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April 25th, 2010

How to make the Full System Scan 6x faster in 10 days

During the last few weeks, we have been tweaking the avast! 5 engine; and while doing this, we found out that there were some hidden reserves with respect to its performance (namely, the duration of the on-demand scans).

One of the great new features of avast 5 is the persistent cache, a mechanism which allows us to skip rescanning of certain files. In particular, this applies to files which are on our internal whitelists, as well as files which are digitally signed by trusted publishers (we maintain a relatively short list of software publishers that we trust, and we consider any files produced and digitally signed by these publishers as safe).

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April 16th, 2010

New avast! update adds 7 more language packs

This Wednesday, we released a new program update for avast!, version number 5.0.507. It brings a fair amount of fixes and new features (details here) and also 7 new language packs. Namely, the following languages were added:

  • Dutch
  • Finnish
  • Norwegian
  • Portuguese (Portugal)
  • Slovenian
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese

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March 3rd, 2010

New free AV comparative test: and the winner is…

I usually don’t bother writing about individual AV tests and how great we did here and there, but this time I’ll make an exception. Malekal Morte, a very well-known (and influential) security person (tester/blogger/expert) from France recently performed a test of all leading free antivirus software products, and I’m very delighted to say that avast 5 was selected as a winner of the test. Read more…

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February 11th, 2010

avast! 5 small business console, part 1

Although you haven’t heard much about it so far, we are working on an all-new version of network management tool for small businesses – (for now) named the “Small Business Console” (SBC). This post will give you some insight on what you can expect (more posts on the subject will follow soon). Read more…

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February 4th, 2010

Avast 5 is here. But wait, what about ADNM and the other stuff?

Two weeks ago, we released the new avast 5. Although there were some minor hiccups in the beginning, I’d say it was a fairly successful launch, and the number of avast 5 users is now quickly growing – even though we haven’t really started the official upgrade campaign yet.

As most of you already know, we released 3 new products: avast 5 Free AV, avast 5 Pro AV, and avast 5 Internet Security. However, there seems to be some confusion about what will happen with the other editions of avast. This article would like to explain the situation in a bit more detail. Read more…

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February 4th, 2010

What happened to the automatic actions in the Boot-time scan?

Since the release of avast v5.0, we have heard quite a few times the question “where do I set up the automatic actions for the boot-time scan”? As a matter of fact, we decided to remove this feature from avast 5 and this short post will try to explain why. Read more…

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August 28th, 2009

Greetings from Redmond

We have spent the last week in the main Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA, making sure avast! works great on Windows 7. As a matter of fact, we have had two teams here working in parallel: one that takes care of interoperability issues (interoperability with both the new OS as well as other software applications) and one for the logo certification.

And what a week it was! Read more…

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. Read more…

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July 17th, 2009

avast’s Top 5 Hidden Gems

Most users are not able to tell the difference between various antivirus software applications. They consider all the applications pretty much equivalent (function-wise) and usually decide which one to use according to subjective things like prettiness of the user interface, ease of use or lightness on system resources (and of course, the price).

More experienced users sometimes try to search for independent reviews and pay attention to detection rates measured in comparative tests. The problem is that these reviews and tests often produce conflicting results, making the situation even more confusing. In addition, most of these tests only perform on-demand scans, completely ignoring the on-access (and pro-active) parts of the product.

In this article, I’d like to pinpoint 5 features of avast! that we feel are pretty unique, and differentiate us from the pack. Read more…

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