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Changes for v9.0.2021.515 - 2015 (10.0.2206)

  • • HTTPS scanning
  • Ability to detect and decrypt TLS/SSL protected traffic in the Web-content filtering component. This feature will protect you against viruses coming through HTTPs traffic as well as adding compatibility for SPDY+HTTPS/ HTTP 2.0 traffic. You can tune/disable this feature in the settings section.
  • • AVAST NG
  • A hardware based virtualization solution capable of running each Windows process in standalone safe virtualized environment (VM) and fully integrated to your desktop. Each process is executed in its own instance of VM, which means totally isolated from your other applications. This feature is now powering the Avast DeepScreen, resulting in better detection. Avast NG requires HW virtualization enabled.
  • • SecureDNS (this feature is active in the paid versions only)
  • A new provider which guards against unprotected DNS/DNS hijack on a router/client (including unsecured networks, public ones, etc.).
  • • Home Network Security
  • Scan your home network for vulnerabilities (wifi status, connected devices, router settings, factory passwords, etc.). It helps to discover potential problems not isolated on the particular device only, but in the entire network of devices you use or connect to the Internet from.
  • • Smart Scan
  • Integrated all on demand scans into one (Antivirus, Software updates, Home Network, GrimeFighter). One scan, different results and recommendations.
  • • New Support System
  • Easy contact for paid users to submit a ticket with all info included automatically. Improved knowledge base for free users. Help is completely online and is more up to date.
  • • General bugfixing
  • This covers a lot of stability & performance changes in all components (but the main focus was traditionally on the network & engine components).



Changes for 2014 BETA1 (build 9.0.2000) - 2014 Beta 2 (build 9.0.2001)

  • Fixed issues:
  • •problems with sandboxing on win XP
  • •boottime scan schedulling problems
  • •sometimes after sfx upgrade product requires manual license activation
  • •FW random BSODes
  • •minor issues with account registration
  • •GUI glitches
  • •FW stability
  • •Network protection component tuning and compatibility (Win8 ) - no more Tdi technology
  • •Windows 8.1 compatibility
  • •Smooth updates of VPS + program
  • •Updated the SafeZone browser



Changes for v8.0.1489.300 - 2014 BETA1 (build 9.0.2000)

  • Protection-related features and improvements
  • New DeepScreen technology allows avast! to make more intelligent decisions about new/unknown files. DeepScreen is a successor of AutoSandbox, now upgraded with some additional new technologies such as dynamic binary translation and dyna-gen announced earlier.
  • New Hardened mode for stricter lockdown scenarios. This is a new mode that is recommended especially for novice users (such as your grandmas): it automatically blocks execution of binaries that would normally be deepscreened (Moderate level) or even allows only execution of programs that are well-known to FileRep (Aggressive level). In a way, it brings the whitelisting concept to the consumer AV space.
  • Improved cloud scanning features and crowdsourced analysis of suspicious items. This includes new, optimized mechanism for collecting data from our sensors.
  • Continuously streaming update (CSU) technology for up-to-minute detections. This is not entirely new for v2014, but we now have really buttoned up the whole streaming update infrastructure to allow for reliable, uninterrupted service. We’re currently doing 350-400 updates a day, which equals to one update in roughly every 3.75 minutes, 24x7, 365 days a year. Streaming updates can now also carry more types of definitions than before.
  • Improved cleaning of malware. This applies to standard malware as well as rootkits and file infectors.
  • Other new features
  • All-new web browser plugins featuring comprehensive security ratings, protection against malware, phishing and typosquatting sites and Do-Not-Track (DNT) functionality for improved anonymity on the Internet. The DNT functionality doesn’t rely on the DNT HTTP headers; instead, it uses a proprietary technology that cannot be overridden by the servers.
  • All-new SafeZone for more secure online shopping and banking. Users can now switch back and forth between SafeZone and the regular browser with a single click. Also, online banking sites can be automatically opened in the SafeZone.
  • Rescue disk - allow users to create a bootable CD or flash disk with Avast on it. Great for cleaning.
  • Other improvements
  • A new, streamlined user interface for simplified navigation and more user comfort. The new UI is actually much simplified, and it’s probably the biggest change since version 5.0. We have also redefined the shields to the total number of three (File Shield, Web Shield, Mail Shield) and tweaked the action buttons (tiles) on the home page so that they’re now fully configurable.
  • Control and manage all protected devices directly from the Avast console. That is, the my.avast.com account is perfectly integrated in the UI to allow for management of all your devices running Avast.
  • Dramatic reduction in product size (full installer < 60MB, compared to today’s 120MB) and memory footprint. By default, install is done through a new stub installer though (which has the advantage of always installing the most up-to-date version).
  • Faster scanning thanks to optimized scanning engine (raw [in-memory] scans of EXE files are about 2x faster, while scans of text contents (e.g. web pages and scripts) are up to 10x faster).
  • Completely rewritten setup/updater that makes the installation and upgrade process faster, easier and more reliable
  • Firewall has been redesigned from scratch to allow for better compatibility with latest Windows, better performance and full support for IPv6 (although its UI hasn’t really changed).
  • New licensing system allows for much easier management of product licenses. The system relies on activation codes, and these can be added seamlessly by simply clicking a link.
  • Various improvement in the Software Updater and Browser Cleanup tool.



