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*** INTRODUCING: NEW Avast 2014 "R2" RC (2014.9.0.2010)
« on: December 12, 2013, 05:30:20 PM »
Hi everyone,

It is my pleasure to announce the availability of the RC build of a new "R2" release of Avast 2014 (build number 2010).

You have all been quite helpful providing us with feedback and comments on the previous ("R1") version and the "R2" beta as well. Speaking about the beta we have fixed following issues:
- Fixed reported BSODs related to the WebShield, Networkshield and FW
- Browser plugin support in IE11
- USB rescue disk creation sometimes fails (WinXP)
- Added localizations

In terms of the core product changes, here's the (incomplete) list:

- We have finally fully rewritten the WebShield so that it now doesn't work as a "transparent proxy" anymore. I.e. no more routing of all HTTP traffic through the AvastSvc.exe process - which should hopefully result in no more conflicts with various firewalls (especially older firewalls that can't handle transparent proxies) and overall improvement in stability and performance. Besides that (and this is really exciting) it allows us to see and detect more threats (the original webshield had some limitations).

- The Firewall component (in IS and Premier) has also changed dramatically. We spent quite some time making it more compatible with other applications, such as Java and various VPN services.

- The installer/updater has been improved to allow more reliable installation in case of infected machines. The installer is now protected by the avast self-defense driver from the very beginning, making it harder for active malware to kill it (if you have problems starting the installer in the first place, it may be a good idea to try to rename the executable to a random name first)

- The changes in the File System Shield's driver should result in faster performance, especially in the copy files and install programs scenarios.

- We have also beefed up the Browser Cleanup tool to be able to rip off even the more stubborn toolbars and other "PUBEs" (Pontentially Unwanted Browser Extensions :))

- We have also fixed a whole bunch of bugs reported in the last couple of months. Especially if you encountered a problem with R1, I suggest you try this new version, chances are that the problem is resolved there.

- For trialware users, we have also added an interactive tutorial that explains all the features of the product in a straightforward, concise manner.

In addition to the core, there's two more things included in this version:

- Connectivity to the new avast! GrimeFighter product. GrimeFighter is our take on PC Optimization / tuneup and is the result of the Jumpshot acquisition that we did earlier this year.  This will be a standalone product (sold separately) but has some connections into Avast. It is really a cool product (and I encourage everyone to give it a try) - technically, it's Linux based, although you wouldn't be able to tell as it's perfectly skinned and does a good job at hiding all the complexities.

- SafePrice  is a new, optional module of the Avast browser plugins. It's designed to combine security (hence the "safe" part) with best deals (hence the "price") into one, easy-to-use module. It's pretty silent (almost invisible) unless you search for a specific product -- in which case, it would pop up a price comparison and allow you to pick one of the deals in the trusted stores. The feature can be turned on or off through the browser plugin settings.

Download links
Free AV: http://files.avast.com/beta9x/avast_free_antivirus_setup.exe
Pro AV: http://files.avast.com/beta9x/avast_pro_antivirus_setup.exe
IS: http://files.avast.com/beta9x/avast_internet_security_setup.exe
Premier: http://files.avast.com/beta9x/avast_premier_antivirus_setup.exe

avast! cleaner: http://files.avast.com/beta9x/avastclear.exe

It should be possible to install this version on top of your existing avast! installation (all settings should be preserved).


As always, any feedback is appreciated! https://feedback.avast.com/response/add

Many thanks,
Vlk
« Last Edit: January 15, 2014, 07:40:22 PM by lukas.hasik »

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Re: *** INTRODUCING: NEW Avast 2014 "R2" RC (2014.9.0.2010)
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2013, 05:46:14 PM »

Updated with internal updater from .2009 to .2010 and encountered no problems.
Everythng is working fine, so it looks like being perfect!    8)
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Re: *** INTRODUCING: NEW Avast 2014 "R2" RC (2014.9.0.2010)
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2013, 05:54:25 PM »
thanks,
keep on HardWork.

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Re: *** INTRODUCING: NEW Avast 2014 "R2" RC (2014.9.0.2010)
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2013, 06:20:51 PM »
Will do a custom install over the top of 9.0.2009 to test selection/de-selection of GrimeFighter (option is available to deselect GF).

