Today, Avast is releasing a major program update to all core antivirus products (Free Antivirus, Pro Antivirus, Internet Security and Premier). Program update is officially branded as “Nitro Update” and the build number is 12.1.2272. Update is focusing on the performance, but adds also some new security features. According to Avast it’s specifically tailored to Windows 10 and should take only half of Windows Defender system resources.

Avast Free Antivirus Nitro Update

As always with Avast, you can update to the latest version completely for freeIf you are not interested in the update details, you can go directly to download links.

Full list of changes/fixes in Avast Nitro Update contains:

  • NEW CyberCapture – New technology to protect you from the unknown (and potentially dangerous) files which are being analyzed in the cloud by the Avast Threat Labs experts
  • NEW Bank Mode – New Bank Mode in the SafeZone Browser for secured online transactions like shopping and banking (replacing the old Pay Mode)
  • NEW Automatic Program Updates – All Avast antivirus will be now automatically and silently updated to the latest program version which should be released each month
  • IMPROVED Performance – Avast installation is now much faster and takes less space on a hard drive, Windows boot-times are 11% faster than in previous version and has only half system impact in Windows 10 compared to Windows Defender
  • IMPROVED Home Network Security – Network scan now detects 12 new router vulnerabilities like DNS hijack or banking hacks
  • IMPROVED Faster SecureLine – SecureLine now connects much faster to any server
  • REMOVED Remote Assistance – Remote Assistance component for remote connection to any computer with Avast has been unfortunately removed
  • REMOVED NG Virtualization – NG has been replaced by the new CyberCapture with much lower system impact

You can update your Avast directly from the program interface by going to settings (cog wheel icon in the top-right corner of Avast user interface) » ‘Update‘ » ‘Program‘ » ‘Update‘. Usually Avast also prompts you with the pop-up notification to update.

How Does Avast CyberCapture Work

Avast CyberCapture basically replaces the old Avast DeepScreen which used the NG virtualization technology. At least it replaced it in the Avast settings where DeepScreen it not available anymore. Also the pop-up notification is very similar to the one from the original DeepScreen.

Avast CyberCapture Pop-up Notification "Hang on, the file may contain something bad"Avast CyberCapture Pop-up Notification “Hang on, the file may contain something bad”

CyberCapture is something like enhanced analysis of the executed file in the Avast cloud. Every time you launch an application/file which is unknown to Avast database, it will be automatically send to Avast Threat Labs and analyzed in the cloud to make sure it’s not hidden malware. Once confirmed the application is clean, you may run it.

Disabling Avast CyberCapture in Avast SettingsDisabling Avast CyberCapture in Avast Settings

If you find Avast CyberCapture annoying, for any reason, you can simply disable it from Settings » General » Un-check ‘Enable CyberCapture‘.

To read more about Avast CyberCapture check out our full guide on ‘How to Disable (Stop, Turn Off) & Bypass Avast CyberCapture Pop-up Notifications‘.

Free Download of Avast Nitro Update (Version 12.1.2272)

For more information about the program update, checkout our full guide on ‘How to Update Your Avast Antivirus 2016 for Free‘. Alternatively you can download the latest installer from the official Avast servers using the links below.

You can install the latest version on the top of your current one. There is no need to uninstall it first.

Additional Notes

Although we have used Avast Free Antivirus 2016 screenshots in this article, these steps are also applicable for all Avast Antivirus solutions (i.e. also for Avast Pro Antivirus, Avast Internet Security, or Avast Premier) running the latest version available.

Steps are relevant for all Windows versions – Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (including Anniversary Update).

Written by Paul B. | Team

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