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Title: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: PotatoMan on August 20, 2008, 05:46:39 AM
avast! IMHO doesn't look or feel like an AV, the avast! GUI looks like a media player...its hard to navigate. Thats why I use the Maclover OSX skin.I have enclosed a picture of what a antivirus should look like IMO.

(http://shopper.cnet.com/i/ss/2007/0920_Norton_Antivirus_2008/32588377_ss1_440.jpg)

for being such a terrible AV, norton sure has a nice design :D
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: gdiloren on August 20, 2008, 06:00:47 AM
That's personal taste. Totally personal!!! You don't judge a thing by appearance. Avast has good detection and is an excellent AV. I think NORTON is BLOATED! :)
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: PotatoMan on August 20, 2008, 06:23:22 AM
I totally agree!

I wasn't saying avast! was a bad AV! I have been using it for over a year happily!

I am just saying that the current avast! GUI is dull and hard to navigate and I never said ONCE that Norton was better than avast!, JUST THE DESIGN.

Read the whole post before you go replying.
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: Marc57 on August 20, 2008, 06:31:55 AM
I agree that the default skin is confusing, But that's suppose to change with ver. 5


I usually use the aVist skin on customers computers, Much less confusing.
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: gdiloren on August 20, 2008, 06:35:41 AM
I totally agree!

I wasn't saying avast! was a bad AV! I have been using it for over a year happily!

I am just saying that the current avast! GUI is dull and hard to navigate and I never said ONCE that Norton was better than avast!, JUST THE DESIGN.

Read the whole post before you go replying.
Good. I don't hate the NORTON GUI too but it was my first AV on this PC (pre-installed by the manufacturer) and it took me a while to understand it fully in the trial I got so their DESIGN is not so easy either!! :)
The AVIRA GUI is not easy either, it takes a while to get accustomed, that's the word "accustomed". There is no such thing to me as pretty and I got accustomed to the OLD AVAST SKIN and don't find anything to it.
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: PotatoMan on August 20, 2008, 07:02:12 AM
I totally agree!

I wasn't saying avast! was a bad AV! I have been using it for over a year happily!

I am just saying that the current avast! GUI is dull and hard to navigate and I never said ONCE that Norton was better than avast!, JUST THE DESIGN.

Read the whole post before you go replying.
Good. I don't hate the NORTON GUI too but it was my first AV on this PC (pre-installed by the manufacturer) and it took me a while to understand it fully in the trial I got so their DESIGN is not so easy either!! :)
The AVIRA GUI is not easy either, it takes a while to get accustomed, that's the word "accustomed". There is no such thing to me as pretty and I got accustomed to the OLD AVAST SKIN and don't find anything to it.

I downloaded a file that I thought was a trainer for a game I had, and it turned out to be Trojan.Vundo. Norton said it had blocked it. The next day I have MalWarrior on my computer. Norton said it removed it. I installed avast! and it detected Trojan.Vundo, and MalWarrior still in the file system. I ran VundoFix and MBAM and fixed it :D

$40 dollars for a crappy resource hogger...Can't refund it now...:(
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: alanrf on August 20, 2008, 07:05:22 AM
Given the money Symantec is milking annually from its user base they can afford any graphics designer they like.  avast - giving many millions of us a free ride - may not have so much money to throw at graphics while they concentrate on being the best at being a great antivirus product.  

Seems pretty clear to me also that gdiloren did read your whole post before replying.  Many of us do - but you will get what you get in this forum of fellow avast users.
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: Vladimyr on August 20, 2008, 07:36:12 AM
For those of us who remember the brushed-metal panelled avast! 32 UI and its earnest but hilarious "Your computer is infected with a wirus" warning, the current 4.8 UI is a great improvement.  ;D
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: jerry12 on August 20, 2008, 12:06:23 PM
i had Norton 360 right after it came out payed over 60.00 for it and i got a virus that 360 didn't detect it really screw with my system i had to get CA virus scan to get it off my computer so i am not to happy with Norton.  >:(
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: crow on August 20, 2008, 12:23:33 PM
avast! IMHO doesn't look or feel like an AV, the avast! GUI looks like a media player...its hard to navigate. Thats why I use the Maclover OSX skin.I have enclosed a picture of what a antivirus should look like IMO.

