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Will avast implement Microsoft Antivirus API
« on: June 07, 2004, 02:56:08 AM »
Will avast implement Microsoft Antivirus API?

Microsoft Antivirus API enables software developers to develop applications that scan Microsoft Office documents before opening them. The Antivirus API also supports scanning Microsoft IE code downloads, such as ActiveX controls.

You can check that avast is not listed on Microsoft Office applications:
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Re:Will avast implement Microsoft Antivirus API
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2004, 03:12:30 AM »
its sad neither of my AV products have it :(
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Re:Will avast implement Microsoft Antivirus API
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2004, 12:32:21 PM »
In short: no. The reason is simple: the API doesn't bring any advantages. Traditional methods work just as well.

Why? Would you like avast to implement it?
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Re:Will avast implement Microsoft Antivirus API
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2004, 01:48:47 PM »
In short: no. The reason is simple: the API doesn't bring any advantages. Traditional methods work just as well.

Why? Would you like avast to implement it?

If you said so, I believe you... just wondering that API would be a good feature.
Btw, any news from the new version (not build) of avast? Will it be 4.5 ?  8)
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Re:Will avast implement Microsoft Antivirus API
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2004, 02:34:00 PM »
In short: no. The reason is simple: the API doesn't bring any advantages. Traditional methods work just as well.

Why? Would you like avast to implement it?

I think it's just a matter of marketing. And Microsoft is the king of marketing. If a company wants to sell more products, they should be compatible with the maximum of Microsoft features, even if it is useless !!

My opinion is : if implementing Microsoft's API doesn't cost too much, do it !!   ;)

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Re:Will avast implement Microsoft Antivirus API
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2004, 02:50:22 PM »
In short: no. The reason is simple: the API doesn't bring any advantages. Traditional methods work just as well.

Why? Would you like avast to implement it?

If you said so, I believe you... just wondering that API would be a good feature.
Btw, any news from the new version (not build) of avast? Will it be 4.5 ?  8)

Yeah me too! Is it still scheduled for this summer? ;D
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Re:Will avast implement Microsoft Antivirus API
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2004, 03:50:26 PM »
Yes, still scheduled for summer. But It's not going to be something revolutionary -- just evolutionary, I'd say... ;) Couple of new features, couple fo bugfixes, even better stability...

avast 5 will eventually be something quite different but that's still a long way to go... :)
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Re:Will avast implement Microsoft Antivirus API
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2004, 04:02:53 PM »
Hey,every evolution is better than none :) How did we evolved? Hm step by step ;D I can't wait for 4.5 ;D
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Re:Will avast implement Microsoft Antivirus API
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2004, 04:11:37 PM »
avast 5 will eventually be something quite different but that's still a long way to go... :)

 :D...hope i'm still alive to see it ;D

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Re:Will avast implement Microsoft Antivirus API
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2004, 05:53:00 PM »
Vlk, can we help you to get the 4.5 faster? How?  ::)
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Re:Will avast implement Microsoft Antivirus API
« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2004, 10:26:43 PM »
I believe there will be some betaversions again before 4.5 is released (and I'm sure you'll be happy to test some of the new features :)) - but I guess there's not much to do right now.

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Re:Will avast implement Microsoft Antivirus API
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2004, 05:34:50 AM »
I believe there will be some betaversions again before 4.5 is released (and I'm sure you'll be happy to test some of the new features :)) - but I guess there's not much to do right now.

Igor, this new features include a mechanism of detection of trojans?
Why are there so many false positives in 0424-0 ?  :(
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Re:Will avast implement Microsoft Antivirus API
« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2004, 09:28:10 AM »
I don't know about any planned changes, regarding the detection.

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Re:Will avast implement Microsoft Antivirus API
« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2004, 02:36:24 PM »
Igor, this new features include a mechanism of detection of trojans?
Why are there so many false positives in 0424-0 ?  :(

Technical, as I explained earlier, yesterday we have added another huge bunch of Trojan-gen detection. Acutally, the number of false alarms was not so high - most of the files sent were real Trojans or some shadow programs (adware, game keyloggers etc). Not big trouble - and we will release the updates with those few removed soon!

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Re:Will avast implement Microsoft Antivirus API
« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2004, 02:44:56 PM »
This generic detection for trojans shows big potential :)
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