Software Update: Avast Antivirus 5.0.533 Beta

Alwil Software has released a new version of its antivirus program and is offering it as beta, due to the large amount of changes. In version 5, the old Home and Professional editions have been replaced with Avast Free Antivirus and Avast Pro Antivirus to more clearly indicate which version is free and which is not. In addition, a version called Avast Internet Security is now available, which includes a firewall and anti-spam as extras. In this new release, several sandbox and firewall improvements have been made and many bug fixes have been made. The most important improvements are listed below:

Most notable improvements include:

  • Solved a bug related to submission of false positives
  • Improvements in the Behavior Shield (real-time 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 compatible with major screen readers
  • Various fixes in the Outlook antispam add-in
  • Right to left support
  • Added Croatian and Arabic language packs

The following downloads are available:
Avast Free Antivirus 5.0.533 beta
Avast Pro Antivirus 5.0.533 beta
Avast Internet Security 5.0.533 Beta

avast! Free Antivirus 5.0 screenshot, click on the image for a larger version.

Version number 5.0.533 beta
Release status beta
Operating systems Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista
Website Alwil Software
File sizes 47.60MB – 52.00MB
License type Freeware/Paid