Author Topic: Is this an original avast gadget download?  (Read 4788 times)

Offline polonus

  • avast! Überevangelist
  • Maybe Bot
  • *****
  • Posts: 20143
  • Gender: Male
  • malware fighter
    • Personal Message (Offline)
Is this an original avast gadget download?
« on: March 01, 2011, 04:15:20 PM »
Hi, found this here: htxp://gallery.live.com/liveItemDetail.aspx?li=25301861-d9ed-483b-b81f-b331268a863e&bt=1&pl=1

Is this an official avast gadget download?

polonus
Cybersecurity is more of an attitude than anything else. Avast Evangelists.

Use NoScript, a limited user account and a virtual machine and be safe(r)!

Offline Asyn

  • avast! Überevangelist
  • Maybe Bot
  • *****
  • Posts: 24924
  • Frohe Ostern
    • >>>  avast! Forum - Deutschsprachiger Bereich  <<<
    • Personal Message (Offline)
Re: Is this an original avast gadget download?
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2011, 04:24:29 PM »
Is this an official avast gadget download?
polonus

It sure is not, pol..!
There's no standalone download for the avast gadget..!!! ;)
asyn
XP SP3 - avast! 9.0.2018 - CIS 3.14 [FW/D+] - MBAM 1.75 [On Demand] - Firefox ESR 24.4 [NS/ABP/EHH/BP] - Thunderbird 24.4 [EM/CH]
Deutschsprachiger Bereich -> avast! Wissenswertes (Downloads, Anleitungen und Infos): http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=60523.0

Offline Psycho Rock 411

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 81
  • Gender: Male
  • Avast! 8 User
    • http://www.facebook.com/brianraymondrodgers
    • Personal Message (Offline)
Re: Is this an original avast gadget download?
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2011, 04:47:54 PM »
This gadget does work with Avast! but Im not sure how this person uploaded that gadget. Now I have two gdgets for Avast! and can't tell which one was recently installed
Gateway NV53, 500GB HD, 4G RAM, Windows 8 Pro with Media Center x64, Avast! 8 Internet Security

Offline polonus

  • avast! Überevangelist
  • Maybe Bot
  • *****
  • Posts: 20143
  • Gender: Male
  • malware fighter
    • Personal Message (Offline)
Re: Is this an original avast gadget download?
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2011, 05:05:49 PM »

If we doubt the originality of the gadget in question, this sure is no invite to go and install it.
Certainly if the gadget is not checked by Microsoft to be original,

pol

Cybersecurity is more of an attitude than anything else. Avast Evangelists.

Use NoScript, a limited user account and a virtual machine and be safe(r)!

Offline DavidR

  • avast! Überevangelist
  • Certainly Bot
  • *****
  • Posts: 69213
  • Gender: Male
  • No support PMs thanks
    • Personal Message (Offline)
Re: Is this an original avast gadget download?
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2011, 05:28:32 PM »
I don't think this is an avast official/legitimate download, but it is supposedly signed by avast software, so I don't know what the live.com gallery make on what it posted.

Or more likely someone has extracted it out of their avast installation. Which seems a pointless exercise as it is included in the avast 6.0 installation and is worthless unless you have avast 6.0.
« Last Edit: March 01, 2011, 05:35:49 PM by DavidR »
Core2Duo E8300/ 4GB Ram/ WinXP ProSP3/ avast! free 2014 9.0.2018/ Outpost Firewall Pro9.1/ Firefox 28.0, NoScript, RequestPolicy/ MailWasher Pro/ DropMyRights/ MalwareBytes AntiMalware Premium 2.0.1/ WinPatrol+/ Drive Image 7.1/ SnagIt 10.0/ avast! mobile security

Offline Asyn

  • avast! Überevangelist
  • Maybe Bot
  • *****
  • Posts: 24924
  • Frohe Ostern
    • >>>  avast! Forum - Deutschsprachiger Bereich  <<<
    • Personal Message (Offline)
Re: Is this an original avast gadget download?
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2011, 05:31:24 PM »
Well since the only standalone gadget version was a beta build and was restricted to certain avast users. Then I don't think this is an avast official/legitimate download and someone brook the trust in being invited to trial the beta gadget.

Dave, we're talking about the gadget not WebRep. ;)
But still, you're right that this can never be official..!!
asyn
XP SP3 - avast! 9.0.2018 - CIS 3.14 [FW/D+] - MBAM 1.75 [On Demand] - Firefox ESR 24.4 [NS/ABP/EHH/BP] - Thunderbird 24.4 [EM/CH]
Deutschsprachiger Bereich -> avast! Wissenswertes (Downloads, Anleitungen und Infos): http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=60523.0

Offline spg SCOTT

  • Massive Poster
  • ****
  • Posts: 4138
  • Gender: Male
  • There is no magic, only lost physics
    • spg SCOTT
    • Personal Message (Offline)
Re: Is this an original avast gadget download?
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2011, 05:33:44 PM »
It could be simply that someone has taken the gadget out of the program files folder and uploaded it to the sidebar gallery.

It says it is signed by avast and matches the filesize for the sidebar gadget in program files.

That said, there is no need for a standalone gadget since it comes with avast and can only be used with avast...I don't get what the point would be in downloading it otherwise...
“There is a computer disease that anybody who works with computers knows about. It's a very serious disease and it interferes completely with the work. The trouble with computers is that you 'play' with them!”Richard Feynman

Offline logos

  • avast! Überevangelist
  • Serious Graphoman
  • *****
  • Posts: 9456
  • Gender: Male
    • Personal Message (Offline)
Re: Is this an original avast gadget download?
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2011, 05:42:10 PM »
Quote
It could be simply that someone has taken the gadget out of the program files folder and uploaded it to the sidebar gallery.

yep that's probably what happened; anyway that's not legit and I reported it to MS. Not mentioning that it most likely can't work with versions older than V6. Could even be malicious. After all I'll try to download it and scan it. And no, I won't install it ;D
w7 - ais7

Offline logos

  • avast! Überevangelist
  • Serious Graphoman
  • *****
  • Posts: 9456
  • Gender: Male
    • Personal Message (Offline)
w7 - ais7

Offline spg SCOTT

  • Massive Poster
  • ****
  • Posts: 4138
  • Gender: Male
  • There is no magic, only lost physics
    • spg SCOTT
    • Personal Message (Offline)
“There is a computer disease that anybody who works with computers knows about. It's a very serious disease and it interferes completely with the work. The trouble with computers is that you 'play' with them!”Richard Feynman

Offline logos

  • avast! Überevangelist
  • Serious Graphoman
  • *****
  • Posts: 9456
  • Gender: Male
    • Personal Message (Offline)
Re: Is this an original avast gadget download?
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2011, 05:56:19 PM »
I didn't check that but okay :D
w7 - ais7

Offline danny96

  • User with Brain™
  • Poster
  • *
  • Posts: 665
  • No-malware!
    • Personal Message (Offline)
Re: Is this an original avast gadget download?
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2011, 06:26:22 PM »
Someone just upload C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\aswSidebar.gadget . I don't know the point of It.  :-\. This won't work for people without avast! 6 so they should delete It.
Real-time protection: Brain™ and Avast! 9.0.2011 -- Firewall: Windows Firewall -- Additional Protection: Web Of Trust, Adblock -- OS: Windows 8 x64

 

Google Chrome

AVAST recommends using the FREE Google Chrome™ browser.

Download Google Chrome Now