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Avast! Heuristic
« on: April 15, 2007, 04:56:08 AM »
Does avast! have heuristic?
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Re: Avast! Heuristic
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2007, 05:44:33 AM »
Hi and welcome to the Forum  ;),

No, currently Avast Antivirus does not contain heuristic exept for mass mailers; however Avast 5.0 is expected to have heuristics. Please be aware that even though Avast does not have heuristic it still performs very well in detecting malware.

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Re: Avast! Heuristic
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2007, 05:52:31 AM »
Thanks you very much  ;)
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Re: Avast! Heuristic
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2007, 05:56:17 AM »
I would like to give you the date  it will be released but currently it is unsure, maybe Vlk or Igo will tell us  ;D

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Re: Avast! Heuristic
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2007, 07:24:31 AM »
Good  ;) Thanks again :)

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Re: Avast! Heuristic
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2007, 03:14:01 PM »
No, currently Avast Antivirus does not contain heuristic exept for mass mailers; however Avast 5.0 is expected to have heuristics.
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The features for avast 5 haven't been fully announced (they have been very tight lipped about avast 5), there is a topic or two in the forums, but they don't directly call it heuristics as that has some sort of clear definition but a behaviour blocker would be closer to the HIPS definition. There is also meant to be more generic signature detections and anti-kill to prevent it from being disabled.

An advanced forum search for "avast 5" by User: vlk,igor returns many hits, but it is still a job to find any the features.
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Re: Avast! Heuristic
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2007, 05:09:03 PM »
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however Avast 5.0 is expected to have heuristics.
For Standard Shield (on-access scanning)? I don't think so...

Edit: David, don't worry that much about quotes  :-*
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Re: Avast! Heuristic
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2007, 06:21:24 PM »
Tech, I don't know how you quoted that, but it was said by al968 and quoted in my post, but most certainly not said by me as my comments in the rest of the post attest.
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Re: Avast! Heuristic
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2007, 07:17:03 PM »
I sort of like this kind of speculations... carry on, this is so inspiring... :P
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Re: Avast! Heuristic
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2007, 08:28:23 PM »
You could always end the speculation with a couple of hints ;D

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Re: Avast! Heuristic
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2007, 08:55:46 PM »
I sort of like this kind of speculations... carry on, this is so inspiring... :P
They're based on your comments about heuristics and avast 5...
Like David said, you can stop all speculations if you say a little more about avast 5 and then, we'll shut up 8)
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Re: Avast! Heuristic
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2007, 09:10:25 PM »
We have many things written on the paper; however, not too many things actually implemented. I'm sorry but I don't think it's a good idea to promise (or even disclose) a feature until it's more or less certain that it's going to make it to the final product.

What I can promise is that you guys will be one of the first to know.

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Re: Avast! Heuristic
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2007, 09:15:01 PM »
What I can promise is that you guys will be one of the first to know.
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Re: Avast! Heuristic
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2007, 09:31:03 PM »
I could cope with anything you guys have in mind. So far i've supported every decision even though it wasn't looking that well from users perspective. Some were even improved, mostly generic detections which i'd like to see even more. After all, if you don't have the heuristic engine, generic ones can do almost as good. Not in detecting new malware but at least countless variants of existing ones which are usually the most problematic anyway regardless of all the outbreaks.
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Re: Avast! Heuristic
« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2007, 06:47:57 AM »
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