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What is Avira AntiVir ProActiv?
Posted by Samuel Turi on 28 April 2011 10:33 AM

What is Avira AntiVir ProActiv?


Avira AntiVir, Version 10 comes with a behavior-based component, named AntiVir ProActiv. AntiVir ProActiv constantly monitors the system's behavior in real time and scans for unusual events. The integrated rules set can quickly determine, if a certain event (or combination of events) indicates that the system is being attacked by new or unknown malware.

When a rule applies, you can decide what to do with the suspicious file. For example, you can block it once, block it permanently or ignore it.

A part of this new technology is the Avira AntiVir ProActiv Community, which enables every user to take active part in Avira's global fight against viruses and malware, by automatically sending data about running programs. This data is analysed and the results are then fed into the ProActiv module.

Avira AntiVir ProActiv is installed only by custom installation or by changing the previos installation. When upgrading from AV9 to AV10, a slide-up informs you about the new AntiVir ProActiv module. To install it, you have to change your installation. Then you have to activate the participation to Avira AntiVir ProActiv Community separately (the option appears automatically during installation).

If you manage AV 10 Professional via SMC, you can activate AntiVir ProActiv and the participation in Avira AntiVir ProActiv Community from the GUI or using a Silent Setup.

For more details, visit the following page: Expanded Online Testing of Files – Participation in the Avira AntiVir ProActiv Community

How can you check, if AntiVir ProActiv is installed?

The easiest way to find out, is by checking the file avguard.log:

#########################################################################
29.03.2010,07:55:33 AntiVir Guard Version: 10.00.01.43, Engine Version 8.2.1.196, VDF Version: 7.10.5.230
29.03.2010,07:55:33 Online services available.
29.03.2010,07:55:34 AntiVir Guard is activated.
29.03.2010,07:55:34 AntiVir ProActiv sucessfully started!
29.03.2010,07:55:34 The Avira AntiVir Professional service has successfully started!
#################################################################################

The important line: AntiVir ProActiv sucessfully started!. If you see this line, it means AntiVir ProActive is installed.

The file avguard.log is located under:
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\LOGFILES
Windows Vista/ 7: C:\ProgramData\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\LOGFILES

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