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Title: New beta version 21.6.2471
Post by: Karel Šťavík on July 12, 2021, 10:41:14 AM
Hi everyone,

there is a new beta version ready - 21.6.2471 (build 21.6.6393).

What's new

We're very excited to announce that Firewall will soon become a free feature in Avast Antivirus. It's very satisfying for us to realize all the network knowledge and expertise that was put into building our proprietary firewall will be materialized in a feature available to so many users around the world — strengthening our mission to provide amazing protection against cyber threats worldwide.Of course, the release of such a critical feature won't happen instantly for the user base as a whole. It will take us a few weeks to continuously roll it out for everyone. For now, all of our dedicated beta users will have a chance to enable it by themselves. You can do so from the post update screen (that will be shown once you get an 21.6 update) or through settings (Menu -> Settings -> Firewall). Free firewall will feature:
- Brand new UI (compared to our current one)
- Automatic profile selection (with the option for the user to override it, of course)
- Application overview / control (overview of apps that actively use network/internet plus their current network usage)
- Revamped ask mode (ability to enable/disable specific connections originating from the app)
- Status log (you will clearly see every app and device that was blocked by our Firewall, as well as why it was blocked)
- Customizable rules for "hardcore users". We will keep an advanced, premium firewall tier as well, which will have extra protection layers of: ARP spoofing detection, Port Scan Detection and Leak Protection for public networks.

There are some known issues with this first public version:
- FW is running even when you enable Passive mode
- FW is installed when you're upgrading from Free to Premium even when you uninstalled it manually from the Free product previously
- FW rules can be deleted even when they are "locked" in the UI (it's just an UI glitch, the core rules won't actually be deleted)
- FW blocks SMB shares, printers, networks shares and network drivers after additional installation into the Free AV — the current workaround is to change the network configuration to private/disable FW
- FW might block some outgoing windows traffic
- SmartScan sometimes incorrectly reports the Firewall's state.

Most of the above should be fixed by the upcoming beta release in a few days. Please, do play with this new tool of ours and let us know your feedback. Thanks!

Other news
Avast now sports a refreshed new menu that will ease the differentiation between AV features and other products

What was fixed
Fixed issue with consent dialogue displayed in the wrong user session in case there is more users working on the same PC via RDP

Known issues
UI might crash when there is a request for showing a dialogue immediately after Log in into the OS
There is a glitch in UI when you try to disable all core shield via advanced settings

Download links
Avast free https://bits.avcdn.net/productfamily_ANTIVIRUS/insttype_FREE/platform_WIN/installertype_ONLINE/build_BETA
Avast premium https://bits.avcdn.net/productfamily_ANTIVIRUS/insttype_APR/platform_WIN/installertype_ONLINE/build_BETA

Enjoy this beta!
We are looking forward to your feedback.

Also please be informed that we would appreciate if you would be so kind and try our Antivirus product based on so called "icarus" setup (installation and update engine) already used for other Avast products but now available also for AV. More information is here: https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=264883.0.
Please note that in order to get it, you need to uninstall the current one (automatic migration is not supported at the moment).

AVAST Team
Title: Re: New beta version 21.6.2471
Post by: NON on July 12, 2021, 10:58:22 AM
Thanks for the new beta. On icarus channel still no beta update though.

For the giveaway of the firewall component, it must be quite a big decision for the Avast guys and as a long-time user it is quite welcome.
But you guys have to be really careful to how distribute FW components to Free users, or you'll get plenty of complaints like "Avast is doing something on its own", "I don't authorize Avast to do it", bla bla bla... remember what happened when Secure Browser (SafeZone Browser at the time) went Free without former notice?
Title: Re: New beta version 21.6.2471
Post by: DavidR on July 12, 2021, 11:05:16 AM
Quote from: Karel Šťavík
- Brand new UI (compared to our current one)

Fingers crossed an improvement I hope.

Does this get rid of the scroll fest called the geek:area and for gods sake document this hidden area, what's the point otherwise  ?
Undocumented and hidden makes the whole thing pointless.
Title: Re: New beta version 21.6.2471
Post by: Asyn on July 12, 2021, 11:31:23 AM
Thanks Karel, testing it asap...
Title: Re: New beta version 21.6.2471
Post by: SpeedyPC on July 12, 2021, 02:00:02 PM
I hope this firewall behaves like an extreme Fort Knox when I say BUGGER OFF!! ;D you know what I mean.
Title: Re: New beta version 21.6.2471
Post by: R R Mahmud on July 12, 2021, 02:51:18 PM
I think Avast premium security firewall will release with NEW LOOK AND NEW FEATURE AND EXTRA PROTECTION.Avast Users waiting for this
Title: Re: New beta version 21.6.2471
Post by: schmidthouse on July 12, 2021, 02:53:29 PM
Thanks for the beta.
Updating now via beta channel. :)
Title: Re: New beta version 21.6.2471
Post by: Asyn on July 12, 2021, 03:08:42 PM
FYI, it took two reboots for the splash screen to show up.

Now digging deeper into the new firewall UI... 8)
Title: Re: New beta version 21.6.2471
Post by: SpeedyPC on July 12, 2021, 03:13:30 PM
FYI, it took two reboots for the splash screen to show up.

Now digging deeper into the new firewall UI... 8)

Keep me posted IF you can break or find a leak in the new Fort Knox FW, unless you can't tell somebody to bugger off.
Title: Re: New beta version 21.6.2471
Post by: schmidthouse on July 12, 2021, 10:54:42 PM
FYI, it took two reboots for the splash screen to show up.

