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July 20th, 2009

avast! 5 is coming… soon!

After a long time of keeping everything in secret, I’m glad that I can now disclose some preliminary information about the upcoming avast! version 5. The first thing to note is that the product is coming relatively soon. Namely, we’re currently planning to release it this October.

The product will be offered in three flavors: a free AV (that will supersede avast! 4.8 Home Edition), a paid AV (successor of avast! Professional Edition) and a full Internet Security suite. As usual, all customers (or users) with a valid avast! subscription will get a free upgrade to this new version.

The free AV will, of course, contain all the features from the existing Home Edition, plus a couple of new extras (I’ll be sharing more details on the blog as time goes by). The paid AV now includes a new virtualization module as well as all the features from the free AV and features previously exclusive to avast! 4.8 Pro. And finally, the suite adds an antispam and firewall module and will thus provide you with a complete, worry-free protection.

All three products will share the same antivirus engine (e.g. all of them will still have exactly same detection rates) that has been substantially improved and optimized. It may sound like a cliché, but it’s a fact: the new engine can detect more viruses, while actually consuming less resources.

The performance optimizations were not confined to the AV engine only; the program now uses various tricks to feel as light as possible and to not interfere with your work in any way. For example, we have radically improved the time it takes the computer to boot, making the slowdown imposed by avast! almost unnoticeable. I’ll be very interested in getting some feedback from you on this one (as soon as you get a chance to test it – please read on).

Starting with version 5, avast! now officially supports heuristics (proactive detection), although between me and you, many of the stuff has already been present in the previous versions – but we haven’t marketed it in any way. Also, detection of Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) has been added. Additionally, version 5 includes a new code emulator (or in fact, a dynamic translation module, to be technically correct) that will be of great help e.g. when unpacking malware samples packed/protected by unknown packers (as is the case pretty often).

All three products also feature a new user interface which has been completely redesigned for this new version. We’re abandoning the dual (simple vs. enhanced) UI model and replacing it with a single comfortable console, designed for both novice and experienced users. I’m attaching a couple of screenshots to give you an idea of what the product actually looks like.

File System Shield (formerly "Standard Shield")

File System Shield (formerly "Standard Shield")

File System Shield Settings

File System Shield Settings

Scan page

Scan page

Scan Settings

Scan Settings

Shield Statistics

Shield Statistics


Virus notification

Virus notification

The beta testing of avast! 5 will start in a couple of weeks (roughly by the end of July / beginning of August), so if you are interested to give it a try, please check back soon as I’ll be posting the details here on the blog as well as on our forums.

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  1. vlk
    August 2nd, 2009 at 17:00 | #1

    Pellegrino Emanuele :
    This is not a comment but a comply. I renewed the licence for Avast 4.8 Pro few weeks ago. When I power up the PC Avast is stopped and I have to go repairin or updating it. Moreover yesterday the report after a virus scanning was amazing:…in italian I read “il file è una bomba decompressa..!” that is “file is a decompressed bomb…! That’it really! In the past I appreciated your software but now I’m here to ask you a repairing action. Thank you a lot
    Emanuele Pellegrino
    emanuele.pellegrino@fastwebnet.it

    Regarding the feature that’s not working, why don’t you head to our support forum and ask for help? Or get in touch with our support people (support at avast dot com)…

    Regarding the decompression bomb, that’s not so uncommon, you can read about decompression bombs e.g. here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zip_bomb

  2. vlk
    August 2nd, 2009 at 17:02 | #2

    Veronica :
    I didn’t mean to offend anybody with my opinion… I just feel that this new 5.0 appears rather complicated. I am sort of stuck with 5.0 because I paid for 2 years of Professional 8.4! If it at least supports skins like black vibe by szcraftec from Sasha Zivanovic-Craftec, then I’ll be alright. But this new one is somewhat revolting… What happened to the cool blue spinning “a” amd “i” as well as a cool design? Design always plays an important factor to casual users. If it doesn’t look attractive… I will go for the competitor. To me all anti-virus are equal… It really comes down to the look. Thus, explains why I am STILL using NetScape. The prettiest darn browser ever! I am looking forward to avast 5.0 if it supports more choices and better features and cool design for the screen! Thank you and smile!

    This is a very good example that you can’t really please everyone. Maybe 9 out of 10 people we have asked consider the new avast 5 GUI substantially better than the previous one – yet there are people who just prefer the old one… What can I say… agreed that many people judge the program by its look, and THAT’S WHY we’re coming up with the new GUI. Cheers.

