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Title: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Vlk on February 11, 2010, 10:47:50 PM
Hi guys,

we have just released a new program update to avast 5 (version number 5.0.418). You can go to this update from previous v5 builds by invoking the program update feature from within the avast GUI. Alternatively, you can download a full installer from our website (http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download#tab4) -- please note that the partner sites, such as download.com, may take a day or two to get updated.

Change log (incomplete list):
- stability improvements in the Behavior Shield
- improved compatibility with MBAM Pro (Windows XP)
- improvements in the rootkit scanner
- solved a vulnerability in AavmKer4.sys (Windows 2000/XP only) - special thanks to Tobias Klein
- ProAV + IS: solved a problem with Acrobat hanging when opening pdf files directly from IE
- firewall: low-level packet rules are back in the Expert settings
- improvements in the licensing engine
- new languages: Traditional Chinese, Swedish, Korean, Bulgarian, Hungarian. This makes the current number of supported languages 16


All users of the previous v5 builds are recommended to upgrade.

Thanks
Vlk
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Rednose on February 11, 2010, 11:02:36 PM
Thnx guys :)

Successfully updated from version 5.0.415 to version 5.0.418 .

Greetz, Red.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: news on February 11, 2010, 11:02:52 PM
Updated with no problems, so far. Thanks so very much Vlk.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Mr.Agent on February 11, 2010, 11:14:27 PM
396 to 418. Reboot.

No problem.

All workings great.

Keep up the amazing work.

Thank you. ;D

Mr.Agent
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: DavidR on February 11, 2010, 11:17:00 PM
Update went smoothly and the UI initiated program update from .396 was quick even on dial-up.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: logos on February 11, 2010, 11:18:34 PM
yeah no problem with this update either here...
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Mr.Agent on February 11, 2010, 11:19:07 PM
Also how a beautifull version numbers.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: logos on February 11, 2010, 11:19:57 PM
Also how a beautifull version numbers.

 ???  ;D
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Jeleal on February 11, 2010, 11:20:52 PM
Two words to sum up this new version program update. Simply marvelous!
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: RedFan on February 11, 2010, 11:24:11 PM
Hi

Successfully updated from 5.0.415 to version 5.0.418

thx
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Mr.Agent on February 11, 2010, 11:25:05 PM
Also how a beautifull version numbers.

 ???  ;D

I dont know but for me i fell that the 418 numbers look a lucky version. Its mean that ALWIL come with alot fix just to compare it with 377.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: cadremis on February 11, 2010, 11:34:37 PM
I have updated from 5.0.415 to 5.0.418 with no problems, everything seems running fine here.... great work! I really appreciate your efforts to provide us with the best Free Antivirus Software.

rm
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: mhf on February 11, 2010, 11:59:33 PM
Here too - went from .396 to .418 perfectly smoothly through the program update feature.

All's well - thanks !
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: buttoni on February 12, 2010, 12:07:20 AM
I updated from 5.0.396 to 5.0.418 just fine.  Didn't know there even was a 5.0.415!  I have my Avast5 Free set to "Ask" when there is an update available and I guess it DIDN'T.   :-\
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Mr.Agent on February 12, 2010, 12:08:41 AM
415 was a pre-release. That why its wasnt published. But now they fixed somes others bugs and released 418 which is better. ;D
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: buttoni on February 12, 2010, 12:11:21 AM
Ah.  I see.  Thanks for the clarification. 
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: happy avast user on February 12, 2010, 12:19:38 AM
Hi guys,

I updated from v5.0.415 to v5.0.418 with no problem thank you for a great FREE ANTIVIRUS I LOVE AVAST:)

Keep up the excellent and fantastic work team.

happy avast user :) :) :)
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: waking on February 12, 2010, 12:35:37 AM
- ProAV + IS: solved a problem with Acrobat hanging when opening pdf files directly from IE

Confirmed. The problems I reported previously with this in Pro AV appear to be fixed.
No hangs experienced with any PDFs in IE6 since 418 update.

Well done! Take a cookie out of the cookie jar.   :D
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: disPlay on February 12, 2010, 12:38:00 AM
Updated from .415 to .418 and everything went very smoothly. More one time, thanks to ALWIL team.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: zfactor on February 12, 2010, 12:45:44 AM
awesome thanks again for a great program guys.. i have just bought the last remaining lic's for the rest of my systems in my office. i do not have any nortons anymore lol. they have all been updated now to avast. even the wife likes it and she really could care less what i use as long as it works
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: clocks on February 12, 2010, 01:00:26 AM
Big thanks to VLK and ALWIL.  Great program!
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: May_Bob on February 12, 2010, 01:35:23 AM
All perfect  and thanks
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: ArtemisF0wl on February 12, 2010, 01:55:42 AM
no problems updating from .415 to .418 , everything is smooth as buttah here ;D
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Jahn on February 12, 2010, 02:28:57 AM
All is well on two XP's (Avast Free). Thanks Alwil. :)
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Gandalf1369 on February 12, 2010, 02:33:15 AM
Just wanted to add that my update from 396 to 418 (free version) went smoothly on both my son's and my computers.  Everything is working well with no problems.  Thanks avast!
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Uncle Bud on February 12, 2010, 02:33:36 AM
Updated with no 'script shield' installed....no problems at restart and 'script shield' still not installed. Great job Alwil.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: hayc59 on February 12, 2010, 03:46:04 AM
thank you and update went well....nice program  8)
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: sebailey on February 12, 2010, 03:55:17 AM
anyone know if this one solved the slow start-up issue with Pro? Free updated flawless! and seems to be fine so far
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Jack 1000 on February 12, 2010, 04:53:42 AM
No problems so far with 5.0.418.  Thank you!

Jack
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: sded on February 12, 2010, 05:13:56 AM
As usual, update to .418 pro over .415 pro went perfectly.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: ace2701 on February 12, 2010, 07:03:27 AM
Updated from 396 to 418 with no problems.
So far, no change in how my OS runs..  Fingers still crossed.   ;)
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: anjandavid on February 12, 2010, 07:06:51 AM
Hello Alwil team,

.396 to .418 updeded by programme updeter.No problem so far running smothly.Great work, best FREE ANTIVIRUS.

Thanks Avast.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: CapriAnupam on February 12, 2010, 07:08:10 AM
My first post on the Avast forum  :). Have been using Avast for years now, and very happy with it. Would like to thanks the Avast team. The new Avast 5 looks good, and working really well. Congratulations for that :).

I upgraded to version 5.0.418 via the program update, and all went well.

I just faced a problem though. After the completion of update, and restart of computer... when I right-clicked on Avast tray icon, and clicked "About Avast", the program crashed, and exited. I had to restart Avast then.

This had happened the last time too, when I had upgraded to version 5.0.396 via program update. Although, after this problem, I did not had any other problem. But, I am curious as to why this happens. It may be a bug or something?

I would also like to say that with version 5.0.377, I had faced some minor problems.
I use FreeCommander, and sometimes when I used to open any folder with it, or tried to access a file, or open a file... the computer would lag for quite a while, before I was able to open the folder/file.
Also, I experienced a considerable lag while using webcam with Yahoo, and Meebo.... on Meebo the problem was more.

These problems went away after upgrading to 5.0.396 though. The webcam lag still remains a bit, but not as much as before.

I have one more suggestion, or rather complaint... can the Avast setup be hosted on another site other than Download.com? They are very slow to upload the new versions... 4-5 days. That's not good at all. There are other sites, which update to the new version very fast. Can Avast host the setup on their own servers, like before?
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: norel on February 12, 2010, 07:20:08 AM
Update from .396 to .418 and all went perfect on Vista.

Are many of you that are having good results using XP? I'm gonna put avast! on my mom's computer and she has XP, so I've been waiting for a stable version before attempting it. :)
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: zfactor on February 12, 2010, 07:24:21 AM
agreed im not a fan of download.com, even cnet is better imo or filehippo, or majorgeeks etc
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Alkaloid on February 12, 2010, 07:34:09 AM
Went great (quick too, for dial-up)... Thanks.  :)
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: crozbone12 on February 12, 2010, 08:08:29 AM
Thanks!! too many positive comments.. so switching again to avast!! :D

bye avira again :D!! Thanks for the hardwork Vlk and avast team.. hope that MBAM Pro will surely be stable now w/ avast :D
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: mikaelrask on February 12, 2010, 08:41:56 AM
Update went fine here aswell the plus goes for Swedish translation thanks for add it.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: CapriAnupam on February 12, 2010, 09:14:21 AM
Are many of you that are having good results using XP? I'm gonna put avast! on my mom's computer and she has XP, so I've been waiting for a stable version before attempting it. :)

Avast 5 has been very stable on my PC. I am running XP SP2. Had no major problems. Some minor problems were there, as posted in my earlier post, but they have been solved with the newer versions. I would say, go for it ;D.

The only issue I would have installing Avast 5 on systems of people with less computer experience, is that, because of the behavior shield, or heuristics, some false positives might be there, which might not be handled correctly... so you should install and scan the full system yourself.

agreed im not a fan of download.com, even cnet is better imo or filehippo, or majorgeeks etc

Yep, FileHippo, or MajorGeeks are much faster to show the updates. I have found kaldata.net to be very fast with the updates. Download.com is painfully slow. I could download the setup from the other download sites too, but I prefer downloading setups from the home site of a software. That's why it would be good, if Avast was hosted on a site where updates were faster to show. Last time, I had to download update from kaldata.... because even after a week, Download.com had not updated the version. And it is not just with Avast... its the case with other softwares too.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Shiw Liang on February 12, 2010, 09:17:48 AM
Again not any problem all these times!
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: wiz2003 on February 12, 2010, 09:52:34 AM
Ok, it might be better but how do you get it...... other than updating....

