What does the avast! network shield do?

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  1. nemt

    nemt Notebook Deity

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    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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    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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    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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    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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