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Title: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: Vlk on December 20, 2007, 07:35:48 PM
I'm glad to announce the availability of the long awaited avast! Mac Edition.
Please refer to http://www.avast.com/eng/avast-antivirus-mac-edition.html for details.

The pricing is the same as with avast! Professional Edition, with an extra 25% introductory discount.


Thanks!
Vlk
Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: .: Mac :. on December 20, 2007, 08:31:07 PM
Finally!  :)
Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: Tevion on December 20, 2007, 09:10:01 PM
Is there a german edition available?
thx
Tevion
Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: igor on December 21, 2007, 01:21:36 PM
No language versions yet, sorry.
Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: Lisandro on December 21, 2007, 02:56:59 PM
If there is a way to translate it without using a Mac... I have Windows and Linux to work on it...
Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: .: Mac :. on December 21, 2007, 08:16:54 PM
If there is a way to translate it without using a Mac... I have Windows and Linux to work on it...

Well the help files should be easy, but don't know abut the interface
Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: Tevion on December 21, 2007, 09:32:59 PM
No language versions yet, sorry.


Oh, thats a pity .... i wanted to buy it as a christmas gift for my sister
which has a macbook pro.
Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: al968 on December 22, 2007, 01:06:53 PM
Congratulation   :)  :)
This step should definitly give Alwil a boost in sales, also with the packs as Avast now supports all operating systems (except sun's  ;D )
Keep up the good work, I'll recommand Avast for Macs, is there any chance that it will be sold in Apple stores ??

Al968
Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: .: Mac :. on December 22, 2007, 01:19:32 PM
Congratulation   :)  :)
This step should definitly give Alwil a boost in sales, also with the packs as Avast now supports all operating systems (except sun's  ;D )
Keep up the good work, I'll recommand Avast for Macs, is there any chance that it will be sold in Apple stores ??

Al968

I dont think ALWIL sells any of their products in Boxed form so I dont think you Will see it in the Apple Store.
Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: chocholo on December 22, 2007, 03:10:32 PM
...
all operating systems (except sun's  ;D )
...
http://www.avast.com/eng/avast-antivirus-now-available-on-solaris-platform.html
Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: Tevion on December 22, 2007, 04:08:10 PM

Irrespective of language of avast! for mac  - see my last post -i have just bought it as a Christmas gift for my sister.
(1 year licence  ;D)
Is there a possibility to get a cd-cover for it, because there is no boxed version available and i have to burn a cd.
Frontside would be enough  :)
And thanks to Alwil for discount 25 percent!!
Tevion
Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: 0pak on December 25, 2007, 03:18:05 AM
I downloaded the free version of avast for Mac and every time I open it, it opens the mail software. I don't use mail for my emails. How can I stop avast from doing that?
Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: shgoh on December 28, 2007, 06:38:18 AM
I downloaded the free version of avast for Mac and every time I open it, it opens the mail software. I don't use mail for my emails. How can I stop avast from doing that?

yea...this is quite irritating! by the way, is there a free version?
Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: .: Mac :. on December 28, 2007, 07:38:20 PM
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by the way, is there a free version?
I don't Think so

Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: zilog on January 03, 2008, 12:18:32 PM
I downloaded the free version of avast for Mac and every time I open it, it opens the mail software. I don't use mail for my emails. How can I stop avast from doing that?

Yes, more users complained about this (but, this behavior was present in few recent beta versions too, and nobody complained or had any remark during beta-testing) - in the very next release, this will be fixed/supressed.

regards,
PC
Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: loukingjr on January 04, 2008, 12:13:13 AM
Well a few things, first, I can't seem to check for updates. Avast for the Mac locks up every time I do and I have to force quit it. I have it allowed in the Mac Firewall. Running 10.5.1. I am also kind of disappointed that after using the FREE!!! version for Windows for quite awhile I have to pay for the Mac version. I feel slighted :). And I agree having mail.app every time is annoying and hard to believe no one who beta tested said anything. Lastly, Avast! for the Mac actually flags itself with a warning which I find peculiar. Anyway, thats my two cents.

Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: zilog on January 04, 2008, 10:49:48 AM
Well a few things, first, I can't seem to check for updates. Avast for the Mac locks up every time I do and I have to force quit it. I have it allowed in the Mac Firewall. Running 10.5.1. I am also kind of disappointed that after using the FREE!!! version for Windows for quite awhile I have to pay for the Mac version. I feel slighted :). And I agree having mail.app every time is annoying and hard to believe no one who beta tested said anything. Lastly, Avast! for the Mac actually flags itself with a warning which I find peculiar. Anyway, thats my two cents.