I might dump this product soon, I am only able to get any access when avast is disabled, so I want to uninstall and then reinstall to the latest version, but I cannot.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: sphoeninx on February 12, 2010, 10:34:57 AM
Recently got updated to .396 to version 5.0.418. The update error in mbam (free version) is still there, sorry forgot the error code, but if the update button is clicked again, it updates as usual..no big deal.

Even if avast is 2nd only in avg in the most popular free antivirus and Avira, the number #1 in detection, I'll be hanging on with Avast =). Why? because it has great support, consistent updates, a supportive forum, performs well in detection and removal against zero-day threats, and had been doing well in antivirus testing.

And Avast has certainly improved its user-interface that choosing from among other free antiviruses even among the best ones out there, i'd go for Avast anytime. I think it has one of the best user-interface out there if not the best. Quality, Beauty, and its free. (If the 'sandboxing' feature and behavioral scanning (as with TF) reach its top level, i can go with the Pro version anytime. That would certainly be a tough nut to crack for all malwares out there)

And i believe the way Avast has improved its product lately, Avast will become #1 in less than a year. For me, it's already #1.

And can you include some user guidelines regarding setting up the real-time shields in a laymen's term. I mean like in the network shield, if i connect to internet using a laptop via a wireless router, can i turn it off?, and whether the resource its using would also lessen?

Keep up the good work and thanks a lot  :)
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: JuninhoSlo on February 12, 2010, 12:17:48 PM
Successfully updated to version 5.0.418 :D


Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: dabeniao on February 12, 2010, 12:19:39 PM
Some of the users here in Taiwan still got the problem of "real-time shields turned off with no reason".
Any possible suggestions?
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Shiw Liang on February 12, 2010, 12:36:26 PM
Try a repair in control panel and restart

or you should do a clean uninstall and reinstall avast for it to work properly.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: dabeniao on February 12, 2010, 12:46:41 PM
Try a repair in control panel and restart

or you should do a clean uninstall and reinstall avast for it to work properly.

According to their statements, they didn't have the old avast! installed on their machines, so they think they do not need to do the unistall and reinstall things :-\.

Glad that I don't have any problem with my three PCs at home though.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: alfainfo on February 12, 2010, 12:55:08 PM
In the italian Translation of Avast 5.0.418 there is an error:
in the computer scan tab is written "fewer details" instead of "meno dettagli".
Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: spg SCOTT on February 12, 2010, 01:14:35 PM
Waited for the update notification, updated from 396 to 418 with no issues (but I have never had any issues...)

I'm pretty sure that my pc booted up faster too, and seems faster too :)

-Scott-

EDIT: I have to say also, that I am pleased that ALWIL and MBAM have worked together to solve this one for others, rather than, like the others, say add it to exclusions or something...
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: xparrot on February 12, 2010, 03:29:05 PM
Struggling. Had 5.0.3something which was fine.

Upgraded via program update to 5.0.418 and it now sits in the tray with a red circle and white cross.

In "Summary" it says
Quote
"Urgent: avast! service stopped"

The avast! antivirus program has been stopped, or is an inconsistent state. Please re-start the program to resume protecting your system.

The Shields all have "PROTECTION STATUS: UNKNOWN"

In the Update tab it says "Current Version: Unknown" for both the engine and Program.

On Windows XP SP3. Just doesn't work. Tried downloading the latest installer, uninstalled, reinstalled, retarted the computer (several times).
I haven't changed any services. It's happened with the update. It's not even unstable (e.g. dropping in and out). It simply doesn't work.

Any ideas?
I don't have the installer for 5.0.3xx, so until a stable version comes round I'll have to manage without AV or jump ship to AVG, which I'd rather not do as I've used Avast! for a long time and am loyal to what is usually an excellent bit of software,
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Gopher John on February 12, 2010, 03:33:44 PM
Update from .396 to .418 and all went perfect on Vista.

Are many of you that are having good results using XP? I'm gonna put avast! on my mom's computer and she has XP, so I've been waiting for a stable version before attempting it. :)

No problems with Avast5 here.  My signature gives the OS and versions of various software I have installed.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Vlk on February 12, 2010, 03:39:16 PM
I don't have the installer for 5.0.3xx, so until a stable version comes round I'll have to manage without AV or jump ship to AVG, which I'd rather not do as I've used Avast! for a long time and am loyal to what is usually an excellent bit of software,

Please go to Control Panel, Administrative Tools -> Service, and try to start the "avast! antivirus" service. What error message do you get, if any?

Thanks
Vlk
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: sebailey on February 12, 2010, 03:51:01 PM
Well uninstalled Free version .418 and installed Pro 4.18  Unfortunatly slow boot-up still exists with Pro >:(.. Any ideas why this is?  Whats so different with Pro verses free that would cause this? Its like for  2 or 3 minutes the desktop just sits there and no other applications start. No hard drive activity or anything, just stalls. Otherwise ones its up seems to run fine.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Bluesman on February 12, 2010, 05:28:18 PM
Update went fine here aswell the plus goes for Swedish translation thanks for add it.

Yes, nice with the swedish language, but to many "writing words separately" as I think the guy that translated the software, did it word by word from english to swedish, and with english you often seperate words, and in swedish, we wrote words togheter. Fullscreen application is not Fullskärms applikation in swedish, instead it should be Fullskärmsapplikation. Virus defintions should be Virusdefinitioner in swedish...and so on!


But credit to the guy that translated the software. It is much work to translate software.

If I got time, I will post more corrections to Igor.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Vlk on February 12, 2010, 05:37:24 PM
If I got time, I will post more corrections to Igor.

Yes, please do.

Thanks.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Sgt.Schumann on February 12, 2010, 06:33:51 PM
The update from 5.0.415 to 5.0.418 ran without any problems. New version runs very stable (like the last ones too).  :)
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: gmjs on February 12, 2010, 06:34:50 PM
Just the usual probs with the new version.

Setup screen logic is wrong at the 'Destination' screen.  If you choose Next, then Back, then try to continue through the setup, you can't (you're stuck on the 'Destination' screen).

Also a strange one--since version 5 all the PCs I've installed it to make a (reasonably quiet) 'ascending in pitch' squeak when loading and updating--as if the memory is being hammered or something.  Not sure if this is a problem, but I've not known any other apps do this (apart from old graphics-intensive DOS applications).

Still think this is the best free antivirus solution though!
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: XP. on February 12, 2010, 07:19:22 PM
Upgrade sussesfully, no problems in XP SP3 and Win7 Ultimate x86  ;)
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Wizard17 on February 12, 2010, 07:34:59 PM
I'm on Win7 x64, 5.0.418 free
- self defense switch in settings doesn't work, it's always in self-defense on, or, put differently, the setting doesn't stick. Go settings, disable it, OK, go back, it's enabled again
- Uninstall not possible: There was an error during product uninstallation. This happens either with uninstall or uninstall invoked from, say, a new full installerof diff. version installer
- aswClear5 says self defense is enabled, so can't uninstall. But from above, self-defense cannot be disabled
- Uninstall seems only possible in safe-mode, that works
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Momcatt on February 12, 2010, 07:35:05 PM
I updated my desktop this morning, from v4.  It had to reboot upon the update completing... and it did NOT reboot...

I was afraid the machine had died... I let it sit and "think about" what it had done... but I had the black screen of death.

I finally powered it off and let it sit for a while, and then powered it on.  I let it go into safe mode, then rebooted again.

All is fine now, except that the machine seems to be running a LOT slower...

My O/S is XP Pro... in case this tells you anything.

I opted for the free version, but am thinking of buying the Pro version that covers 3 machines... but wish I could get "the deal" for 4 machines, as I have 2 desktops and 2 laptops.  One desktop and one laptop are both W7; the other desktop and laptop are XP Pro.

Is it possible to get "the deal" for all 4 machines? Is this 50% off good for just one year?
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: MikeBCda on February 12, 2010, 07:49:03 PM
Updated fine for me too.

This was the the first time (that I can remember) that I got that "program update available" popup in 5 (I've got program updates set to notify-only, same as probably most users) ... I don't think the previous "public" build gave me the popup, but there was a note on the status screen that the update was available.

I seem to recall that engine/defs auto-updates worked fine all long (except for some users in 377), but that there were still problems with program updates up until now, and it's nice to see that the latter seem to have now been fixed.  (I've got both connection-type options unchecked, by the way.)
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Willy29 on February 12, 2010, 07:58:21 PM
I have been very pleased with this new product. Easy to use interface and lots of nice features. A lot of thought and planning went into it. Sorry that some have had trouble with it, undoubtedly caused by their particular configurations and conflicts with other software.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: pinnacle on February 12, 2010, 09:52:36 PM
No issues here seems to be working flawlessly. I liken it to a well tuned Formula 1 Racing engine.....ZOOM....ZOOM,
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Snagglegrain on February 12, 2010, 10:08:54 PM
I have one more suggestion, or rather complaint... can the Avast setup be hosted on another site other than Download.com? They are very slow to upload the new versions... 4-5 days. That's not good at all. There are other sites, which update to the new version very fast. Can Avast host the setup on their own servers, like before?
agreed im not a fan of download.com, even cnet is better imo or filehippo, or majorgeeks etc
I wish avast would move these downloads to their own web site.  We are all taught, whenever possible to get our security programs from the vendor's site.  Right now, for example, Avira Press Center has posted a Security News article (http://www.avira.com/en/press_center/news.php?id_new=451) about fake anti-virus solutions (rogues) that imitate Avira.  In this news release, what does Avira recommend users do?
Quote
Users should always get software directly from the manufacturers’ download sites.

