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Offline PeteDaBeat

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I posted the sentences below on an old thread. However on reading the full thread I realised that no-one had approached the topic from the angle I suggest, so here it is as a fresh topic. My apoligies if this breaks any forum rules.


Hi Everyone...
  Yet more months later I must add my "10penneth" ... Well I build systems for friends and family and above all for fun. I've just finished a basic gaming rig for my 11yr old (Win7,Athlonx2 2G oczDDR2, HD4850, lots of aircooling in gaming tower, HD 19" Screen) cost less than £100 ;- Wifes surfing/image editing/ebay tool (PhenomX3 2g DDR2 ram, Nvidia SLI onboard + PCIE) 17" hd monitor, My eldest sons, Upgrade tomorrow to Athlon Kuma will try to unlock cores, upgrade ram upgrade to 2g, OS to WIN7. My PC;- mostly a music creation tool, 4g OCZ Reaper, HD5450 graphics, M-audio Delta 2496 (delta 66 next week) Kuma 7850 Black Ed runs at 15c browsing, 25c under heavy load.... Your thinking "why has he mentioned all that on WIN98 thread?" BECAUSE brothers and twisters I am building a win98 music PC from old componants BECAUSE its a laugh, I enjoy tinkering. I had very little time with 95/98 before buying an XP tower in 2004. (My duel core lappy with 3g ram uses XP BTW, its better for DJ software than 7) I HAVE NO INTEREST IN vista (spits) but 98SE2 works really well. All I blooming well want is a free antivirus prog.... I've used Avast on any PC i get held of since 2007. The gaming mode is very useful and for a free tool it really is feature rich...
  ANYHOW Couldnt some like minded geeks concoct a way of supporting Avast4 (with Avasts permission of course) A similar scenario is the way that leaded petrol IS available in a select few places, purely for folk running classic cars. I've built a CLASSIC computer and I would love to protect it. I am indebted to Avast for providing its software free for home use, as due to a wonky spine I am unwaged. I would in no way suggest that Avast (er 6 is it now?) be useable on NT and 9x... BUT I think it would be pretty cool to allow some folk access to the code to Avast 4 so they could build a "Classic" version. As I said, unsupported by yourselves, BUT the next schmo who asks for older OS support could be redirected.... Incidentally, I say "so they could build..." cos I'm bloody useless at software probs.   Just to be annoying I'm going to post this as a start to a new topic, to see if theres any interest out there. Take care all.

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I rather doubt it as the virus definitions update is in two streams, one for avast 4.8 and one for avast 5&6.

When avast 4.8 is dead in the water these will stop so there won't be any virus definition updates once 4.8 support is ended.

Not to mention, I suspect what is in avast 4.8 would still be considered commercial in confidence, etc.
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I am hoping to get a PC built to my spec, not required for gaming, more for images and music, wonder how much to spend and for windows 7 perhaps, always a worry to have to start again from scratch.
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I rather doubt it as the virus definitions update is in two streams, one for avast 4.8 and one for avast 5&6.

When avast 4.8 is dead in the water these will stop so there won't be any virus definition updates once 4.8 support is ended.

Not to mention, I suspect what is in avast 4.8 would still be considered commercial in confidence, etc.

Any dates been announced for the final closure of Avast 4.8?  :'(
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Any dates been announced for the final closure of Avast 4.8?  :'(

On the german forum
http://forum.avadas.de/threads/3375-Ende-des-Supports-für-avast!-4.x-Produkte
is announced that the support for avast! 4.x-products will end on 31.12.2012.

I think you can trust on this date because this information is from the german reseller of avast.

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2012DIC31 is more than 15 months, so go ahead and use v4.8 for at least  15 months (hopefully, even more).
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