is a package of applications that aim to protect your computer from a
possible virus infection or other malware threat. If you use it
correctly, and in combination with other programs such as data backup
utilities, it will significantly reduce the risk of your computer being
attacked or infected by a virus, and thus the risk of losing important
or private data.
The Avast! Internet Security
application comes with an antispam filter and built-in firewall. Once
installed, avast! runs silently in the background to protect your
computer against all known forms of malware. You don't need to do
anything else - just install and forget!
Active internet users
need greater protection for themselves as they shop and bank on-line. To
secure against threats from infected web sites and the growing risk of
identity theft, avast Internet security provides you with continuous
protection from its layers of antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-rootkit
protection, firewall and antispam.
real-time shields are the most important part of the program, as they
are working continuously to prevent your computer from becoming
infected. They monitor all your computer's activity, checking all
programs and files in real-time - i.e. at the moment a program is
started or whenever a file is opened or closed.
virus chest can be thought of as a folder on your hard disk with
special properties, that make it a safe, isolated place for storing
potentially harmful files. You can work with the files in the virus
chest, with some security restrictions.
avast! antispam filter
avast! Internet Security includes a fully integrated antispam filter to detect unwanted email.
delivered to your mailbox can result in your mailbox quickly becoming
full, as a result which, legitimate emails may not be received. It can
also unnecessarily increase the load on the email server, internet
connection, local networks etc.
avast! Internet Security includes a fully integrated firewall which can be controlled directly from the avast! user interface.
firewall monitors all communication between your computer and the
outside world and blocks unauthorized communication based on a number of
"allow" and "deny" rules. In this way, the firewall can prevent
sensitive data from leaving your computer and can also block attempted
intrusions by external hackers
program uses the same avast! scanning engine to detect potential
malware infections so the results are exactly the same as running a scan
via the normal program interface. The avast! command-line scanner,
ashCmd.exe, is normally installed in the directory C:Program FilesAlwil
A scan is run from the command prompt using
various switches and parameters. To see a description of the parameters,
locate the ashCmd file and double click on it. This will open a new
window in which the various parameters are displayed.
Here are some key features of "Avast! Internet Security":
· High performance antivirus engine
· Anti-rootkit protection
· Anti-spyware protection
· Script shield
· Process virtualization
· Command line scanner
· Anti-spam filter
· Built-in firewall
on the award-winning avast! antivirus engine, avast! antivirus contains
all of the features you would expect in a modern antivirus program. It
incorporates anti-spyware technology certified by West Coast Labs'
Checkmark process, as well as anti-rootkit and strong self-protection
capabilities, but now provides even faster scanning with improved
detection ability. It contains several real-time "Shields" which
continuously monitor your email and internet connections and check the
files on your computer whenever they are opened or closed.
· Continuous protection against viruses and spyware
· Ensures all mails sent and received are clean
· Keeps you protected from "chat" infections
· Stops attacks from hijacked websites
· Lets you safely browse suspicious websites or run unknown applications
· Allows safe and uninterrupted gaming
Here are some key features of "Avast! Pro Antivirus":
· 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
· avast! Sandbox
· Enables potentially exploitable
programs (such as web browsers) and/or suspicious executables to be run
in a safe, virtual environment. The avast! Sandbox is unique as it runs
on both 32 and 64bit platforms.
· Heuristics engine
with version 5.0, 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
· Potentially unwanted programs detection
· New in
version 5.0, avast! now 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
· 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
· 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 (gmail.com, sympatico.ca, ….)
· 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.
· 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.
· Script Shield
Detects malicious scripts hidden in internet web pages and prevents
them from running and hijacking or potentially causing damage to your
computer (Internet Explorer only, 32-bit only).
· 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.
· Silent/Gaming Mode
New Silent/Gaming Mode automatically detects full-screen applications
and disables pop-ups and other on-screen notifications without degrading
· 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
· 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.
· Processor Pentium 3,
· 128 MB RAM,
· 100 MB of free hard disk space
What's New in This Release:
· New installer
· UI facelift
· FileRep service (cloud based)
· Streaming updates
· Sandbox & Autosandbox improvements
· Browser protection improvements
· Remote assistance feature to help your friends with computer troubles
· Support tool
· Export/Import settings
· Screensaver facelift
· runs on Win8 Developer Preview
· and many, many security improvements