Re: Avast questions

From: Louise (none_at_nospam.com)
Date: 06/27/05


Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2005 00:17:10 -0400

In article <romub1tqtgne03ft3lf1ldjuvjh0of5k6i@4ax.com>,
none@example.net says...
> On Sun, 26 Jun 2005 03:14:17 -0400, Louise <none@nospam.com> wrote:
>
> >In article <ibjsb1hg0u8v3r6f6qranojbu9grikmp7r@4ax.com>,
> >none@example.net says...
> >> On Sat, 25 Jun 2005 15:11:27 -0400, Louise <none@nospam.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> >Running Win XP Pro SP1, Sygate Pro, a Linksys router and now, Avast Pro.
> >> >
> >> >After removing Norton AV, I then had Kaspersky mess up my internet
> >> >connectivity.
> >> >
> >> >I uninstalled Kaspersky and installed F-Secure. A few times, after a
> >> >program hung and I had to shut down, F-Secure didn't load properly.
> >> >Considering this too risky, I uninstalled F-Secure :-)
> >> >
> >> >I have now installed a trial version of Avast Professional which seems
> >> >to be working very well and I have a few questions:
> >> >
> >> >Avast says it checks for new virus definitions everytime you connect to
> >> >the internet. Since I have an always on connection (cable), I sometimes
> >> >don't reboot my machine, thereby reconnecting to the internet, for 2
> >> >days. Is there a way for Avast to check every few hours, or once a day,
> >> >regardless of whether I've reconnected to the internet?
> >> >
> >> >The Professional version includes script blocking - the free home
> >> >version does not. It's my impression that script blocking is a good
> >> >thing to have - is this true or is it unnecessary? What are the
> >> >benefits of the Pro version?
> >> >
> >> >Avast also runs the VDRB generator, "virus recovery database". Is this
> >> >worth the resources it takes or should I turn it off?
> >> >
> >> >TIA
> >>
> >> Louise,
> >>
> >> Check in Avast Program Settings under Updates. My Avast Definitions update is
> >> set for Automatic, and recently, it's being updated several times / day. You
> >> may want to re-record the update announcement at a lower volume, as I found the
> >> yelling "Database definitions have been updated" to be quite distracting
> >> sometimes.
> >>
> >> Script blocking is a good thing to have in a layered defense - Microsoft
> >> AntiSpyware does this too. I'm not sure whether having two script blockers
> >> running simultaneously is a good idea, so this would be redundant for me. If
> >> you don't use MSAS, and if you run IE without IE-SpyAd, script blocking could be
> >> very protective.
> >>
> >> Excepting the occasional network load from the Avast definitions client, and the
> >> email and web scanning servers, running in the background, the total load from
Sounds like you have a very thorough protection system going - and all
free, is even better. Thanks for sharing the information.

Louise