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GFYI [Official] Avast Premium Security Christmas 2019 Giveaway
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We at Geeks For Your Information are very pleased to announce our 
Avast Premium Security Christmas 2019 Giveaway!

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We would like to thank Avast Software 
for sponsoring us the giveaway prizes


Avast Premium Security is “the” latest variant of premium security suite by Avast Software. By the end of 2019 Avast Software's (1) Avast Pro Antivirus, (2) Avast Internet Security, and (3) Avast Premier will be upgraded to Avast Premium Security. Avast Premium Security has been improved with a comprehensive / complete range of security and features the user can conveniently relax with the assurance that he will stay protected at all fronts. Avast Software has streamlined Avast Premium Security under 3 main aspects of PC protection, (1) Protection, (2) Privacy, and (3) Convenience
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1. Protection

The core shields (File System Shield, Web Shield and Mail Shield) are the main layer of active protection in Avast Antivirus. It scans programs and files saved on your PC for malicious threats in real-time before allowing them to be opened, run, modified, or saved. If malware is detected, File System Shield prevents the program or file from infecting your PC. The Web Shield scans the data that is transferred when the user browses the internet in real-time to prevent malware, such as malicious scripts from being downloaded and run on the user's system. Avast's Web Shield technology scans HTTPS sites for malware and other dangers without any man-in-the-middle (MITM) methods and offers the strongest HTTPS security without having to sacrifice convenience by verifying website certificates rather than replacing them. HTTPS scanning detects and decrypts TLS/SSL-protected traffic. Mail Shield scans the user's incoming and outgoing email messages for malicious content. Scanning applies only to messages sent or received suing the mail management software (email clients such as Outlook, Mozilla's Thunderbird and the like). 
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Smart Scan
Avast's Smart Scan lets users scan for a plethora of issues with one click and to discover features that could further improve their PC. It is a comprehensive scan that detects malware, outdated software, bad browser add-ons, network threats, performance issues, and weak or compromised passwords at the same time. To speed up the scanning process, Smart Scan combines all scanning (for viruses, software updates, network problems, new features and performance issues) into one concentrated scan.  Once completed, it shows the itemized results and, if there are any issues, offers tools and suggestions to fix them. 

Behavior Shield
The Behavior Shield is an additional layer of active protection in Avast Premium Security. It monitors all processes on the user's PC in real-time for suspicious behavior that may indicate the presence of malicious code. Behavior Shield works by detecting and blocking the suspicious files based on their similarity to other known threats, even if the files are not yet added to the virus definitions database. By default, it is configured to provide optimal protection when switched "on". It is strongly recommended that this shield be kept "on" always and only make configuration changes if the user has advanced understanding of malware protection principles. 

Avast’s CyberCapture technology is one of our newest proprietary features that allows us to detect unknown files that might be a threat and analyze them in real-time. Whereas older technology ran locally on the user’s PC, CyberCapture runs in the cloud to provide zero-second protection, detecting unrecognized files quickly. At its core, CyberCapture is a cloud-based smart file scanner. Rather than relying on the latest definition updates, CyberCapture isolates unknown files in a safe environment and automatically establishes a two-way communication channel with the Avast Threat Labs. This allows for immediate analysis, providing a first-response line of defense against new, never before reported threats.

To analyze the file, Avast clears away all the false code and misdirection that malware creators use to mask malware’s true intentions. By peeling away layers of obfuscated code, CyberCapture is able to observe the binary level commands inside malware and better understand the instructions hidden there. While CyberCapture is analyzing, a user can run the file before CyberCapture has finished; however, we strongly recommend against this. Once a file has been analyzed, Avast tells the user whether the file is safe or dangerous.
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The Avast Firewall, offers better outbound protection and configurability than Windows, while remaining nicely invisible to the user. The silent Firewall also uses crowd-sourced data from our 400 million global users to identify what file types and applications are whitelisted, even those from remote corners of the world. The Avast Firewall monitors all network traffic between your PC and the outside world to protect you from unauthorized communication and intrusions. This feature is designed to require minimal input from you. To ensure you are protected, all you need to do is keep Firewall enabled and, when prompted, select the appropriate Firewall profile for each network you connect to.

