Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    5 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Location
    Youngstown, Ohio, USA
    Posts
    705
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Avast update - Web Shield module added

    Avast has updated its <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> AV program to include a dedicated 'Web Shield' module, scanning traffic coming in from web pages. When an infected file is detected, Avast will give the user the ability to abort the connection and prevent the infected file(s) from getting through to their computer; 'Silent Mode' will abort the connection automatically. This new module also supports url blocking, including wildcards, which can be used as an added measure of security.

  2. #2
    Super Moderator jscher2000's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Location
    Silicon Valley, USA
    Posts
    23,112
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 93 Times in 89 Posts

    Re: Avast update - Web Shield module added

    Based on a brief review of the product info on this feature, it appears to be implemented as a local proxy, intermediate between the browser (or other application) and the network connection. This should mean that there would be no conflict with the user's firewall, which also may be examining inbound and outbound HTTP traffic, as the firewall shouldn't care whether packets are exchanged with IE or the proxy.

    Too bad the free version is "home use only." <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

  3. #3
    5 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Location
    Youngstown, Ohio, USA
    Posts
    705
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Avast update - Web Shield module added

    After reading the remaining product info for this new release, I noticed the following:
    <hr>The ALWIL Team has been constantly adding definitions for new viruses and new threats. These are not just computer viruses anymore - they include threats such as Trojan horses, Internet worms, and also spyware, adware, dialers and other types of malware. However, until version 4.6, the malware types were not properly distinguished from each other.<hr>
    Is this a first for AV programs, to include non-viral malware in their definitions? It's something I figured they could be made capable of doing, but had not noticed it with any other AV program until now.

  4. #4
    Super Moderator jscher2000's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Location
    Silicon Valley, USA
    Posts
    23,112
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 93 Times in 89 Posts

    Re: Avast update - Web Shield module added

    The line between spyware and trojans can be blurry enough that many programs detect both, but for marketing reasons, spyware is now being emphasized much more than before.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •