Avast question

Posted: 06-11-2008, 09:11 AM
I have Avast Home Edition on my Vista laptop. I ran a scan yesterday
but this morning the Defender bottom righthand icon had an exclamation
mark in it and I'd thought, from using 3 other AV programs before,
that Defender doesn't nag if you have other software doing scans? Or
do I need to set it to do nothing?

Also, when I run the Avast scan, it says in its display (above Type of
Current Scan etc) Scan Archive Files: disabled - should it be like
that? What does that mean, and if I need to change it, how do I, as I
couldn't find anything in the settings. I'm assuming there's no
connection between my two questions.

Thanks for all response.

Avast question


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kplumm
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Re: Avast question
Posted: 06-11-2008, 09:13 AM
Also, my Avast scanning doesn't pick up cookies like AVG and Norton -
is this okay and normal?

On Jun 11, 10:11*am, kplumm <kpl...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> I *have Avast Home Edition on my Vista laptop. *I ran a scan yesterday
> but this morning the Defender bottom righthand icon had an exclamation
> mark in it and I'd thought, from using 3 other AV programs before,
> that Defender doesn't nag if you have other software doing scans? *Or
> do I need to set it to do nothing?
>
> Also, when I run the Avast scan, it says in its display (above Type of
> Current Scan etc) Scan Archive Files: disabled - should it be like
> that? *What does that mean, and if I need to change it, how do I, as I
> couldn't find anything in the settings. *I'm assuming there's no
> connection between my two questions.
>
> Thanks for all response.
Charlie Tame
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Re: Avast question
Posted: 06-11-2008, 10:42 AM
kplumm wrote:
> Also, my Avast scanning doesn't pick up cookies like AVG and Norton -
> is this okay and normal?
>
> On Jun 11, 10:11 am, kplumm <kpl...@hotmail.com> wrote:
>> I have Avast Home Edition on my Vista laptop. I ran a scan yesterday
>> but this morning the Defender bottom righthand icon had an exclamation
>> mark in it and I'd thought, from using 3 other AV programs before,
>> that Defender doesn't nag if you have other software doing scans? Or
>> do I need to set it to do nothing?
>>
>> Also, when I run the Avast scan, it says in its display (above Type of
>> Current Scan etc) Scan Archive Files: disabled - should it be like
>> that? What does that mean, and if I need to change it, how do I, as I
>> couldn't find anything in the settings. I'm assuming there's no
>> connection between my two questions.
>>
>> Thanks for all response.
>

The setting for archive files is for checking "Inside" things like ZIP
files. When you compress a file you change it, so that the "Signature"
of a virus inside it will also change. To check it Avast would more or
less have to "Unzip" the file first, which takes more time and so they
make it optional. I don't know why you can't access it, do you need to
register the product?

I would not get too concerned about cookies and things, one of the
problems with other antivirus products is that they try to be all things
to all people, which makes them slow and "Bloated".

As for Defender does it need updating or something?

kplumm
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Re: Avast question
Posted: 06-11-2008, 11:32 AM
Ah-ha - yes, I think possibly it was short of some updates which it
now has. Hopefully it was that... Thanks.

On Jun 11, 11:42*am, Charlie Tame <char...@tames.net> wrote:
> kplumm wrote:
> > Also, my Avast scanning doesn't pick up cookies like AVG and Norton -
> > is this okay and normal?
>
> > On Jun 11, 10:11 am, kplumm <kpl...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> >> I *have Avast Home Edition on my Vista laptop. *I ran a scan yesterday
> >> but this morning the Defender bottom righthand icon had an exclamation
> >> mark in it and I'd thought, from using 3 other AV programs before,
> >> that Defender doesn't nag if you have other software doing scans? *Or
> >> do I need to set it to do nothing?
>
> >> Also, when I run the Avast scan, it says in its display (above Type of
> >> Current Scan etc) Scan Archive Files: disabled - should it be like
> >> that? *What does that mean, and if I need to change it, how do I, as I
> >> couldn't find anything in the settings. *I'm assuming there's no
> >> connection between my two questions.
>
> >> Thanks for all response.
>
> The setting for archive files is for checking "Inside" things like ZIP
> files. When you compress a file you change it, so that the "Signature"
> of a virus inside it will also change. To check it Avast would more or
> less have to "Unzip" the file first, which takes more time and so they
> make it optional. I don't know why you can't access it, do you need to
> register the product?
>
> I would not get too concerned about cookies and things, one of the
> problems with other antivirus products is that they try to be all things
> to all people, which makes them slow and "Bloated".
>
> As for Defender does it need updating or something?- Hide quoted text -
>
> - Show quoted text -
Dave T.
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Re: Avast question
Posted: 06-11-2008, 11:42 PM
kplumm wrote:
> I have Avast Home Edition on my Vista laptop. I ran a scan yesterday
> but this morning the Defender bottom righthand icon had an exclamation
> mark in it and I'd thought, from using 3 other AV programs before,
> that Defender doesn't nag if you have other software doing scans? Or
> do I need to set it to do nothing?
>
> Also, when I run the Avast scan, it says in its display (above Type of
> Current Scan etc) Scan Archive Files: disabled - should it be like
> that? What does that mean, and if I need to change it, how do I, as I
> couldn't find anything in the settings. I'm assuming there's no
> connection between my two questions.
>
> Thanks for all response.
kplumm, open the sensitivity setting for archives and you should see a
button for enabling archive scanning.

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Dave T.
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Re: Avast question
Posted: 06-11-2008, 11:51 PM
Dave T. wrote:
> kplumm wrote:
>> I have Avast Home Edition on my Vista laptop. I ran a scan yesterday
>> but this morning the Defender bottom righthand icon had an exclamation
>> mark in it and I'd thought, from using 3 other AV programs before,
>> that Defender doesn't nag if you have other software doing scans? Or
>> do I need to set it to do nothing?
>>
>> Also, when I run the Avast scan, it says in its display (above Type of
>> Current Scan etc) Scan Archive Files: disabled - should it be like
>> that? What does that mean, and if I need to change it, how do I, as I
>> couldn't find anything in the settings. I'm assuming there's no
>> connection between my two questions.
>>
>> Thanks for all response.
>
> kplumm, open the sensitivity setting for archives and you should see a
> button for enabling archive scanning.
>
Let me make this a little more clear. Open the sensitivity setting for
"Local Disks", and you should see a button for enabling or disabling
archive scanning.

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Dave T.

Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach a
person to use the internet and they won't bother you for
weeks.
 
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