  3. onlysomeone
    August 2nd, 2009 at 17:42 | #3

    I can’t wait to see the Beta! ;-)

  4. surfano
    August 2nd, 2009 at 23:31 | #4

    It’s the beginning of August. Where is this beta already….!!!!

  5. jadinolf
    August 3rd, 2009 at 03:14 | #5

    Please, we can’t wait any more.

  6. Tbby
    August 3rd, 2009 at 08:11 | #6

    I want avast!5.0 Home Edition.I want a firewall.

  7. a
    August 3rd, 2009 at 08:23 | #7

    When this beta / alpha?

  8. August 3rd, 2009 at 08:47 | #8

    Great news! Definitely gives a thumbs up in redesigning the interface :)

  9. lx07
    August 3rd, 2009 at 16:35 | #9

    can’t wait any more, please give us a release date for the first beta version :hope: :hope:

  10. steven wallcot
    August 4th, 2009 at 13:13 | #10

    i’m scared of using beta incase it blows my computer up like last time

  11. alex
    August 4th, 2009 at 13:47 | #11

    end of July / beginning of August.Where this beta???

  12. Mick 2009
    August 4th, 2009 at 14:56 | #12

    Chinese are waiting avast!5.0!
    We are looking for a fierwall in free editino.

  13. surfano
    August 4th, 2009 at 15:31 | #13

    @alex
    ditto. stop teasing and let us try out the beta

  14. Andy
    August 5th, 2009 at 01:01 | #14

    I hope you guys really focus on strong kernel self-protection. A friend of mine got blasted with a new version of alureon and it took out avast with ease. It took me more than 2 hours trying so many products to finally get rid of it. Even after I got rid of it, I had to reinstall avast because it couldn’t re-enable the real-time protection :(

  15. Andy
    August 5th, 2009 at 01:13 | #15

    I forgot to mention that GMER was able to detect the hidden modules in the processes, but it was unable to find the real problem, the service/driver. Also, GMER wasn’t able to list ANY services OR files, so it was impossible to try and manually delete the files. Figured I’d let you know since you use GMER’s technology.

  16. Wang
    August 5th, 2009 at 06:06 | #16

    Please, please, please!
    I’m getting crazy waiting for so long!

  17. August 5th, 2009 at 16:58 | #17

    Common guys, get it out already! We’re dying here…

  18. steven wallcot
    August 5th, 2009 at 18:09 | #18

    We don’t want no stinking beta.

  19. ben
    August 5th, 2009 at 18:34 | #19

    I like the new GUI except for the fact that it does look a bit like a rouge. lol :P

    Also, will avast! Pro still be included in the family pack or will it be the security suite? Just wondering.

    Seems pretty good

  20. surfano
    August 5th, 2009 at 19:30 | #20

    I wish he didn’t mentioned about the end of July and early August timeframe. Made me check the damn site daily….suck!

  21. vanessa
    August 5th, 2009 at 19:50 | #21

    i love avast, for me is the best

  22. Vijay
    August 6th, 2009 at 13:42 | #22

    Can you shed some light as to when this beta will be released. Any comments or replies would be most welcome to me and to all whom are constantly asking. Cheers

  23. steven wallcot
    August 6th, 2009 at 17:50 | #23

    It will be released next week. I can feel it in my piss.

  24. feyzi
    August 7th, 2009 at 09:31 | #24

    I love to avast 5. It will be good antivirus. I am waiting avast 5.

  25. vijay
    August 7th, 2009 at 13:03 | #25

    Come on VLK. Give us some indication of when the beta will be readily available to download………

  26. lx07
    August 7th, 2009 at 13:10 | #26

    please give us a date……… (:

  27. vijay
    August 7th, 2009 at 18:02 | #27

    What are the system requirements for the beta 5 release?……

  28. Scout
    August 8th, 2009 at 01:28 | #28

    Hope that the version 5.0 home has the same modules of the pro version..I will be waiting if the time comes out..TY Alwil Sooftware

  29. Andrea ( Italy)
    August 8th, 2009 at 08:03 | #29

    How graphic does not seem bad, but the security suite with the firewall is just a payment and you can have freedom as the normal Home Edition? would be interesting to test the beta version 5 also, I test on my laptop

  30. Veronica
    August 8th, 2009 at 11:34 | #30

    @vlk

    Here is a perfect example of how companies fail to listen.

