and customization options"
is something I've always looked for.
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: Pänthéon_ on August 14, 2020, 11:54:22 PM
i vote to for the continuation of the Avast Passwords Manager
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: bob3160 on September 07, 2020, 05:03:02 PM
i vote to for the continuation of the Avast Passwords Manager
You aren't alone but, it's not going to happen.
The best thing you can do is to get ready for its deletion.
https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=236960.msg1556900#msg1556900
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: dj71120 on September 10, 2020, 05:42:07 PM
I would like to be able to find out why my account says I have 2 devices when I only have 1.  Simple question that a Customer Service Dept could easily help with.
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: DavidR on September 10, 2020, 06:48:54 PM
I would like to be able to find out why my account says I have 2 devices when I only have 1.  Simple question that a Customer Service Dept could easily help with.

Well you aren't actually talking directly to customer support, mostly it will be avast users helping others.
It also is off-topic for this topic about Avast Features and should really have been in its own new topic.

That said aren't you getting any more details ?

When you talk of devices, that isn't something I'm familiar with in regard to Avast Products, more so in regard to two licenses/subscriptions, etc.
A screenshot of this notification might help ?
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: strakl on September 10, 2020, 07:22:41 PM
I will vote for that antivirus timeline so you know when your AV is doing surtain things. I want to know all of that thing.
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: Nunzio77 on September 26, 2020, 08:31:18 AM
I suggest reviewing the main screen. It is very poor in information, indeed there is nothing except that the system is protected. It's better than AVG with much more information. Add last updated information, active modules, and a scan button ... ;)
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: strakl on September 26, 2020, 10:32:17 AM
I defenetly agree. the status screen should have some quick buttons to launch a scann and updates.
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: DavidR on September 26, 2020, 11:33:32 AM
I defenetly agree. the status screen should have some quick buttons to launch a scann and updates.

Updates can be launched from the avast tray icon, no need to go into the UI first.

Though there has been talk (but no action) for a very long time about a revision of this feature to include common actions.  So far nada, nothing, bugger all.

So how about the promised update of the Avast Tray Icon context menu.
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: bob3160 on September 26, 2020, 01:52:24 PM
I preferred this.
(https://d1ka0itfguscri.cloudfront.net/Lh/2020/09/26/11/47/cYQOXHdaJt/preview.jpg) (https://youtu.be/Je7KLDx3m4k)
https://youtu.be/Je7KLDx3m4k (https://youtu.be/Je7KLDx3m4k)
It really made getting to some functions very easy and had the ability to expand on that functionallity.
As David mentioned, the expansion of the system tray right click function has still not implemented.
It would certainly make life easier for all of us.
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: Asyn on September 26, 2020, 02:22:34 PM
My personal UI favorite was V7 - just for the record. ;)
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: DavidR on September 26, 2020, 07:46:32 PM
My personal UI favorite was V7 - just for the record. ;)

Avast 7 wasn't bad, some images here - https://expertvista.com/2012/avast-7/
Avast 6 was very similar.

For me Avast 8 was the start of the rot, with the introduction of the new Microsoft Tiles (massive) interface style (that everyone and their friend was copying.  Though the nice background image never got to fruition (outside of the blog article) that I can recall - https://blog.avast.com/2013/03/28/the-avast-8-user-interface/
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: schmidthouse on September 26, 2020, 08:24:24 PM
My personal UI favorite was V7 - just for the record. ;)

Avast 7 wasn't bad, some images here - https://expertvista.com/2012/avast-7/
Avast 6 was very similar.

For me Avast 8 was the start of the rot, with the introduction of the new Microsoft Tiles (massive) interface style (that everyone and their friend was copying.  Though the nice background image never got to fruition (outside of the blog article) that I can recall - https://blog.avast.com/2013/03/28/the-avast-8-user-interface/

Yes I also like version 7 compared to what has evolved since.
And do agree with  David's comment on Avast UI (version 8's unfortunate direction)
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: tlee on October 04, 2020, 06:59:50 AM
I totally agreed with the comments by TheOwner and rocksteady.

And, I had pointed out that we need a stable and reliable AV as well as no needed resources-ate monster for many years ago.
Now, Avast still make the bulky and push the buggy upgrade to end-users even the paid version.....

Have Avast listen what customer needs indeed ???
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: Rednose on October 06, 2020, 09:42:48 PM
I don't vote.

My sugestion :

In the " Ask me about decision " procedure from CyberCapture Technology, offer to run an unknown executable in the Sandbox ( as a limited user ) as well.
Also for Avast Free users.

