AVAST Software announced the upcoming avast! 6.0 anti-virus software will include virtualization technology for all of its free users.
AVAST Software is including an array of new
technologies in its soon-to-be released avast! 6.0, including virtualization technology for all of its free
―AVAST is so committed to free, we are providing all of our users with this virtualization technology for
free, says Ondrej Vlcek, CTO of AVAST Software. ―It is not always certain that an item is 100 percent
clean but with AutoSandbox virtualization, we‘ve created a safe space between the known good and
bad content which will make life safer for all avast users – whether they are using our free or paid-for
Virtualization technology enables people to create a virtual‘ computer inside their physical machine. If
they encounter malware while browsing the internet or running an infected application, the virtual
computer will shut down, leaving their real computer unharmed and running. ―Most viruses are spread
through executable commands and scripts are the entry point. By isolating the binary in a virtual
computer, the real machine stays clean, explains Mr. Vlcek.
AutoSandbox, a free virtualized environment for testing suspicious code, makes virtualization an easy
one-click choice. ―Virtualization has the potential to significantly increase user safety, but people have
been slow to adopt this technology—even when it‘s a part of their antivirus package,‖ says Mr. Vlcek.
―AutoSandbox shifts virtualization from being an IT geek‘ specialty to an automatic, easily accessible
safety feature for all avast users.
AutoSandbox identifies and prompts users to run suspicious applications in a safe virtual environment.
Users have three options: execute the file within the virtual AutoSandbox, run it outside the sandbox,
or cancel running the application entirely. ―It‘s a win-win for users, if the item is dangerous it just shuts
down the virtual computer and the user‘s real machine remains safe. And, if the item is safe, there is
no hassle from a false positive,‖ adds Mr. Vlcek.
The new feature will be available at no cost to all avast! users – including those with avast! Free
Antivirus, Pro Antivirus, and the premium Internet Security suite.