Update Avast have new tools: Webcam Shield feature & Avast Driver Updater.

Discussion in 'Avast' started by L S, Oct 4, 2017.

  1. L S

    L S Level 5

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    Official Website:
    https://www.avast.com/en-us/index ; https://www.avast.com/premier
    Release Notes:
    https://www.avast.com/en-au/driver-updater
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    End webcam spying – for good – with Webcam Shield and Avast Premier

    Essentially, with Webcam Shield you have total control over what (and who!) uses your camera. This means you can now force any app to ask your permission before it can access your webcam.

    Simply put, Webcam Shield promises to:

    • Protect Privacy
    • Give you total control over your webcam
    • Help prevent blackmail
    With webcams now embedded in so many devices, it’s never been more important to protect yourself and your family from prying eyes and those with unknown motives.

    & +

    Automatically fix and update over 127,000 drivers for peak PC performance
    [​IMG]Less crashing [​IMG]Faster browsing [​IMG]Better graphics [​IMG]Richer audio [​IMG]Fewer device problems

    Print, scan, import files. Play crystal clear videos and make crackle-free voice calls. Avast Driver Updater auto-scans and updates your drivers to reduce and prevent problems with:

    Printers and scanners, Photo and video cameras, Headphones and speakers, Mouse and keyboards, Monitors and Wifi routers, and other external devices.

    MORE : Avast Driver Updater & Scanner | For Peak PC Performance
     
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  2. Marko :)

    Marko :) Level 10

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    Windows has webcam shield built-in. It works great! :D

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  3. RoboMan

    RoboMan Level 17
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    Avast Driver Updater

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    Give a man a software and he will be happy. Give a man coding skills and he'll do whatever it takes to make you think you need his crap to be happy.
     
  4. Transhumana

    Transhumana Level 5

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    I like the notion of Webcam Shield, but Driver Updater is ludicrous. I don't get the direction they're heading; jack-of-all-trades easily turns into master of none. Avast is a really good AV and in my opinion they should just stick to what they do best.
     
  5. kev216

    kev216 Level 18
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    Yippee! Another gread sounding, good advertisable, but utterly useless new "feature". Focus on real protection Avast, not on misleading users giving them a feeling of having more protection now...
     
  6. L S

    L S Level 5

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    Just updating - I did not say it was good or bad ! :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
  7. HarborFront

    HarborFront Level 34
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    Just take a piece of tape and tape over your webcam. No worry of driver issue, no worry of corrupted driver, no worry of webcam driver being hacked
     
  8. L S

    L S Level 5

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    Well ....... My webcam have a piece of tape for years now - (for real) - ....... ;)
    ....... but if I have corrupted driver or some issues - of course I will solve them in one way or another. :cool: :)
     
  9. novocaine

    novocaine Level 4

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    :X3: I've been worried about webcam but I never think about that 'shield', thanks bro! :D
     
  10. Marko :)

    Marko :) Level 10

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    It would be even better if you can disable webcam in BIOS settings. Unfortunately, I don't have that option. :confused:

    I tried uninstalling driver but Windows keeps installing it again. :LOL:
     
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  11. tim one

    tim one Level 19
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    Thanks buddy, same here, never thought of this Windows option :)
     
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  12. ifacedown

    ifacedown Level 17

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    An automatic Driver Updater seldom become a success. Many times, a system becomes unstable or unusable because of these kind of apps.
     
  13. Weebarra

    Weebarra Level 7

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    Webcam shield is nothing new really .... is it ? I think a lot of the other av's have been doing it for a while now.
     
  14. frogboy

    frogboy Level 61
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    I just use the device manager to diable the web cam and microphone. (y)
     
  15. Weebarra

    Weebarra Level 7

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    Me too, you must have advised me to do that @frogboy as i would never have found out how to do it on my own;)
     
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  16. Opcode

    Opcode Level 18
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    You'd be surprised how lacking some popular security products really are when it comes to dynamic prevention of malicious operations. For webcam access specifically, I believe Qihoo and Emsisoft have support for dynamic protection, and now obviously Avast. I doubt there'd be more than 2 other security solutions with the feature which are widely used. :unsure:

    The safest option will be to do what @Marko :) and @frogboy do though, or to cover the web-cam with tape, instead of relying on security software for this though.
     
  17. Weebarra

    Weebarra Level 7

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    I know Kaspersky has it (well in the Total Security version) and i believe Bitdefender has it too so that will probably be your 2 others, as always, my nose is bothering me so i will need to go look at some others, lol.
     
  18. Slyguy

    Slyguy Level 22

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    Maybe someday soon Avast will be able to do my dishes?

    Pathetic. People want an AV... Not crapware.
     
  19. harlan4096

    harlan4096 Moderator
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    Kaspersky has also that WebCam protection at least since 2 years ago, also against audio recording via system microphone...
     
  20. Opcode

    Opcode Level 18
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    Hahaha. I cannot even think of any other two others which have it off the top of my head, maybe that is it then? Let me know if you know of other products with it. I know Avira and Malwarebytes definitely don't have it.
     
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