avast! 2014: Frequently Asked Questions - New Features
|avast! 2014 - New Features FAQ
avast! 2014 introduces the following key features:
- avast! Online Security is a web browser protection plugin for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer that combines WebRep (reputation rating system for visited websites), Site Correct (automatic correction of mistyped web URLs), Antiphishing (protection from phishing scams) and "Do not Track" features (prevention of third-party sites tracking your web browsing activity) to let you browse the web safely and securely.
- avast! Rescue Disk is a bootable USB flash drive or CD with malware removal tool that you can create in the avast! user interface. It can be useful, for example, when you need to remove some kind of lockscreen ransomware that uses a full-screen image or webpage to stop you from accessing anything on the computer, or a file infector which prevents avast! 2014 from being installed.
- avast! WiFi Advisor informs you of the risks when you connect to an unsecured/public Wi-Fi network, and suggests steps you can take to browse the web safely and securely while using unsecured Wi-Fi connection.
avast! 2014 comes with these major improvements:
- avast! Firewall shipped with some avast! 2014 premium products has a new engine, with technology for IPv6 support, and follows Windows 7 and 8 standards related to the latest Network Driver Interface Specification (NDIS).
- avast! SafeZone shipped with all avast! 2014 premium products brings a new Chromium browser with full HTML 5 support. It also has an automatic switch for pre-defined online shopping and banking web sites, and allows you to bookmark additional applications from your computer.
- avast! Setup is enhanced with self-defense which prevents malware from stopping setup processes, provides micro-updates to patch individual program components, and has easier-to-understand messaging for users if an installation fails. avast! 2014 is now also available as an online installer, which downloads and install only the actual program components you need.
- avast! Hardened Mode brings an option for inexperienced users to further lock down the security of the computer in the avast! 2014 settings. If enabled, users can select between "Aggressive" mode which doesn't allow any non-whitelisted files in avast! file reputation database (e.g. unknown files) to run, and "Moderate" mode which allows any other files except those with low reputation in avast! file reputation database (e.g. low prevalence files) to run.
- avast! DeepScreen enables deep scanning for better real-time decisions on any file deemed suspicious due to prevalence and/or emergence, while automatically executes the data in the Sandbox.
- DynaGen technology uses automatic malware classification based on execution traces. Suspicious patterns are automatically observed in the Sandbox and their traces are compared to known "clean" and “dirty” traces. When an ambiguous or suspicious code is identified, a signature is created and sent to customers via our streaming updates.
- Performance optimizations in a program code for more efficient memory use which now results in 10x faster webpage scanning and at least 2x and faster scanning of executable files. avast! 2014 also uses smaller data files for virus signatures sent to customers in our streaming updates, so it will result in a smaller overall download.
Starting from avast! 2014 two setup files for each antivirus product are available for download:
- Online installer (avast_product_name_setup_online.exe) is a compact setup program with a file size of about 5 MB, which will download and install only the actual program components you need. The installation speed strongly depends on the Internet connection type and parameters. Online installer is recommended for one time installation.
- Standard installer (avast_product_name_setup.exe) contains all files needed to quickly install all program components, and its file size is about 100 MB. Because some data, like the virus definitions database, can be outdated in this setup package, avast! 2014 will automatically download the latest updates once the installation is finished. Standard installer is recommended for multiple installations.
If you have avast! 7.x or 8.x you don't actually need to do anything to uninstall your previous version of avast!, because the avast! 2014 installation program is able to detect and automatically upgrade the existing installation.
If you still have avast! 6.x or older, you should uninstall it first by using the avast! Uninstall Utility, and then you can install avast! 2014 by following these instructions:
For detailed step-by-step instructions on how to create and use the avast! Rescue Disk shipped with avast! 2014 please read the following:
An empty 500 MB (or higher) USB flash drive is recommended for avast! Rescue Disk creation.