(http://shopper.cnet.com/i/ss/2007/0920_Norton_Antivirus_2008/32588377_ss1_440.jpg)

for being such a terrible AV, norton sure has a nice design :D

You can always change the skin(38 choices!!).
See the following link:

http://www.avast.com/eng/skins.html

Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: Maxx_original on August 20, 2008, 12:32:47 PM
PotatoMan: you can try (and buy) the Pro version of Avast... its Enhanced interface looks much different and is very useful from my point of view..
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: PotatoMan on August 20, 2008, 01:04:46 PM
PotatoMan: you can try (and buy) the Pro version of Avast... its Enhanced interface looks much different and is very useful from my point of view..

I have avast! professinal.

I think this would look good (badly modified kaspersky)

(http://img55.imageshack.us/img55/7439/avastantivirusap1.png)
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: gdiloren on August 20, 2008, 07:29:02 PM
What a shame we have complex so we have to carbon copy main AV brand names (Kasperky, Norton...). Those who don't like AVAST should clear and cut pay for the product they think would fit their taste. We don't sell or offer FREE NORTON OR KASPERKY CARBON COPIES! ;)
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: Maxx_original on August 21, 2008, 12:08:39 AM
I have avast! professinal.

then you don't have to use the simple "radio-style" interface.. :)
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: Tarq57 on August 21, 2008, 04:01:57 AM
Actually, I rather like the Avast gui. Especially the skin szc-kde by Sasha Zivanovich.
It takes a little time to learn to navigate, but then, Avast is very configurable.
Like any program with several options, it just takes a little time to learn.
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: PotatoMan on August 21, 2008, 06:06:14 AM
What a shame we have complex so we have to carbon copy main AV brand names (Kasperky, Norton...). Those who don't like AVAST should clear and cut pay for the product they think would fit their taste. We don't sell or offer FREE NORTON OR KASPERKY CARBON COPIES! ;)

Your starting to make me mad. I don't want Norton, i don't want Kaspersky, I want avast! and I want it to look nice. I don't judge an AV by my "taste", I judge it by how well it protects me, and avast! gets an A+ in that category so you can just silence yourself.

I paid to get avast! professional.
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: Bluesman on August 21, 2008, 08:18:17 AM
I want avast! and I want it to look nice.

I am sure avst! 5 will look nice...so all we have to do is wait ;)

But IMHO v4.8 already look nice with didifferent skins
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: PotatoMan on August 21, 2008, 08:24:22 AM
I want avast! and I want it to look nice.

I am sure avst! 5 will look nice...so all we have to do is wait ;)

But IMHO v4.8 already look nice with didifferent skins

I love the Maclover skin, although I don't love Macs, I love that skin :D
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: Bluesman on August 21, 2008, 09:06:48 AM
I love the Maclover skin, although I don't love Macs, I love that skin :D

Haha...I'm also using that skin :)
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: Faizfast6 on August 21, 2008, 10:01:21 AM
Me too.  ;D
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: Lisandro on August 21, 2008, 03:21:56 PM
You can always change the skin(38 choices!!).
Yeah... power of choosing, power of configuration... why do people complain when they could choose?

To the ones that could never saw avast Pro interface...
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: PotatoMan on August 22, 2008, 02:22:38 AM
You can always change the skin(38 choices!!).
Yeah... power of choosing, power of configuration... why do people complain when they could choose?

To the ones that could never saw avast Pro interface...

I have seen the avast! advanced skin, it is all morphed together on my computer. I have low screen resolution.

And also, are you like one of those people who get on forums and whenever someone says something, you either have a better answer or a reason why they are wrong? I mean seriously, why would we complain? Because THERE WON'T BE SELECTABLE SKINS IN avast! 5! SO WE HOPE IT HAS A GOOD GUI BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE CHOICES.

(sighs)...
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: Gort on August 22, 2008, 04:40:31 AM
For those of us who remember the brushed-metal panelled avast! 32 UI and its earnest but hilarious "Your computer is infected with a wirus" warning, the current 4.8 UI is a great improvement.  ;D

Reminds me of a line from a Star Trek movie, "excuse me, where do you keep your nuclear wessels"?  ;D
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: Vladimyr on August 22, 2008, 05:21:56 AM
"Wiruses", "Nuclear wessels"...  Okay, I had to dig up the old thing just to hear it again - and I may have been mis-remembering. I think he actually does say virus with a very soft v. Rename the attached 'virfound.txt' to 'virfound.wav' and judge for yourself.
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: Vladimyr on August 22, 2008, 05:29:42 AM
And the avast 32 version 3 interfaces...
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: Vladimyr on August 22, 2008, 05:31:01 AM
Could his be the model for version 5?  ;D
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: gdiloren on August 22, 2008, 05:44:58 AM
There will always be SOMEBODY, you know, that won't be too happy with the new GUI. I, for myself, I'm nobody to pretend imposing mine. As DavidR already stated the software for the skins in AVAST 5 will no longer be available. So we will have to cope with it. Why not open a contest? Vote for it? I don't know, that would be a great idea. ::)
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: PotatoMan on August 22, 2008, 07:28:47 AM
There will always be SOMEBODY, you know, that won't be too happy with the new GUI. I, for myself, I'm nobody to pretend imposing mine. As DavidR already stated the software for the skins in AVAST 5 will no longer be available. So we will have to cope with it. Why not open a contest? Vote for it? I don't know, that would be a great idea. ::)

