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AMD Catalyst Beta without .NET 4.5 framework…

If you are the sort of person who doesn’t mind installing beta graphic drivers just so you can gain that extra 1% of performance, you have probably noticed that all the AMD Catalyst Beta drivers force install .NET 4.5 framework because someone at AMD didn’t do his job properly. My system has .NET 4.5 Framework properly installed, yet AMD Catalyst installer says “Current version not installed” and installs it over again. What this does is that it borks up your existing installation, so Windows Update will have to re-download all the security updates again which take ages to complete even on my main system which is no snail. It’s stupid and the one responsible for this moronic issue should be smacked in the face.

How to get around this problem?

Download the installer and run it as usual. Click Install and wait for the package to extract its files. When AMD Catalyst Install Manager appears, click Cancel and exit it. Now go to where the package extracted its files (for example: “C:\AMD\AMD_Catalyst_13.8_Beta2”).

Now open the folder where files were extracted and look for a folder “DotNet45” inside “C:\AMD\AMD_Catalyst_13.8_Beta2\Packages\Apps”. Delete the entire “DotNet45” folder. Now go back to main folder and run setup.exe again. This time, AMD Catalyst Install manager won’t even list .NET 4.5 Framework anymore.

This of course doesn’t mean you can use it without the framework, you still need to install it (once), but not every single freaking time you install new BETA drivers.

 

avast! 2014 BETA released!

No, I’m not going to post a link here due to the nature of the product (still being a beta), but I can tell you that you can get it on official avast! forums. Shouldn’t be too difficult if you are interested in testing it before the release.

Now, I’ll write some first few minutes impressions about this new version. And I must say they are mostly positive which is very good.

The biggest change is the interface, something no one can miss (unless if you are blind of course). All the fiddly settings have now been removed from the main interface, no more billions of shields and statistics pages, updates page, no more direct access to hundreds of tweaks and settings. All you have direct access to are the most important settings and features like Quick Scan, Virus Chest, Software Updater, Browser Cleaner etc. So, for a casual user, it kinda feels like slightly more advanced MSE. But for those advanced users, you can still get ALL the existing settings and tweaks, so you can fiddle with them till you die 🙂 Sure some related to separate shields are now gone, because shields have been consolidated, but if I’m honest, I don’t really miss them.

If you’re an advanced user, you might be in a worry now, but I can calm you down, it looks and feels really well. You don’t really need to fiddle with all those settings all the time and once you do in the main settings, they will most likely remain that way for the rest of usage time.

Oh and I really like the new animated trey icon. I didn’t like the rotating icon in the past so I kept it disabled most of the time (rotation, not the icon), but the new one looks like a pie cutout from the orb which moves from right to left side. It’s not even annoying and looks kinda cool.

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This is pretty much it. Yes, it’s BETA and thus has few glitches like the magnifying glass icon instead of the actual Virus Chest icon and few other things like old yellow progress bars during scans, but that will all get sorted out before the FINAL version release.

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Another big change is the avast! Online Security plugin for browser. This is how it looks in Firefox on my blog. As you can see it offers variety of privacy features plus enhanced phishing and malware detection. Rating has also been simplified to Good and Bad options only, so no more fiddly settings. It is again a bit twitchy on some pages where its graphics become a bit weird, but it works. And I really don’t like its browser icon (that “a” logo with a dot in the middle). But I guess this is just temporal graphic during beta…

It feels really fast and works surprisingly well for a very first beta of such major release so I’m feeling very confident about it.

More info will come once I get more in-depth info.