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avast 4.5 new features
« on: October 23, 2004, 02:57:31 AM »
Major changes, as far I could notice, in avast 4.5:

- New list of IM applications supported:
  AIM (AOL Instant Messenger), Gadu-Gadu*, gaim*, ICQ, Miranda*, mIRC*,
  MSN/Windows Messenger, Odigo*, Psi Jabber Client*, Trillian, Yahoo! Messenger
  (Protection of the programs marked by an asterisk (*) is available on
   Windows NT, 2000, XP, and 2003 only).

- New list of P2P applications supported:
  Ares*, BearShare,  BitTorrent*,  CZDC++*, Direct Connect, Direct Connect++,
  eDonkey*, eMule*, iDC++*, iMesh, Kazaa, Kazaa Lite, LimeWire*, Morpheus*
  Opera's DC++*, Overnet*, Shareaza*, SoulSeek*, StrongDC++*, WinMX*
  (Protection of the programs marked by an asterisk (*) is available on
   Windows NT, 2000, XP, and 2003 only).

- New resident provider: Network Shield. It protects the computer from
  the attacks of Internet worms (e.g. Blaster, Sasser, etc.). It will show warning
  messages in the system area (above the system clock) every time it detects
  an Internet worm attack. There is a logging feature too: all attacks will be
  recorded into a log file so that you can inspect their history, frequency, etc. The
  last detected attacks will be displayed on the Last attacks page.

  Network Shield provider will protect your computer from Internet worm attacks.
  It works similarly to a firewall, even though it does not fully substitutes it.
  The Network Shield does not require any user interraction. Note: This resident
  provider will be available on Windows NT, 2000, XP, and 2003 only.

- New method of email protection. Mail Wizard Protection will only be
  available for the operating systems Windows 95, 98, and Millennium.
  Avast! 4.5. won't need any special settings, even for other email clients
  than MS Outlook or MS Exchange. The protection on Windows NT, 2000, XP or 2003
  will be completely automatic.

- Skins: the Home version will be optionally skinless. If, for any
  reason, you want to avoid using skins of the Simple User Interface, you can
  turn them off very easily. When the skins are turned off, the appearance and
  behavior of avast! Simple User Interface is the same as of any
  ordinary Windows application.
  ashSimpl.exe is the skinned interface.
  ashSimp2.exe is the skinless.

  Another possibility will be random choose the skin on application startup.
  A new skin (chosen from the installed ones) will be selected and used
  every time you start the Simple User Interface.

- Enable SMTP authentication even while sending files from Chest for
   virus analysis.

- New archive protection and file support: 7zip, ISO CD images, NRG (Nero Burning Rom) images.
« Last Edit: November 07, 2004, 12:59:59 PM by Technical »
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Re:avast 4.5 new features
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2004, 03:00:17 AM »
By the way, you can see the new settings of avast4.ini file into my signature  ;)
There are more than 100 news tweaks  8)
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Re:avast 4.5 new features
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2004, 03:14:26 AM »
Did you get a beta of 4.5 or were you told about the new features?
I really like the sound of the network shield, hopfully it doesnt take too much RAM  ;D

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Re:avast 4.5 new features
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2004, 03:16:06 AM »
Did you get a beta of 4.5 or were you told about the new features?
I really like the sound of the network shield, hopfully it doesnt take too much RAM  ;D

I finished the translation into Brazilian Portuguese few minutes ago...  ;)
« Last Edit: October 23, 2004, 03:16:19 AM by Technical »
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Re:avast 4.5 new features
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2004, 03:17:44 AM »
Did you get a beta of 4.5 or were you told about the new features?
I really like the sound of the network shield, hopfully it doesnt take too much RAM  ;D

I finished the translation into Brazilian Portuguese few minutes ago...  ;)

Cool  :)
EDIT:
How come some of the instant messenger and P2P programs are only protected under NT,2000 and XP? (the ones with the astrix (*)
« Last Edit: October 23, 2004, 03:38:45 AM by watchthisspace »

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Re:avast 4.5 new features
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2004, 12:45:26 PM »
There will be also a Decompression Bombs detection (i'm not sure if this is only for Mail protection) and advanced archive scanning (scan only archives up to specified size)
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Re:avast 4.5 new features
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2004, 03:30:42 PM »
The new features sounds great!!!  ;D
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Re:avast 4.5 new features
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2004, 04:25:37 PM »
Since I have my e-mail protected automatically by my account providers, and avast, so it's not very likely I would ever get a virus though e-mail.

Would  turning off Standard Shield and using Network Shield instead be sufficient for protection while on the net.  I would prefer not to have the Standard Shield running if I don't need it.

I don't use any of  Instant Messaging , or P2P software.

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Re:avast 4.5 new features
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2004, 04:35:40 PM »
From the manual:
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Network Shield provider protects your computer from Internet worm attacks. It works similarly to a firewall, even though it does not fully substitutes it. The Network Shield does not require any user interraction.
So it does not protect you from other malware. That is why you need the Standard Shield on. Why compromising the security of your system by shutting it down?

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Re:avast 4.5 new features
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2004, 04:35:49 PM »
Somebody knows if the resources will be reduced?
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Re:avast 4.5 new features
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2004, 04:38:17 PM »
I'm afraid there are no resources to be reduced (even if you defined what "resources" exactly you mean)...

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Re:avast 4.5 new features
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2004, 04:43:37 PM »
I'm afraid there are no resources to be reduced (even if you defined what "resources" exactly you mean)...

OK, I'm only asking this because sometimes the developers of some program could find an optimization in the code that will reduce the resources of that program...
« Last Edit: October 23, 2004, 04:44:04 PM by VaMPiRiC_CRoW »
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Re:avast 4.5 new features
« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2004, 05:16:19 PM »
Eddy, I'll leave it turned on for a while.  My computers are pretty well protected.  I'm a pretty cautious user of the computer even though I do a lot of experimenting with programs.  I always make an image of my C: drive before I install or update anything...that includes the new avast I just added.

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Re:avast 4.5 new features
« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2004, 05:31:54 PM »
So basicly its pritty much pointless having the update anless you have Windows NT, 2000, XP, and 2003.  :'(


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Re:avast 4.5 new features
« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2004, 05:46:27 PM »
Windows 9x is outdated anyway. Windows 98 is nearly 7 years old OS.
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