Hallo,
please, specify the exact version of Your system and machine. I re-tested updating mechanism on  10.5.1 (build 9B18), and it works as expected. Such freezing was never observed/reported - even with broken connectivity, the manual update attempt will end after timeout, with an allert window, there's no need for forcing quit / explicit killing.

Update uses standart http connection, but the target IP might vary (we have more update-servers), so please verify Your firewall settings first, and report eventually more details about this case.

Thanks for Your report.

regards,
PC
Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: loukingjr on January 04, 2008, 12:56:07 PM
okay, 10.5.1 build (9B18) running on a late 2006 2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo iMac. As far has having to force quit, it does first say "checking for incremental updates", then "downloading update (please wait)...", then after a time just switches to the spinning rainbow ball and in the Dock it says Application not responding, and the option to force quit.
Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: zilog on January 04, 2008, 03:25:19 PM
okay, 10.5.1 build (9B18) running on a late 2006 2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo iMac. As far has having to force quit, it does first say "checking for incremental updates", then "downloading update (please wait)...", then after a time just switches to the spinning rainbow ball and in the Dock it says Application not responding, and the option to force quit.

Well, tested on my Intel MacBook Pro Core2 right now, against the same build 9B81 - and it works. The problem is maybe that it really takes time (the update is not incremental yet), and during this process, GUI is busy.

Are You sure, that the state is futile and never-ending? Also, use "top" utility to get a clue whether avast\! (gui) or com.avast.MacAvast.MAD (engine) consumes time or not. If not, it's probably still waiting for the web-downloading to complete.

For now, I'm unable to reproduce this flaw.

regards,
PC

Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: .: Mac :. on January 04, 2008, 08:38:49 PM

Well, tested on my Intel MacBook Pro Core2 right now, against the same build 9B81 - and it works. The problem is maybe that it really takes time (the update is not incremental yet), and during this process, GUI is busy.

Are You sure, that the state is futile and never-ending? Also, use "top" utility to get a clue whether avast\! (gui) or com.avast.MacAvast.MAD (engine) consumes time or not. If not, it's probably still waiting for the web-downloading to complete.

For now, I'm unable to reproduce this flaw.

regards,
PC
10.5.1 build 9B18 (Intel Core Duo Mac Mini) Updating works as expected but the update does take a while to download.

Quote
And I agree having mail.app every time is annoying and hard to believe no one who beta tested said anything.
I keep mail running 99% of the time anyway so Guess it never bothered me ::)

Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: loukingjr on January 04, 2008, 10:58:42 PM
hmmm. ok, I am going to reinstall and just let it go for awhile. i am on dialup and since theres no feedback to say how far along it is I just assumed 30 mins should be enough time. I'll try once more.. and thanks
Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: loukingjr on January 04, 2008, 11:05:02 PM
sigh, I can't reinstall it. its saying my license is invalid or expired and won't let me do anything without a license but quit. lol I just downloaded this yesterday to try. Oh well.
Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: .: Mac :. on January 05, 2008, 06:11:15 AM
sigh, I can't reinstall it. its saying my license is invalid or expired and won't let me do anything without a license but quit. lol I just downloaded this yesterday to try. Oh well.
Use Spotlight to make sure you removed all of the files.
Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: loukingjr on January 05, 2008, 12:11:53 PM
sigh, I can't reinstall it. its saying my license is invalid or expired and won't let me do anything without a license but quit. lol I just downloaded this yesterday to try. Oh well.
Use Spotlight to make sure you removed all of the files.


actually Spotlight in Leopard won't find all your files, or anyone else's. I found something that can find anything, deleted your files, then reinstalled which worked. now I'm jusy watching the spinning beach ball to see if it ever stops. :-D
Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: loukingjr on January 05, 2008, 01:09:42 PM
okay, 10.5.1 build (9B18) running on a late 2006 2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo iMac. As far has having to force quit, it does first say "checking for incremental updates", then "downloading update (please wait)...", then after a time just switches to the spinning rainbow ball and in the Dock it says Application not responding, and the option to force quit.

Well, tested on my Intel MacBook Pro Core2 right now, against the same build 9B81 - and it works. The problem is maybe that it really takes time (the update is not incremental yet), and during this process, GUI is busy.