EDIT: update
Custom Install over the top of .2009 appears to have gone OK, de-selecting GF takes it completely out of the avastUI > Settings > Tools section.

After the reboot for a short time avast reported not protected, opened the UI with the big Red Band, was intending to do a screen capture and it turned to some shields not started. Clicking the start shields (or words to that effect) and they started. I think this may have been down to my firewall seeking confirmation for come changed processes.

A subsequent reboot appears to have resolved that, the AvastEmUpdate.exe and also the randomised (.exe) emergency update check. Tried to do a screen capture on that, but it was gone before I could start my SnagIt program.
« Last Edit: December 12, 2013, 07:03:45 PM by DavidR »
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Re: *** INTRODUCING: NEW Avast 2014 "R2" RC (2014.9.0.2010)
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2013, 06:46:30 PM »
Downloading now.
Intend to clean install, Expect no issues with my setup on either OS.
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Re: *** INTRODUCING: NEW Avast 2014 "R2" RC (2014.9.0.2010)
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2013, 07:25:08 PM »
Installed via GUI update

AOS still crashes my IE11 when I try a Google search

Win 8.1 64bit

Grimefighter has now gone, was hoping to test it out on my 8.1 when it became compatible

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Re: *** INTRODUCING: NEW Avast 2014 "R2" RC (2014.9.0.2010)
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2013, 07:29:29 PM »
Installed via GUI update

AOS still crashes my IE11 when I try a Google search

Win 8.1 64bit

Grimefighter has now gone, was hoping to test it out on my 8.1 when it became compatible

Just did clean install on W8.1 with no issues.

@ Essexboy

Not sure if this is what you are referring to but I just did a google search from my IE 11 with AOS enabled and no problem.
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Re: *** INTRODUCING: NEW Avast 2014 "R2" RC (2014.9.0.2010)
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2013, 07:32:33 PM »
I will go for a clean install and see if that cures it


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Re: *** INTRODUCING: NEW Avast 2014 "R2" RC (2014.9.0.2010)
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2013, 07:47:33 PM »
Thanks i will update right now ;D

Cheers.

Edit:

No problems , update went fine from 2009 to 2010 via GUI :)
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Re: *** INTRODUCING: NEW Avast 2014 "R2" RC (2014.9.0.2010)
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2013, 07:48:16 PM »
I will go for a clean install and see if that cures it

I hope that helps. I have been doing clean installs of the last 2 betas due to the addition of all the "new stuff".
Want to keep all the ducks in a row! ;)
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Re: *** INTRODUCING: NEW Avast 2014 "R2" RC (2014.9.0.2010)
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2013, 07:49:06 PM »
Nope there is something in my system that does not like AOS so I will have a play around

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Re: *** INTRODUCING: NEW Avast 2014 "R2" RC (2014.9.0.2010)
« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2013, 08:02:01 PM »
OK,  going to install this one over my 2008 - I tried a bit earlier but it showed a one hour download time  :( ,  guess the servers were choked.  This one is now giving the usual 8 minute download time.

Edit:   OK,  the download went well and upgraded fine.  No problems so far except the Network Traffic graph didn't show after the first reboot but was working after a second one.  :)  So far so good.  :)
« Last Edit: December 12, 2013, 08:36:53 PM by Rohugh »

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Re: *** INTRODUCING: NEW Avast 2014 "R2" RC (2014.9.0.2010)
« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2013, 08:55:33 PM »
Tried a clean install,

First of all, thanks for making GF install optional in custom install.
On a less positive note: the firewall still causes high DPC latencies (when browsing and torrenting simultaneously.) Reverting to Windows' Firewall yet again.

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Re: *** INTRODUCING: NEW Avast 2014 "R2" RC (2014.9.0.2010)
« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2013, 09:21:38 PM »
Thank you for this release

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Re: *** INTRODUCING: NEW Avast 2014 "R2" RC (2014.9.0.2010)
« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2013, 09:56:55 PM »
Updated from the GUI of the previous beta
so far no problems ;)
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