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Do you want avast become an anti-spyware software?

Yes
Never at all.
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Offline igor

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Re: Do you want avast become an anti-spyware software?
« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2005, 05:35:59 PM »
Well, I'm not sure what you want to hear ;)
I believe avast! would be able to detect spyware - actually, it already does (some). I don't know if any spyware-specific functions are necessary (i.e. functions that would be of no use for ordinary viruses/worms).

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Re: Do you want avast become an anti-spyware software?
« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2005, 05:44:56 PM »
I believe avast! would be able to detect spyware - actually, it already does (some).

We know... We want an enhancement of this.

I don't know if any spyware-specific functions are necessary (i.e. functions that would be of no use for ordinary viruses/worms).

But the majority of them are already done into avast antivirus and avast cleaner...  ::)

The "only" thing to do would be to complete the thread database...

In fact, if you're talking about the VPS, yes, the most important thing  8)
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Re: Do you want avast become an anti-spyware software?
« Reply #17 on: March 19, 2005, 12:14:58 PM »
I voted Yes but with caution...

As far as spyware is concerned, avast detects the most dangerous ones... If the antispyware thing integrated into avast will be something good... It will appeal to a wide range of people, so more avast users...
However, it is best if the adware definitions are bundled with the virus definitions and the adware detection will be integrated within the standard shield process... This way i believe the computer performance will not be affected... But keep in mind that alwil will have to cope with something new that is not so familiar with... I mean there are, how many, 17 years of happy virus detection...
let alwil do what thinks its best

As for the registry, I would vote a No... Because, is it really necessary? Again, it is something that doesn't have direct connection with viruses...

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Re: Do you want avast become an anti-spyware software?
« Reply #18 on: March 19, 2005, 01:02:46 PM »
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As for the registry, I would vote a No... Because, is it really necessary? Again, it is something that doesn't have direct connection with viruses...

The registry has a direct connection with virtually all viruses and malware as most of them create registry entries so they are run on start-up, etc. so stop them creating registry entries, reduce the potential.
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Re: Do you want avast become an anti-spyware software?
« Reply #19 on: March 19, 2005, 02:44:00 PM »
As for the registry, I would vote a No... Because, is it really necessary? Again, it is something that doesn't have direct connection with viruses...

I wouldn't say that because it's actually completely untrue... as DavidR said before, most of them create registry entries so they can be run on start-up. It's always better to prevent than to heal.
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Re: Do you want avast become an anti-spyware software?
« Reply #20 on: March 19, 2005, 03:08:43 PM »
But keep in mind that alwil will have to cope with something new that is not so familiar with... I mean there are, how many, 17 years of happy virus detection...
let alwil do what thinks its best.

I think they're able to improve.
Microsoft is buying an antivirus company. Besides of antispyware application, maybe on Longhorn will have 'antivirus' protection with Windows.
Are the antivirus company prepaired for the 'competition' with the big one?

As for the registry, I would vote a No... Because, is it really necessary? Again, it is something that doesn't have direct connection with viruses...

Well, after David and Sasha said...  ;)
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Re: Do you want avast become an anti-spyware software?
« Reply #21 on: March 19, 2005, 10:09:05 PM »
well in this case, avast should scan the startup registry entries...  :)

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Re: Do you want avast become an anti-spyware software?
« Reply #22 on: March 19, 2005, 10:16:56 PM »
well in this case, avast should scan the startup registry entries... :)
Registry entries in themselves aren't a problem, they aren't the infection. avast! already scans files that are loaded at start-up.
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