    Was there a survey actually conducted on which appears the prettiest? Although I feel looks play a major role on many decisions, companies do tend make terrible mistakes on various issues such as design or how it functions. People like simplicity… It is why some people buy certain iProducts for that very same convenience. Of course, there is two ways to do it… Listening to the customers (Like Microsoft/Mozilla) and the other is to tell customers what they WILL like (iGoogle/SonyPS3) It’s a shame because I recommended 2 people to your service… I will make sure I will never do something as foolish as this. Customers love choices and diversity. Explains why almost every email has customization features. Avast was my first anti-virus… So I can not provide any reference to your competitors. I wonder if there is a way I could refund unused months? Impossible! This is simply not the corporate way of business! I hope that in the future companies can listen to ALL customers… For 5 pages of comments doesn’t accurately represent the entire user base.

    …Or maybe I am just an OLD NetScape user who is only a 25 years old born in North America?

  31. Veronica
    August 8th, 2009 at 11:36 | #31

    Veronica :
    @vlk
    Here is a perfect example of how companies fail to listen.
    Was there a survey actually conducted on which appears the prettiest? Although I feel looks play a major role on many decisions, companies do tend make terrible mistakes on various issues such as design or how it functions. People like simplicity… It is why some people buy certain iProducts for that very same convenience. Of course, there is two ways to do it… Listening to the customers (Like Microsoft/Mozilla) and the other is to tell customers what they WILL like (iGoogle/SonyPS3) It’s a shame because I recommended 2 people to your service… I will make sure I will never do something as foolish as this. Customers love choices and diversity. Explains why almost every email has customization features. Avast was my first anti-virus… So I can not provide any reference to your competitors. I wonder if there is a way I could refund unused months? Impossible! This is simply not the corporate way of business! I hope that in the future companies can listen to ALL customers… For 5 pages of comments doesn’t accurately represent the entire user base.
    …Or maybe I am just an OLD NetScape user who is only a 25 years old born in North America?

    vlk :

    Veronica :
    I didn’t mean to offend anybody with my opinion… I just feel that this new 5.0 appears rather complicated. I am sort of stuck with 5.0 because I paid for 2 years of Professional 8.4! If it at least supports skins like black vibe by szcraftec from Sasha Zivanovic-Craftec, then I’ll be alright. But this new one is somewhat revolting… What happened to the cool blue spinning “a” amd “i” as well as a cool design? Design always plays an important factor to casual users. If it doesn’t look attractive… I will go for the competitor. To me all anti-virus are equal… It really comes down to the look. Thus, explains why I am STILL using NetScape. The prettiest darn browser ever! I am looking forward to avast 5.0 if it supports more choices and better features and cool design for the screen! Thank you and smile!

    This is a very good example that you can’t really please everyone. Maybe 9 out of 10 people we have asked consider the new avast 5 GUI substantially better than the previous one – yet there are people who just prefer the old one… What can I say… agreed that many people judge the program by its look, and THAT’S WHY we’re coming up with the new GUI. Cheers.

    Here is a perfect example of how companies fail to listen.

    Was there a survey actually conducted on which appears the prettiest? Although I feel looks play a major role on many decisions, companies do tend make terrible mistakes on various issues such as design or how it functions. People like simplicity… It is why some people buy certain iProducts for that very same convenience. Of course, there is two ways to do it… Listening to the customers (Like Microsoft/Mozilla) and the other is to tell customers what they WILL like (iGoogle/SonyPS3) It’s a shame because I recommended 2 people to your service… I will make sure I will never do something as foolish as this. Customers love choices and diversity. Explains why almost every email has customization features. Avast was my first anti-virus… So I can not provide any reference to your competitors. I wonder if there is a way I could refund unused months? Impossible! This is simply not the corporate way of business! I hope that in the future companies can listen to ALL customers… For 5 pages of comments doesn’t accurately represent the entire user base.

    …Or maybe I am just an OLD NetScape user who is only a 25 years old born in North America?

  32. L'Arc
    August 8th, 2009 at 13:38 | #32

    Nice GUI. Very detailed and pleasing to the eye, not very bright, not very dark. FTW.

  33. Dougo007
    August 8th, 2009 at 15:45 | #33

    To tell you the truth I can’t tell if Veronica got a response back from VLK or not (I’m used to seeing a icon on the far left column). I wanted to add this idea though, although it most likely has been though of already by someone else already.

