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Title: what does each shield do?
Post by: antskip on February 01, 2004, 11:43:07 PM
I have just installed Avast. I like the email resident shield, but not sure if I need the others: the so-called "p2p shield" and "standard shield". What does each do? How much do they slow a computer down?
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: techie101returns on February 02, 2004, 01:46:26 AM
antskip,

Are you using Avast Home or Pro?

Ok, there are 5 modules within Avast that protect are used to scan email, and protect your computer by running resident (all the time).

The Standard shield runs resident and remains active unless shut down. It constantly watches computer activity to protect any attempt at virus infection. NEEDED

The Outlook Express shield is for OE email scanning. NEEDED if OE installed.

MS Outlook/Exchange is for email scanning for users who have MS OE installed.  NEEDED if MS Outlook or MS Exchange installed.

P2P is for special use programs such as Kazaa, Kazaa Lite, Direct Connect, Bear Share, WinMX, Lime Wire and Bit Torrent programs.  Needed if you use any of the programs in the list.

Internet Messaging allows Avast to protect your im messaging services.  NEEDED if you use things like ICQ, AOL, MSN etc.

techie101
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: stevejrc on February 02, 2004, 01:46:40 AM
the Avast help from start button > programs > avast, tells you what each does and more..

They shouldnt slow pc down much or anything at all, best to keep secure than be infected! My laptop is only 650mhz, 192 ram and it didnt slow down at all with all the options set to high!

DOH YOU BEAT ME TO IT!
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: MikeBCda on February 02, 2004, 02:43:49 AM
Internet Messaging allows Avast to protect your im messaging services.  NEEDED if you use things like ICQ, AOL, MSN etc.

techie101


Hi techie,

Maybe you could clarify use of the IM provider.  I occasionally use ICQ, but took out the IM provider (via add-remove/change) because of what might be an incorrect assumption on my part.

Am I correct that the provider is primarily for protection in file-transfer operations, which I never do, and that "ordinary" messages aren't a concern?  Or are there other hazards in the use of ICQ for which I should keep that provider active anyway?

Thanks and best,
Mike
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: antskip on February 02, 2004, 03:12:23 AM
Thank you for all giving your helpful information, especially to "techie101". Just the help I needed to set up avast as intended.
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: Culpeper on February 02, 2004, 03:18:36 AM
Techie

Are you unintentionally referring to the "internet mail" provider as "outlook express" provider?  My Avast "internet mail" provider is good for multiple email client software.  
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: techie101returns on February 02, 2004, 08:02:58 AM
Culpeper,

Certainly not.  I refered to in as "Internet Messaging" but the module is actually named "Instant Messaging".

Outlook Express is separate and distinct.

techie
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: techie101returns on February 02, 2004, 08:17:54 AM
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Maybe you could clarify use of the IM provider.
To my limited understanding of the IM module, it acts to protect your computer from infected received files.
If we are to interpret this as "file-transer", then your fears are not necessary.


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there other hazards in the use of ICQ for which I should keep that provider active anyway?
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One must consider that ICQ allows the transmission of html, does it not?  If so, what better place put a virus then in the message body text itself!

I can check further on this in the morning.  My head is burnt tonight and I need to get some sleep.  OK?
I won't forget.  

techie ::)
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: Culpeper on February 02, 2004, 03:26:05 PM
Culpeper,

Certainly not.  I refered to in as "Internet Messaging" but the module is actually named "Instant Messaging".

Outlook Express is separate and distinct.

techie

Okay, I just don't have a Outlook Express specific provider on my set up.  Is this something new?  I have my program up to date.

My provider is called "internet mail" and is for all my email clients.
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: Tipton on February 02, 2004, 04:17:09 PM
Culpeper,

Certainly not.  I refered to in as "Internet Messaging" but the module is actually named "Instant Messaging".

Outlook Express is separate and distinct.

techie

Okay, I just don't have a Outlook Express specific provider on my set up.  Is this something new?  I have my program up to date.

My provider is called "internet mail" and is for all my email clients.

Are you talking about the two mail shields listed in the on acces scanner?

Douglas
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: tosbsas on February 02, 2004, 07:42:30 PM
According to my avast file I am up to date. I am on win2k and have only three services of yours showing up. My friend on winxp has got all 5 of them.

What can I do?? (Avast home)

Ruben
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: MikeBCda on February 02, 2004, 07:58:49 PM
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there other hazards in the use of ICQ for which I should keep that provider active anyway?
One must consider that ICQ allows the transmission of html, does it not?  If so, what better place put a virus then in the message body text itself!

I can check further on this in the morning.  My head is burnt tonight and I need to get some sleep.  OK?
I won't forget.  

techie ::)

Thanks techie -- the heck with it, I'll just put that provider back in.  I'm not hurting for resources or memory, and I doubt if one more provider is going to add noticeably to shut-down time (which is MUCH better in the latest version, on my XP-Home).