I know I am not the only avast user who wishes that we could get our downloads directly from avast.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: dabeniao on February 13, 2010, 01:07:42 AM
I know I am not the only avast user who wishes that we could get our downloads directly from avast.

Select the Multi-language version, and you can download it directly from avast!.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Dcn.Dad on February 13, 2010, 01:56:31 AM
Updated two XP/SP2 machines with no problems.  On one machine, a Dell laptop, there was no notification of a program update being available.  I got the news via the forum.  Granted, I don't turn on this machine daily, but shouldn't it still notify of a recent update?  I clicked program update and everything went well. 

The other XP is my wife's machine and it showed the notification and also updated without problem.  I have one other machine, for which I have some months left on a paid version.  Watching these first two computers gives me renewed confidence to install the latest Avast once the license runs out.

One comment about both machines - neither showed pending updates for 415.

Keep up the good work!!   :D
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: YoKenny on February 13, 2010, 02:44:20 AM
@ Dcn.Dad

I see you are still running Windows Service Pack 2 so you should install Windows Service Pack 3 that has been available for over a year and a half that contains several Critical Security updates plus performance improvements.

You need to start Internet Explorer then go to Tools then Windows Update and download all of the available updates.

Go to Control Panel then Automatic Updates then select Automatic (recommended) or at least Notify me but don't automatically download or install them.

Go to Secunia Online Software Inspector then run it to see what other applications are vulnerable:
http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/online
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: schmidthouse on February 13, 2010, 03:10:07 AM
Updated 3 PC's via GUI "Update notification"
Windows XP SP3 Fully updated.......
FLAWLESS Update.
Thanks to all concerned ;D
It's all good. 8)
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: cazoza on February 13, 2010, 08:38:22 AM
Well, again, with this build i can't upgrade my 4.8 to 5, it stays where the others stays. It can't transfer the license of my 4.8. But this time it can start and no freezes, this is in win xp sp3, but in 7 i just have tried clean install of version 5 free, and it's better than previous builds. I will stay with 5 free for one month, at least, when another 2 builds come out, and i can test again the upgrade from 4.8 to 5.

This is a great build!
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Chris Thomas on February 13, 2010, 10:41:09 AM
Updated without any problems
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Avastfan1 on February 13, 2010, 11:59:02 AM
Still no random freezes with 5.0.418!

Looks like the Alwil lads have sorted it!

Well done!
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: zander on February 13, 2010, 01:07:42 PM
Hi all. 

Since installation I have a permanent security centre alert (Windows XP SP 2) - avast! antivirus reports that it might be out of date.  There appears to be nothing wrong with AVAST so any way to get rid of this (without checking the other antivirus program installed button).  Any help appreciated.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: YoKenny on February 13, 2010, 01:22:58 PM
Welcome zander

I see you are still running Windows Service Pack 2 so you should install Windows Service Pack 3 that has been available for over a year and a half that contains several Critical Security updates plus performance improvements.

You need to start Internet Explorer then go to Tools then Windows Update and download all of the available updates.

Go to Control Panel then Automatic Updates then select Automatic (recommended) or at least Notify me but don't automatically download or install them.

Go to Secunia Online Software Inspector then run it to see what other applications are vulnerable:
http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/online
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: desi3026 on February 13, 2010, 01:49:51 PM
Hi,
A great free product,all going well here so far.Installed over 4.8 with no problems.I only hope I can re-register ok when the time comes in May,as we've noticed that quite some people have been having problems registering or re-registering.Keep up the good work guys and gals
desi3026
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: ChadinNT on February 13, 2010, 01:55:39 PM
Sorry... system crashed on reboot and keeps getting BSOD after start. WinXP SP2 (SP3 killed machine - ACER Travelmate... so wont go there again) Had to delete install and now no security program running ... please help... long time avast user.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: chartman on February 13, 2010, 02:11:49 PM
Same problem with Avast 5 and TravelMate (4502). But I payed for that sw 2 days ago :( Lighting up cigar with them would be better investment.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: zander on February 13, 2010, 02:15:49 PM
Thanks for the welcome YoKenny.  SP3 not for me after previous problems.  Would just like to find a solution to the current -albeit a minor problem.  Did not exist before latest AVAST upgrade.  
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: NON on February 13, 2010, 02:52:40 PM
Sorry... system crashed on reboot and keeps getting BSOD after start. WinXP SP2 (SP3 killed machine - ACER Travelmate... so wont go there again) Had to delete install and now no security program running ... please help... long time avast user.

I heard that a security fix (MS10-015) released by MS on Feb. 9 causes BSOD on WinXP. Isn't there something to do with this?
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Dcn.Dad on February 13, 2010, 05:21:09 PM
"I see you are still running Windows Service Pack 2 so you should install Windows Service Pack 3 that has been available for over a year and a half"

Thanks, YoKenny - I have lost track of how many times I have tried to install SP3 on the laptop.  As usual MS's error messages are 100% correct and completely useless.  Going to their site has not helped much either.  If there is some site that offers understandable and useful help, I would appreciate it.  I have installed on three other PCs without a problem - only this one is bugging me.  I also recently tried hoping some change had been made permitting a successful installation - no luck.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Jon_T on February 13, 2010, 06:41:10 PM
After the 5.0.418 update I now have the avast! Context Menu Virtualize/Sandbox options back.
http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=54736.0
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: grecale on February 13, 2010, 07:07:49 PM
This software dosen't work and put the pc in crash!!!
As a stupid i bought last week the licenses in offer, well two computers are death, you understand death and i've lost all my dates
I Wrote email to support@avast.com but NOBODY ANSWER!!
Fuck you, you can't imagine the damage.....six mounths and not at all

I WANT MY MONEY BACK AND I'LL SPEND MY TIME TO GIVE YOU THE SAME SERVICE THAT I GOT IT

https://ccc.element5.com/ccc/my_account.html?languageid=5&pid=317735585
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: YoKenny on February 13, 2010, 09:19:59 PM
@ Dcn.Dad

What are the MS's error messages?

How to troubleshoot common Windows Update, Microsoft Update installation issues
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/906602
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: sded on February 13, 2010, 11:12:22 PM
Grecale,
why don't you tell the people on the forum what your problems are, how you installed Avast! 5, and a bit about your OS and other security software, and maybe someone can help you with your problems.  Since you show you have never posted before, looks like you never asked for help either.  As far as F--- yous, threats,  and requests for money back, you will need to get in contact with Avast! during normal business hours to sort that out.  Most of the people on the forum are just other users who have broken enough stuff to have an idea of how to fix things.  Some of them even speak Italian if you get desperate.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: RedFan on February 14, 2010, 01:26:08 AM
Sorry... system crashed on reboot and keeps getting BSOD after start. WinXP SP2 (SP3 killed machine - ACER Travelmate... so wont go there again) Had to delete install and now no security program running ... please help... long time avast user.

I heard that a security fix (MS10-015) released by MS on Feb. 9 causes BSOD on WinXP. Isn't there something to do with this?
You can uninstall this update, MS working on a new patch to solve this issue
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: hvbharath on February 14, 2010, 01:28:15 AM
Hi

Successfully updated from 5.0.415 to version 5.0.418

thx
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: grecale on February 14, 2010, 02:05:14 AM
Grecale,
why don't you tell the people on the forum what your problems are, how you installed Avast! 5, and a bit about your OS and other security software, and maybe someone can help you with your problems.  Since you show you have never posted before, looks like you never asked for help either.  As far as F--- yous, threats,  and requests for money back, you will need to get in contact with Avast! during normal business hours to sort that out.  Most of the people on the forum are just other users who have broken enough stuff to have an idea of how to fix things.  Some of them even speak Italian if you get desperate.

