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Title: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: vistascape on December 18, 2012, 08:24:10 PM
i want to remove that thing, how do i make it happen?

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Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: Simion on December 18, 2012, 10:32:26 PM
Really? I find the context menu scanner rather handy.

If you use CCleaner, navigate to Tools > Startup > Context Menu. Disable the Avast entries (two in XP32, not sure about Vista64).

Alternately, you can use ShellEx (http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shexview.html) to do the same thing.
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: Gopher John on December 19, 2012, 01:12:39 AM
In the AvastUI | Settings in the upper right hand corner.
In the Basic tab is "Special Scans".  Uncheck it.
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: vistascape on December 19, 2012, 01:32:20 AM
In the AvastUI | Settings in the upper right hand corner.
In the Basic tab is "Special Scans".  Uncheck it.
its already unchecked.
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: Simion on December 19, 2012, 01:45:19 AM
In the AvastUI | Settings in the upper right hand corner.
In the Basic tab is "Special Scans".  Uncheck it.
No, that setting is only for the Avast UI.

Quote
Check the box below if you want the avast! special scans (such as the Windows Explorer "right-click" scan and the Screensaver scan) to be visible and configurable via the avast! user interface.
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: DavidR on December 19, 2012, 01:52:25 AM
You can only remove the long file names - if that is what your problem is but you don't say why you want to do this ?

- Context (right click) Menu, very long file names how to change the display so as not to show the file names:
Using notepad, open the C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Avast Software\Avast\avast5.ini (XP file location)
C:\ProgramData\Avast Software\Avast\avast5.ini (Vista, Win7 file location)

Now find and edit the [UserInterface] section, add the new line after the label, ShellExtensionFileName=0 and save the file the avast self-defence will ask for confirmation. That would get rid of the long file name element.

[UserInterface]
ShellExtensionFileName=0

For complete removal of the Shell Integration
- use the ShellExtensionFileName=-1, to switch off the avast shell integration completely.
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: Gopher John on December 19, 2012, 02:43:36 AM
In the AvastUI | Settings in the upper right hand corner.
In the Basic tab is "Special Scans".  Uncheck it.
No, that setting is only for the Avast UI.

Quote
Check the box below if you want the avast! special scans (such as the Windows Explorer "right-click" scan and the Screensaver scan) to be visible and configurable via the avast! user interface.

You're right.  I stand corrected. :-[  Thanks. :)
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: Aventador on December 19, 2012, 03:21:12 AM
Every single antivirus in the world has right click via Windows explorer or context menu. So whats the big deal? If it wasn't there then someone would complain that they had to open up Avast and run a full scan to scan the object they needed scanned.
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: vistascape on December 20, 2012, 12:17:12 AM
You can only remove the long file names - if that is what your problem is but you don't say why you want to do this ?

- Context (right click) Menu, very long file names how to change the display so as not to show the file names:
Using notepad, open the C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Avast Software\Avast\avast5.ini (XP file location)
C:\ProgramData\Avast Software\Avast\avast5.ini (Vista, Win7 file location)

Now find and edit the [UserInterface] section, add the new line after the label, ShellExtensionFileName=0 and save the file the avast self-defence will ask for confirmation. That would get rid of the long file name element.

[UserInterface]
ShellExtensionFileName=0

For complete removal of the Shell Integration
- use the ShellExtensionFileName=-1, to switch off the avast shell integration completely.
thanks man :)
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: DavidR on December 20, 2012, 01:37:45 AM
You're welcome.

We're still curious as to why you wanted to do this ?
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: vistascape on February 11, 2014, 07:56:41 PM
where are the config file in windows 7? i cannot find it.

i want to disable the context menu... have latest version of the free antivirus avast...
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: DavidR on February 11, 2014, 09:52:24 PM
Check the Reply #5 that gives the location for XP and win7 and later.

The only problem you may find is that the ProgramData is a hidden folder so you need to change windows explorer settings. Explorer (not internet explorer) Menu > Tools > View > Folder Options > Hidden files and folders and check the 'Show hidden files and folders.

You will most likely need to run notebook.exe as admin or windows will prevent the change to avast5.ini.
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: vistascape on February 11, 2014, 11:04:31 PM
Check the Reply #5 that gives the location for XP and win7 and later.

The only problem you may find is that the ProgramData is a hidden folder so you need to change windows explorer settings. Explorer (not internet explorer) Menu > Tools > View > Folder Options > Hidden files and folders and check the 'Show hidden files and folders.

You will most likely need to run notebook.exe as admin or windows will prevent the change to avast5.ini.
ive already checked, otherwise i wouldnt ask it. now what?

edit: sorry, now i see. i missed that particular windows 7 directory.

thanks, your the best.
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: DavidR on February 12, 2014, 12:27:40 AM
You're welcome.
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: vistascape on September 06, 2016, 10:35:06 PM
how do i delete this? ive tried the things above but it didnt help.

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Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: Eddy on September 06, 2016, 10:37:48 PM
You already have been answered almost 4 years ago.
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: vistascape on September 06, 2016, 10:56:40 PM
You already have been answered almost 4 years ago.
i tried it. it does not work.
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: GJoe on September 06, 2016, 10:59:01 PM
You already have been answered almost 4 years ago.
i tried it. it does not work.

I'm not trying to be smart-ass, but you need to disable avast self-defense to do that (all the time), which is BAD.
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: DavidR on September 06, 2016, 11:15:24 PM
how do i delete this? ive tried the things above but it didnt help.

Follow the instructions in Reply #5 above, the last line of that shows what value to enter for complete removal.

Are you getting any errors when trying to edit the avast5.ini ?
I have just tested these settings on this XP system and they still work for me.

You may need to reboot to have the setting take effect.

