Avast! has updated its Network Shield module to block malware
In the past, some avast users have questioned if its Network
Shield was actually doing anything… it
seemed as if the total number of items it checked was always listed as zer0. In response to user queries, Avast explained
that the only time you’d see the Network Shield count/monitor items was when an
actual threat was encountered and stopped..
The latest update to Avast!, build 1282, has enhanced the
Network Shield to monitor and block malware URLs (web pages). For a specific test example, after updating to the newest version, if
you were to misspell “Google” by typing-in
3 ‘o’s [rather than 2]:
www (dot) gooogle (dot) com
you’ll now notice a small popup [Avast! On-Access scanner
message] above the avast icon in your system tray, advising you that the
blocked access to the malicious site www (dot) gooogle (dot) com”
--- and accordingly, that webpage will fail to be displayed
in your browser(s).
[Related note: For
people who don’t have avast, but use
OpenDNS, you’ll find that OpenDNS’s typo-correction feature will automatically correct this particular
typo, and take you to the proper google.com (2 ‘o’s) website.]
The latest version of avast can either be downloaded
automatically [for those users who have set avast to automatically download
PROGRAM updates --- please allow time for its servers to “push” this update
over the next few days], or manually:
RIGHT-click on the avast icon in your system tray,
Then PROGRAM UPDATES.
A complete list of
the fixes and improvements are as follows:
EDIT: Posted on FOURTH attempt --- and then required editing to remove viewable HTML formatting commands.
Windows 7 Pro SP1 (64-bit), avast! v8 Free, MBAM Pro, Windows Firewall, OpenDNS Family Shield, SpywareBlaster, MVPS HOSTS file, EMET+MBAE, MCShield, WinPatrol PLUS, SAS (on-demand scanner), IE11 & Firefox (both using WOT [set to BLOCK]; KeyScrambler for IE), CryptoPrevent, Secunia PSI.
[I am experimenting with Sandboxie, and believe computer-users who sandbox are acting prudently.]