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Avast! 2015.10.0.2208 Final

Avast 2015 SP1 includes these changes:
1.Fixed problem with missing NG component under certain circumstances
2.Fixed a bug in the keyboard driver causing problems with keyboards
3.Better compatibility of the WebShield with some https pages (e.g. spotify, waze, etc.)
4.SecureDNS.Better logic of server selection resulting in performance improvementsFixed reported crashes


avast! cleaner:

Core and detection:
Antivirus and anti-spyware engine
State of the art scanning engine provides reliable protection against viruses, spyware and other forms of malicious software.
Real time anti-rootkit protection:
Unique "on access" technology checks all kernel-mode drivers that the operating system is loading for signs of rootkit behavior. This enables even unknown rootkits to be detected and stopped before they can do any damage.
avast! Community IQ:
Most samples we process come from sensors deployed throughout the avast! community in the Behavior shield and anti-rootkit modules. This is a unique source of data made possible only thanks to our huge user base. Most of the collected samples are analysed by a number of automated processes and only a small fraction of the samples need to be processed manually by our virus analysts.
Code emulator:
When a suspicious executable is encountered (during both on-demand and on-access scanning), avast! is able to emulate the program’s code in an isolated environment. The code emulator is used for two purposes. First, it is used for generic unpacking. Secondly, it is used in the heuristics engine. Technically, this is done using dynamic translation, a method much faster than traditional emulation techniques.
Heuristics engine:
avast! features a new heuristics engine designed to proactively detect malware undetectable with normal definitions. The heuristics engine is able to cover both binary (executable) and script malware.
Potentially unwanted programs detection:
avast! detects potentially unwanted programs, such as remote admin tools and commercial key loggers. Custom rules can be set for dealing with these types of programs.
Boot-time scanner
Allows you to scan your computer for infections before the operating system has started and before a virus can be activated (32-bit operating systems only).
Command-line scanner:
Enables you to run a scan directly from the command line.
Wake-up for scan:
Microsoft Windows is woken from sleep or hibernation mode, performs a scheduled scan, then returns back to sleep mode.
Scheduled scanning:
Allows users to define the scan time and files to be scanned.
avast! Intelligent Scanner:
Can reduce the number of required file scans by up to 80% through a white list of proven safe applications. Files identified as safe are not rescanned unless they change.
Behavior Shield
Monitors activity on your computer using a number of sensors (file system, registry and network based) and reports/blocks any suspicious behavior.
Behavioral Honeypots
avast! sensors identify and monitor suspicious file activity on selected computers, automatically submitting files to the Virus Lab for additional analysis.
File System Shield
Real-time scanning of opened/executed files.
Mail Shield
Scans all incoming/outgoing e-mails for malware. For MS Outlook, a special plug-in is used. Other email clients are protected by a generic POP3/IMAP4/SMTP proxy. New in version 5, the proxy also supports scanning of SSL communication (,, ….)
Web Shield
Scans all visited web pages and checks all files, pages and java scripts downloaded from the internet. Thanks to the Intelligent Stream Scan feature, the Web shield doesn't slow down your web browsing.
P2P Shield
Checks files downloaded using P2P programs. - ABC, Ares, Azureus, BearShare, Bit Torrent, BitComet, BitLord, BitPump, CZDC++, Direct Connect, eDonkey, eMule, iDC++, iMesh, Kazaa, Kceasy, LimeWire, Morpheus, Opera's DC++, Overnet, Qtrax, Shareaza, SoulSeek, StrongDC++, uTorrent, Vuze, WinMX, Winny2, Zultrax.
IM Shield
Checks files downloaded while using instant messaging or “chat” programs. - AIM (AOL Instant Messenger), Gadu-Gadu, gaim/Pidgin, Google Talk, ICQ, IM2 Messenger, Infium, Miranda, mIRC, MSN/Windows Messenger, Odigo, PalTalk Messenger, Psi Jabber Client, QIP, QQ, SIM, Skype, Tlen, Trillian, WengoPhone, XFire, Yahoo! Messenger.
Network Shield
Provides protection against network-based viruses. The module has two main components: a URL blocker, designed to block malicious URLs (as defined by the Virus Lab), and a lightweight intrusion-detection system.

Smart virus definition updates
Incremental updating system minimizes the size of regular update files.
Fast application of updates
New format for the virus definition file speeds up application of updates into avast! 5.0 and reduces demand on CPU/memory, resulting in uninterrupted computer use.
New format for the virus definition file means faster updates and reduces demand on CPU/memory, resulting in uninterrupted computer use.

New Silent/Gaming Mode automatically detects full-screen applications and disables pop-ups and other on-screen notifications without degrading security.
Optimized for latest Intel Core i7 CPUs:
Critical sections of the avast! scanning engine code have been optimized to deliver unrivaled performance on the latest Intel chips.
CPU optimization:
Multi-threaded scanning optimization
avast! runs faster on new multi-core CPUs. A new avast! feature allows the splitting of large individual files between cores, accelerating the scanning process.
Green computing:
Reduced demands on the disk drive result in lower energy consumption.
avast! iTrack - Real-time graphic scanning reports.
Graphical user interface - Easy to navigate graphical interface.
Automatic processing - Infected files are processed automatically without requiring user instructions.

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For those who noticed the bug with the vps notification update...where avast doesn't show the vps update notification after an automatic vps update even if in the settings this function is "checked" -- function doesn't work when there is an automatic update.

I finally found some truth in it (though I didn't mind and was just checking the update tab instead of the usual notification of before) here,

An excerpt of the post is below.

Originally posted by Staticguy
"Just a matter of curiosity about the vps notification update. As of late many users are asking why avast doesn't show the vps update notification after an automatic vps update even though on the avast settings this function is checked but the function doesn't work when there is an automatic update. I was thinking to make an suggestion/feedback about this via avast support ticket but preferred to PM via avast forum.

As I was saying please refer to this section of the forum and read my reply #172 and reply#174"

This is what pk replied back to me:

"Thanks for your feedback. I'm forwarding this email to MartinZ, who is responsible for the product usability - if it doesn't work as you describe, he'll find out who changed this behavior and forward him this email".

And this is what MartinZ replied back to me:

"thank you for your feedback. Yes there is bug in the settings and the checkbox will be removed in next version to avoid confusion. We removed the VPS notifications in last version for various reasons:
1. it wasn't precise - avast client is getting around 150-200 updates a day (it's a historic relict, in past it was really just twice a day)
2. some users complaint about being notified few times a day, both visually and sound
3. we believe that to be up to date is a core functionality of AV and doesn't need user's attention - so we rather warn the user when the database is outdated"

I then PMed MartinZ this:

"Thanks for replying back to the vps update notification that pk gave to you via my reporting about the vps update notification bug :). Are we expecting this bug to get fixed as SP2 or Avast 2016. Avast 2016 will be a lovely Christmas present to us all 8)"

he said this back:

"Hi yes, the bug will be fixed in next version due in beginning of 2015.
Merry Christmas."
So I guess as the Avast Devs mentioned it will be fixed this early 2015 :)