Greetz, Red.
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: TheOwner on October 08, 2020, 03:14:44 AM
It is not feature at all, but please give us back OK and CANCEL button in settings. It is so important, because prevents from any missclick, which can be very dangerous on security software.
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: Zitrus on October 09, 2020, 02:34:25 AM
It is not feature at all, but please give us back OK and CANCEL button in settings. It is so important, because prevents from any missclick, which can be very dangerous on security software.

Total agreement. I really wish that too!
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: strakl on October 09, 2020, 02:12:14 PM
You should also add some kind of a backup system for the avast premium security users, i mean some kind of a data backup.
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: bob3160 on October 09, 2020, 06:47:42 PM
You should also add some kind of a backup system for the avast premium security users, i mean some kind of a data backup.
What kind of data? You can already back up your Avast settings.
(https://d1ka0itfguscri.cloudfront.net/Lh/2020/10/09/16/43/cY6QD5K7rR/preview.jpg)
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: strakl on October 10, 2020, 08:42:10 AM
I was a little unclear, i meant like a storage vault for your personal files, similar to what for example norton offers, like a data backup for your important files.
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: bob3160 on October 10, 2020, 03:35:36 PM
I was a little unclear, i meant like a storage vault for your personal files, similar to what for example norton offers, like a data backup for your important files.
Important files stored on your computer regardless of how safe don't help when the harddrive fails. That's why you creat an image backup on a regular basis
or, save them to the cloud. Both Google ans Microsoft make sincing to the cloud very easy. There are also other companies that offer the same thing.
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: FixIT - Computer Repairs on October 15, 2020, 07:39:46 PM
Hi,

I would like to see as new feature: a device control shield. To control external HD´s, flash drives,etc.

-Where you can block unknown devices or the ones designated by you and detected by Avast

- Where you can unlock or whist other devices connected to your computer.

Kind Regards,
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: Nunzio77 on October 16, 2020, 04:05:14 PM
In Avast Free, disable any pop-up ads that urge you to upgrade to the paid version. ;)
They are useless. If one wants to switch to the paid version, he doesn't do it because he keeps seeing this pop-up, unfortunately these pop-ups instead do nothing but make Avast Free users switch to other free antivirus solutions.
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: bob3160 on October 16, 2020, 04:19:02 PM
In Avast Free, disable any pop-up ads that urge you to upgrade to the paid version. ;)
They are useless. If one wants to switch to the paid version, he doesn't do it because he keeps seeing this pop-up, unfortunately these pop-ups instead do nothing but make Avast Free users switch to other free antivirus solutions.
I personally don't know of any free AV's that don't on occasion try to get you to upgrade to the paid version.
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: Nunzio77 on October 16, 2020, 05:23:40 PM
In Avast Free, disable any pop-up ads that urge you to upgrade to the paid version. ;)
They are useless. If one wants to switch to the paid version, he doesn't do it because he keeps seeing this pop-up, unfortunately these pop-ups instead do nothing but make Avast Free users switch to other free antivirus solutions.
I personally don't know of any free AV's that don't on occasion try to get you to upgrade to the paid version.

Bitdefender Free and Kaspersky Security Cloud Free.
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: bob3160 on October 16, 2020, 05:44:10 PM
In Avast Free, disable any pop-up ads that urge you to upgrade to the paid version. ;)
They are useless. If one wants to switch to the paid version, he doesn't do it because he keeps seeing this pop-up, unfortunately these pop-ups instead do nothing but make Avast Free users switch to other free antivirus solutions.
I personally don't know of any free AV's that don't on occasion try to get you to upgrade to the paid version.

Bitdefender Free and Kaspersky Security Cloud Free.
It's your computer and your choice.
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: DavidR on October 16, 2020, 06:11:26 PM
In Avast Free, disable any pop-up ads that urge you to upgrade to the paid version. ;)
They are useless. If one wants to switch to the paid version, he doesn't do it because he keeps seeing this pop-up, unfortunately these pop-ups instead do nothing but make Avast Free users switch to other free antivirus solutions.
I personally don't know of any free AV's that don't on occasion try to get you to upgrade to the paid version.

Bitdefender Free and Kaspersky Security Cloud Free.
It's your computer and your choice.

Couldn't agree more, it is the cost of free, certainly in the case of Avast.

I obviously have a higher pain threshold :) in fact at times it brings a smile to my face as to how pathetic/dumb some of them are.  I just ignore them.  None are going to get a positive action for me, so essentially they are a waste of time.

You do have a choice, if they bug them that much you can vote with your feet.
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: robfrume087 on December 01, 2020, 03:17:05 AM
Hello Avast team,
you are thinking about adding new features because you MUST release new version each month, but most of those features are more or less bloatware. This product became very fat over time. What about remove unnecessary bloat from this product and make it lightweight with minimum impact on computer performance? Try think about that.
Correct.

