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Avast 5's Behavior Shield and Threatfire


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#1 Poltergeist

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 08:57 AM

I recently went from Avast 4.8 to Avast 5 and am pleased with the new version. I note that it has a Behavior Shield and can't recall if the earlier version also had. What I would like to know is this: does the Behavior Shield make Threatfire, which I also use, redundant?

Unfortunately, although I tried to glean an answer from Avast's Help Center, I do not know enough about computers to know what the description there of the Behavior Shield amounts to: it 'monitors all activity on your computer and detects and blocks any unusual activity that might indicate the presence of malware. It does this by continuously monitoring your computer's entry points using special sensors to identify anything suspicious.'

I have XP, SP 3.

Thanks in anticipation.

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 11:09 AM

Behavior shield - monitors all activity on your computer and detects and bloxks any unusual activity that might indicate the presence of malware. It does this by continuously monitoring your computer's entry points using special sensors to identify anything suspicious.

avast! 5.0 Quick User Guide

ThreatFire monitors your machines activity and uses an intelligent behavioral engine to alert you about malicious behavior rather than rely on signatures. - How ThreatFire Works

As such there will be some redundancy using both but their technology is different and therefore, what is detected may vary.

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 02:50 PM

OK, thanks for that quietman7. I'll hang onto Theatfire especially as it automatically updates itself and hasn't caused any problems either with Avast 4.8 or now with Avast 5.




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