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avast! Release History

Version 6.0.1125

2011-05-11

  • solved a problem in aswSP.sys that could lead to a system crash
  • improved tolerance for corrupted installations
  • when updating from a previous version of avast Pro/IS, SafeZone is now automatically added
  • solved a compatibility problem with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro
  • improved cleaning of rootkits
  • fixes in Chrome WebRep plugin
  • Behavior Shield: improved compatibility with other applications
  • improvements in the CommunityIQ submission system
  • various performance and compatibility improvements

Version 6.0.1091

2011-04-18

  • solved a compatibility problem with ZoneAlarm (WinXP)
  • added WebRep Chrome extension
  • improved installation of the WebRep plugins (especially Firefox)
  • various fixes and improvements in the avast sandbox
  • setup programs now smaller by ~20%
  • Community features and the Welcome screen can now be turned on/off directly from program settings
  • solved a compatibility problem with Outpost firewall
  • solved a bug related to the AutoSandbox offer (WinXP)
  • gadget can now be removed by simply closing it
  • solved a compatibility problem with GameGuard and sXe
  • SafeZone improvements
  • improved sandbox logging
  • SafeZone is now a standalone setup package (can be installed/uninstalled separately)
  • improvements in password processing
  • improvements in the program uninstaller
  • solved a memory leak in the avast gadget
  • fixes in the File System Shield transient cache
  • various stability/compatibility improvements

Version 6.0.1000

2011-02-23

  • NEW! AutoSandbox suspicious programs will be optionally run sandboxed
  • NEW! avast! WebRep browser plugin for website reputation rating; a combination of data from our virus lab and community voting
  • NEW! SafeZone a special virtualized area for sensitive transactions (e.g. secure online banking) (paid products only)
  • Script Shield now even in the Free AV
  • Site Blocking now even in the Free AV
  • fixed USB Safe Removal issue
  • Restore factory settings command (Settings -> Troubleshooting)
  • Automatic actions in the boot-time scan
  • Script Shield now functional even with IE8/IE9 Protected Mode
  • Sidebar gadget
  • Improved stability/compatibility of the Behavior Shield
  • Improvements in the avast! sandbox
  • fixes in the Outlook plugin

Version 5.1.889

2011-01-13

  • solved a compatibility problem with CorelDraw X5
  • solved a compatibility problem with Acer control software
  • solved a problem inserting a license file via the installation wizard
  • solved a compatibility problem with some Dell wireless network adapter drivers
  • solved a compatibility problem with Game Guard (used by a number of games)
  • solved a compatibility problem with Sibelius
  • solved various 0xC0000005 and 0xC000007B errors (e.g. with some .NET applications)
  • issues related to upgrades from v5.0 (inactive shields, missing right-click associations, missing 64-bit boot-time scanner etc)
  • solved some possible deadlock conditions (relatively rare but possible)
  • performance related improvements
  • various UI related improvements

Version 5.1.864

2010-12-31

  • boot-time scanner now available even in 64-bit Windows
  • big improvements in the Behavior Shield
  • improvements in the antirootkit engine
  • improvements in the cleaning module
  • stability/performance improvements in the Web Shield
  • CommunityIQ improvements
  • added support for sound packs
  • minor improvements in the user interface
  • minor fixes in the firewall

Version 5.0.677

2010-09-07

  • solved a problem that could lead to disappearing of the avast service
  • Behavior Shield: solved a minor stability issue (aswSP.sys) + solved a Win7 issue
  • performance and stability improvements in the avast! sandbox
  • changes in the engine allowing us to generically detect/block some new types of exploits
  • speed improvements in the updater
  • IS: fixed a vulnerability in aswFw.sys (Secunia Advisory SA40868)
  • solved a vulnerability related to license files (Secunia Advisory SA41109)
  • solved a problem with scanning of files with very long path names
  • fixed the updater in East-Asian versions of avast running with Windows set to a different locale
  • IS: improvements in the Outlook antispam plugin
  • IS firewall: improvement in the path name matching
  • IS: upgraded to the new version of antispam engine
  • minor changes and fixes in the GUI
  • fixes in the screen reader support
  • fixed a bug where the File System Shield was scanning some files even after being disabled
  • added trimming of setup.log
  • added Danish, Hebrew and Urdu language packs