Changes for v8.0.1489.300 - v8.0.1497

  • Fixed issues related to Win 8 & Win 8.1 (avast! is now fully compatible with these operating systems)
  • Fixed issues in virtualization module (including other x64 platform fixes)
  • Fixed issues in Script shield
  • Outlook plugin fixes



Changes for v8.0.1484 R2 beta - v8.0.1496 R3 beta

  • * make Script Shield compatible with the latest browser updates
  • * several improvements in approach to virtualization - aswVmm
  • * fixes for BSODs on Win 8.1



Changes for v8.0.1483 - v8.0.1484 R2 beta

  • SecureLine - is a paid VPN service that both secures and anonymizes your internet connection on public or "open" (unsecured) Wi-Fi. Nobody can see who you are or what you are doing on the internet. Please be patient, this feature will be unblock for your test soon :-)
  • Screen readers compatibility
  • Software Updater improvements (including a way to turn off Software Update persistently)
  • Shredder tool is showing a progress now
  • Improved stability & performance
  • Fixed glitches in UI



Changes for v8.0.1482 - v8.0.1483

  • • Fixed issue with ZoneAlarm
  • • Fixed issue with constant CPU frequency
  • • Fixed issue with video players
  • • Fixed issue with Virtual PC
  • • Added some localizations



Changes for v7.0.1456 - v8.0.1482

  • * New edition - avast! Premier
  • * Software Health module
  • * Browser Cleanup tool
  • * New User Interface
  • * Data Shredder (Premier only)
  • * AccessAnywhere (Premier only)
  • * Improved Autosandbox/Sandbox technlogy
  • * Improved General AV performance and stability



Changes for v6.0.1367 - v7.0.1426

  • Improved File system speed
  • Improved AutoSandbox stability
  • Improved AutoSandbox controls
  • Improved gadgets
  • Compatibility with Win 8 Consumer Preview
  • Greater stability of Outlook plugins
  • Other security and stability-related improvements



Changes for v6.0.1289 - v6.0.1367

  • Script Shield now works with Google Chrome, all versions of Firefox and Acrobat Reader
  • Improvements in WebRep plugins (especially IE)
  • Stability improvements in aswSP.sys and the avast! sandbox
  • File system shield: improved on-close scanning
  • avast! Internet Security: new antispam engine
  • Web Shield and Script Shield: more options in the UI
  • Added in-product avast! Market
  • Various other security and stability related fixes



Changes for v6.0.1203 - v6.0.1289

  • New Script Shield - now scanning deeper and supporting more host processes
  • Web Shield now scanning all processes by default
  • Stability improvements in aswSP.sys
  • Better tracking of file sources
  • WebRep now working in new versions of Firefox
  • Under-the-hood improvements in the Behavior Shield and Sandbox modules
  • Solved a compatibility problem with certain Steam-based games
  • Minor improvements in the product UI



Changes for v6.0.1091 - v6.0.1203

  • improved compatibility with Windows Vista SP0/SP1 (activation issues)
  • attempt to solve the "Windows Media Player using a red skin" problem
  • Firewall: solved the compatibility problem with uTorrent
  • improved load time of WebRep IE plugin
  • fixed a bug in Google Chrome WebRep plugin causing excessive CPU usage
  • improvements in the silent installer
  • improved the CommunityIQ sample submission process
  • improved detection/removal of the most stubborn rootkits (TDL family)
  • various stability and compatibility improvements in the sandbox module
  • added new CreditAlert feature (US customers only)
  • added Thai and Serbian language packs



