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    Default What does the avast! network shield do?

    I always install it along with Web and Standard shield, but I've never really understood what it does. Is it kind of like a very basic software firewall?
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    Default Re: What does the avast! network shield do?

    Quote Originally Posted by nemt View Post
    I always install it along with Web and Standard shield, but I've never really understood what it does. Is it kind of like a very basic software firewall?
    Google is your friend
    http://www.avast.com/eng/whats_new_in_avast_v.html#2

    It just analyses network packages - I'd say its less than a firewall but more than nothing.

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    Default Re: What does the avast! network shield do?

    Yeah I've read that, but not really sure what they mean by it analyses network traffic. How is that data distinct from what's already scanned by the other shields?
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    Default Re: What does the avast! network shield do?

    Quote Originally Posted by nemt View Post
    Yeah I've read that, but not really sure what they mean by it analyses network traffic. How is that data distinct from what's already scanned by the other shields?
    It possibly looks at what is sent.
    The actual contents of the network package - like opening a parcel in a mail and checking contents.

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    Default Re: What does the avast! network shield do?

    Take a look at this thread; http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=43834.0

    In particular, "with the latest version of avast, the Network Shield also blocks access to known malicious sites".

 

 

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