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The new version has now been officially released (as 4.8.1282). Thanks to everyone who helped testing!

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here I'm again. The next program update of avast 4.x Home/Pro is approaching, and as usual, it is my pleasure to provide you with a stable (even though pre-release) build for you to test.

How to install it (provided you have a previous version of avast Home/Pro already installed):

1. NEW! go to avast settings, and on the Troubleshooting page, disable the avast self-defense module (this is NECESSARY for the update to complete successfully)
2. download and run the following program: URL removed
3. after it completes, re-enable self-defense module (disabled in step 1.)

That's about all it takes.

This build contains quite a number of new features, but most of them are actually hidden under the hood (related to the AV engine). One nice new feature is malware URL blocking in the Network Shield provider. That is, we now block access to malware distribution sites before you even have a chance to download the bad stuff. Also, as has already been said, there's a new option to report false positives (directly from the virus alert dialog) as well as submit statistical info about a malware occurrence. We also fixed the long-standing issue related to actions on infected files with non-Latin character names and many other things that have been reported since the last update.

Any comments on this release are welcome and appreciated!


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« Last Edit: November 12, 2008, 07:39:54 PM by Vlk »
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Any comments on this release are welcome and appreciated!

Great news!

Will try it soon!

Edit: Have just updated the program, all working just fine!
« Last Edit: October 17, 2008, 02:13:38 PM by Bluesman »
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Update to Avast 4.8.1256 went smoothly without a problem, not that I expected any ;)
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One nice new feature is malware URL blocking in the Network Shield provider.

Will we get the ability to turn this off?

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Well, you can turn off the Network Shield provider, if you need...

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Well, you can turn off the Network Shield provider, if you need...

Well, I'm hoping it won't have to come to that.

IMO ESET's implementation of this feature was a major annoyance at best, and I'd hate to see avast! become this way as well. Any chance of maybe a checkbox somewhere to toggle this feature on/off?

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How this new feature of blocking malware urls works? Its like the link scanner of AVG (that now have a database of the links with malwares, so every site you visit its checked against this database, if matchs, the url is blocked)?

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What's wrong? eicar.com is not being detected ???
Neither right clicking the files and scanning with ashQuick.exe ???
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What? Don't you have some exclusions set?

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New feature is malware URL blocking in the Network Shield provider. That is, we now block access to malware distribution sites before you even have a chance to download the bad stuff.
Well... I see no changes in the Network Shield settings... can the URL blocking be configurated? White and blacklists?
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Re: ** INTRODUCING **: pre-release version of next avast update (now 4.8.1256)
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2008, 02:32:27 PM »
No, it can't; the detected URLs are in the virus database, just like the ordinary detections.

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Re: ** INTRODUCING **: pre-release version of next avast update (now 4.8.1256)
« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2008, 02:34:05 PM »
What? Don't you have some exclusions set?

I've removed the *.txt exclusion.
Neither of the eight variants is detected ???
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Re: ** INTRODUCING **: pre-release version of next avast update (now 4.8.1256)
« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2008, 02:34:46 PM »
No, it can't; the detected URLs are in the virus database, just like the ordinary detections.
Is there any site to test it? Maybe you can post an edited link ;)
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Re: ** INTRODUCING **: pre-release version of next avast update (now 4.8.1256)
« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2008, 03:34:55 PM »
What's wrong? eicar.com is not being detected ???
Neither right clicking the files and scanning with ashQuick.exe ???

Interesting, really... This is definitely not reproducible here. Doesnt a reboot help?

No, it can't; the detected URLs are in the virus database, just like the ordinary detections.
Is there any site to test it? Maybe you can post an edited link ;)

You can try e.g. www.gooogle.com

Well, you can turn off the Network Shield provider, if you need...

Well, I'm hoping it won't have to come to that.

IMO ESET's implementation of this feature was a major annoyance at best, and I'd hate to see avast! become this way as well. Any chance of maybe a checkbox somewhere to toggle this feature on/off?

Why was it a major annoyance? I.e. what specifically did you dislike about it?

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Re: ** INTRODUCING **: pre-release version of next avast update (now 4.8.1256)
« Reply #14 on: October 17, 2008, 03:38:54 PM »
Interesting, really... This is definitely not reproducible here. Doesnt a reboot help?
Tested again... they're not detected... I've booted after the installation... I'll do again...

You can try e.g. www.gooogle.com
It was redirected to http://www.google.com.br/ in my case on Firefox 3.0.1.
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