I agree, a contest would be amazing. I vote Sasha Zianonvich!
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: alanrf on August 22, 2008, 08:33:53 AM
I somehow thought that avast was a commercial enterprise ... one that makes money and continues to exist by selling its products. 

It is also gracious enough to provide a free product to home users.  It amazes me that the users of its free home product believe that our views matter more than very little in the decision making process in Prague. 

What must matter in those decisions is what the major money contributors care about - none of the views expressed here about how "pretty" avast is matter one whit  - avast needs to make lots of money to continue to provide our free service from them.

You can post and whitter on to your heart's content on what you want avast to look like and it will not change anything - avast needs to be the best antivirus (and perhaps the best firewall) product it can be - that is what will bring the money in - the "prettiness" must always be a minor concern.
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: PotatoMan on August 22, 2008, 09:40:08 AM
I somehow thought that avast was a commercial enterprise ... one that makes money and continues to exist by selling its products. 

It is also gracious enough to provide a free product to home users.  It amazes me that the users of its free home product believe that our views matter more than very little in the decision making process in Prague. 

What must matter in those decisions is what the major money contributors care about - none of the views expressed here about how "pretty" avast is matter one whit  - avast needs to make lots of money to continue to provide our free service from them.

You can post and whitter on to your heart's content on what you want avast to look like and it will not change anything - avast needs to be the best antivirus (and perhaps the best firewall) product it can be - that is what will bring the money in - the "prettiness" must always be a minor concern.

(sighs)

As you are most likely right, we have the right to hope and discuss, and for you to wave that off and tell us basically that no one besides "us" as in the people who have agreed and contributed to this thread, cares what we think, is just beyond me/

I care and love avast! as much as anyone on these forums, I have wasted many words defending it, telling people the facts and why avast! is better than any other free antivirus.

I don't just want avast! to be "pretty" as I clearly explained to tech above^.

avast! also has many other things that need improvement on. For example:

*Better detection and removal of rogue fake-antispyware and fake-antivirus, including, but not limited to, PCPrivacyCleaner. AntiSpywareMaster, and System Defender.
*Needs Detection and removal of adware.
*Needs Firewall
*Script Blocker compatibility for other browsers including FireFox and Opera.
*Fix the many false positives
*Better GUI
*Better handling and repair of infected files
*Less memory usage for NT/2K/XP

So as you can see, Alanf, I am not focused completely on making avast! "pretty", and perhaps I DO care about the quality of the program then I do its "prettiness".

Now, go think of another sarcastic response. Can't wait to hear it :D
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: YoKenny on August 22, 2008, 10:30:13 AM
I don't know what all the fuss is about.

I used the GUI once to insure the settings were the recommended ones and to insure that I don't have un-necessary services running so now I just have the little blue ball down in the Taskbar and I can do and see all I need to from clicking on it.
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: PotatoMan on August 22, 2008, 04:34:45 PM
I dont know why people like alanf and tech do what they do...

Anyways, this topic is going nowhere...

Anyone else got anything to note? Otherwise, we should just let this topic die.
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: a.mutu10 on August 22, 2008, 09:41:41 PM
Symantec Norton antivirus has probably the best GUI... unluckly is not free it's heavy on resources and it sucks as AV.

They are bad programmers but they are great in commercial things...they know how to sell their product.

I hope Avast 5.0 will take insipiration from Norton GUI
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: Lisandro on August 23, 2008, 12:06:29 AM
I vote Sasha Zianonvich!
Where is he? :'(
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: gdiloren on August 23, 2008, 12:44:25 AM
As I told, I'm just by accident using the simple user interface, without any themes and just LOVE IT  8) Just go to modify through Control Panel and unselect Themes!
Title: Re: avast! doesn't feel like an AV
Post by: Lisandro on August 23, 2008, 03:32:39 AM
As I told, I'm just by accident using the simple user interface, without any themes and just LOVE IT  8) Just go to modify through Control Panel and unselect Themes!
Or change the avast4.ini settings to not use skins ;)