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« Reply #25 on: January 22, 2010, 05:13:58 PM »

You see? - Of course every AV program has some signature failures at times, but after all avast was disappointing. Of course it might be just my personal experience.

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« Reply #26 on: January 22, 2010, 05:33:16 PM »

Ah, I hate avast.  I've recently switched, though I'm not very sure about my current one either...Avast tried to make it "appealing" to the more inexperienced, what with the funky skins and speaking after every time it updated.  Then I read a few reviews about how low it's detection rates are.  And THEN it crashed my computer every time it updated.  That was the last straw, and I got rid of it.  Did I mention that I hate it?

Here's the review about it's low detection rates:  http://www.pcworld.com/re...professional_edition.html  only that was version 4.8.  I'm not sure how version 5 performs, but it's doubtful that it's any better.
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« Reply #27 on: January 22, 2010, 06:06:30 PM »

AVAST seems to get rated on pretty highly on detection rates in comparative reviews and scores well on false positives too. I too used NOD32 for a long time and I have to say I have had fewer false positives with AVAST.

The new GUI isn't perfect but it is a huge improvement on the old one and certainly better than NOD32's which is a bit of a sprawling mess.
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« Reply #28 on: January 22, 2010, 08:37:06 PM »

Other than two or three false positives, avast! has given me outstanding service over the past five years.  I don't mind the GUI, once I've disabled the skin and sound effects.
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« Reply #29 on: January 22, 2010, 09:44:22 PM »

I think Symantec dude was hired to move Avast up in Symantec, Mcafee etc. class. Now they compare products, line them up, encourage you to go Pro/Suite - same old trick AVG has taken to new levels. "For on-line shopping and banking, upgrade to avast! Internet Security." must be there smiley

They also run a pretty active blog now. Even the beta was approved to be in Google pack. More aggressive marketing perhaps. "Get Chrome with Avast" also counts http://blog.avast.com/200.../avast-and-google-chrome/
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« Reply #30 on: January 23, 2010, 01:56:19 AM »

Guess I was wrong about url blocking now being in Firewall - or may be it has extended version. This is url blocking at work.

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« Reply #31 on: January 23, 2010, 04:35:47 AM »

That's interesting - but Network Shield has no configurable options ???
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« Reply #32 on: January 23, 2010, 04:37:57 AM »

I think Symantec dude was hired to move Avast up in Symantec, Mcafee etc. class.

Let's hope he doesn't use the same strategy:

  • Predatory destruction of minor competition
  • Add everything but the kitchen sink in the suite
  • Use system impact as a security tool (ie. its so bloody slow you can barely use the computer and therefore can't get infected).
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« Reply #33 on: January 23, 2010, 05:29:48 AM »

No Network shield just sits there. Only reacts to their black list. I think what I have read and misunderstood is that firewall has option of adding own domains, may be whole lists/hosts files. Don't know but would be cool. Pretty sure an Avast guy said url blocking was going to be moved to firewall though. Could be months ago and they changed policy at some point. Well it works but how big and updated black list is for free version is I don't know. There could be a difference. With security software that will typically be called "enhanced blocking of malware domains" smiley If you see comparison page free version does not protect against "high risk websites" or "Lets you safely browse suspicious websites or applications" that is url blocking they refer to so I don't know. Not many details about features.

5 is clearly better than 4 in most ways I can think of. More features too. How can he ruin that? I think 5 is just more of the same user friendly Avast marketing but with the difference that they now have better products to sell. Suites will always appeal to people and Sandbox is a very strong Pro feature. They are alone to have that for both 32 and 64bit? With all new shiny stuff they had no reason to cripple free version. Is still AV enough for most but own marketing like comparison page will of course be sure to make paid versions look better. They could not do that before because they had no products to "back it up" smiley
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« Reply #34 on: January 24, 2010, 02:24:22 AM »

Seems wiser to wait than rush to v5,as some reports on wilders hint that 4.8 still better than 5 at detection ?

http://www.wilderssecurit....php?t=263285&page=11

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« Reply #35 on: January 24, 2010, 01:16:27 PM »

I have heard Purplus http://store.purplus.net/downloads.html has the cheapest prices. They have boxed versions too. All you need is a valid key, rest is nothing or junk.

Be careful about 3 pc vs. 1 pc license. Must have latest version regardless of brand or you end up paying for upgrade. You know of course renewal is cheaper than a new license, even at Kaspersky estore.

I think there is some important information value in the fact these 6000 samples are 15-20 years old, and the Avast guys reply was that unless they were ancient sample he would be very interested in seeing them smiley Which means he know there is a difference. Considering how they struggle with current malware we can hope sacrifice has been made for a purpose.
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