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New scheme of Avira Update promise a faster download

Posted by absnet on 29 November 2009


I’m sure you’ve know Avira, one of my recommended free antivirus. Avira is improving and improving by day. Now, to answer consumers need on faster update, Avira changed the update scheme in order to improve update speed and size.

As we know, Avira update need at least 30 MB filesize. This update always release every Thursday. That’s, for some customers, especially in low connection or high load, slowing the system. But starting from November, 17 this year, Avira 9 implementing new update concept which make update process faster and  without disruption, even during peak times.

Why Avira User need constant updates?. That’s because new malware created each day, new virus created found newest technology to infect their victims. A Week for update maybe too late, especially for computer connected to internet, because every second they connected, opening a possibility to be infected by new smarter virus.

Avira has responded to the feedback from its users with a much-improved update process: Instead of the current four files, in future the virus database will consist of 32 files. This will reduce the size of the individual updatable files, so that in future less data will be delivered in each update. Avira also uses a Content Delivery Network (CDN), which uses numerous servers distributed throughout the Internet to deliver the data more quickly.

The new system requires a one-off update measuring about 25 MB. Users of free Avira AntiVir Personal may once again experience delays as a consequence, after all Avira will need to supply over 100 million users with the update. This means that data measuring over 2.5 Petabytes will be delivered all over the world in the shortest possible time. Users of the commercial antivirus solutions from Avira are not affected by this – they are always serviced by means of a reserved bandwidth and thus receive all updates at any time without hindrance.

Before, Avira Update file for about 26 MB consist of  4 files ( called  VDF file), which are  antivir0.vdf, antivir1.vdf, antivir2.vdf and antivir3.vdf. For version 9, Avira update will be split into 32 files, starting from  vbase000.vdf, vbase001.vdf … vbase031.vdf. File vbase000.vdf will have the largest size, about 19 MB, and another files will be much smaller.

This file existence can be seen in Avira installation folder, C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop. If you can’t find this file in it, your Avira 9 is not updated with this new scheme.

The new scheme update only applied to Avira 9 version in all categories, Free personal, Premium, Internet security, Professional, Server and another products (update scheme for version 8 is still the same as before).

Today, 2 VDF files available for Manual Update, which is  Antivirus VDF Update ( forAvira 9) and AntiVir iVDF update ( for Avira 8 ). For straight download, right click link below and choose Save link As… ( the size rather large, about  23 MB – 26 MB)

For more complete information or what products supporting this update scheme, please check out download location below  http://www.avira.com/en/support/vdf_update.html

After you download this file, for manual update, you just need open Avira and open this file through Update > Manual Update menu. After you finish it, next update process should be faster using Automatic update ( of course with the internet connection).

Automatic Update

Automatic update can be done if our computer connected to the net. . If Avira 9 version still using older version update, first time update can be done by typing this command in Run menu ( Start Menu > Run ) :

“C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\update.exe” /DM=0 /NOMESSAGEBOX /receivetimeout=180

For Operating system 64 bits, use this command:

“C:\Program Files (x86)\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\update.exe” /DM=0 /NOMESSAGEBOX /receivetimeout=180

First Automatic Update process may need longer time, depend on your internet connection. . But the next update process will be more faster. Then, although Avira 8 update system still supported, it’s recommended to use newest version, especially when you use Free Personal.

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