Ransomware Shield 
Avast's Ransomware Shield secures the user's personal photos, documents, and files from being modified, deleted, or encrypted by ransomware attacks. This feature scans for and automatically secures folders which may contain personal data and allows the user to specify which other folders he wants to protect from untrusted applications. Additionally, he (the user) can specify which applications are allowed to modify the files in your folders and which applications are always blocked. Ransomware Shield monitors all processes on the user's PC in real-time for suspicious behavior that may indicate the presence of malicious code. Behavior Shield works by detecting and blocking the suspicious files based on their similarity to other known threats, even if the files are not yet added to the virus definitions database. 
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Real Site
The Real Site is a feature that protects the user from DNS (Domain Name System) hijacking to ensure that he (the user) access the "actual-real site" that he wants to visit. DNS hijacking is an attack that redirects the user from the site that he wants to visit to one that is fake. This type of attack is dangerous when used with banking and shopping websites. Avast's Real Site provides an encrypted connection between the user's web browser and Avast’s own DNS server to prevent hijacking. Real Site (previously called Secure DNS) is available in all of Avast’s paid antivirus products to encrypt the traffic between an Avast-protected device and our DNS server. This way, users can relax knowing that they’ll always go to the right destination every time.

2. Privacy

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Wi-Fi Inspector
Avast's Wi-Fi Inspector sports a new, sleeker look making it easier to use. This feature identifies weak passwords, vulnerable routers, compromised Internet connections, and enabled, but not protected, IPv6. It lists all the devices on the network so users can make sure that only trusted devices are connected. If an issue is found, we’ll offer solutions for how to fix it to keep you safe on both public and private networks. This proactive approach to security highlights our ongoing commitment to provide users with 360 degrees of protection that extends beyond the device to the user's Wi-Fi landscape, both now and in the future. 
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Webcam Shield
The Webcam Shield prevents applications and malware from accessing the user's webcam without your consent. With Webcam Shield enabled, untrusted applications cannot capture images or videos and send the content outside of the user's PC to compromise your privacy. Webcam Shield is enabled by default. To disable this feature, click the green ON slider so that it changes to red and displays the text OFF. Avast recommends keeping Webcam Shield enabled at all times. 

Sensitive Data Shield
Sensitive Data Shield provides an extra layer of spyware protection, beyond what the free antivirus offers. Using advanced algorithms, it scans your computer for documents containing names, addresses, phone numbers, and other data it thinks you’d want to keep private. If it finds any, it will offer to seal them off from unknown apps and spyware. There’s no need to move your files or hide them in a secret folder, either. Sensitive Data Shield keeps everything right where you left it, and protects it all automatically. With Sensitive Data Shield, only trusted apps (e.g., Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word, etc.) can access or copy your private documents. Anything else is automatically blocked — unless you approve.

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Data Shredder
Avast's Data Shredder allows the user to irreversibly erase his files or whole drives, so that there is no way for anyone to restore and misuse your data. When a user erases a hard drive, or delete a file using standard tools, only a reference to its data is removed from the file system. Simply deleting sensitive files, such as user data or licensed software, may not be safe as there are tools capable of restoring deleted files. Data Shredder overwrites files with meaningless data multiple times before deleting them, which prevents data from being recovered. Data Shredder is especially useful when selling or donating your computers and hard drives.

3. Convenience

Rescue Disk
Avast allows the creation of a Rescue Disk which is a version of the user's Avast Installation and save it to a CD or USB. This is a convenient way of "rescue" when a user's PC becomes so infected that it can’t even run Avast properly. This "disk version" will be ready for use by the owner to give their PC a clean reboot and restore functionality out rightly. The Rescue Disk on Windows PE (pre-installation environment) allows users to boot a PC even there is no "functioning" OS. 

Do Not Disturb Mode
The "Do Not Disturb Mode" works to silence unnecessary notifications while the user runs almost any application in fullscreen. Each time the user opens an application in fullscreen mode, Do Not Disturb Mode automatically detects it and adds it to the list of applications. Do Not Disturb Mode automatically launch to silence notifications from Windows, Avast Antivirus, and other application. 