Thanks for the answer, since happned 4days ago.............
Two pC , windows xp with avast 4free, spybot, same configuration, one is in office and the other is notebook
I bought update 3 licenses to avast5 internet security , download the exe and the file for licence, start the programm and crash after few second, no more signal allblack......
Unlucky while i update mine the office make the same, this time two crash after that allblack too
And now what you think i feeel myself? of course i had a backup dates but not all, not all
For me there is no story, the software is very dangerous, every machine worked well without problems before the update
The security test is durty water without sense, they are selling a dangerous product

Thank to hear me
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: sded on February 14, 2010, 02:19:24 AM
Did you crash when trying to install AIS, or after it was installed and you tried to run it?  Where exactly in the process did you get a black screen, and were there any messages on it?  Or around it?  What is the current status of your computers-are you back running avast! 4?  What were/are you using as a firewall, since that can be a major source of contention with something like AIS, which contains its own firewall.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: dominumds on February 14, 2010, 04:03:10 AM
Remember .177... almost fried my computer (it freezed it, couldn't even open a single app, and when I tried to send it to hibernation it freezed too)
Now everything runs smooth :) (no Behavior Shield installed though)

(5.0.418)
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: gammaruth on February 14, 2010, 04:38:05 AM
Just purchased the Pro 5 version and installed on my old PC.  Today it has crashed and there is a file called afwServe.exe taking up all my CPU.  Not much else can function.  Do I have a virus?  I have been unable to properly install on my new laptop.  Although it installs and says the new license has been accepted, I still get continual pop-ups telling me my AVAST has expired.  I am not computer literate, but my husband is pretty good and he is stumped.  Please tell us what to do?  Do we uninstall AVAST and try again?
Hope I'm posting right and can find this again for answers!  Thank you!
-gammaruth
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: sded on February 14, 2010, 04:51:32 AM
What OS are you running?  What AV (and other security software) were you running prior to the new avast! and how did you remove the old av?  Please check the name of the process again-I don't recognize afwserve.exe; the avast! 5 service is avastsvc.exe.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: igor on February 14, 2010, 11:59:44 AM
afwServ.exe is the service of avast! Firewall. Therefore it's not present in avast! Pro, only in avast! Internet Security... so, do you have avast! Pro, or avast! IS installed?
What operating system do you use?
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: havildar on February 14, 2010, 05:34:43 PM
Just finished installing Avast 5.0.418 in XP Sp3, using the green slider access and automatic removal of v4.8

Multiple protests from Comodo (Firewall and Defence+ but no Comodo AV) and WinPatrol but this is normal.

No joy with manual update until the second reboot, but all working fine now, I think.

Thank you Avast. The new-look GUI is excellent.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Dcn.Dad on February 15, 2010, 03:10:12 AM
Reply to Reply #80

Thanks YoKenny, I followed the steps shown on the MS site and waiting for an email response.  BTW the error code is ox800 70005.  MS did not list it among the normal error coded, so I requested free email response.  

Dcn.Dad

EDIT:  Well, miracles of miracles!  MS responded within the 24 hours they promised and they not only sent a very useful email (5 pages printed), they also sent two key routines that cleared up the authorizations and the registry - the two areas I suspected to have problems, but before this I had no clue where or what.  The process was clear, sequential and with very few of the conditional "ifs" that MS loves so much - most of which don't apply anyway.

Bottom line SP3 installed successfully, although it took over an hour all told - no complaint since successful.

Thanks again for your help, Dcn.Dad
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: OvenMaster on February 15, 2010, 07:20:03 AM
Ever since this latest download, my computer will now freeze for five-second intervals every ten seconds or so when running Foldiing@Home console clients.

Cursor movement, mouse movements, typing input, program launches, Start menu actions, Windows Explorer operations, Task Manager, etc. all freeze up. Never had this problem before 418 update. I have to choose between running Folding@Home or Avast standard shield instead of both as before. Unacceptable.

XP SP3
Athlon 64 X2 4200+
2GB DDR2 667MHz Ram
160GB WD SATA I hard drive
Nvidia FX 5200 256MB 8x AGP
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Vlk on February 15, 2010, 09:27:15 AM
Cursor movement, mouse movements, typing input, program launches, Start menu actions, Windows Explorer operations, Task Manager, etc. all freeze up. Never had this problem before 418 update. I have to choose between running Folding@Home or Avast standard shield instead of both as before. Unacceptable.

So it's the Standard Shield? (i.e. stopping the Standard Shield solves the problem?)
What does the Standard Shield's scan history window show, then? (I mean the realtime chart). Any spikes?


Thanks
Vlk
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: OvenMaster on February 15, 2010, 06:10:01 PM
Cursor movement, mouse movements, typing input, program launches, Start menu actions, Windows Explorer operations, Task Manager, etc. all freeze up. Never had this problem before 418 update. I have to choose between running Folding@Home or Avast standard shield instead of both as before. Unacceptable.

So it's the Standard Shield? (i.e. stopping the Standard Shield solves the problem?)
What does the Standard Shield's scan history window show, then? (I mean the realtime chart). Any spikes?


Thanks
Vlk
No unusual spikes show at all. The computer just freezes up.

I hate to say this, but after four years of satisfaction, I'm fed up. I'm switching from Avast! to Avira Anti-Vir. I'll try Avast! again maybe in a few months when all the bugs are fixed... but I dare say that Avast version 5 was an answer to a question that no one asked. I was perfectly happy with v4.8.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Vlk on February 15, 2010, 06:13:50 PM
I hate to say this, but after four years of satisfaction, I'm fed up. I'm switching from Avast! to Avira Anti-Vir. I'll try Avast! again maybe in a few months when all the bugs are fixed... but I dare say that Avast version 5 was an answer to a question that no one asked. I was perfectly happy with v4.8.

Fair enough, but how does the release of avast v5 make the v4.8 worse? I.e. why switch if you can keep v4.8?

Thanks
Vlk
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: zfactor on February 15, 2010, 08:26:23 PM
i am noticing a bit of slowdown with browsing and downloads with the newest version. my download speeds are much lower than before and if i disable web shield they jump right up within maybe 10-15 seconds. if i turn it on after that they stay high...i bought 3 year lic's i hope i didnt make a mistake here
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: OvenMaster on February 15, 2010, 08:27:45 PM
I will be honest, Vlk. After running Avira for a while now, I find it scans downloads faster than Avast 4.8 or 5, scans the whole PC faster, has a smaller memory footprint. Also, for four years, Avast 4.8 or 5.x would cause Windows Explorer to lock up when moving lots of files from one hard drive to another. I got tired of disabling Avast just to get my work done.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Snagglegrain on February 15, 2010, 09:02:50 PM
I hate to say this, but after four years of satisfaction, I'm fed up. I'm switching from Avast! to Avira Anti-Vir. I'll try Avast! again maybe in a few months when all the bugs are fixed... but I dare say that Avast version 5 was an answer to a question that no one asked. I was perfectly happy with v4.8.
Fair enough, but how does the release of avast v5 make the v4.8 worse? I.e. why switch if you can keep v4.8?Thanks Vlk
Great point, Vlk.  And timely too, because OvenMaster probably isn't the only avast user who is looking around in frustration/desperation for relief from v5 problems.  I actually found myself looking at a Staples ad yesterday for Norton AV2010 for 1-3 pcs for $9.99, and I hate Symantec!  I am really hesitant to upgrade, even though I believe that there has to be far more satisfied v5 users than dissatisfied (i.e. we see mainly the complaints here on the forum).  I just don't feel up to messing with a potential problem, and I honestly am seeing thread after thread of users who are up against it, so to speak.  If I do go for v5, I know it will be done with a fresh drive image on hand in case I need to revert.  I'd like to compliment you, Vlk, on your steady attendance and participation in this forum at a time when a great many users are experiencing the most difficulty they have ever had with avast. You see, many of us avast users just aren't familiar with an AV that causes problems!  I guess it's okay to keep v4.8.  There is no need to jump ship, right?  :)
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: fhoegler43 on February 15, 2010, 09:16:28 PM
                 +1 Vik, I have installed 377 and 396 on my XPSP3 Gateway with a AMD 64 X2 processor and my system kept crashing, could not even use system restore. Uninstalled both times. I have been using Avast for many years and have recommended to many, but version 5. I will keep using 4.8 until the problems with 5 are gone. I'm tired of uninstalling and reinstalling plus I have dial up so it takes several hours to download the program.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Hally on February 15, 2010, 09:50:12 PM
Hi Guys  :)

This afternoon I installed Avast 5 Free on my Laptop  8)
Everything seems to be going just fine.
.............. I'm Happy!  :D ..............

I'm Not an experienced computer user  :-\
Maybe a bit more experienced than most women my age ... But I'm certainly NO expert!

I've been using MSE on my Laptop and Desktop for the last week - Didn't Feel Safe!   ::)
My Desktop Still Has - MSE
But If everything keeps going well with Avast 5 on my Laptop...
Next week my Desktop will be getting the Avast 5 treatment too  ;D

Top Tip!
Unistall Avast 4.8 .. Before Installing Avast 5
Make sure there are No remaining traces of the old Avast 4.8 left on your computer.
Then... Install Avast 5  ;)

Hally
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Peter Koster on February 16, 2010, 12:23:07 AM
Quote
Make sure there are No remaining traces of the old Avast 4.8 left on your computer.
Then... Install Avast 5[/url]
You may have a point. After uninstalling the first avast 5 using windows uninstall, I found several traces of avast using eusing registry cleaner.
Meanwhile, I'm reluctant to try the newest avast 5, just don't have the guts >:( Can anybody confirm I will still get newest virus updates when I re-install 4.8?
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: zfactor on February 16, 2010, 04:16:41 AM
the slowdown from he web shield though for me IS affecting my downloads speeds they are maybe half of what they should be and i have a  25mb connection with fios. for me this is def a dealbreaker. im hoping this gets fixed or ill be switching back to my nortons i had before and i like avast so much i bought three internet security keys also and they will go to waste...i was THRILLED with avast till now

i am seeing 26.62 WITHOUT the web shield and that drops to 10.64 WITH THE WEB SHIELD ON... i knew something was slowing me down. i removed avast for now and went back to norton for the time being and all is normal again with my download speeds. verified this similar result on three different machines also.

another test i attempted to download a file that was 2+gb just for testing. with the web shield on it started out around 700k per sec. i let it run to make sure that was steady. after 5 min and it was consistant i turned off web shield and within maybe 30 seconds i was downloading the same file at 1200+k per sec. again turned on web shield and speeds dropped back to around mid 700's
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: gdiloren on February 16, 2010, 05:09:57 AM
Don't remove Avast! Simply put the Web Shield OFF! The resident protection for all files is still ON like for AVIRA Guard! ;)
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: zfactor on February 16, 2010, 05:27:33 AM
well i know that but i have other av's with web shield that dont do this. trust me i REALLY like this version of avast and want to keep it running i didnt have this problem with past builds or it was not nearly as noticable enough for me to actually test my speeds as it is now, i will not give up on it yet but i hope this gets fixed in next builds quickly..
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Avastfan1 on February 16, 2010, 11:52:32 AM
Update:

No random freezes have occurred since the update to 5.0.418.

