Avast 2015 identifies vulnerable home routers

Avast Software launched Avast 2015, available in four consumer variations: Avast Free Antivirus, Avast Pro Antivirus, Avast Internet Security, and Avast Premier.

All versions include the free Avast Home Network Security, a one-click network scan that identifies potential security issues before they can be exploited.

Avast scans for misconfigured Wi-Fi networks, routers with weak or default passwords, Internet accessible and vulnerable routers, compromised Internet connections, and enabled, but not protected, IPv6.

One of the biggest risks users of vulnerable routers face is DNS hijacking. Avast SecureDNS encrypts Internet traffic between Avast-protected devices and Avast’s DNS server to prevent users from being directed to hijacked sites. Meanwhile, HTTPS scanning, a component of Avast’s trusted Web Shield technology, now scans HTTPS sites for malware and threats. Finally, the new Smart Scan feature allows users to scan for threats, software updates, network problems, and performance issues with just one click.

Additional protection includes an added buffer with hardware-assisted virtualization, creating a virtual “test area” to automatically analyze suspicious items. PUP (potentially unwanted programs) detection identifies programs users may not have intended to install, giving them the option to remove them to accelerate PC performance.

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