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Automatic Software Updater
Software updates can be a real hassle, as they interrupt work and disrupt system functions. Because they can be so annoying, many users postpone installing them, which leaves their devices vulnerable. Many PC users are not aware that cybercriminals take advantage of vulnerabilities in outdated, commonly used software such as browsers, Flash Player, Skype, and other programs. Through security flaws, hackers can access a user’s system to install malware like spyware and adware, which can affect performance and, perhaps most importantly, lead to identity theft. Therefore, it is important to keep software updated. Avast makes this chore much easier with “Software Updater”. Helping users update faster than ever, Avast lists all the out-of-date programs and applications on the device and allows users to update them with a single, convenient click. 

Current stable build is Avast version 19.8.4793.544( December 2019)

Release Notes (as compared to Avast Premium Security first release):
  • New: using CEF version now to render the UI (3.3626.1895)
  • Added useful shortcuts to the interface top-right menu
  • User no longer have to click twice on our pop-ups to open or close them
  • A redundant reboot message was fixed
  • Improved: Smarter Smart Scan - Virus scan now deals with threats automatically, so you don’t have to sit through our scans
  • Fixed: Firewall settings not applied properly
  • Fixed: Passive Mode fix - Turning on or off Passive Mode no longer shows an 
  • Fixed: Crashes of UI after online installation
  • Fixed: Crash related to running Sandbox (if double-clicked)
  • Fixed: Displaying of detection dialogs in Sandbox
Avast Software is currently rolling out automatic upgrades of all Avast paid version installations to the "new" Avast Premium Security. This will be ongoing until the end of 2019. Users of paid versions (Avast Pro Antivirus, Avast Internet Security and Avast Premier) do not need to uninstall their current version. Avast update servers automatically detects these versions and upgrades the existing installation to Avast Premium Security (for PC, Single-Device)


Avast Premium Security licenses for this giveaway/contest
Avast Software has provided Geeks For Your Information Forum ten (10) x 1 year licenses of Avast Premium Security as Christmas 2019 giveaway/contest prize


To boost forum participation/contribution, all who wish to participate MUST have created a minimum of 3 threads and 5 posts (threads in sections: (i) Giveaways / Contests (ii) Deals and (iii) Geeks FYI > Feedback are NOT INCLUDED). Entries not meeting the requirement will be deleted. WE WILL BE CHECKING!

1. Please answer the question below.  

"WHAT is your current security suite/setup and WHY are you convinced that Avast Premium Security is the better/preferred choice?"

Post your reply as contest entry WITH your social media share.  Please see sample entry below.

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2. REQUIRED: Please share this giveaway by pasting the code below in your Facebook/Twitter/Google+ Account.  

(Share is NOT limited to popular social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram.)

Geeks For Your Information [Official] Avast Premium Security Christmas 2019 Giveaway 

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3. One entry per IP address ONLY. WE WILL BE CHECKING!

Only one entry per member is allowed. Dual entries will both be deleted and user will be banned from giveaway so please be careful.

If there are any questions / concerns pertaining to the giveaway/contest please get in touch with me through PM. Do not post it in this thread. Doing so will merit a warning and ultimately be banned from entering further giveaway/contests.

Ten (10) winners will each receive (one) 1 x year license of Avast Premium Security

Winners will be selected by Avast Software Representative and once posted,
winners will only have 5 days to send a PM to claim their prize. 
Please include your details (Name / Email) in your PM claim.
Prize will be FORFEIT if a PM claim is not received within the specified timeframe.
Prize will be FORFEIT if a PM claim is "not confirmed".
The Giveaway will run from December 15, 2019 to January 15, 2020
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"WHAT is your current security suite/setup and WHY are you convinced that Avast Premium Security is the better/preferred choice?"

My current security setup is Windows Defender only.