Well done Avast! Looks like the MBAM conflict is solved!
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: gs400xr on February 16, 2010, 12:53:52 PM
Nice  :) Autoupdated no problems last few versions have all been good here though!! Nice to see the avast screen saver back   ;D seems all us old users of v4.xx are missing now is the gui scan from inside winrar etc. Any comment VLK? an excellent job from the Alwil Team! Now waiting for Febuary report from av-comparatives IMHO I think this release will ruffle more than a few corporate feathers from your competitors  ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: sphoeninx on February 16, 2010, 06:51:44 PM
What i did to mine is i've followed the instruction to use the avast clear utility to remove my previous 4.8 version of all its traces. Must be in Safe mode when running the avast clear utility. (I've used the clear utility after uninstalling it using it uninstaller)

[Initially, i got slowing down problems and some disorganized icon when i installed avast 5 on top of 4.8 version, so i uninstalled avast 5, and was not detected by windows as an antivirus.. run the utility in safe mode and reinstalled ver 5 again..hmm.. actually i'm still juggling it in my memory of how i did it ..  ::)]

Then from .396 to .418 is smooth all the way.....
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: zfactor on February 16, 2010, 06:58:45 PM
okay here is something.... i forgot i turned on the .rar extension in the menu to be scanned real time. the file i was testing was a .rar with web shield on and .rar NOT added to the list i am download it almost as fast as without web shield. EXCEPT my speeds when tested are still drastically lower than before from places like speedtest etc... but it seems the rar extension being checked was killing the speed of them during downloading
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Uncle Bud on February 16, 2010, 08:00:31 PM
Best version yet!!!

I am really having a much more comforatble time browsing, as well as my Hulu being smoother...that never happened!!!

I feel like I have a new machine... :o

I cant wait for 5.1x!!!  I hope to see some new things on the FW opened up...what I dont know, but I have a feeling being rightnow there are so limited 'Expert Settings' but maybve thats all it needs?

Either way, as a home user, I am proud to use Avast! 5 Internet Security and will be purchasing licenses for my mothers, my sisters, and my own personal machine as well. 8)

There are a few minor issues that will need REAL attention beforeI would recommend this package to ANY business :-X
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: MikeBCda on February 16, 2010, 08:37:56 PM
... Also, for four years, Avast 4.8 or 5.x would cause Windows Explorer to lock up when moving lots of files from one hard drive to another. I got tired of disabling Avast just to get my work done.
Once or twice a week I'll move several thousand files to a temp folder to sort them out and trim the collection then move them back again.  In 4.8 I simply paused the Standard shield while I did that, which made for a huge speed difference, then restored it, both of which were quick and easy.  In 5 I could temporarily stop the Files shield (which requires confirmation, same as turning off self-protect), but I found that in 5 there's very little speed difference that way so I just leave the shield on.

Naturally this takes for granted that the files are known (or assumed) to be clean and don't need scanned.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: gdiloren on February 17, 2010, 01:55:03 AM
okay here is something.... i forgot i turned on the .rar extension in the menu to be scanned real time. the file i was testing was a .rar with web shield on and .rar NOT added to the list i am download it almost as fast as without web shield. EXCEPT my speeds when tested are still drastically lower than before from places like speedtest etc... but it seems the rar extension being checked was killing the speed of them during downloading
I tested again my internet speed in FF (same test as yesterday) with Web Shield ON scanning all files ON and GUESS WHAT: it's never been so fast. I really don't understand what's going on! ::)
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: wirejock on February 17, 2010, 02:57:13 AM
Getting closer. I ran the clean utility in Safe Mode pointing it at a different Avast Folder each time till it cleaned out everything. Then I reinstalled 5. It came up fine, but I still have a problem with Windows Security alerts.
The system is telling me Avast is turned off even though I know it's on (The ball its turning).
It's also telling me defender is off and won't let me turn it back on.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: DavidR on February 17, 2010, 03:04:50 AM
That is a common problem with WSC and not with avast, the WSC is flaky at best.

Try this:
Quote
* Click Start, Run and type CMD.EXE

* Type this command and press Enter:

net stop wscsvc
net stop winmgmt

* Using Windows Explorer, rename the folder %windir%\System32\Wbem\Repository. (For example, %windir%\System32\Wbem\Repository_bad.). %windir% represents the path to the Windows directory, which is typically C:\Windows.

* Switch to Command Prompt window, and type the following and press ENTER after each line:

net start winmgmt
net start wscsvc

EXIT
Reboot
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: wirejock on February 17, 2010, 03:19:13 AM
Follow up. Several restarts later, Windows now sees Avast and everything is fine. Thanks to this forum for the support.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: KeroIT on February 17, 2010, 04:39:09 AM
So cool. I love this interface but I found some problem in outlook 2007.
More detail : http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=55699.0
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: zfactor on February 17, 2010, 06:18:52 AM
okay im going to try to stick it out but please look into the slowdown issues. some on wilders have said the same thing
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: sphoeninx on February 17, 2010, 11:41:51 AM
a lot of times, from what i have experienced in installing programs (particularly antivirus) or even appearing to be some computer lockups or unusual behavior ... all that it needs is a restart, and if nothing happens, recheck settings or making sure you have followed instructions, then restart again.. if nothing happens still... research or ask for help. ;D
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: YoKenny on February 17, 2010, 11:51:29 AM
@ zfactor

What are the references on wilders?

Go to PROFILE then Modify Profile then Forum Profile Information then update your Signature: with this information like my signature as this helps the helpers offer advice.

In Account Related Settings select Hide email address from public? to prevent scammers and spammers harvesting your Yahoo email address.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: shadha on February 17, 2010, 01:24:55 PM
Just tried the new internet suite and used the Comodo leak test suite and scored 120 / 340. Used the leak test suite on my wifes laptop which has Comodo Internet Security version 4 beta and scored 320 / 340. I think Avast Internet Security needs to pick up a little considering that CIS is a beta and AIS is a public version. I think I will stay with CIS as is performs much better than AIS and it is FREE.
shadha
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: gordon451 on February 17, 2010, 02:57:11 PM
@ shadha - just for the heck of it, try the Leak Test from Gibson Research, http://www.grc.com/lt/leaktest.htm (http://www.grc.com/lt/leaktest.htm).

I have no connection with this site apart fronm using it as a basic security resource, and I derive no benefit from using it or advertising it.

Gordon
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: jimkarlo on February 18, 2010, 11:51:05 AM
help me how to fix this problem...tnx
(http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn110/likasjemboy/errorvps.jpg)
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: GreggH on February 18, 2010, 04:02:17 PM
shada....

Just tried the new internet suite and used the Comodo leak test suite and scored 120 / 340. Used the leak test suite on my wifes laptop which has Comodo Internet Security version 4 beta and scored 320 / 340. I think Avast Internet Security needs to pick up a little considering that CIS is a beta and AIS is a public version. I think I will stay with CIS as is performs much better than AIS and it is FREE.

You tried a leak test from Comodo and then somehow were surprised that an IS from Comodo scored well on it? Personally, I would have been surprised if the suite from Comodo scored low on a test designed by Comodo. Have you thought of asking the folk at AlWil to design a test to show how well the Avast! IS does? I am sur they could end up with a score as good as the one Comodo got on it's own test...

Gregg
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: cabatistela on February 19, 2010, 01:23:40 AM
Great software! congratulations
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Uncle Bud on February 19, 2010, 01:36:45 AM
To not have to be turning in a thesis to my English teacher when presenting a problem...ie, we know you smart guys need ALL the data you can, but come off your tilting chair for a bit and realize that some people DID NOT goto college :o .  Just because its not the techie term doesnt mean we should just go home.  Some of us went and did other things with life, like service.

It DOES NOT mean anything about the intelligence.  If its getting to you that ONE word is not the word YOU want or would USE...get over yourself.  Sometimes my very PC propbelms were solved when my redneck nephew who doesnt know Sata from IDE suggests something using whodilly and whatchamanumber. 

TRUE Intelligence is being able to understand things like this  8)

Look past and see the entire scope...not just a word  ;D

Try this next time you are about to criticize someones post, or lack of understanding:

What if that were your mom, dad, someone in your family you care about that has not had the opportunity you have to know those terms...would you really talk to them like we have some of those on the forums  :-*
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Julie48 on February 19, 2010, 05:57:41 PM
Hi guys,

we have just released a new program update to avast 5 (version number 5.0.418). You can go to this update from previous v5 builds by invoking the program update feature from within the avast GUI. Alternatively, you can download a full installer from our website (http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download#tab4) -- please note that the partner sites, such as download.com, may take a day or two to get updated.

