Hi all,

it is my pleasure to announce the availability of a new beta of the upcoming avast free AV version 5.

How to get it
The installation package can be downloaded from the following location: http://files.avast.com/files/beta/5.0.143/setup_av_free.exe

Important: if you are using any of the previous v5.0 betas, you need to install this new version from scratch (i.e. remove the old beta, reboot, and start the new setup program). The built-in program updater (in the old betas) will unfortunately not work as we have slightly changed the internal format of the update packages.

It should be possible to do the installation over existing v4.8.

Normally, the installation doesn't require a reboot. This is however not the case if upgrading from v4.8.

Limitations and bugs

This is a fairly stable release which has already been extensively tested by our internal staff. It is complete with up-to-date defs, auto-update functionality, new protection modules etc. Most of the missing features is not related to virus detection/removal.

Here's a list of known bugs/limitations:

1. there is no licensing component in this version; i.e., no registration, no activation.

2. the help files are not there yet

3. the Behavior Shield is not yet fully connected (has limited functionality so far)

4. we plan to do roughly 30 more changes in the UI before the product is released

This is beta software. Use at your own risk.

If you encounter any crashes/bugs/problems or would just like to share your impressions, please start a new thread in the Beta section of the forum.

Thanks much




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