Now digging deeper into the new firewall UI... 8)

Note: Here Splash Screen appeared immediately after 1st. reboot on both machines :)
Title: Re: New beta version 21.6.2471
Post by: Carpender on July 14, 2021, 05:55:29 PM
Hey, i was wondering what about the users that are using a 3rd party firewall? Now that avast is bringing it to their free AV too how will it impact those users?
Title: Re: New beta version 21.6.2471
Post by: DavidR on July 14, 2021, 06:40:03 PM
Hey, i was wondering what about the users that are using a 3rd party firewall? Now that avast is bringing it to their free AV too how will it impact those users?

No doubt in the same way as it does with other 3rd party AVs, a choice will need to be made as to which one you want to be the active one.  No doubt you will either be able to choose which components you want (including the FW) to install in Avast or disable the firewall in the settings, like other avast free components.

Or Via the Windows Security Centre

However you might want to read the first post in this topic again, particularly those relating to the Firewall (FW)
Quote from: Karel Šťavík
There are some known issues with this first public version:
- FW is running even when you enable Passive mode
- FW is installed when you're upgrading from Free to Premium even when you uninstalled it manually from the Free product previously
- FW rules can be deleted even when they are "locked" in the UI (it's just an UI glitch, the core rules won't actually be deleted)
- FW blocks SMB shares, printers, networks shares and network drivers after additional installation into the Free AV — the current workaround is to change the network configuration to private/disable FW
- FW might block some outgoing windows traffic
Title: Re: New beta version 21.6.2471
Post by: schmidthouse on July 14, 2021, 06:52:46 PM
Hey, i was wondering what about the users that are using a 3rd party firewall? Now that avast is bringing it to their free AV too how will it impact those users?

No doubt in the same way as it does with other 3rd party AVs, a choice will need to be made as to which one you want to be the active one.  No doubt you will either be able to choose which components you want (including the FW) to install in Avast or disable the firewall in the settings, like other avast free components.

Or Via the Windows Security Centre

However you might want to read the first post in this topic again, particularly those relating to the Firewall (FW)
Quote from: Karel Šťavík
There are some known issues with this first public version:
- FW is running even when you enable Passive mode
- FW is installed when you're upgrading from Free to Premium even when you uninstalled it manually from the Free product previously
- FW rules can be deleted even when they are "locked" in the UI (it's just an UI glitch, the core rules won't actually be deleted)
- FW blocks SMB shares, printers, networks shares and network drivers after additional installation into the Free AV — the current workaround is to change the network configuration to private/disable FW
- FW might block some outgoing windows traffic

This FW addition to Avast Free I'm sure is going to be a welcomed development, however it will also be somewhat glitchy until the roll out is fine tuned and completed.
Title: Re: New beta version 21.6.2471
Post by: Carpender on July 14, 2021, 07:25:29 PM
Thank you for the responses. Yes, i do agree that it is a good development to have FW as a choice =)
Title: Re: New beta version 21.6.2471
Post by: schmidthouse on July 14, 2021, 07:34:17 PM
You're welcome
Title: Re: New beta version 21.6.2471
Post by: bob3160 on July 14, 2021, 10:19:03 PM
I've been quite happy with the firewall that's available in Windows 10.
Avast will need to convince me that their somewhat basic free version is
better than the one already part of Windows 10.
Title: Re: New beta version 21.6.2471
Post by: SpeedyPC on July 15, 2021, 03:03:37 AM
I've been quite happy with the firewall that's available in Windows 10.
Avast will need to convince me that their somewhat basic free version is
better than the one already part of Windows 10.
I would LOVE to read Avast full feedback about this Bob, because, Microsoft is getting better with their own Window FW from v10 and higher.
Title: Re: New beta version 21.6.2471
Post by: TheOwner on July 15, 2021, 03:09:11 AM
I've been quite happy with the firewall that's available in Windows 10.
Avast will need to convince me that their somewhat basic free version is
better than the one already part of Windows 10.
You can say the same about antivirus, because you will be happy with windows defender too and you will get rid of annoying ads/popups.
Title: Re: New beta version 21.6.2471
Post by: Asyn on July 15, 2021, 10:12:26 AM
I've been quite happy with the firewall that's available in Windows 10.
Avast will need to convince me that their somewhat basic free version is
better than the one already part of Windows 10.
-> https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=234512.msg1548266#msg1548266
Title: Re: New beta version 21.6.2471
Post by: DavidR on July 15, 2021, 12:13:30 PM
I've been quite happy with the firewall that's available in Windows 10.
Avast will need to convince me that their somewhat basic free version is
better than the one already part of Windows 10.
-> https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=234512.msg1548266#msg1548266

Who is to know is that vulnerability hasn't been patched, this after all is an old topic.

That said isn't this 'trojan' an area that the antivirus should also be protecting against ???
Title: Re: New beta version 21.6.2471
Post by: bob3160 on July 15, 2021, 02:33:54 PM
I've been quite happy with the firewall that's available in Windows 10.
Avast will need to convince me that their somewhat basic free version is
better than the one already part of Windows 10.
-> https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=234512.msg1548266#msg1548266 (https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=234512.msg1548266#msg1548266)
Referring me to information more than a year old doesn't really answer my question.
You more than most know that one year is a lifetime when it comes to cyber protection and vulnerabilities.
I'm still waiting for a reply from Avast since I addressed this question to them.