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November 30th, 2009

So, When is Version 5 Coming Out?

I know that many of our users have been asking this question for quite a while. We can now give the answer—after the holidays and very early in 2010. We will announce the specific date shortly before the actual release.

On Saturday finished the last major milestone before the general release when we released the public beta of the Version 5 Internet Security (http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=51331.0). Additionally the beta of the new Free AntiVirus (http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=51330.0) has now been out for a couple of months and has about 300,000 users. If you have not yet tried one of these products, I encourage you to do so and think you will be very impressed. We have loaded all three new products with lots of features. And we have actually increased the capabilities of the free product. Here is what we will now have:

Avast! Free Antivirus. This is the new name of Avast! Home Edition. It has a completely new user interface (good bye car radio interface) along with a lot of new features. For protection, it has signatures, heuristics, behavior detection, infected web site detection, malicious website detection, and detection of potentially unwanted programs. I doubt there are any other free programs with this amount of protection in the free product. And I know of many paid programs that do not have this amount of protection. It also has a gamer/silent mode so that when you are running games, movies, or other full screen applications, the AV program will leave you alone and not interrupt your game or movie. We have also made it smaller and faster. And of course, any current user of Avast! Home Edition will be offered a free upgrade to this new product.

Avast! Pro Antivirus. This is the new name of Avast! Professional Edition. It is similar to the Free Antivirus but adds a number of new features. Most importantly, it adds a sandbox (or virtualization). This allows you to run your browser (or any other application) inside the sandbox so that if you are browsing to dangerous websites (perhaps purposefully) or executing suspect programs, any damage will be limited within the sandbox and will not affect your computer. We think this is an exciting new feature and only one or two other products on the market offer this capability. And for advanced users, we also offer this sandbox in a 64-bit environment which we think is unique. And as with the Free Antivirus, current users of Avast! Professional Edition will be offered a free upgrade to this product. Licensing-wise, this product will be available in 1-user and 3-user packs for the home.

Avast! Internet Security. This is our new flagship product and we are excited by it. It takes the Pro Antivirus and adds two internet security capabilities: anti-spam and a 2-way silent firewall. The anti-spam does exactly what you expect—filter out spam messages. I personally find this feature useful as I see that the ISPs, mail providers, etc. are not doing as well at filtering out spam as they did a few years ago. And the firewall is one of the easiest and best I have used. For most users it is completely transparent—they never have to adjust the settings. For the power users, the detailed settings are all quickly available.

With these three new products, we now have a security product for everyone. Avast! Free Antivirus is perfect for people using the internet for email and web browsing. Avast! Internet Security is designed to protect people that user the internet for more critical functions such as online banking and online buying. And, Avast! Pro Antivirus is perfect for the advanced user that wants additional controls.

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  • jonathan

    I hope with much anxiety, it will take a big step avast 5

  • http://gmail.com sam

    hi,i just wanted to ask,i m using avast version 5.0.259,so is it fully functional?i mean all the modules and shields work?are the virus definitions ready?is the automatic up date workin?i m asking because i certainly DONT want to surf the web with an antivirus that doesnt have all of its features yet.thanx in advance for your reply.

  • Alex

    you guys are great i am truly thankful for your antivirus products you guys are a company that genuinely cares good look on your future ventures

  • Shahnur Ahmed

    i want to use Avast Internet Security so i want “Auto-move Virus to chest” function. i mean i want Avast will send any infected file to the virus chest once found. Thank a lot Avast team.

  • http://www.avast.com Pavel Mourek

    @Shahnur Ahmed
    Avast Internet Security is set to auto-move the virus to chest by default.

  • sokieng

    Hi, i have been using Avast Antivirus 4.8 for a while. It was keeping my computer far virus. But today i want to update this version. Thanks

  • Boris

    Hi there, can’t wait version 5 to be released, however I think that new avast! should add feature of scanning removable drives when they are inserted, scanning autorun.inf or something like that. I use and recommend avast to everybody but people have problem with that sort of viruses that come from flash drives and avast doesn’t detect them, at least not on time… Sorry for my english. Keep up with good service!!!

  • RLS in NYS

    @Boris
    I agree that scanning removable drives (both flash drives and external hard drives) on insertion is very desirable. As it is I have to learn, install, and use Panda USB and Autorun vaccine (see http://research.pandasecurity.com/panda-usb-and-autorun-vaccine/).

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  • http://www.biggeekdaddy.com Big Geek Daddy

    Anyone know how to get a valid license key so Beta 3 will continue to update?

  • Compu Gator

    A thoughtful technical recomendation for Avast users who do not have the freedom to upgrade beyond Windows 98 or 2000 would be extremely helpful. Will there be a final update to 4.8 to allow Windows 98 or 2000 users to filter out even a limited amount of useful information from your future VPS files in what I assume will be a new VPS format for Avast 5? Or will VPS files intended for Avast 5 be directly usable by 4.8? We understand that we can’t expect the enhanced features offered by Avast 5.

    Please consider that a lack of freedom to upgrade to XP can have technical causes (e.g.: insufficient or unavailable RAM—-’PC-100′ anyone?) or financial causes (e.g.: limited incomes from social programs, or U.S. exporting of broad categories of jobs). Yet Windows 98 or 2000 PCs can _still_ be _very_ productive for useful work when expensive legitimately purchased programs remain free of virus infection and operational (e.g.: Illustrator 7, Office 97 & 2000, PhotoShop 6, PageMaker 5–7).

  • bc

    I don’t like move a chest.—-> automatic delete o desinfected please by default.

  • Dylan

    I wish that I could get the Avast 5 download DIRECTLY from avast. I only download direct or from Cnet. I would prefer direct from avast.com.

  • http://www.avast.com Vincent Steckler

    @Dylan
    Dylan, you can get the V5 beta download from Avast. The production version will be from avast, download.con/CNET, and many other sites. In any case you can always come to http://www.avast.com and download.

  • http://www.avast.com Vincent Steckler

    @bc
    BC, not a good idea. There is always the chance of a false positive. Move to chest is better as a default.

  • Igor

    Нужно чтобы не автоматически отправлял в chest а спрашивал!
    И кстате,на счет проблемы с драйверами,что аваст видит что-то среди них как вирус уже запарило!А так все устраивает,вирусы и прочию нечесть хорошо ловит и системы не грузит.