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Avast 18

 

Avast 18.1.2326 [build 3800] has just been released.


 https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=215365.0

What's new:

- You can now add multiple files to your Virus Chest at once
- We now better handle opening multiple Avast windows at once
- We've optimized scans of downloaded executable (.exe) files
- We now warn you if you try to shut down Windows during installation to ensure your Avast installation finishes properly
- Avast updates and installations are now more reliable thanks to our new fallback HTTPS server that kicks in if our standard servers are not reachable
- We've added a new Anti-Exploit module for better protection against exploits, shellcode, and other malicious executable files
- Hate being tracked? Check out the new Avast AntiTrack offer we've added to your Privacy menu (now only in English version)


Fixed:

- Fixed scanning of files in your Virus Chest
- Fixed some problems with the Outlook plugin
- Fixed wrong text in the Recycle Bin context menu
- Fixed the name of the Avast window in the taskbar
- Fixed an annoying bug that minimized games every 30 minutes


How to install:

1. Update from your existing Avast version via Settings -> Update -> Update program

2. Or you can download the full/offline installer and install from here


http://files.avast.com/iavs9x/avast_free_antivirus_setup_offline.exe

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Remark:  I have NOT yet downloaded/installed/tested this new version... I am still using 17.8.x

It seems the recent builds 17.9.x and 18.1.x offer more incremental changes rather than a significantly new program... the change in number is therefore merely a reflection of the calendar year.

As usual, the avast [BETA] forum is flooded with complaints about builds 17.9.x and (early releases of) 18.1.x...

https://forum.avast.com/index.php?board=15.0

so anyone who chooses to update should proceed with caution.   In particular, watch-out for any new "modules" that might suddenly pop-up during/after the installation.   [We have no idea if avast's new anti-exploit feature is compatible with Malwarebytes AntiExploit module.]

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WARNING:   There are numerous reports that this new avast release "neutralizes"/blocks IE in Win7.   IE users should not "upgrade" until this major flaw is fixed!

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new stable version 18.2.2328 [build 3827] has just been released.
 

https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=216700.0

What's new:

- Threat detections made when Silent Mode is on will now appear in Notification Center

Fixed:

- Right-click scans from Windows Explorer are working again
- Automatic shutdown after scheduled scans is working again
- Our tray icon now animates properly
- Missing text has been added back when right-clicking the Recycle Bin
- Compatibility scan can be added to Smart Scan again via Settings
- Squashed some rescue-disk creation bugs

 

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2740

 

New stable version 18.3.2331 [build 3860] has just been released.
 

https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=217950.0

What's new:

- Avast now opens even faster
- Avast Passwords settings have been redesigned for easier use

Fixed:

- Squashed a Virus Chest bug that mistakenly deleted files when you tried to restore them
- Our welcome screen is now displayed properly after Avast is installed
- Firewall no longer blocks your emails over IPv6
- Game Mode popups about newly added games now slide away as intended
- Exterminated a Behavior Shield startup bug

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New stable version 18.4.2338 [build 3895] has just been released.

https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=218904.0 

What's new:

- Detection dialogues for Anti-exploit and Anti-rootkit Shields
- My Licenses section
- Dropdown menu in top bar
- Earn Rewards program
- Wi-Fi Inspector redesign

Fixed:

- GDPR compliance
- Fixed a few crashes related to Firewall drivers
- "Scanning in progress" is no longer reported in tray after install
- Toaster from Game Mode is not shown when Silent Mode is enabled
- UI not responding when shields are disabled
- Behavior Shield crashes

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Windows XP users should take note that avast will be announcing its END-OF-SUPPORT for XP.    Apparently version 18.3 was the last XP-compatible version.   (There have been many XP-related complaints/problems reported with 18.4, although I believe SOME users claim it works for them).

Presumably DEFINITION updates will continue for XP users [at least for a while], just not new program updates....

 

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Avast 18.5.2342 [build 3931] has just been released. This time it's more about fixes and internal improvements.
 

https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=219889.msg1466267#msg1466267


What's new:

- Notification alerts! A blue dot now appears on our systray icon when you have a notification

- Restore anywhere! Restore files from the Virus Chest to any location by clicking “Restore as”

Fixed:

- Improved our installation and update processes

- Antivirus service now runs properly when you open the UI

- Clicking “Subscription information” in our systray menu now opens the correct screen

- Firewall status is now properly reported in Windows Security Center

- Disabled shields now appear correctly in our systray menu

- Fixed a few activation code bugs

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Update from your existing Avast version via Settings -> Update -> Update program

or via the Offline installer:

http://files.avast.com/iavs9x/avast_free_antivirus_setup_offline.exe 

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Reminder:   It's my understanding that these newest versions no longer support XP.

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did they fix issues with new Windows 10 updates?

2340

The following was copied/pasted from https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=220639.0

End of support for Windows XP/Vista

Beginning on January 1, 2019, new Avast Antivirus products will no longer be delivered for the Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems.  As customer demand grows for Windows products for Windows 7 and other new versions,  demand for products that support Windows XP and Vista decreases.  In order to receive new feature releases of the Avast antivirus software, users will be required to update their Windows operating system.

This means that as of  January 2019, existing users on the Windows XP or Windows Vista OS will remain on version 18 or older rather than migrating to version 19.1 scheduled to be released in January of 2019. However, please note that all Windows XP and Vista users will continue to receive virus definitions updates from the Avast Threat Labs database after this date and Avast Antivirus versions 18 and older will continue to work as usual providing full protection,  but will not receive regular automatic updates of new program versions with new features.
 
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Remark:   This news was expected.
 
What I'd like to stress here is that the avast forum has been "flooded" with complaints from XP users even about some versions of 18.x ... indeed, there had been speculation that 18.3 was the last XP-compatible version.   I have 18.3 on my XP system, and have not tried 18.4 / 18.5 .
 

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stable version 18.6.2349 [build 3983]has just been released. This time it's more about fixes and internal improvements.
 

https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=221320.0

What's new:

- Do Not Disturb Mode replaces Game Mode and adds support for non-game apps too

- Edge extension replaces the Internet Explorer one (https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9P5882STVN6X)

- SecureLine VPN component won't be part of AV. User will be offered to install standalone VPN client independent from AV (staged release not for all users now)

- Support for scanning TLS 1.3 traffic via Web Shield (Chrome, Firefox)

- Automatic redirect to search page if domain isn't found

Fixed:

- Firewall notification not displayed when network changed
- Detection dialog not displayed for Web Shield when set to Ask
- Wrong reporting of Wi-Fi Inspector scan progress percent
- Site blocking works again
- Rescue disc
- Reporting of AV and Firewall state to Windows Security Center
- Explorer scan result not added to Notification Center
- Removed Enable offline mode option in free version tray icon

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Update from your existing Avast version via Settings -> Update -> Update program

or via the Offline installer:

http://files.avast.com/iavs9x/avast_free_antivirus_setup_offline.exe 

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Remark:   I have not personally tested this version.   Users who choose to upgrade should proceed with caution... checking the avast forum first to see what the other "guinea pigs" have encountered.

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