    Windows Media Player has a full mode and a skin (more compact) mode (and the skins can be changed as well). Perhaps the new Avast 5 should state that it has a new “full mode” rather than a “new GUI” (and dropping the old one).

    P.S. Patience is a virtue

  34. Andrea (Italy)
    August 8th, 2009 at 17:23 | #34

    The new version of Avast Home v5 will including protection against phishing or spam because threats are considered more or less dangerous as the virus?

    P.S: Patience is the virtue of the strong

  35. Ирис
    August 8th, 2009 at 18:07 | #35

    Russian Federation waits patiently for the the outcome of the final product! Cheers.

  36. Jay
    August 8th, 2009 at 20:10 | #36

    I just love the new GUI.
    Hope the new version uses less resource than its elders.
    Also plz don’t change the virus database location to C:\(like many other AV). Database should be in the same drive where the main program is.(Consider people with old PC having less hard drive.)

  37. Wim
    August 8th, 2009 at 22:32 | #37

    Veronica :
    @vlk
    Here is a perfect example of how companies fail to listen.
    Was there a survey actually conducted on which appears the prettiest? Although I feel looks play a major role on many decisions, companies do tend make terrible mistakes on various issues such as design or how it functions. People like simplicity… It is why some people buy certain iProducts for that very same convenience. Of course, there is two ways to do it… Listening to the customers (Like Microsoft/Mozilla) and the other is to tell customers what they WILL like (iGoogle/SonyPS3) It’s a shame because I recommended 2 people to your service… I will make sure I will never do something as foolish as this. Customers love choices and diversity. Explains why almost every email has customization features. Avast was my first anti-virus… So I can not provide any reference to your competitors. I wonder if there is a way I could refund unused months? Impossible! This is simply not the corporate way of business! I hope that in the future companies can listen to ALL customers… For 5 pages of comments doesn’t accurately represent the entire user base.
    …Or maybe I am just an OLD NetScape user who is only a 25 years old born in North America?

    i for one am one of those people that like the new GUI over the old unclear GUI from the standalone versions…
    If you buy a product that is providing security for your precious documents and possibly even your bank or creditcard details, just based on how it looks then you live in a dreamworld and need to wake up….
    an AV GUI should be clear and functional to its job and show the info that is needed, this GUI is doing that exactly…. the old skinnable GUI is an overkill of graphics which are not needed to protect your documents…

    let me ask you this: do you buy your home security system also based on the fact that it looks so cute and pretty instead of functionality?? if so ill be posting around your house….

    as for the product itself:
    it will be getting used to the new GUI but it will be a huge improvement over the old GUI.
    Since the beta is due to come out (as promised?) will there be a beta for the equivalent of ADNM too? if not what are the plans for the ADNM version

  38. darkside1222
    August 9th, 2009 at 02:04 | #38

    wowz i can’t wait for it!!!!

  39. LUL69
    August 9th, 2009 at 02:27 | #39

    I can’t wait. Keep up the good work.

  40. Brian A.Maisey (brit.maisey)
    August 9th, 2009 at 23:37 | #40

    OK we are so tired of waiting we just dropped off – (that is we are now SLEEPING) so best include an alarm bell in the beta version of Avast 5. That is so as we don`t miss it. Hope it will be August of this year, suppose we will have to wait another 22 days to see.

    Come on now U were not kidding right. Try to include a block for http://suspicious-domain-block.com

  41. Veronica
    August 10th, 2009 at 05:07 | #41

    Wim :

    Veronica :
    @vlk
    Here is a perfect example of how companies fail to listen.
    Was there a survey actually conducted on which appears the prettiest? Although I feel looks play a major role on many decisions, companies do tend make terrible mistakes on various issues such as design or how it functions. People like simplicity… It is why some people buy certain iProducts for that very same convenience. Of course, there is two ways to do it… Listening to the customers (Like Microsoft/Mozilla) and the other is to tell customers what they WILL like (iGoogle/SonyPS3) It’s a shame because I recommended 2 people to your service… I will make sure I will never do something as foolish as this. Customers love choices and diversity. Explains why almost every email has customization features. Avast was my first anti-virus… So I can not provide any reference to your competitors. I wonder if there is a way I could refund unused months? Impossible! This is simply not the corporate way of business! I hope that in the future companies can listen to ALL customers… For 5 pages of comments doesn’t accurately represent the entire user base.
    …Or maybe I am just an OLD NetScape user who is only a 25 years old born in North America?