Lots of aspirin and TLC from all of us, of course, you gotta watch those late nights.

Best,
Mike
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: Tipton on February 02, 2004, 08:53:33 PM
According to my avast file I am up to date. I am on win2k and have only three services of yours showing up. My friend on winxp has got all 5 of them.

What can I do?? (Avast home)

Ruben

Thats a good question! I am running XP pro here and have all five items listed as well. Which ones are not showing up on your win 2k OS?

Douglas
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: tosbsas on February 02, 2004, 09:03:45 PM
PSp shield
Im shield

Ruben
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: Tipton on February 02, 2004, 09:10:51 PM
PSp shield
Im shield

Ruben

Interesting! I have no idea if Avast downloads specific items depending on your operating system. I would think those two shields would be there since alot od people use messenger and P2P on the different OS. Maybe one of the Avast creators could comment!

Douglas
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: Culpeper on February 02, 2004, 09:14:54 PM
Tipton:

Yeah, I'm talking about that "Internet Mail" provider you have circled.  I don't have a specific "Outlook Express" provider.  Just the "MS Outlook/Exchange" provider and the "Internet Mail" provider.
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: Tipton on February 02, 2004, 11:28:12 PM
Tipton:

Yeah, I'm talking about that "Internet Mail" provider you have circled.  I don't have a specific "Outlook Express" provider.  Just the "MS Outlook/Exchange" provider and the "Internet Mail" provider.

Well thats odd, I wonder why? Maybe the shields get created during the install, depending on the mail program used.


Douglas
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: MikeBCda on February 03, 2004, 12:14:55 AM
Just for the heck of it, go into Add-Remove programs, tick Avast and than "change", and see if maybe those two are listed but not ticked.

If that's the case, try ticking them and see if that magically restores them.  What the heck, worse possible reaction is that your computer explodes or something.  ;D
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: .: Mac :. on February 03, 2004, 12:53:30 AM
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What the heck, worse possible reaction is that your computer explodes or something.
 
Woo you really are looking on the bright side arent you!  ;D
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: Culpeper on February 03, 2004, 02:15:26 AM
Just for the heck of it, go into Add-Remove programs, tick Avast and than "change", and see if maybe those two are listed but not ticked.

If that's the case, try ticking them and see if that magically restores them.  What the heck, worse possible reaction is that your computer explodes or something.  ;D

Thanks for the warning!

(http://members.trailnet.com/sophieb/acmeguard.jpg)
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: Culpeper on February 03, 2004, 02:17:39 AM
Actually, under those settings I see "The Bat" but no Outlook Express plug in.
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: Tipton on February 03, 2004, 02:42:43 AM
Actually, under those settings I see "The Bat" but no Outlook Express plug in.

I don't have one that specifically says "Outlook Express" either. See my screen shot. The one titled "Internet mail" is for my outlook express, because I have the other one terminated. My mail gets scanned fine because I have "show detailed info on performed action" checked in the settings.

Douglas
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: Culpeper on February 03, 2004, 02:47:53 AM
Tipton:

That's exactly how mine is set up too.
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: Tipton on February 03, 2004, 03:01:49 AM
Tipton:

That's exactly how mine is set up too.

Thats the way it looks on my wifes PC running XP home. She uses Outlook though and not outlook express, so she uses the Outlook/Exchange plug in.

Douglas
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: tosbsas on February 03, 2004, 03:06:16 AM
According to my avast file I am up to date. I am on win2k and have only three services of yours showing up. My friend on winxp has got all 5 of them.

What can I do?? (Avast home)

Ruben

Anyone from Avast seeing this??

Ruben
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: Culpeper on February 03, 2004, 03:07:40 AM
Yeah, I don't see a specific "Outlook Express" provider and it looks like nobody really cares anyway :-\

Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: Tipton on February 03, 2004, 03:09:45 AM
Yeah, I don't see a specific "Outlook Express" provider and it looks like nobody really cares anyway :-\



I just know that during the install of Avast, it already had my mail info in the drop down box, so it was super easy to set up.

Douglas
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: Culpeper on February 03, 2004, 03:14:04 AM
Same here though that was long time ago.  I just thought maybe a new provider shield specific to "Outlook Express" cropped up without me knowing about it.
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: Tipton on February 03, 2004, 03:21:20 AM
Same here though that was long time ago.  I just thought maybe a new provider shield specific to "Outlook Express" cropped up without me knowing about it.

I don't think so.

Douglas
Title: Re:what does each shield do?
Post by: Vlk on February 03, 2004, 07:45:06 AM
There's no such thing as "Outlook Express" provider.
I think enough said in this thread - hence closing it now.. ;)