I am convinced that Avast Premium Security is the better/preferred choice:
 Avast Premium Security offers a multitude of security, privacy, and performance-related features, intended to keep my computer free of malware, safeguard my personal information and ensure my system runs smoothly. With Avast Premium Security, I can get rid of the junk files and even detect other software that may be hindering performance.
The application can also help find updates for software and device drivers. Outdated programs can pose security risks, and outdated drivers may reduce performance and even cause crashes
If I opt for a multiple device subscription, I can secure several Windows PCs or Macs, as well as my Android and iOS devices. Dedicated apps are available for all these platforms.
Avast Premium Security is a dependable and feature-packed security solution that can do everything from detecting malware, protecting my online privacy and speeding up my PC.

I am convinced that It's a great choice for me who want more than just a simple antivirus, and its intuitive UI makes it easy to work with as well.

Thanks for this contest!  Thanks to Avast Software.  Merry Christmas to all!!!

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"WHAT is your current security suite/setup and WHY are you convinced that Avast Premium Security is the better/preferred choice?"

I am currently using built-in Windows defender on one of my PC's. Avast Premium Security is the better choice as it has more and better features for protection than WD like better detection capabilities, robust firewall, webcam protection(protection from unauthorised webcam usage), Data Shredder(for permanently erasing files and/or whole drive) etc. 
Thanks for the giveaway!!
"WHAT is your current security suite/setup and WHY are you convinced that Avast Premium Security is the better/preferred choice?"

The current security setup of this laptop is freeware combination of AVG Free + OSArmor + TinyWall + Malwarebytes Free + NoVirusThanks Exe Radar Pro beta. This has been the setup for a little less than a year now. Get's the job done but having only one security suite is always be best and minimizes conflicts (if they arise). That is why I am convinced that Avast Premium Security is best here in this scenario. The features alone are great like the ransomware shield, webcam shield, sensitive data shield and cyber-capture. You can have that by adding 3rd party software into the old combination but this will get you bloated. Simplicity and effectiveness is better (not mentioning low ram usage) and Avast Premium Security can deliver that for me. 

Thanks for this opportunity to win a license and thank you to Avast for sponsoring our forum!

"WHAT is your current security suite/setup and WHY are you convinced that Avast Premium Security is the better/preferred choice?"

At the moment, to protect the system, I use a bundle of antivirus SecureAPlus, Malware Hunter Pro, Shadow Defender and Adguard. I consider that the use of Avast Premium Security will be more preferable because it is a comprehensive antivirus with a firewall and a large number of protection modules, which provide a good level of protection without resorting to additional antivirus programs and reduces the possibility of conflict between them. 
From a practical point of view, it is more convenient to manage one antivirus program than several. 
Avast Premium Security also provides for the creation of a disaster recovery disk on a CD or USB drive that allows you to restore your computer after it is infected.

Thanks for this contest! Thank уоu Avast Software!  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year  to all!

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"WHAT is your current security suite/setup and WHY are you convinced that Avast Premium Security is the better/preferred choice?"

I am currently using Kaspersky Internet security 2020 & Subscriptions will expires within a few days!

I found that Avast Premier Security will be the perfect replacement of Kaspersky,because:
-Very high detection rate & removal capabilities,lots of features
-Low false alarm & system impact
-According to av-comparatives Avast is the best security software of 2018

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"WHAT is your current security suite / setup and WHY are you convinced that Avast Premium Security is the better / preferred choice?"
I am currently using bitdefender total security for 3 months
I like avast because it is very light and works well on computers with few resources, high detection rate, many functions (protects Wi-Fi, updates, cleaning etc).

thanks for the giveaway
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Avast Representative has given go-signal to randomize the results, so,

We are pleased to announce the WINNERS of,

GFYI [Official] Avast Premium Security Christmas 2019 Giveaway

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Winner 1 - kubik67

Winner 2 - damien76

Winner 3 - Starship

Winner 4 - angustaver

Winner 5 - ismail

Winner 6 - dhruv2193

Winner 7 - FORFEIT

Winner 8 - FORFEIT

Winner 9 - FORFEIT

Winner 10 - FORFEIT

Please include your Name/Email in your win claim


Prize will be FORFEIT if a PM claim is not received within the specified timeframe.

Prize will be FORFEIT if a PM claim is "not confirmed".


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