Are You sure, that the state is futile and never-ending? Also, use "top" utility to get a clue whether avast\! (gui) or com.avast.MacAvast.MAD (engine) consumes time or not. If not, it's probably still waiting for the web-downloading to complete.

For now, I'm unable to reproduce this flaw.

regards,
PC



I wish someone would have asked me to beta test this. first, turns out it takes 40 mins or so to download the virus update on dialup. Incremental updates are a must on dialup. I set Avast to scan my user/library folder and the MAD daemon crashed both times. It then asks if I want to rescan the path again or just where it left off once the daemon restarts, but I can't see anyway to restart it without restarting Avast. And once you do that it has forgotten where it left off or what path it scanned. Personally, I absolutely loved the Windows version and told everyone I knew to use it. I'm not so sure this was ready for release.
Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: .: Mac :. on January 05, 2008, 06:33:59 PM
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I wish someone would have asked me to beta test this.

You could have! the beta was open to the public for like 3 months. Link was here on the Forum.
Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: zilog on January 07, 2008, 01:59:50 PM
sigh, I can't reinstall it. its saying my license is invalid or expired and won't let me do anything without a license but quit. lol I just downloaded this yesterday to try. Oh well.

Well, I placed one license on the former betatesting page, so you can get it here: http://public.avast.com/~cimbal/mar2008.lic .
After installing, please let me know whether the flaw still occurs as a never-ending update attempt.

Regards,
PC
Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: rhstoddard on January 13, 2008, 04:11:14 AM
I'm glad to announce the availability of the long awaited avast! Mac Edition.
Please refer to http://www.avast.com/eng/avast-antivirus-mac-edition.html for details.

I wish I'd sen this a few weeks ago. I used Avast for years on Windows systems, and looked for it for Mac when I decided it was time to add a bit of protection to my Mac systems. I still have the other AV app I bought (no point in deleted a paid-for app), but rely once again on Avast.
Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: zilog on January 14, 2008, 12:07:57 PM
okay, 10.5.1 build (9B18) running on a late 2006 2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo iMac. As far has having to force quit, it does first say "checking for incremental updates", then "downloading update (please wait)...", then after a time just switches to the spinning rainbow ball and in the Dock it says Application not responding, and the option to force quit.

Well, tested on my Intel MacBook Pro Core2 right now, against the same build 9B81 - and it works. The problem is maybe that it really takes time (the update is not incremental yet), and during this process, GUI is busy.

Are You sure, that the state is futile and never-ending? Also, use "top" utility to get a clue whether avast\! (gui) or com.avast.MacAvast.MAD (engine) consumes time or not. If not, it's probably still waiting for the web-downloading to complete.

For now, I'm unable to reproduce this flaw.

regards,
PC



I wish someone would have asked me to beta test this. first, turns out it takes 40 mins or so to download the virus update on dialup. Incremental updates are a must on dialup. I set Avast to scan my user/library folder and the MAD daemon crashed both times. It then asks if I want to rescan the path again or just where it left off once the daemon restarts, but I can't see anyway to restart it without restarting Avast. And once you do that it has forgotten where it left off or what path it scanned. Personally, I absolutely loved the Windows version and told everyone I knew to use it. I'm not so sure this was ready for release.

Indeed, for classis dial-up, the present form of full-updates might be uncomfortable a bit. Thus, it's wise to enlarge the checking interval, or to disable the auto-checking entirely (and click manual update only on demand).

incremental update will be added in next major release.

regards,
pc
Title: Found anything
Post by: BenkoG on January 15, 2008, 08:44:57 AM
I set up avast! Mac Edition on last Sunday on iMac G4 with OS X 10.4. This machine is an used (before me). In time of first background scan avast! found one virus and 113 warnings. There is a long list about scanned files, where I can see report only abvout infected file(s)? Another interesting question: have anybody found virus on own system? What type of?
Reason of qusetion: we sell avast! in Hungary, but here are a geroup of mac users who says that Mac haven't any viruses... They cannot say any other. :-))

Thanks.

BenkoG
Title: Re: Found anything
Post by: zilog on January 15, 2008, 09:02:54 AM
I set up avast! Mac Edition on last Sunday on iMac G4 with OS X 10.4. This machine is an used (before me). In time of first background scan avast! found one virus and 113 warnings. There is a long list about scanned files, where I can see report only abvout infected file(s)? Another interesting question: have anybody found virus on own system? What type of?
Reason of qusetion: we sell avast! in Hungary, but here are a geroup of mac users who says that Mac haven't any viruses... They cannot say any other. :-))

Thanks.

