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20 Feb 2014   #1
gordie

both 32 and 64
 
 
Windows 7

I have Windows 7 on my desktop and was looking for and antivirus for myself and I need Windows for a type of what I do and decided to go with Avast and bought it for 29.99 for 1 year I picked because I used it the free edition and it worked good with using resources and also it is involved with chrome
Did I choose correct by buying it for a year or is the free edition just as good. The reason I also like it the firewall Avast has.


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20 Feb 2014   #2
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

You might want to read this...
Why You Don't Need an Outbound Firewall on Your PC
...and you might not agree :-)

I've not used the paid version of Avast - so I really cannot speak to how well it performs.
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21 Feb 2014   #3
gordie

both 32 and 64
 
 

So what your saying is next year don buy it because you don't need I only use because of my personal investments and banking. Maybe next year I'll through out Windows 7 and start using Ubuntu 14.04 least you don't need any software
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21 Feb 2014   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
You might want to read this...
Why You Don't Need an Outbound Firewall on Your PC
...and you might not agree :-)

I've not used the paid version of Avast - so I really cannot speak to how well it performs.
They are crazy. Say you have a bot, Trojan, worm, that has read your bank account number and password, I wouldn't want it to phone home with the info. A good modern firewall watches both ways, even Windows firewall in w7.

gordie paid version of AV suite are generally better and allow the user more fine control and atuo updating, although some freebies can do the updates.
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21 Feb 2014   #5
gordie

both 32 and 64
 
 
Britton30

Thanks dude thats why I liked avast free or paid and for 30 dollars fore the year When I installed and set it up it ask me to setup the firewall to how I wanted it so for 30 bucks and safety thats not bad thanks for the tip
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21 Feb 2014   #6
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
You might want to read this...
Why You Don't Need an Outbound Firewall on Your PC
...and you might not agree :-)

I've not used the paid version of Avast - so I really cannot speak to how well it performs.
They are crazy. Say you have a bot, Trojan, worm, that has read your bank account number and password, I wouldn't want it to phone home with the info. A good modern firewall watches both ways, even Windows firewall in w7.

gordie paid version of AV suite are generally better and allow the user more fine control and atuo updating, although some freebies can do the updates.
The point of the article is, if the software is already on the inside of the firewall, then it can get out without tripping the firewall by using a process that is already allowed thru the firewall (like IE) or by changing the firewall rules. (Albeit, some software will fail to get out.)

Avast's firewall (like most that I've seen) allows software to configure it. If Avast does not recognize the software as bad, then it allows the software to change the outbound rules. If the bot that you mention in your example is not stopped before it is installed, then Avast did not see it as bad and will allow it to change the outbound firewall rules.

Avast did not mention a thing when I installed UltraVNC. At least other antivirus tools warn the user about what they are about to allow to happen. UltraVNC changed the firewall rules and Avast did not highlight to the user that this was done.

Windows 7-avast-firewall.png

A caveat to the info presented above:
Most of the info comes from reading and experimenting. The info could still be wrong. Perhaps Avast uses a built in white lists of apps that can change the firewall.


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21 Feb 2014   #7
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Good point about software changing rules. You're right if the user installs it the firewall is generally changed to Automatic in regards to its traffic.
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