Changes for v6.0.986 Beta - v6.0.1091

  • solved a compatibility problem with ZoneAlarm (WinXP)
  • added WebRep Chrome extension
  • improved installation of the WebRep plugins (especially Firefox)
  • various fixes and improvements in the avast sandbox
  • setup programs now smaller by ~20%
  • Community features and the Welcome screen can now be turned on/off directly from program settings
  • solved a compatibility problem with Outpost firewall
  • solved a bug related to the AutoSandbox offer (WinXP)
  • gadget can now be removed by simply closing it
  • solved a compatibility problem with GameGuard and sXe
  • SafeZone improvements
  • improved sandbox logging
  • SafeZone is now a standalone setup package (can be installed/uninstalled separately)
  • improvements in password processing
  • improvements in the program uninstaller
  • solved a memory leak in the avast gadget
  • fixes in the File System Shield transient cache
  • various stability/compatibility improvements



Changes for v5.1.889 - v6.0.986 Beta

  • AutoSandbox – suspicious programs will be optionally run sandboxed
  • avast! WebRep – browser plugin for website reputation rating; a combination of data from our virus lab and community voting
  • Script Shield now even in the Free AV
  • Site Blocking now even in the Free AV
  • SafeZone – a special virtualized area for sensitive transactions (e.g. secure online banking) (paid products only)
  • Restore factory settings command (Settings -> Troubleshooting)
  • Automatic actions in the boot-time scan
  • New compression method in the installer makes the setup packages about 20% smaller.
  • Script Shield now functional even with IE8/IE9 Protected Mode
  • Sidebar gadget
  • Improved stability/compatibility of the Behavior Shield
  • Improvements in the avast! sandbox
  • pretty much all the bugs from the previous beta builds should be solved now, with the following exceptions:
  • Firewall: uTorrent conflict not yet fully resolved
  • Firewall: packet rules for applications still don't support ASK and AUTO-DECIDE actions properly.
  • Incorrect context-menu handling in SafeZone
  • Other small visual issues in SafeZone



Changes for v5.0.677 - v5.1.889

  • boot-time scanner now available even in 64-bit Windows
  • big improvements in the Behavior Shield
  • improvements in the antirootkit engine
  • improvements in the cleaning module
  • stability/performance improvements in the Web Shield
  • CommunityIQ improvements
  • added support for sound packs
  • minor improvements in the user interface
  • minor fixes in the firewall (Internet Security only)



Changes for v5.0.594 - v5.0.677

  • solved a problem that could lead to disappearing of the avast service
  • Behavior Shield: solved a minor stability issue (aswSP.sys) + solved a Win7 issue
  • performance and stability improvements in the avast! sandbox
  • changes in the engine allowing us to generically detect/block some new types of exploits
  • speed improvements in the updater
  • IS: fixed a vulnerability in aswFw.sys (Secunia Advisory SA40868)
  • solved a vulnerability related to license files (Secunia Advisory SA41109)
  • solved a problem with scanning of files with very long path names
  • fixed the updater in East-Asian versions of avast running with Windows set to a different locale
  • IS: improvements in the Outlook antispam plugin
  • IS firewall: improvement in the path name matching
  • IS: upgraded to the new version of antispam engine
  • minor changes and fixes in the GUI
  • fixes in the screen reader support
  • fixed a bug where the File System Shield was scanning some files even after being disabled
  • added trimming of setup.log
  • added Danish, Hebrew and Urdu language packs



Changes for v5.0.507 - v5.0.594

  • improved interaction with Windows System Restore; namely, avast now auto-repairs itself when it detects a corrupted VPS due to a System Restore (or other reasons)
  • aswSP.sys: solved a minor stability issue
  • solved a problem related to inserting of the license files
  • added the activation code feature
  • solved a problem when avast was progressively slowing down (especially in conjunction with the screensaver)
  • performance improvements in the Behavior Shield
  • avast Screen saver now accessible even in 64-bit Windows Vista
  • stability improvement in aswTdi.sys (solved a compatibility problem with AVG)
  • IS firewall: solved a potential BSOD condition
  • various improvements in the avast! sandbox module
  • minor fixes in the GUI
  • added Catalan and Belarusian language packs



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