Quote
Removing ads, spyware and bloatware and focus on pure performance and detection, then you maybe bring back Avast users you already lost.  But this is your product, do what you want.
Also agreed but paying customers deserve to have their voices heard and improvements made, or Avast will likely lose more customers. This isn't an issue just with Avast but with many bloated AVs. Avast is not nearly the worst in this regard, but it could be much much leaner.

Quote
Gaming Edition
Echoing the sentiment that the poll doesn't let you actually voice your opinion, only to say if the new features Avast is considering are important to you, or VERY important to you. I think a gaming edition is a bad idea. Why would you want a themed antivirus? If you only played a specific game on your PC, and did nothing else, that might make sense but it's still unnecessary and implies Avast doesn't need improvement, when it still does. Furthermore graphical flourishes and themes slow down the software, and the OS. These effects are often bottlenecked by the speed of a single thread, so even as PCs get more CPUs, such themes perform significantly worse than using the native Windows user interface APIs to draw normal, less fancy Windows. Themed antivirus is a very dated concept and in my opinion a bad idea overall. Further, having a second "edition" will just create confusion, waste resources that could be spent on improving the main application.

Quote
Internet speed test
We don't need this. A few of the features are just things that web browsers or web sites already provide. Making the AV even bigger with unwanted features doesn't benefit anyone- please invest the resources and time instead in slimming and improving the program so people want to use it.

Thanks for asking for your users' feedback!
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: Zdeněk85 on December 02, 2020, 10:06:05 AM
 Avast never more!!!!
Still spaming with payed updates, when you cancel acount, trobles wit returning of money.
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: McMcBrad on December 03, 2020, 07:39:19 PM
I've provided some feedback here:

https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=241319.0

My review of Avast:

https://malwaretips.com/threads/avast-premium-security-20-9.105149/

My review of AVG:

https://malwaretips.com/threads/avg-ultimate.105308/
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: sj.vegetto on December 31, 2020, 06:43:29 PM
seeing as you removed the "old" setting and if functionalitly to  block/App files/folders  specificly from a one or all the SHEILD

Atlest make the FREAKING Block/Allow APP work for ALL the shields and not JUST the ransom shield

Also MAKE it SO Exceptions to SCANS can be PICKED for SHEILDS or ALL SCANS and not blanked expections the make ALL scans ignore file/folder/etc another thing the "old" setting menu could DO and did just fine to the DAY it was removed

Bring said functions back, the lose of functions are why I been toying with going with another AV program I already removed AVast from everything but my personal pc cause the other system become to slow with avast
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: Nunzio77 on January 28, 2021, 11:27:14 AM
Hello Avast team,
you are thinking about adding new features because you MUST release new version each month, but most of those features are more or less bloatware. This product became very fat over time. What about remove unnecessary bloat from this product and make it lightweight with minimum impact on computer performance? Try think about that.
Correct.

Quote
Removing ads, spyware and bloatware and focus on pure performance and detection, then you maybe bring back Avast users you already lost.  But this is your product, do what you want.
Also agreed but paying customers deserve to have their voices heard and improvements made, or Avast will likely lose more customers. This isn't an issue just with Avast but with many bloated AVs. Avast is not nearly the worst in this regard, but it could be much much leaner.

Quote
Gaming Edition
Echoing the sentiment that the poll doesn't let you actually voice your opinion, only to say if the new features Avast is considering are important to you, or VERY important to you. I think a gaming edition is a bad idea. Why would you want a themed antivirus? If you only played a specific game on your PC, and did nothing else, that might make sense but it's still unnecessary and implies Avast doesn't need improvement, when it still does. Furthermore graphical flourishes and themes slow down the software, and the OS. These effects are often bottlenecked by the speed of a single thread, so even as PCs get more CPUs, such themes perform significantly worse than using the native Windows user interface APIs to draw normal, less fancy Windows. Themed antivirus is a very dated concept and in my opinion a bad idea overall. Further, having a second "edition" will just create confusion, waste resources that could be spent on improving the main application.

Quote
Internet speed test
We don't need this. A few of the features are just things that web browsers or web sites already provide. Making the AV even bigger with unwanted features doesn't benefit anyone- please invest the resources and time instead in slimming and improving the program so people want to use it.

Thanks for asking for your users' feedback!

I agree
Title: Re: Vote on your favorite new features
Post by: strakl on February 14, 2021, 02:10:41 PM
Is this thing ever going to have support for the brave browser for password protection?