Change log (incomplete list):
- stability improvements in the Behavior Shield
- improved compatibility with MBAM Pro (Windows XP)
- improvements in the rootkit scanner
- solved a vulnerability in AavmKer4.sys (Windows 2000/XP only) - special thanks to Tobias Klein
- ProAV + IS: solved a problem with Acrobat hanging when opening pdf files directly from IE
- firewall: low-level packet rules are back in the Expert settings
- improvements in the licensing engine
- new languages: Traditional Chinese, Swedish, Korean, Bulgarian, Hungarian. This makes the current number of supported languages 16


All users of the previous v5 builds are recommended to upgrade.

Thanks
Vlk

Title: Avast Internet Security Security 5.0
Post by: Julie48 on February 19, 2010, 06:05:13 PM
Today, I purchased Avast Internet Security Security 5.0 & a hard copy of the software.  I have tried downloading this and can not get my license.  When I click on the attachment for my license it just takes me to Windows File Association and I still don't know what to do to get my license.  Can you please help me?   Thank You!!!!!
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: igor on February 19, 2010, 06:08:38 PM
Did you install avast! first?
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: zfactor on February 20, 2010, 06:23:56 AM
new issue, with 418. with vbulletin forums, i have a issue opening my pm's on certain boards. its coming from something to do with avast if i turn off avast shields it works fine. as soon as i turn them on it stops responding again. if you would like more info pm me please.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: DavidR on February 20, 2010, 03:51:38 PM
Conflict requires two elements, remove one element no conflict, unfortunately that doesn't say what the cause of the conflict is.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: xparrot on February 22, 2010, 10:28:51 AM
I don't have the installer for 5.0.3xx, so until a stable version comes round I'll have to manage without AV or jump ship to AVG, which I'd rather not do as I've used Avast! for a long time and am loyal to what is usually an excellent bit of software,

Please go to Control Panel, Administrative Tools -> Service, and try to start the "avast! antivirus" service. What error message do you get, if any?

Thanks
Vlk

Hi,
Sorry for (very) slow reply.

Tried that. Get a dialog box saying:

"The avast! Antivirus service on Local Computer started and then stopped. Some services stop automatically if they have no work to do, for example, the Performance Logs and Alerts service."

Cheers,
Hemmers
Title: Re: Problem with floppy disk with Avast Internet Security 5.0.418
Post by: alpha60 on February 22, 2010, 11:14:53 AM
Hi,
on Windows 7 I had installed Avast Professional and there was no prolema.
I have now installed Avast securiy internet and I noticed that every time I open the "Computer" folder you enable the driver of the FloppyDisk (issuing annoying "GRRRR"), even if I open a HD and then return back with the arrow in the upper left resumes the F.Disk. You have some solution to delete this annoying problem?  
Thank you  
Title: Re: Problem with floppy disk with Avast Internet Security 5.0.418
Post by: alpha60 on February 22, 2010, 11:21:24 AM
Grazie ???
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Dcn.Dad on February 23, 2010, 03:00:09 AM
I don't have the installer for 5.0.3xx, so until a stable version comes round I'll have to manage without AV or jump ship to AVG, which I'd rather not do as I've used Avast! for a long time and am loyal to what is usually an excellent bit of software,

Please go to Control Panel, Administrative Tools -> Service, and try to start the "avast! antivirus" service. What error message do you get, if any?

Thanks
Vlk

Hi,
Sorry for (very) slow reply.

Tried that. Get a dialog box saying:

"The avast! Antivirus service on Local Computer started and then stopped. Some services stop automatically if they have no work to do, for example, the Performance Logs and Alerts service."

Cheers,
Hemmers

On XP with SP3 if a service is set to Automatic, the msg you received is normal; however, the service has been started - it's just not called at the time you started it.  In other words, all sounds normal.

Dcn.Dad
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: AnelloG on February 23, 2010, 03:25:39 PM
Hi guys,

we have just released a new program update to avast 5 (version number 5.0.418). You can go to this update from previous v5 builds by invoking the program update feature from within the avast GUI. Alternatively, you can download a full installer from our website (http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download#tab4) -- please note that the partner sites, such as download.com, may take a day or two to get updated.


How come my copy of Avast (which is set to constantly update itself through my always on cable connection) is telling me version 4.8.1368 is the most up to date version? I even went to the update section of its menu and manually searched and it said it was up to date

Anello
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: logos on February 23, 2010, 03:34:44 PM
How come my copy of Avast (which is set to constantly update itself through my always on cable connection) is telling me version 4.8.1368 is the most up to date version? I even went to the update section of its menu and manually searched and it said it was up to date

Anello

somehow you're in luck  ;), because direct upgrades from 4.8 to 5.0 don't always work well. So you'd be better off uninstalling you current version completely, reboot, and then install version 5.0.418 from scratch. Start a new thread if you experience issues with registration or anything else. Don't bother trying to use your old avast 4/home license, register directly from the interface in V5.

http://www.avast.com/index
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Big Master on February 23, 2010, 05:24:39 PM
If you please, when will the Hungarian language Avast! 5 Free? ???
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Lisandro on February 24, 2010, 03:23:37 AM
If you please, when will the Hungarian language Avast! 5 Free? ???
When translators that work for free finish their job I suppose. It's a time consuming work...
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Big Master on February 24, 2010, 12:15:34 PM
I mean, of course, I sometimes deal with the translation. I just do not understand that the Avast! Internet Security translation could have been planted in the Avast! Free since it 70% the same. ???

Of course, this is your own idea ... :) :) :)

Too bad I can not help ...  :-[ :-[

anyway me and goes perfectly in a Pentium 3 is just me.
(AOpen AX6BC EZ MB, PIII 733 MHz CPU, 384 MB SD-RAM, nVidia Geforce4 MX440 AGP8x 64 MB, 55 GB HDD, Win XP Pro SP3 Hun)

I can only recommend it to all my friends in the Avast! floor, because even I feel I can play almost any game, because only 4-8% CPU load and cause an average of only 10-20 MB of RAM consumed.

Congratulations on this great program! ;D ;D ;D
More good work!
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Lisandro on February 24, 2010, 06:06:17 PM
Too bad I can not help ...  :-[ :-[
I did not say that... The translators are users who dedicate free time to that.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: igor on February 24, 2010, 06:37:04 PM
Hungarian version is available for quite some time already... OK, maybe not officially released, but if you download the multi-language installer (or install the English version and on the Language settings page, add the Hungarian module), you can switch to Hungarian.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Orerockon on February 25, 2010, 02:35:05 AM
Avast 5 hosed my internet connection on 3 machines on a home network. After hours wasted searching for fixes and monkeying around I am giving up on it. Also hosed my router so I had to reset and reconfigure it to get it to function again. When it ain't broke....DON'T FIX IT! On to the next AV program I guess....until they break it too...
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: alpha45 on February 25, 2010, 11:54:58 AM

Hello,
please respond to my post ' Reply # 131 on: February 22, 2010, 09: 14: 53 AM ' or should I interpret not fully compatible with Windows 7.???
Thank you  :-X
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Big Master on February 25, 2010, 12:25:15 PM
Too bad I can not help ...  :-[ :-[
I did not say that... The translators are users who dedicate free time to that.

It's okay just i nervous that if there is no opportunity to help ... ;)
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Big Master on February 25, 2010, 12:26:45 PM
Hungarian version is available for quite some time already... OK, maybe not officially released, but if you download the multi-language installer (or install the English version and on the Language settings page, add the Hungarian module), you can switch to Hungarian.

Thank you very much, so I will do. ;)
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: alpha45 on February 25, 2010, 01:17:32 PM

Bom Dia!
Poderia se possivel responder a minha mensagem  ' Reply # 131 on: February 22, 2010, 09: 14: 53 AM '  esse progama é apropiado para windows 7?
 Obrigado! 
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Lisandro on February 25, 2010, 01:21:44 PM
Bom Dia!
Poderia se possivel responder a minha mensagem  ' Reply # 131 on: February 22, 2010, 09: 14: 53 AM '  esse progama é apropiado para windows 7?
 Obrigado! 
Yes, it's fully compatible with Windows 7.
The x64 version does not include a boot time scanning (yet).
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: alpha45 on February 25, 2010, 01:51:01 PM
The x64 version does not include a boot time scanning (yet).

Bom Dia!
Meu windons 7 é 32B. Meu problema é quando abro a cartela  "computer" inicia toda vez com o FDD.
 Se mando um outro HD, quando feixo e faço o retorno com a flexinha no canto esquerdo, volta a funcionar o FDD. O que fazer? Tem uma soluçao pra isso?
Atenciosamente  obrigado!
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Lisandro on February 25, 2010, 01:59:16 PM
This is an English-only forum.
What is FDD?
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: alpha45 on February 25, 2010, 02:03:06 PM
This is an English-only forum.
What is FDD?

Floppy Disk Driver  ::)
Sorry,
I did write from my wife who is Brazilian, because you have clearly not understood the problem … thank you
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: nico geysen on February 25, 2010, 02:06:58 PM
Hi guys,

we have just released a new program update to avast 5 (version number 5.0.418). You can go to this update from previous v5 builds by invoking the program update feature from within the avast GUI. Alternatively, you can download a full installer from our website (http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download#tab4) -- please note that the partner sites, such as download.com, may take a day or two to get updated.