BenkoG

Hallo, in Preferences, it's possible to specify "Display also files which are OK". Otherwise, only warnings and viruses will be displayed (but that's probably your case).

In case that the list is pretty long (but 113 items for the whole drive isn't too much), you can try this:
- Close Scan" and then, click in menubar "File" -> "Save Current Scan Report".
- After this, you can process the list as you wish, for example cat ~/my_scan_report | grep -v "err 13", etc...

regards,
pc
Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: BenkoG on January 15, 2008, 09:16:45 AM
Thanks, I'll try it. :-))

BenkoG
Title: Re: Found anything
Post by: zilog on January 15, 2008, 09:19:42 AM
Another interesting question: have anybody found virus on own system? What type of?
Reason of qusetion: we sell avast! in Hungary, but here are a geroup of mac users who says that Mac haven't any viruses... They cannot say any other. :-))
[/quote]

these rumours have come probably from the pre-MacOS X era (but there were viruses too, few dozens, for MacOS <=9).
last months, some technical proof-of-concept letters (oriented against macos x) appeared on vx sites, and we can expect even malware that can work natively on both powerpc and intel platforms. thus, thinking "i have macos - i'm pretty safe" isn't the best bet nowadays.

pc
Title: Re: Found anything
Post by: BenkoG on January 15, 2008, 10:01:54 AM
Another interesting question: have anybody found virus on own system? What type of?
Reason of qusetion: we sell avast! in Hungary, but here are a group of mac users who says that Mac haven't any viruses... They cannot say any other. :-))

these rumours have come probably from the pre-MacOS X era (but there were viruses too, few dozens, for MacOS <=9).
last months, some technical proof-of-concept letters (oriented against macos x) appeared on vx sites, and we can expect even malware that can work natively on both powerpc and intel platforms. thus, thinking "i have macos - i'm pretty safe" isn't the best bet nowadays.

pc
[/quote]

Yeah. It's very important, interesting and challenging question. I need some practical experiences, because Mac-users needs datas, names and times now. I think, the best way of persuasion to give experiences, e.g. "I cleaned Melissa macro-virus from my OS-X Mac last weekend".
Because now proceed a dispute with Mac-fans, we collect all experiences in this theme. Yes, we know, that the danger is "ante portas" for Mac too, like Windows-based PC, now they (Mac-fans) are in false dreams, as grows the Mac-users area, as the dangers are coming...

BenkoG
Title: avast mac report saving
Post by: BenkoG on January 15, 2008, 10:17:22 AM
Dear Zilog,

since you suggested for me this option (File-save report) I did it at this moment, but now still running... very slow. The machine isn't fast enough (iMac G4 350Mhz, PowerPC750, 256MB RAM, OS-X 10.4.10), I know, but it's running approx. 30 minutes ago and status bar indicates only 50% approx. Is this normal? I think not.
Title: Re: avast mac report saving
Post by: zilog on January 15, 2008, 11:37:23 AM
Dear Zilog,

since you suggested for me this option (File-save report) I did it at this moment, but now still running... very slow. The machine isn't fast enough (iMac G4 350Mhz, PowerPC750, 256MB RAM, OS-X 10.4.10), I know, but it's running approx. 30 minutes ago and status bar indicates only 50% approx. Is this normal? I think not.

hallo,
on-demand scans always take time, this depends on your particular disk contents. having scanned half of your drive in 30minutes is nothing unusual...
pc
Title: Re: avast mac report saving
Post by: .: Mac :. on January 15, 2008, 09:47:51 PM
Dear Zilog,

since you suggested for me this option (File-save report) I did it at this moment, but now still running... very slow. The machine isn't fast enough (iMac G4 350Mhz, PowerPC750, 256MB RAM, OS-X 10.4.10), I know, but it's running approx. 30 minutes ago and status bar indicates only 50% approx. Is this normal? I think not.

PowerPC 750 is a G3 class Processor so that could also be cause of the slowness
Title: First virus found
Post by: BenkoG on January 16, 2008, 11:11:25 AM
Hello everybody,

Yesterday avast! found an JS.FEEBS virus on our iMac. I know, that's an PC virus, I don't know, how arrived (it's an used machine), but there is. Somebody knows any other specifically "for Mac" virus? Please reply, we're waiting news, because now we starting hungarian selling of avast! for Mac.
Many thanks.

