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The update has now been officially released as 5.0.677. Thanks to everyone who helped testing.


Hi *,

we'll soon be releasing a new build of avast 5 Free/Pro/IS. As usual, we're making the build available for public testing before it's officially released (so far the version number is 5.0.673).

Version 5.0.673 is a release candidate - meaning that if there's no significant issues with it, it will very soon be released to the general public.

How to get it
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How to install it
Just run the setup executable (links above). You can either install it from scratch, or on top of an existing avast installation (installing over both 5.0.xxx or 4.8.yyy should be fine). A reboot will be required to complete the installation.

If you already have the previous beta (5.0.656 or 661 or 668) you can simply use the Program Update feature from within the avast UI.

What's new
Most notable improvements include:
- solved a problem that could lead to disappearing of the avast service
- Behavior Shield: solved a minor stability issue (aswSP.sys)
- performance and stability improvements in the avast! sandbox
- changes in the engine allowing us to generically detect/block some new types of exploits
- speed improvements in the updater
- IS: fixed a vulnerability in aswFw.sys (Secunia Advisory SA40868)
- IS: upgraded to the new version of antispam engine
- minor changes and fixes in the GUI
- fixes in the screen reader support
- added Danish and Hebrew language packs

And subsequently in 5.0.661:
- solved the vulnerability related to license files (Secunia Advisory SA41109)
- solved a UI crash condition during File system shield detections
- solved a problem with scanning of files with very long path names
- fixed the updater in East-Asian versions of avast running with Windows set to a different locale
- added Urdu language pack

And in 5.0.668:
- solved the pesky memory leak introduced in v5.0.661
- a few cosmetic fixes in the UI
- improvements in the avast sandbox
- improvements in the Outlook antispam plugin (it would be helpful if users of the avast Internet Security could test this one).

And in 5.0.673:
- more improvements in the avast sandbox
- few fixes in the new language modules
- Firewall: improvement in the path name matching (now handling correctly symbolic links etc)
- added trimming of setup.log
- a stability improvement in the avast service

Thanks much
Vlk
« Last Edit: September 07, 2010, 09:47:46 PM by Vlk »
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Re: *** INTRODUCING: New pre-release build of avast [5.0.656] ***
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2010, 09:59:04 PM »
excelent, downloading, installing, testing :)
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Re: *** INTRODUCING: New pre-release build of avast [5.0.656] ***
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2010, 10:10:39 PM »
excelent, downloading, installing, testing :)

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Re: *** INTRODUCING: New pre-release build of avast [5.0.656] ***
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2010, 10:12:15 PM »

- Behavior Shield: solved a minor stability issue (aswSP.sys)
- changes in the engine allowing us to generically detect/block some new types of exploits


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Re: *** INTRODUCING: New pre-release build of avast [5.0.656] ***
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2010, 10:14:33 PM »
Worked fine on my Windows 7 sytem but on my XP Pro system I get the following error ???
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Re: *** INTRODUCING: New pre-release build of avast [5.0.656] ***
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2010, 11:19:42 PM »
Huh :o I didn't see this one coming ;)

So this means that the sandbox bugs fixed in internal builds confirmed by Petr are fixed in this build ??? Great :D

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Re: *** INTRODUCING: New pre-release build of avast [5.0.656] ***
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2010, 11:43:27 PM »
- changes in the engine allowing us to generically detect/block some new types of exploits

Vlk,

Can you tell us more about this :)

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Re: *** INTRODUCING: New pre-release build of avast [5.0.656] ***
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2010, 11:51:34 PM »
- changes in the engine allowing us to generically detect/block some new types of exploits

Vlk,

Can you tell us more about this :)

Greetz, Red.

It's nothing major, really. It's basically an extension of the interface between the program and the engine (inside the definitions) that allows us to do more stuff in the realtime shield detections...
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Re: *** INTRODUCING: New pre-release build of avast [5.0.656] ***
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2010, 11:52:06 PM »
So far there are no problems at all.
Only the new Update button open a web page that displays :

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The server has not found anything matching the Request-URI.
Request-URI: program/api/upg-but.
Page generated in 0.0097s
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Re: *** INTRODUCING: New pre-release build of avast [5.0.656] ***
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2010, 11:58:57 PM »
You mean the "Upgrade" button, right...?
Yes, the link is currently dead, I've noticed that also. Not a big deal unless you want to upgrade to the paid version anyway... ;-)
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Re: *** INTRODUCING: New pre-release build of avast [5.0.656] ***
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2010, 12:22:18 AM »
There is also a new option in the sandbox. Nice :)

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Re: *** INTRODUCING: New pre-release build of avast [5.0.656] ***
« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2010, 12:32:11 AM »
Would it be wise to uninstall my previous version using Revo Uninstaller Pro get rid of the registry keys and then download? 
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Re: *** INTRODUCING: New pre-release build of avast [5.0.656] ***
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2010, 12:35:33 AM »
No, certainly not.

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Re: *** INTRODUCING: New pre-release build of avast [5.0.656] ***
« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2010, 12:38:16 AM »
Just download and run the installer, and it will upgrade your current buid to the BETA build :)

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Re: *** INTRODUCING: New pre-release build of avast [5.0.656] ***
« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2010, 12:43:56 AM »
okay I'll download it in a minute ;)
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