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webmo

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Is avast! for Mac 64-bit?
« on: April 09, 2013, 04:48:16 PM »
Is avast! for Mac a 64-bit app?

I can't find this mentioned anywhere (or whether it's 32-bit).

For anyone who has it installed, you can check by going to Applications -> Utilities -> Activity Monitor. Right-click (command-click) on the column headers and make sure that "Kind" is checked. Under the kind column, in the avast row(s), it will either say "Intel" (meaning 32-bit), or "Intel (64-bit)". If they all say "Intel (64-bit)", then it's 64-bit. If any just say "Intel", then it's not a fully 64-bit app.

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Re: Is avast! for Mac 64-bit?
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2013, 06:23:45 PM »
All components (GUI, shields) except the engine are 32/64b. The engine is actually 32b only.

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Re: Is avast! for Mac 64-bit?
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2013, 06:46:32 PM »
All components (GUI, shields) except the engine are 32/64b. The engine is actually 32b only.

*sigh* Alright. Good to know.

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Re: Is avast! for Mac 64-bit?
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2013, 07:01:05 PM »
The fact that it is 32b is a GOOD thing, it uses LESS memory by just not being 64b, I can't see any of 64b benefits making a positive difference on avast!, for instance, the ability to use more than 4 GB memory for its process, why would avast need to use 4 GB of memory?

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Re: Is avast! for Mac 64-bit?
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2013, 03:27:56 PM »
The fact that it is 32b is a GOOD thing, it uses LESS memory by just not being 64b, I can't see any of 64b benefits making a positive difference on avast!, for instance, the ability to use more than 4 GB memory for its process, why would avast need to use 4 GB of memory?

Well, there are more components that are 32bit only at the moment - setup, submitter and diff (but they can be quite easily made universal 32/64-bit).
There could be few advantages of having native 64bit engine, large file mapping and faster scanning routine, for example - but yes, 64-bit hype is a bit overrated phenomenon, I agree :).

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