BenkoG
Title: Re: First virus found
Post by: zilog on January 16, 2008, 01:09:36 PM
Hello everybody,

Yesterday avast! found an JS.FEEBS virus on our iMac. I know, that's an PC virus, I don't know, how arrived (it's an used machine), but there is. Somebody knows any other specifically "for Mac" virus? Please reply, we're waiting news, because now we starting hungarian selling of avast! for Mac.
Many thanks.

BenkoG

Hallo,
as an antivirus company, we cannot spread malware samples. But, there are few dozens of latest MacOS specific malware in our repository, for example Anti, ChinaTalk, Code252, Code327, Horse, Safari Expl, Niqtana, Inqtana, Leap, Mdbf, Weapox, Zuc ... stating that "there's no malware for Mac" is simply not true (and i doubt whether it was in the mid-90s when this rumour started to spread ;).

pc
Title: Re: *** Avast Mac Edition Released...
Post by: meinrosebud on February 09, 2008, 05:03:26 AM
Macintosh Computer will be a new target for criminals & idiots in the near future. Cracking & Hacking of Apple iPhones & iPod Touch is contributing to the issue. As these people gain experience while writing code to breach OSX operating system's security. There is a need to prepare for the worst case scenario, no longer can fan boys live in denial of virus/malware. If they are intelligent open minded free thinkers they have and will prepare. 
Title: Re: avast mac report saving
Post by: ergo on February 11, 2008, 12:42:28 AM
Dear Zilog,

since you suggested for me this option (File-save report) I did it at this moment, but now still running... very slow. The machine isn't fast enough (iMac G4 350Mhz, PowerPC750, 256MB RAM, OS-X 10.4.10), I know, but it's running approx. 30 minutes ago and status bar indicates only 50% approx. Is this normal? I think not.

You can gain some speed by adding more RAM. Only 256 MB is really crippling your Mac; Tiger (OS 10.4+) needs at least 512 MB to be reasonably happy. You should be able to max out your Mac with 1GB RAM. I suggest removing the 256 MBs and replacing with two 512 MB chips. Shouldn't be expensive.
Title: Re: First virus found
Post by: ergo on February 11, 2008, 01:09:00 AM
Hallo,
as an antivirus company, we cannot spread malware samples. But, there are few dozens of latest MacOS specific malware in our repository, for example Anti, ChinaTalk, Code252, Code327, Horse, Safari Expl, Niqtana, Inqtana, Leap, Mdbf, Weapox, Zuc ... stating that "there's no malware for Mac" is simply not true (and i doubt whether it was in the mid-90s when this rumour started to spread ;).
pc

Are any of those malware actually active out in the wild or just proofs of concepts? I'm not aware of any Macs actually getting infected with a virus yet, are you?
Anyway, while there's no real threat at the moment, I did recently purchase a three year Avast license (at the 25% discount, which has now expired. It was at a nice price!). At some point something really nasty will likely appear on the scene, so I thought a little insurance might be worthwhile. ;)
Title: Re: First virus found
Post by: .: Mac :. on February 11, 2008, 03:30:17 AM
Hallo,
as an antivirus company, we cannot spread malware samples. But, there are few dozens of latest MacOS specific malware in our repository, for example Anti, ChinaTalk, Code252, Code327, Horse, Safari Expl, Niqtana, Inqtana, Leap, Mdbf, Weapox, Zuc ... stating that "there's no malware for Mac" is simply not true (and i doubt whether it was in the mid-90s when this rumour started to spread ;).
pc

Are any of those malware actually active out in the wild or just proofs of concepts? I'm not aware of any Macs actually getting infected with a virus yet, are you?
Anyway, while there's no real threat at the moment, I did recently purchase a three year Avast license (at the 25% discount, which has now expired. It was at a nice price!). At some point something really nasty will likely appear on the scene, so I thought a little insurance might be worthwhile. ;)
There were In the wild malware for OS 8-9 (in the mid 90s like Zilog said) but most of the OS X malware is Proof of concept however the DNSChanger trojan is really out there, it pretends to be a video codec installer.

So there is Malware out there spreading, but the likelihood that you will be infected is still so small that most users do not run AV software. Avast is a nice insurance against any future Malware though