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just downloaded 4.8 home need few ?'s answered.
« on: November 22, 2008, 05:02:34 PM »
Hello, I downloaded avast 4.8 home edition a few days ago and the program did 1st scan automaticly.
I figured out how to run a scan my self. The avast 4.8 did not find anything wrong. 
But in my virus chest at the system files button, there is 3 important .dll there.  kernel32.dll , winsock.dll and wsock.dll   I think I sould leave them there or what?  And how do I use them in thefuture when I need anyone of these?
 And the avast VRDB should I generate now, because I never have my screen saver running to long for it to do it then?   And what does this VRDB do? And when will I need the files it generates? And what kind of files does it put into the DRDB folder or file? And does it keep them at the Icon on system tray when I need to use it or what?  Sorry for all the ?'s but this new avast 4.8 is new to me and need to figure it out.
thanks for any and all answers. Take care

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Re: just downloaded 4.8 home need few ?'s answered.
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2008, 07:50:26 PM »
The only area you should be interested in is the Infected Files section, this is where the files detected by avast and selected by you to move to the chest are placed.

The User Files section is where the user can add files they suspect of being malware but not detected by avast.

The System Files section is where avast keeps back-up copies of important system files in case the original becomes infected (leave them alone).

Personally I would do  Generate Now for the first time, which might take some time and would be even slower if the screen saver kept opening and closing. Having done that set it to generate when either the screen saver is running or the system is idle (no mouse activity for a period of time). This will then run automatically every 21 days.
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Re: just downloaded 4.8 home need few ?'s answered.
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2008, 08:49:09 PM »
Thanks for the answers.  You say to run a VRDB now.  What does this do when it runs for the 1st time?
And what kind files are stored here in the VRDB ??  And then you said it runs every 21 days.  What does the avast 4.8 home do when it runs this VRDB ??  I'm a bit old school so explain it in easy to understand terms so I know what this part of avast 4.8 home does for me?  And will I know when it runs? And if I run a scan and a virus is found, is this the VRDB files used then to replace a file that is bad??  Thanks for the great answers again..CV

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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2008, 10:36:10 PM »
The same as it does on subsequent times, it checks executable files that are common targets for infection and compiles a database of information to help restore an infected file back to its pre-infection state.

However, I would hazard a guess that the second and subsequent times if the file has been previously scanned and hasn't changed it wouldn't need to go into full information gathering mode, just copy forward existing data for that file. That is why I believe subsequent generations are quicker.

It doesn't copy files like as in a backup but retains information about the composition of the file (don't ask, I don't know exactly what ;D) to be able to attempt a repair if it becomes infected after it has been included in a generation of the VRDB. There will build up to three generations of the VRDB database the most recent three being retained and the oldest dropped when run for the 4th and subsequent times.

This data is retained in a file C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\DATA\integ\avast.int.
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Re: just downloaded 4.8 home need few ?'s answered.
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2008, 11:15:42 PM »
Don't worry that much about VRDB... it will be drop in next avast version as it is of very few usage nowadays...
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2008, 11:28:23 PM »
Yes it will but centralfla is asking the question now not sometime next year ;D
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Re: just downloaded 4.8 home need few ?'s answered.
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2008, 03:22:58 AM »
Thanks for the good answers. Now i knid of know what it does. Then he said the new version will not have this VRDB.  So how will the new version save good files if I would need them if one file gets infected with a virus?? And how far off is the next version? So should I do this now any way?  Will I get the new version auto?  I just did another complet scan and no viruses found.   I
I noticed this 4.8 home does not have a built in registry cleaner?   How can I clean out my registrty if avast 4.8 home does not have a way to do this??  I hope to get some good answers?  Thanks Guys.

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Re: just downloaded 4.8 home need few ?'s answered.
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2008, 10:17:50 AM »
So how will the new version save good files if I would need them if one file gets infected with a virus?
Prevent infection rather than trying, useless, to repair them.

And how far off is the next version?
Next year.

So should I do this now any way?
It won't hard, you can have VRDB running now.

Will I get the new version auto?
7 days most (after it is released next year).

I noticed this 4.8 home does not have a built in registry cleaner?   How can I clean out my registrty if avast 4.8 home does not have a way to do this?
CCleaner is a good one for non-advanced users.
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