AVAST Software, a popular antivirus and internet security products maker based in Czech Republic, has just released the new 6.0 version of its popular Avast! antivirus product aim to give you the top grade protection against computer viruses and other malware threats.
Based on the award-winning avast! antivirus engine, Avast! Antivirus 6.0 comes in 3 flavors – Free Antivirus, Pro Antivirus and Internet Security. Avast! Free Antivirus is one of the best free virus protections currently available on the market [ad-supported]. For non-commercial and home use only. Avast! Pro antivirus and avast! Internet Security are the paid upgrade from the better-known Avast Free antivirus, offers a number of additional features.
The next-generation avast! Free Antivirus 6 comes with many new features and improvements. One of the most notable changes in the newly released version is the addition of the Script Shield, a protection component previously found only in avast! Pro and avast! Internet Security products. The script shield intercepts all scripts executed on your system (both local and remote). It is part of avast!’s Web protection layer along with the Web Shield and a new Site Blocking functionality called WebRep.
Another feature avast! 6.0 has added to its anti-malware arsenal is called the AutoSandbox and its purpose is to execute suspicious applications in a safe environment inside the avast! sandbox from where it cannot affect the host operating system. “If the item is dangerous, the virtual computer is shut down and the user’s real machine remains safe. And, if the item is safe, there is no hassle from a false positive,” stated Ondrej Vlcek, CTO of AVAST Software.
WebRep, a combination of automatically gathered Web threat intelligence and manual user input is also a very nice addition to the free product. “WebRep interfaces directly with search engine results, combining CommunityIQ data on infected websites with user-submitted information on the content and reputation of individual sites,” added Mr. Vlcek. AVAST hopes to tap its massive user base to transform into the most accurate Web reputation service on the market.
The next-generation avast! 6.0 also include a virtualized desktop for safer banking and shopping, adding a new layer of user security by preventing the theft of sensitive data from infected machines. However the new SafeZone is available only in the paid-for variants of avast! 6.0 including avast! Pro and the premium avast! Internet Security suite.
Other notable changes in Avast! 6.0 include improvements to the Web Shield, Behavior Shield, boot-time scanner and the antivirus engine itself, as well as full 64-bit support for Windows 7 and Vista.