AVAST Software offers a full line of security protection including a free antivirus, a premium antivirus, and a full security suite. Last year, the company included their virtualization sandbox technology in Avast! Internet Security 5.0 and in the premium antivirus but withheld it from Avast! Free Antivirus 5.0. With the coming release of the 6.0 product line all three products will include virtualization technology.
When the security software encounters an unknown or suspicious process the AutoSandbox feature offers to run that process inside a “virtual computer”. The process runs as it normally would, but it can’t make any permanent changes to the actual, physical computer. If the process turns out to be malicious, there’s no harm done.
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. AutoSandbox shifts virtualization from being an IT geek specialty to an automatic, easily accessible safety feature for all avast users.
AVAST will be offering this technology to all users, including those using the free product. With AutoSandbox virtualization, there’s a safe space between the known good and bad content which makes life safer for all avast users.
The release of AVAST’s 6.0 product line is expected in the first quarter of 2011.