“As antivirus should remain focused on stopping viruses, our goal for version 8 was to improve upon what we already do very well,” said AVAST CEO Vince Steckler. “And we’ve been able to achieve that by leveraging our unique advantage: a 177-million-strong worldwide user base.”
AVAST 8 brings new technologies for proactive detection:
- Malware-similarity search technology to deliver automatic identification and blacklisting of files similar to other known infected files. These detections are pulled in real-time from the AVAST cloud database.
- A new dynamic-detection engine combined with the AutoSandbox feature. The AutoSandbox allows AVAST to analyze suspicious files in an isolated environment before they are allowed to run on the user’s system. The new engine helps users make more intelligent decisions, whether files running in the sandbox are malicious or not, and it quarantines infected files automatically. The technology is based on an in-memory SQL database, allowing for complex queries on the file’s overall execution trace.
- A new backend detection system called Evo-Gen generates fully generic detection of entire malware families. Sophisticated statistical methods enable the AVAST Evo-Gen to identify characteristics common to large sets of malware samples that are otherwise unique to the entire ecosystem.
- Software Updater, a new AVAST feature that pre-empts potential exploitation of vulnerabilities in outdated applications by helping the user stay updated with latest available versions of the most-exploited apps. In the new avast! Premier, Software Updater can run in completely automatic mode.
- Browser Cleanup, a new AVAST feature for removing unwanted toolbars and other plugins. Such ‘tools’ are not only obtrusive but could potentially modify search results to lead the user to sites distribution malware.
- Touch-optimized user controls and navigation, as well as a complete redesign of the graphical interface. This new simple and intuitive version 8 is available in 42 languages – more than any other antivirus in the world.
- Remote Assistance, an AVAST feature that allows amateur computer users to get help remotely from a friend or family member who can help.
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