    i for one am one of those people that like the new GUI over the old unclear GUI from the standalone versions…
    If you buy a product that is providing security for your precious documents and possibly even your bank or creditcard details, just based on how it looks then you live in a dreamworld and need to wake up….
    an AV GUI should be clear and functional to its job and show the info that is needed, this GUI is doing that exactly…. the old skinnable GUI is an overkill of graphics which are not needed to protect your documents…
    let me ask you this: do you buy your home security system also based on the fact that it looks so cute and pretty instead of functionality?? if so ill be posting around your house….
    as for the product itself:
    it will be getting used to the new GUI but it will be a huge improvement over the old GUI.
    Since the beta is due to come out (as promised?) will there be a beta for the equivalent of ADNM too? if not what are the plans for the ADNM version

    “the old skinnable GUI is an overkill of graphics which are not needed to protect your documents…” -Wim

    Wow, that is pretty hardcore there! Overkill to want something ever so basic? When I purchase a product, I want the full package and extra. My 8800GTX doesn’t appear to slow down with the current GUI. I have plenty of space to run just about any program I want, even though my PC is 2 years old. I simply want the best for my home and it’s electronics. Now, there is a healthy competition out there that ALL perform equally! There are many high-end users that pay plenty for something that looks as good as it runs. I read good reviews from all of them. AVG, Avast!, Avira and so on!

    http://www.avg.com/awards
    http://www.avira.com/en/press_center/references.html
    http://www.avast.com/eng/awards.html
    http://www.mcafee.com/us/about/awards.html
    http://www.symantec.com/norton/theme.jsp?themeid=awards

    Almost every anti-virus company already has awards. (More than 20) All claimed to be the best in the industry. They all get the same warnings. They all prevent viruses… All critically acclaimed! What made Avast very unique to me was the fact it supported diversity. It offered a wide array of choices! I am not trying to say the new red-vista theme is revolting… Because it isn’t… I like avast 4.8 because it was the most appealing. They all do the same exact job! Some people prefer simplicity and design… Others like things to be more complex and detailed. Avast 4.8 pro catered to both groups! Something I am very sad to see just go away. Truly was a great company to do business with!

  42. Wang
    August 10th, 2009 at 10:04 | #42

    Sorry but we ARE losing patient & interest. Please release it! I don’t want to wait for another minute!

  43. vijay
    August 10th, 2009 at 10:06 | #43

    Where is this beta release. We where promised that it will be ready to download by end of July beginning of August. As a company you are failing miserably and also keeping the many people in false hopes. At this rate people will be soo fed up they will turning to alternate AV programs to protect there PC’s if this beta is not released soon or a release date advised. Can we all pls have a truthful release date for this product. Thx……..

  44. vlk
    August 10th, 2009 at 10:51 | #44

    Sorry for keeping you with no updates. The current plan is to have the beta available to public during this week.

  45. vijay
    August 10th, 2009 at 11:06 | #45

    Much appreciate your honesty in replying. Lets hope that it is released this week otherwise you will have a many dis-gruntled people asking questions.

  46. i’ll evanesce
    August 10th, 2009 at 13:59 | #46

    excuse me,, in the free version, will the network shield and any others except the firewall and antispam still be available??? as i know the antispam and firewall will be on the pro version….

  47. i’ll evanesce
    August 10th, 2009 at 14:03 | #47

    or i mean the shield providers(all) will be still available in avast 5 free version?

  48. Dougo007
    August 10th, 2009 at 14:25 | #48

    i’ll evanesce :
    excuse me,, in the free version, will the network shield and any others except the firewall and antispam still be available??? as i know the antispam and firewall will be on the pro version….

    I believe that the firewall/antispam will be on the Internet Suite Version and not the Anti-virus version (but BOTH will have a free and pro version), I am expecting all the shields to be present on the free version except for the script blocker, scheduler, and PUSH updates.

  49. Björn Lundahl
    August 10th, 2009 at 20:46 | #49

    If I read above correctly, Avast Home Edition with all its features in the old version plus some extra features in the new version will be free of charge. Avast Professional will of course not be free and not either the Internet Security suite.

  50. Zian
    August 11th, 2009 at 09:28 | #50

    Please add a support “ON LINE” for upload malware not reconized by Avast! The send by email is very bad and long for us.

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