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« on: February 27, 2012, 12:18:22 PM »
Hi Shane

   Is the paid version of avast better than the free version? So far I think the free version is great! Also is the paid version heavier on resources?


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Re: avast
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2012, 12:54:17 PM »
Up to you if you want the extras.
http://www.avast.com/en-us/free-antivirus-download

Personally I use only the free. And of course the more things running the more resources needed :wink:

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Re: avast
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2012, 12:56:03 PM »
Okay thanks

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Re: avast
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2012, 11:59:02 AM »
I use the free version of Avast (V7), updated from V6 no problems. So far I'm impressed, especially by the cloud streaming updates. I like to keep things lightweight, so do not use the WebRep or Autosandbox. In conjunction with my other security, and of course Shane's tweaks  :wink: , my system is snappy and safe.

I use Avast 7 (free), MBAM (free) on demand, MVPS Hosts file, Sandboxie, SpywareBlaster and Windows firewall (also behind my Netgear router firewall). My browser is Firefox 3.6.27 with Adblock plus (EasyList & Malware Domains), and Norton DNS....It may look like a lot, but uses very little RAM and all "play nicely" together with no conflicts.

I hope that offers some help.
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Re: avast
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2012, 04:30:57 PM »
Yeah I don't use the web plugin either but I do use the Auto-sandbox feature(thinking about turning that off though). I'm also using version 7 and Malware-bytes (paid version) and Spyware-blaster(paid version), windows firewall behind a Net-gear router and off course Shane's tweaks. Last off all using Open dns. System runs well.


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Re: avast
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2012, 10:00:31 AM »
Hi Shane

  Have you ever set heuristics sensitivity to high in avast? If so, how many false positives?


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Re: avast
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2012, 12:06:10 PM »
I never have. And you WILL get a lot more false positives. This is true with any antivirus.

They are trying to detect new unknown viruses. Never works like it should.

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Re: avast
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2012, 01:20:10 PM »
Got it thanks.


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Re: avast
« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2012, 05:59:09 PM »
Hi Shane

      Other than avast. Do you run any other real time mal-ware programs for protection?


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Re: avast
« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2012, 06:35:14 PM »
Nope none.

Proper habits and keeping things up to date is key. Java and flash is how a LOT of today's viruses get in. Always keep them up to date. haven't had a virus or infection in 7 years :-)

I never used outlook express which viruses used a security hole to infect by email (I use thunderbird)

I never used IE which is where a lot of older viruses use to come in (IE 6 was horrible)

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