Version 5.0.594

2010-06-28

  • improved interaction with Windows System Restore; namely, avast now auto-repairs itself when it detects a corrupted VPS due to a System Restore (or other reasons)
  • aswSP.sys: solved a minor stability issue
  • solved a problem related to inserting of the license files
  • added the activation code feature
  • solved a problem when avast was progressively slowing down (especially in conjunction with the screensaver)
  • performance improvements in the Behavior Shield
  • avast Screen saver now accessible even in 64-bit Windows Vista
  • stability improvement in aswTdi.sys (solved a compatibility problem with AVG)
  • IS firewall: solved a potential BSOD condition
  • various improvements in the avast! sandbox module
  • minor fixes in the GUI
  • added Catalan and Belarusian language packs

Version 5.0.545

2010-05-06

  • Solved a bug related to submission of false positives
  • Improvements in the Behavior Shield (realtime antirootkit part)
  • Sandbox: many functional, stability and performance improvements
  • Firewall: VPN compatibility fixes (should now work even in Public zone etc)
  • Firewall: solved an issue related to hang and/or crash of the afwServ.exe process
  • Finally works with major screen readers (avast is now blind-friendly)
  • Compatibility improvements in the Web Shield
  • Various fixes in the Outlook antispam add-in
  • Improved detection of droppers
  • Setup program of the Pro AV now also accepts v4.x license keys
  • Right-to-left support
  • Added Croatian and Arabic language packs

Version 5.0.507

2010-04-14

  • scanning and virus chest features now accessible even from Windows Safe Mode
  • aswSP.sys: solved a minor stability issue (fixed duplicating of protected handles)
  • Pro AV / IS: solved file enumeration problem on FAT32 partitions
  • enhanced compatibility with various Winsock LSPs
  • various improvements in the avast! sandbox
  • improved cleaning of file infecting viruses
  • added compatibility with screen readers; avast! should now be reasonably accessible to visually impaired users
  • system files imported to the virus chest after upgrade from v4.8 are now removed
  • IS firewall: solved a problem related to VPN connections (Windows XP)
  • IS firewall: solved a problem related to Xbox360 media sharing
  • IS firewall: solved a potential BSOD condition when changing logical drive mappings
  • IS firewall: solved a potential crash when saving the packet rules
  • IS firewall: fixes for Internet Connection Sharing
  • IS firewall: Windows 2000 compatibility
  • IS firewall: solved a compatibility problem with Logitech Desktop Manager
  • Pro AV / IS: solved a compatibility problem with PerfectDisk 11
  • Pro AV / IS: ashCmd.exe switch /@ should work again
  • Pro AV / IS: solved a compatibility issue with Acronis True Image
  • various fixes in the Outlook antispam add-in
  • fixes in ashUpd.exe
  • minor improvements in the installer, especially when upgrading from avast v4.8
  • avast! Screen saver can be now configured via the screensaver properties dialog
  • minor fixes in the GUI
  • added Dutch, Portuguese (Portugal), Norwegian, Finnish, Slovenian, Turkish and Vietnamese language packs

Version 5.0.462

2010-03-09

  • important fixes related to the installation of the firewall under 64-bit Windows
  • fixed a potential memory leak in the firewall
  • Vista/W7: solved a compatibility problem with System Restore
  • added access keys the program can be easily now controlled via keyboard
  • solved a problem with the "I only connect to the Internet using a dial up modem" update setting
  • fixed multiple issues in the sandbox (plus a few performance improvements)
  • this new version is now able to communicate with avast! WHS Edition
  • fixed a bug related to the inserting of license files into the program
  • fixed a problem in the Outlook plugin related to inserting of notes into HTML emails
  • solved a compatibility problem with SmithMicro Poser 8 and similar applications
  • improvements in the submission system
  • improvements in the Free AV registration system
  • better handling of errors in case of real-time shield actions
  • improved compatibility with Apple BootCamp
  • improved default firewall rules
  • low priority scans now use much less CPU (but run accordingly longer)
  • components of the avast setup/update process are now digitally signed
  • minor improvements in the GUI
  • new language packs: Greek, Slovak and Ukrainian. This makes the current number of supported languages 19.

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