avast! Internet Security 5.0.332 Beta
avast! provides a package of applications that aim to protect your computer from a possible virus infection or other malware threat. If you use it correctly, and in combination with other programs such as data backup utilities, it will significantly reduce the risk of your computer being attacked or infected by a virus, and thus the risk of losing important or private data.
The Avast! Internet Security application comes with an antispam filter and built-in firewall. Once installed, avast! runs silently in the background to protect your computer against all known forms of malware. You don’t need to do anything else – just install and forget!
Real-time shields. The real-time shields are the most important part of the program, as they are working continuously to prevent your computer from becoming infected. They monitor all your computer’s activity, checking all programs and files in real-time – i.e. at the moment a program is started or whenever a file is opened or closed.
Virus Chest. The virus chest can be thought of as a folder on your hard disk with special properties, that make it a safe, isolated place for storing potentially harmful files. You can work with the files in the virus chest, with some security restrictions.
avast! antispam filter. avast! Internet Security includes a fully integrated antispam filter to detect unwanted email.
Spam delivered to your mailbox can result in your mailbox quickly becoming full, as a result which, legitimate emails may not be received. It can also unnecessarily increase the load on the email server, internet connection, local networks etc.
Firewall. avast! Internet Security includes a fully integrated firewall which can be controlled directly from the avast! user interface.
The firewall monitors all communication between your computer and the outside world and blocks unauthorized communication based on a number of “allow” and “deny” rules. In this way, the firewall can prevent sensitive data from leaving your computer and can also block attempted intrusions by external hackers
Command-line scanner. The ashCmd program uses the same avast! scanning engine to detect potential malware infections so the results are exactly the same as running a scan via the normal program interface. The avast! command-line scanner, ashCmd.exe, is normally installed in the directory C:Program FilesAlwil Softwareavast5.
A scan is run from the command prompt using various switches and parameters. To see a description of the parameters, locate the ashCmd file and double click on it. This will open a new window in which the various parameters are displayed.
avast! Internet Security Features:
• High performance antivirus engine
• Anti-rootkit protection
• Anti-spyware protection
• Script shield
• Process virtualization
• Command line scanner
• Anti-spam filter
• Built-in firewall
Changes in avast! Internet Security 5.0.326 Beta:
– solved a nasty memory leak in AIS (reported a few times on the forum)
– (hopefully) solved all the issues related to trial licenses and registrations
– solved scan areas in custom scans
– solved areas in boot-time scanner
– solved some Behavior Shield -related crashes in aswSP.sys
– solved some sandbox-related crashes in aswSnx.sys
– stability and functional improvements in the firewall
Homepage – http://www.avast.com
Size: 43.1 MB
Avast Professional Edition 4.8.1351
- Quick specs
- Price: Free to try (60-day trial); $39.95 to buy
- Operating system: Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/7
- Date added: August 19, 2009
- Total Downloads: 6,181,954
- Downloads last week: 81,078
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CNET editors’ rating: 4.0 stars
CNET editors’ review
Reviewed by: CNET Staff
Avast Professional Edition skillfully scans your PC and several programs for viruses, although configuring it is not for the faint of heart.
Immediately after installation, the program asks if you want to schedule an antivirus scan of your local hard drives at system start. You’ll notice two icons in your system tray after installing Avast: one to configure the functions and another to activate the virus recovery database.
Well-designed, Avast scans executables, inbound and outbound e-mails, and P2P programs such as Kazaa, Limewire, and Morpheus. Instant messages received from several messenger programs are inspected for harmful viruses as well. The program was able to block URLs and common file operations such as renaming and deleting. We appreciated the sensitivity adjusters to get protection to desired levels including normal, high, or customized.
We must say this application did slow down our system while surfing and using other programs. Many of its configurations require intermediate know-how or better. Fortunately, it has a generous 60-day trial. Don’t let the steep learning curve turn you off; Avast safeguards your system at optimum levels.
From Alwil Software :
Avast 4 Professional Edition is a complete ICSA & Checkmark certified antivirus, Checkmark certified anti-spyware & anti-rootkit software package for corporate and advanced home use. Avast Professional Edition includes an on demand scanner with two user interfaces, a skinnable simple interface: just select what you want to scan and in which way and press the play button, an enhanced user interface: Outlook like UI allows users to set any feature of Avast, prepare and run tasks, store and check task results, on access scanner: special providers to protect: most available e-mail clients, instant messaging: ICQ or Miranda, network traffic: lightweight firewall, P2P protection for Kazaa, BitTorrent, Web shield: all HTTP traffic, script blocker. avast Professional Edition is available in 32 languages. Small, true incremental, updates are downloaded and installed automatically.
What’s new in this version:
Version 4.8.1351 features: Uni brings improvements in the malware and rootkit scanners and an enhanced setup experience.