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Old 19. Jan 2010, 07:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Avast 5 final version released!

Avast 5 final version has now been released. Thanks to JohnnyDollar for bringing this news on the forum.

Avast now have a brand new look on their site, with the new vibrant orange Avast logo, which looks wonderful. The Avast Home Edition will now be known as Avast Free Antivirus.

Here is the announcement on their blog :

http://blog.avast.com/2010/01/19/ava...n-5-0-is-here/

You can read about the new logo here :

http://blog.avast.com/2010/01/19/the-new-avast-logo/

The new Avast 5 has also been chosen to be included in the Google pack.
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Old 19. Jan 2010, 07:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This release has some major changes. First of all is the all new interface, which has a modern look, and is very easy to use.

The antivirus engine has also undergone changes.
Avast 5 now has heuristics, and behavior shield.
Has a silent/gaming mode.

The registration process has also been simplified. Registration can be done from the interface itself. It won't ask for your email.

Here is the download link for Avast Free Antivirus version 5 :

http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download
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Old 19. Jan 2010, 07:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thumbs up Low ram usage

I installed it on my retro/testing pc. I must say that I am very impressed with it's small memory footprint so far. As far as ram usage goes, it's almost negligible. I am scanning main drive now and for the single core cpu on that retro pc the cpu usage is well within acceptable limits. Wow I don't want to jump the gun, but this has caught me a little off guard. I have not tried it since v4.8 last year and I must say that so far it has given me a great first impression.

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From my browsings/reading of the blogs, it appears that you can upgrade 4.8 to 5.0 without uninstalling 4.8. Normally, I like to uninstall an older version before upgrading to a whole new version. Any thoughts on this Anupam?

Anyone else considering waiting a couple days to see how this new version pans out?
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Old 19. Jan 2010, 07:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yes, I also read some, and to me also it seems like you will be able to upgrade it without uninstalling 4.8. But, as this is a major release with many changes to the antivirus, uninstalling the older version completely, and then installing the new version will be good. Personally, that is what I will do.

Its night for me here now, close to sleeping time. So, I will be downloading and installing the new version tomorrow.
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Old 19. Jan 2010, 07:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Great to hear your response Johnny. I will be downloading and installing the new version tomorrow. Then I will provide feedback.

From their download page, it seems the new Avast 5 is exclusively available on Download.com till Jan 22nd. That's another reason why the download won't be seen on other download sites.

The blogs should be catching up on this new soon, and will start featuring Avast 5. Its going to be a hot news all over the blog world.
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Old 19. Jan 2010, 11:33 PM   #7 (permalink)
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From Download.com 2 minutes ago:


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Avast Free Antivirus

Protect your PC against the latest viruses and spyware. Read review
Added on 01/19/2010 Version 5.0.377 Category: Antivirus Software
Editors' rating: 5.0 stars
User rating: 4.5 stars
69,453,922 total downloads 678,848 last week
69 million downloads?! (I assume this includes all versions of Avast, not just 5.0)
679,000 downloads "last week"?! (Does that mean today only?)
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Well I've uninstalled MSE from my Win7 RC OS, and installed Avast 5 in it's place.
No restarts required throughout the whole procedure!

My initial impressions :-

System feels noticeably more responsive with no signs of the aforementioned lag when opening a folder full of .exe files - marvelous!

The Avast 5 interface is indeed a huge improvement over 4.8, very intuitive and with a good, clear help file.

Glad to see the VRDB [sic] generating feature has been dropped (I always disable this straight after install with 4.8).

Registration procedure is much easier too.

It's using about 30MB of RAM from what I can tell.


The Sandbox feature available in the paid version sounds very interesting as it's claimed to work under 64-bit. I have to wonder though, how secure it truly is given the problems other similar apps have with the 64-bit environment. I've been hoping that the development of the 64-bit version of Sandboxie is successful, as so far it appears to be the only freeware program of this kind likely to become available for 64-bit Win7 any time soon (unless someone knows otherwise).

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I've been hoping that the development of the 64-bit version of Sandboxie is successful, as so far it appears to be the only freeware program of this kind likely to become available for 64-bit Win7 any time soon (unless someone knows otherwise).
The next version of Geswall (3.0), is supposed to be x64 compatible.
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The next version of Geswall (3.0), is supposed to be x64 compatible.
Thanks, I'll check it out.
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