Change log (incomplete list):
- stability improvements in the Behavior Shield
- improved compatibility with MBAM Pro (Windows XP)
- improvements in the rootkit scanner
- solved a vulnerability in AavmKer4.sys (Windows 2000/XP only) - special thanks to Tobias Klein
- ProAV + IS: solved a problem with Acrobat hanging when opening pdf files directly from IE
- firewall: low-level packet rules are back in the Expert settings
- improvements in the licensing engine
- new languages: Traditional Chinese, Swedish, Korean, Bulgarian, Hungarian. This makes the current number of supported languages 16


All users of the previous v5 builds are recommended to upgrade.

Thanks
Vlk

still have troubles updating to avast internet securite 5.0.418, after no problem after installiation but during the reboot my system craches, i had to do a compleet recovery of the system( 6X allready), fagged off al the options in the troubleshooting window before restart, disabbeld mcefee trailversion that was installed on my laptop and tryed it on a second laptop where it run smootly.
the laptop = acer aspire 7738G 2.13ghz Intel core 2xp7450 @2.13  4GB ram and NVIDIA GeForce GT 130M, GHzrunning vista home premium,
During the reboot te screen freezes on a dialoog box "fout tijdens initialisatie van aanmeldingsproces " (error during initiation of the "entry" or "application"-proces).

where can i find help foor this problem,   :( :(




-
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Lisandro on February 25, 2010, 02:10:39 PM
Floppy Disk Diver  ::)
Seems a bug in avast... other users complain about the floppy being accessed by avast...
Hope they could solve this.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: alpha45 on February 25, 2010, 02:14:50 PM
Sorry,
I did write from my wife who is Brazilian, because you have clearly not understood the problem … thank you.
I do not understand those who must solve the problem?
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: xparrot on February 26, 2010, 10:07:04 AM
Hi,
Sorry for (very) slow reply.

Tried that. Get a dialog box saying:

"The avast! Antivirus service on Local Computer started and then stopped. Some services stop automatically if they have no work to do, for example, the Performance Logs and Alerts service."

Cheers,
Hemmers

On XP with SP3 if a service is set to Automatic, the msg you received is normal; however, the service has been started - it's just not called at the time you started it.  In other words, all sounds normal.

Dcn.Dad

All the on-access services being off - even when retrieving e-mail, instant messaging and browsing - sounds normal?
In the maintenance tab, all the fields are blank - version number, database version, etc. Attempting to connect for VDB updates fails.

I'd be a bit surprised if an on-access scanner was supposed to work by being turned off and unable to connect for updates. Unless it is working in the background and not allowing me to find out anything about it, edit settings, start and stop services, etc - in which case there's a fairly fundamental bug with the UI!
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: akira 75 on February 26, 2010, 02:37:45 PM
hello to every one here;well,i 've just update avast with the current version and i did it successfully...but first,after the installation a window opened showing "you must re-register your account,the antispyware will end up in 3 days".Second,clicking the icon and choosing  "open the dialog options" it doesn't allow me to do that.It doesn't allow any option/operation,altough pointing the mouse on the icon appears "your system is protected".
Do i have to worry about that?Please if anyone has got an answer reply me,Thanx in advance.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: stansfield on February 27, 2010, 12:11:54 AM
Hi All,

I have a serious problem after upgrading from 4.8 to 5.0.418.

In my case, Avast disables everytime the computer goes to sleep or even turns off the screen, so everytime I leave the computer for several minutes, I have to turn Avast on again, as I have the message that "Avast! antivirus program has been stopped, or is in an inconsistent state.".

And when I do press Fix or whatever, everything seems to turn back on, but I still get a message saying sth like "the following components could not be started: [and a list of all the components here, mail, IM, p2p etc]".

If it's not fixed soon I will have to uninstall it and go back to 4.8 I guess :/

(I'm running Win 7 Ult 64-bit on a ThinkPad X61t)
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: logos on February 27, 2010, 12:17:01 AM
Hi All,

I have a serious problem after upgrading from 4.8 to 5.0.418.

In my case, Avast disables everytime the computer goes to sleep or even turns off the screen, so everytime I leave the computer for several minutes, I have to turn Avast on again, as I have the message that "Avast! antivirus program has been stopped, or is in an inconsistent state.".

And when I do press Fix or whatever, everything seems to turn back on, but I still get a message saying sth like "the following components could not be started: [and a list of all the components here, mail, IM, p2p etc]".

If it's not fixed soon I will have to uninstall it and go back to 4.8 I guess :/

(I'm running Win 7 Ult 64-bit on a ThinkPad X61t)

you should start a new thread for this, this thread is getting crowded with posts that have nothing to do there. I doubt your issue can happen when the screen is turned off though... possible when the system goes into sleep mode yes, in which case you should uninstall and reinstall.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Matrix-Z on February 27, 2010, 05:02:29 PM
@ Nico Geysen :
Two antivirusprograms at the same time (even if disabled) is ALWAYS trouble. I think you better had uninstalled McAfee Trial before installing Avast.
Maybe start up in safe mode (if that still works) and uninstall McAfee trial. I hope this can help you ...

Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: stansfield on February 27, 2010, 05:05:04 PM
Quote
you should start a new thread for this, this thread is getting crowded with posts that have nothing to do there. I doubt your issue can happen when the screen is turned off though... possible when the system goes into sleep mode yes, in which case you should uninstall and reinstall.

I'll start a new thread, good idea. But maybe I'll just try reinstalling first..

As to the sleep mode, I thought so too at first, but no. As I've determined it happens by itself after some time being turned on (several minutes I guess). The computer doesn't have to go to sleep, actually I think that nothing needs to happen. The computer can be left unattended, or I can keep browsing the web or whatever - after a few minutes when I check the Avast tray icon I see it's off.. :/
Anyway -> reinstall, and if it doesn't help then new thread. thanks
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: sherlook on February 27, 2010, 06:42:24 PM
Hi/ i am a home user that used before 4.8 but download ver 5.... i instal it and updat .but have a problem after 2 mounth i formated my computer and install windows again but i copyed my avast 5 directory from program files from last windows to new directory . but had error in ashshell.dll and ashbase.dll. plz help me when i updated my anti virus can i do anything to save directory avast5 from program files or no??? or i must download again your updat file from :http://www.avast.com/community-and-support??? another question how i buy your original antivirus pack? i live in iran help me how ?? i have 10 years computer and i used macafee /zonealarm/ kaspersky/ nod32/symantec  and ... but your anti virus the best and best and best anti virus in world. i love it really . good luck
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Branwynn on February 28, 2010, 02:46:13 PM
Hi all, I am new to Avast and this forum so I hope I am doing this right. I have just gotten the new suite and loaded it onto my lap top which is running winXP media edition 32 bit. Running fantastical and no issues. I loaded it onto my desk top that is running winXP Pro 64 bit and for some reason I can not get the firewall to turn on. I am wondering if there is a conflict or perhaps a special fancy work around someone knows about. Any help would be wonderful as I have 3 PCs with this 64bit OS.

Thank you, Branwynn
Title: New avast program daily update in offline mode
Post by: sudeepg on February 28, 2010, 03:03:45 PM
Can somebody kindly help me about manual daily update of avast V5 in offline mode?
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: rdmaloyjr on February 28, 2010, 03:18:17 PM
Hi all, I am new to Avast and this forum so I hope I am doing this right. I have just gotten the new suite and loaded it onto my lap top which is running winXP media edition 32 bit. Running fantastical and no issues. I loaded it onto my desk top that is running winXP Pro 64 bit and for some reason I can not get the firewall to turn on. I am wondering if there is a conflict or perhaps a special fancy work around someone knows about. Any help would be wonderful as I have 3 PCs with this 64bit OS.

Thank you, Branwynn

Quote
I loaded it (avast!) onto my desk top that is running winXP Pro 64 bit and for some reason I can not get the firewall to turn on.

Branwynn,

AFAIK, there are no software fw's for XP 64bit.  The built-in Windows fw is may be your only choice.

Try http://www.agnitum.com/download/OutpostFreeInstall64.exe
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Branwynn on February 28, 2010, 08:53:33 PM
Thank you for the information rdmaloyjr!! :) The link you have on your post sends me to download a program I never heard of so I didn't. As a novice, I understand you mostly but not completely. What does AFAIK mean please?

I have read other threads that indicate Avast isn't lilely to ever be compatable with 64 bit systems. Is there truth in that or is there hope? Anyone?

Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: rdmaloyjr on February 28, 2010, 09:21:34 PM
As Far As I Know ;D ;D ;D

Outpost firewall is very well known.

I don't think Outpost is a good fw, but there are many that like it.

Outpost fw slows down my internet speed as well as many others.

Some don't have the problem of internet slowing with Outpost fw.

fw: firewall ;D ;D ;D

http://www.agnitum.com/

http://free.agnitum.com/
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Branwynn on February 28, 2010, 09:41:13 PM
Do you thing the windows firewall is decent or should I lookg for an external FW solution?
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: mhf on March 01, 2010, 01:44:37 PM
@ Branwynn - you could try : http://www.privacyware.com/personal_firewall.html (http://www.privacyware.com/personal_firewall.html) - it runs on 64 bits (though I'm not sure if the process monitor does.

