User interface (UI)
The Avast UI has been redesigned to keep up with modern navigation styles.
The Remote Assistance feature allows Avast users to connect and share desktops with each other. This may be useful for technical support as well as for general administrative purpose.
Antivirus and anti-spyware engine
Our award-winning scanning engine protects against viruses, spyware, and other malicious agents, now with a new algorithm that is based on machine learning, which can process new-virus data in milliseconds.
Streaming, real-time virus database updates
Each virus signature comes to you in real-time via connection to the Avast Virus Lab cloud, rather than needing to wait for a traditional virus-database update. Your database will be continuously updated with latest definitions.
File reputation system
Now with more than a billion unique files in our cloud, Avast FileRep lets you know whether a file is safe before you open it – determined in part by how many people have the file and how new the file is. The technology is also used internally, to help the scanning engine make more intelligent decisions.
Real-time anti-rootkit protection
Prevents stealth malware (‘rootkits’) that, when loaded by the computer’s OS, are invisible to ordinary scanners.
Our Behavior Shield now uses more sophisticated logic for determining – with greater precision – whether any running processes display any unusual behavior.
File system shield
Real-time scanning of opened/executed files.
Scans all incoming/outgoing email for malware (a special plug-in is used for MS Outlook).
Scans all visited web pages, downloaded files, and java scripts. Thanks to the intelligent stream scanning feature, the Web Shield doesn’t slow your web browsing.
P2P shield/im shield
Checks files downloaded via P2P programs and while using IM or “chat” programs.
Detects malicious scripts hidden in web pages and prevents them from hijacking and potentially damaging your computer.
Multi-threaded scanning optimization
Allows the splitting of large files between cores, which accelerates the scanning process on new multi-core CPUs and makes Avast run even faster.
Uses dynamic translation (much faster than traditional emulation) for both generic unpacking and within the heuristics engine.
Simple attachment blocker
Blocks attachments based on their file extension.
For tight integration with the Exchange server.
Background scanning option
Scans without impeding day-to-day operation of the server.
Built-in and customizable, to ease your workload.