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Offline nightshade

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Avast 5 & 98
« on: February 22, 2009, 02:33:04 PM »
As we are getting well into 2009, I thought to ask if users of Windows 98, and there are still a few of us around, should be looking for another program for AV protection, or should we be comforted to know that we will still be able to use Avast 5 when available, if only for the basic virus protection.

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Re: Avast 5 & 98
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2009, 02:41:15 PM »
There are many restrictions in Avast 4 when using such old OSes, so the question is: when do you upgrade your OS?
Another problems: Norwegian fight agains Internet Explorer 6 (german news: http://www.heise.de/netze/Webmaster-Aufstand-gegen-alte-Internet-Explorer--/news/meldung/133204).
Newer browsers are rare in OSes < Windows 2000. So you are not secure in the future in the internet with such old OSes.
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Re: Avast 5 & 98
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2009, 03:00:46 PM »
We are aware of the security issues and we have been down this path already, but this post is to do with Avast 5 and Windows 98, and if there was any news as to the use of Avast 5 on 98.

The OS works and does what we want it to do, so we don't want to upgrade, please understand this.

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Re: Avast 5 & 98
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2009, 03:06:59 PM »
nightshade, maybe I'm wrong... but I feel avast 5 won't be Windows 98 compatible and maybe they let avast 4 old versions for these users. I'm not sure the virus database will be available in both versions. I'm just guessing.
I think support for Windows 98 is to be dropped by the end of 2009, this was in avast website.
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Re: Avast 5 & 98
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2009, 03:11:23 PM »
well nightshade why you got windows 98 ? explain us i think in 2009 you really need to buy a new cpu sry for offensed you but its the true :D

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Re: Avast 5 & 98
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2009, 04:38:18 PM »
avast! 5 will not run on Windows 95/98/ME/NT4.
avast! 4.8 (= virus database updates) will be available for some time, of course.

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Re: Avast 5 & 98
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2009, 04:51:44 PM »
avast! 5 will not run on Windows 95/98/ME/NT4.
avast! 4.8 (= virus database updates) will be available for some time, of course.
Thanks for the info Igor.
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Re: Avast 5 & 98
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2009, 08:41:10 PM »
Nothing to be sorry about really, if Avast 4.8 is available for some time for us 98 users then that is ok.
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Re: Avast 5 & 98
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2009, 09:14:57 PM »
I am sorry to say, but from reading this forum, and seeing all the trouble the later version's of windows is causing, If is isn't broke don't fix it. Windows 98 and ME is a cake walk. (Gooey, but still gets you there) (only my opinion). ;D

I also am a little upset that 5 will not support me !!
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Re: Avast 5 & 98
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2009, 10:20:26 PM »
I am sorry to say, but from reading this forum, and seeing all the trouble the later version's of windows is causing, If is isn't broke don't fix it. Windows 98 and ME is a cake walk. (Gooey, but still gets you there) (only my opinion). ;D

I also am a little upset that 5 will not support me !!

Me too, I just don't know why they couldn't just let it update for the virus updates only, as most hackers are trying the newer operating systems and are more than likely to leave 98 alone.

If not, I hope they leave Avast 4.8 for a considerable time, although I would think they would want to ditch 4.8 sooner than of later, how long is a piece of string so to speak.
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Re: Avast 5 & 98
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2009, 10:25:01 PM »
If not, I hope they leave Avast 4.8 for a considerable time
Following the experience of avast32, I won't expect that much... If they change the virus database architecture, I won't expect the support will be vanished for old OS.
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Re: Avast 5 & 98
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2009, 10:35:02 PM »
I won't expect the support will be vanished for old OS.

Is that a positive note I feel there Tech?
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Re: Avast 5 & 98
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2009, 10:42:14 PM »
Is that a positive note I feel there Tech?
No. I think one year would be a good period...
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Re: Avast 5 & 98
« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2009, 10:49:45 PM »
Is that a positive note I feel there Tech?
No. I think one year would be a good period...

You mean from 2009 to the end of 2010 perhaps?

You see the thing is there will be users of the older systems that will continue, and therefore may get infected, and they could spread all over which isn't good.

It's a pity that Avast just couldn't leave their update server for those systems for 4.8.

What do users do that just can't afford upgrading or buying a new computer?
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Re: Avast 5 & 98
« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2009, 11:11:26 PM »
On ebay you can buy Windows XP for £35. Windows XP has support (for microsoft patches) until 2014 and probably also for virus scanner.
You can also shift to a non MS operating system like Linux,*BSD etc. which not really need a virus scanner.
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