I use PrivateFirewall with avast! (free) and they work perfectly well together (I'm on 32 bits).
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Branwynn on March 01, 2010, 02:31:11 PM
mhf,
Thank you very much for the advice. I will research this program and see if it's compatable with my system.
I bought the entire suit for 5 computers and I didn't realize I was going to have incompatability issues. This is frustrating at best.

Will Avast ever catch up to 64 bit systems or should I start scouting for a more compatable software?
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: igor on March 01, 2010, 02:35:28 PM
avast! is compatible with 64bit systems and works correctly there.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: djmega84 on March 01, 2010, 06:25:55 PM
definitions dont update automatically why? >:(
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Lisandro on March 01, 2010, 06:38:25 PM
definitions dont update automatically why? >:(
Do they update manually?
Which is your firewall?
Did you set to do not use proxy at all (Update > Proxy)?
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: EntitY on March 01, 2010, 08:03:35 PM
Hi Branwynn, I use a router-firewall and Windows-firewall...I also believe using common sense online and a quality 3rd party web browser like SRWare Iron with Fanboy's Adblock List is as important as an anti virus.
Sandboxie is free software and also a good security approach.
"KIS - Keep It Simple"

" Myth: Host-Based Firewalls Must Filter Outbound Traffic to be Safe.
Speaking of host firewalls, why is there so much noise about outbound filtering? Think for a moment about how ordinary users would interact with a piece of software that bugged them every time a program on their computer wanted to communicate with the Internet. What would such a dialog box look like? "The program NotAVirus.exe wants to communicate on port 34235/tcp to address 207.46.225.60 on port 2325/tcp. Do you want to permit this?" Ugh! How would your grandmother answer that dialog box? Thing is, your grandmother just got an e-mail with an attachment that promises some rather sexy naked dancing pigs. Then this crazy dialog box appears. We promise: when the decision is between being secure and watching some naked dancing pigs, the naked dancing pigs win every time.
The fact is, despite everyone’s best efforts, outbound filtering is simply ignored by most users. They just don’t know how to answer the question. So why bother with it? Outbound filtering is too easy to bypass, too. No self-respecting worm these days will try to communicate by opening its own socket in the stack. Rather, it’ll simply wait for the user to open a Web browser, then hijack that connection. You’ve already given the browser permission to communicate, and the firewall has no idea that a worm has injected traffic into the browser’s stream.
Outbound filtering is only useful on computers that are already infected. And in that case, it’s too late—the damage is done. If instead you do the right things to ensure that your computers remain free of infection, outbound filtering does nothing for you other than, perhaps, to give you a false sense of being more secure. Which, in our opinion, is worse than having no security at all."

http://207.46.16.252/en-us/magazine/2006.05.securitymyths.aspx
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Branwynn on March 02, 2010, 04:00:34 PM
avast! is compatible with 64bit systems and works correctly there.


Igor, with all due respect, my Avast internet security suite does NOT work correctly with my winXP pro x64 operating system. The firewall will not turn on and litterally all the advice I get is telling me it's incompatable with a 64 bit OS. Do you have a way to make my Avast FW work with my 64 bit system?

I need a security suite that does it all.... especially since I bought the upgrade for that purpose.

EntitY, thank you for the advice. I have my router FW on and I have win FW on also. Having been hacked pretty bad in the past I am paranoid yes... but I have my reasons. I have been advised to get a HW FW that hooks between modum and router however... while all this advice is awesome and I am learning quite a bit...

I would like to find out if the product I paid for can do what I bought it to do. If not, I am thinking Avast mignt let consumers know their FW won't work on 64 bit systems before they buy.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Lisandro on March 02, 2010, 04:13:52 PM
Igor, with all due respect, my Avast internet security suite does NOT work correctly with my winXP pro x64 operating system. The firewall will not turn on and litterally all the advice I get is telling me it's incompatable with a 64 bit OS. Do you have a way to make my Avast FW work with my 64 bit system?
Any other firewall was installed in the past? Any other security program that could interfere?

I am thinking Avast mignt let consumers know their FW won't work on 64 bit systems before they buy.
A lot of users have it working on x64 systems... ::)
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Branwynn on March 02, 2010, 04:18:49 PM
This is a clean install of the OS, no other antivirus programs or firewalls have ever been used. There is a "fix" button at the top I click to no avail. I try to turn the FW on, is doesn't turn on. When I loaded avast onto my lap top running 32 bit os, it runs fine and dandy.

I have asked in several forums, not only this one. If someone out there is running a WinXP Pro x64 bit OS and has this FW working fine, can you tell me the trick? I have seriously spent a lot of time here and as you know once you have put in more time in hours trying to get something to work than you had to work to buy the product... it's get frustrating.

Any and all advice on HOW to get it working would be gleefully welcome.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Mr.Agent on March 02, 2010, 04:51:09 PM
Im curious did you try to repair the installation ? ;)

If no,

Maybe its worth to try ?
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Branwynn on March 02, 2010, 06:12:26 PM
Im curious did you try to repair the installation ? ;)

If no,

Maybe its worth to try ?


Yes unfortunately, I am vexed at this point. Only thing I haven't done is flash the bios.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Big Master on March 04, 2010, 09:46:02 AM
There was an error in the offline update, whether what is he?  :o :o :o
Trial Version Avast! Internet Security 5.0.418 (7 days left).
I installed for testing purposes, it seems there are still some problems ....
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Jack Murray on May 13, 2010, 01:17:18 AM
I had a problem with Windows Vista 64 bit and had to repair and went to a restore point and lost the use of Avast! v 4.8.1368 

Error: The AAVM subsystem detected a RPC error. and I can not reinstall Avast! v 4.8.1368, either.

The Icon is grayed out in the tool bar.

Help.

Jack Murray
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: ladycharades on May 13, 2010, 03:48:31 AM
I hate to say it, but after reading all the problems above, and with the problems I'm having, I am soooo regretting having removed version 4.8 and updating to 5.

On the current status page, it says my computer is unprotected and when I click the button that says 'Fix Now', nothing happens. Just below that it shows the following message:

'The avast! antivirus program has been stopped, or is an inconsistent state. Please re-start the program to resume protecting your system.'

To the right of that message is a small yellow bullet icon with 'Start program' button. I click that, nothing happens. I closed the processes in the process library to shut Avast down, then restarted it, and it still shows the same messages. I uninstalled the program, restarted my computer, re-downloaded the program from the site. When I went to run the install it said the program detected an issue that requires me to reboot my computer before I could run the installation, and if I continue to run the installation it could result in problems. So I canceled out of the re-install,  rebooted my computer, then ran the installation. At the end of the installation it wanted me to reboot again, so I did, and when I restarted, the program still showed the above messages. Nothing was fixed in the re-installation of the program.

Up until now I have never had a problem with Avast, and in fact, I absolutely love it. It was, in my opinion, the best antivirus program available, until now. If I can get my version 4.8 back again, I will continue to run the program, but seriously, something needs to be done with this new version, because it just isn't working. I honestly do not wish to have to revert to AVG or some other anti-virus program, so please, please do something to fix this new version so that it actually works!

Seeing as I can't seem to put in a signature on this site as I cannot find the option to do so, I'll post this info here:

System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Version 2002, Service Pack 3. Manufactured and supported by: eMachines Inc. eMachines.Sysem AMD Athlon (tm) Processor 2650e 1.61 GHz, 1.75 GB of RAM Physical Address Extension Avast! Free Version 5.0.545
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: DavidR on May 13, 2010, 04:57:58 PM
@ ladycharades
Why not start your own new topic and we can try to help you.

Forum Profile access you need to have 20 posts (no longer classed as a newbie) - The problem comes from drive by spammers, who having registered put objectionable or commercial links in their profile signature to try and gain link promotion, etc.

There have also been cases of the PM function being abused to spam forum members, so you will notice that you can't use the PM function either.

Unfortunately because of the actions of others legitimate members suffer by the actions to prevent this spamming.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: Truckertee on August 08, 2010, 05:12:38 PM
Branwyn
My system is Win XP Pro 64bit and I have used Avast free since I built it roughly a couple of years ago. I've upgraded as they came along ( now on 5.0.594) and have had no problems except a slowing of Avast at startup.
I use Windows firewall, Superantispyware Pro and Malwarebytes. Preview pane in OE turned off and that's it, touch wood never had a problem.

PS
I really just joined the forum to thank everyone for such a great free Anti Virus programme.


AMD Phenom Quad 2.3mhz, 8gb ram, Win XP Pro x64bit, 50mb broadband.
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: trjam on August 09, 2010, 01:31:02 AM
well I bought the suite for all 4 computers and has been working fantastic. :)
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: solo11108 on January 18, 2011, 08:12:11 AM
'The avast! antivirus program has been stopped, or is an inconsistent state. Please re-start the program to resume protecting your system.'
Title: Re: New avast program update 5.0.418
Post by: SafeSurf on January 18, 2011, 10:58:40 AM
@ solo11108,

You have posted in an old thread with an outdated version.  Please start a New Topic of your own and we will happily help you there. 

Go to this link, http://forum.avast.com/index.php (http://forum.avast.com/index.php), scroll down to the Avast Free/Pro/Suite forum and click it, click the New Topic button at the top of the list and post there.  Thank you. :)