Avast 2014 update 3 released, concentrates on stability and compatibility improvements
Again, there are no new features in this release, but the compatibility and stability improvements, as well as internal architecture changes, make it an essential update.
First up, release 3 fixes a number of stability and compatibility issues with the Stream Filtering tool, which Avast promises should resolve any related browser problems. This builds on fixes implemented in the previous minor update.
The ARA/ARC components have been implemented with internal architecture improvements, while there are also stability improvements to the Firewall, with the claim that it will now behave better with other network applications.
The Software Updater tool comes with a new installation wizard, which makes it possible to now download and install multiple updates.
Avast also reveals improvements to the Browser Cleanup tool, which should improve its detection and removal of tools that attempt to block it from removing unwanted toolbars. Finally, the GrimeFighter tool has been updated to support 12 more languages and offers more control over optimization via an advanced console.
Two significant bugs have been fixed with this new release: the first saw the program installer hanging when attempting to remove the program at the "Stopping service: Avast antivirus" dialog, while the second led to issues uploading to Dropbox and Flickr online services.
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