When a computer is infected with malware, like some kind of lockscreen ransomware which uses a full-screen image or webpage to stop you from accessing anything on your computer, or a file infector which prevents avast! 2014 from being installed, you can try to remove infected files from your computer by using the avast! Rescue Disk that is shipped with avast! 2014. In order to be able to create an avast! Rescue Disk, you'll need another (uninfected) Windows computer with an Internet connection, where you can install avast! 2014, and an empty USB flash drive (or alternatively a blank recordable CD with CD/DVD-writer and burning software that is capable of writing CD images in ISO file format).
- Once you have installed avast! 2014 on another (uninfected) Windows computer with an Internet connection, insert USB flash drive to its USB port, open the avast! user interface, click 'Tools', select 'Rescue Disk', and then click the 'USB' button to create a bootable avast! Rescue Disk.
- When it's done, make sure that the infected computer is turned off, insert USB flash drive with avast! Rescue Disk to its USB port, turn the infected computer on, and as soon as it's powered up, invoke the Boot menu from the BIOS initialization screen to start your computer from the USB flash drive.
- As soon as your computer boots from the external USB flash drive, a message telling you to "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD..." will be shown for a while. Press any key as soon as the message disappears, and the avast! Rescue Disk wizard will guide you through the rest of the malware removal process.
- When the malware has been removed from the computer, you can try to install avast! 2014 once again.
For detailed step-by-step instructions on how to create and use avast! Rescue Disk please read the following:
Real-time shields were moved to the Settings in avast! 2014. In order to configure real-time shields, go to the avast! user interface, click 'Settings', then select 'Active Protection', and now you can click the wheel icon next to the real-time shield you need to configure, or the switch symbol next to the real-time shield you need to turn off/on.
The number of real-time shields in avast! 2014 is reduced by merging some of them to another. The P2P Shield, IM Shield and Behavior Shield are now a part of the File System Shield, while the Network Shield with Script Shield are a part of the Web Shield.
When using your computer to connect to a public network, open the avast! user interface, click 'Tools', select 'Firewall' and switch the firewall from "Private" mode to "Public" mode to ensure the maximum level of security. This is the most secure setting, and if selected, no incoming communication will be allowed effectively making your computer invisible to others.
The avast! Hardened Mode is disabled by default. If you prefer to have it turned on, you can add such a program to the exclusions by clicking 'Add an exclusion...' on the displayed message, or you can go to the avast! user interface, click 'Settings', select 'Antivirus', scroll down to the "Exclusions" section, then click the 'Hardened Mode' tab, browse your computer for the executable file of the program you want to add to the exclusion list, and then click 'OK'.
If you want to completely disable the avast! Hardened Mode, go to the avast! user interface, click 'Settings', then select 'Antivirus', scroll down to the "Hardened Mode" section, and uncheck the box 'Enable Hardened Mode'.
avast! DeepScreen is enabled by default. In case you need to know if avast! DeepScreen is enabled or not, go to the avast! user interface, click 'Settings', select 'Antivirus', then scroll down to the "DeepScreen" section, and look whether the 'Enable DeepScreen' option is checked or not.
Unfortunately, "Do Not Track" features have not yet been implemented in avast! Online Security for Internet Explorer, but they should be available in a future revision of avast! 2014. Until then, you can use this feature only on Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari.
It helps prevent analytics, social media, and other third-party sites tracking your web browsing activity, a number is displayed under the plugin icon in the top right corner of your web browser. When you click on it, the user sees a list of all the analytics tools and tracking software on that site. The user can then choose which to allow or deny.
avast! Premier 2014
avast! Internet Security 2014
avast! Pro Antivirus 2014
avast! Free Antivirus 2014
Microsoft Windows 8.1 / Pro / Enterprise
Microsoft Windows 8 / Pro / Enterprise
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic / Home Premium / Professional / Enterprise / Ultimate
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic / Home Premium / Business / Enterprise / Ultimate
Microsoft Windows XP Home / Professional / Media Center Edition