<snip>
I'm not trying to be smart-ass, but you need to disable avast self-defense to do that (all the time), which is BAD.

The whole point of the self-defence module is to prevent unauthorised changes to avast. It is for your protection to prevent malware making changes to the avast .ini files.

I mean just how many times do you need to alter the avast ini files to have to disable the avast self-defence.

If you run notepad.exe as the administrator you should be able to make the modifications as suggested and (depending on OS) the self-defence module just seeks confirmation that you want to make the changes.
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: vistascape on September 07, 2016, 01:07:50 AM
its working now.

i had -0 instead of -1  :P
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: DavidR on September 07, 2016, 01:19:16 AM
its working now.

i had -0 instead of -1  :P


Good that you now have it working.
Note the -0 value was also wrong, that is why nothing changed. It should just have been 0 after the =.
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: vistascape on March 09, 2019, 06:49:02 AM
You can only remove the long file names - if that is what your problem is but you don't say why you want to do this ?

- Context (right click) Menu, very long file names how to change the display so as not to show the file names:
Using notepad, open the C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Avast Software\Avast\avast5.ini (XP file location)
C:\ProgramData\Avast Software\Avast\avast5.ini (Vista, Win7 file location)

Now find and edit the [UserInterface] section, add the new line after the label, ShellExtensionFileName=0 and save the file the avast self-defence will ask for confirmation. That would get rid of the long file name element.

[UserInterface]
ShellExtensionFileName=0

For complete removal of the Shell Integration
- use the ShellExtensionFileName=-1, to switch off the avast shell integration completely.

i have windows 10 now. i cant change the avast5.ini file. it says im not an administrator even though i am. can u help me please?

i wanna remove the context menu in windows 10.
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: DavidR on March 09, 2019, 04:35:22 PM
Well much water has gone under this bridge, so I don't know if it still works.

However, there are things that you need to do before you can edit the .ini file:
1. Disable the avast self-defence module, this could block any edit.
2. You must use the windows notepad, no other text editor.
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: vistascape on March 09, 2019, 05:46:08 PM
Well much water has gone under this bridge, so I don't know if it still works.

However, there are things that you need to do before you can edit the .ini file:
1. Disable the avast self-defence module, this could block any edit.
2. You must use the windows notepad, no other text editor.
still not working. it says i need admin rights or something :(
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: Martin00 on March 09, 2019, 07:03:06 PM
I remember in the old days I used to do this by deleting registry keys.
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: DavidR on March 09, 2019, 08:00:46 PM
Well much water has gone under this bridge, so I don't know if it still works.

However, there are things that you need to do before you can edit the .ini file:
1. Disable the avast self-defence module, this could block any edit.
2. You must use the windows notepad, no other text editor.
still not working. it says i need admin rights or something :(

How about running notepad.exe As Administrator ?
Then open the avast5.ini file from the notepad File menu.
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: vistascape on March 10, 2019, 01:11:03 AM
same.

there has to be a way to remove context menus. omg.
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: DavidR on March 10, 2019, 01:27:44 AM
You could try using the tool ShellEx (and link) mentioned in Reply #1
Given it is over 6 years old, I don't know if, A) the tool is still available or B) if it would work with Win10.
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: vistascape on March 10, 2019, 05:54:21 AM
i tried it. it didnt work. if i did it correctly.
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: Martin00 on March 10, 2019, 09:44:22 AM
i tried it. it didnt work. if i did it correctly.

Did you try rebooting afterwards? If yes, then this should work:
1. Use ShellEx and locate Avast.
2. Right click on it and click on "Open CLSID In RegEdit".
3. Make a backup (right click on that registry key and then "Export" and save).
4. Delete that registry key (you need to click on that selected folder on the left pane, same goes for point 3).
5. Reboot.

If you will want to restore it simply open the file you exported. It should add it to the registry (with a popup message).
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: igor on March 10, 2019, 10:07:43 AM
I just tried, the avast5.ini value mentioned earlier (ShellExtensionFileName=-1) still works.
If you disable Avast self-defense temporarily and edit the file as an (elevated) administrator, you must be able to modify the file.

(Yes, the confirmation window that used to appear when modifying avast5.ini via Notepad.exe with self-defense enabled, that doesn't seem to work now.)
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: vistascape on March 10, 2019, 04:47:16 PM
I just tried, the avast5.ini value mentioned earlier (ShellExtensionFileName=-1) still works.
If you disable Avast self-defense temporarily and edit the file as an (elevated) administrator, you must be able to modify the file.

(Yes, the confirmation window that used to appear when modifying avast5.ini via Notepad.exe with self-defense enabled, that doesn't seem to work now.)
ive tried this already. not working.

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Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: Martin00 on March 10, 2019, 05:05:49 PM
Try what I have posted earlier in this topic: https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=111502.msg1497691#msg1497691
It works on Windows 10 and also should on previous versions.
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: vistascape on March 10, 2019, 11:51:08 PM
i tried it. it didnt work. if i did it correctly.

Did you try rebooting afterwards? If yes, then this should work:
1. Use ShellEx and locate Avast.
2. Right click on it and click on "Open CLSID In RegEdit".
3. Make a backup (right click on that registry key and then "Export" and save).
4. Delete that registry key (you need to click on that selected folder on the left pane, same goes for point 3).
5. Reboot.

If you will want to restore it simply open the file you exported. It should add it to the registry (with a popup message).
thanks man. it worked when deleting the folder from regedit.
Title: Re: how do i remove avast context menu? PICTURE
Post by: Martin00 on March 11, 2019, 04:50:11 PM
i tried it. it didnt work. if i did it correctly.

Did you try rebooting afterwards? If yes, then this should work:
1. Use ShellEx and locate Avast.
2. Right click on it and click on "Open CLSID In RegEdit".
3. Make a backup (right click on that registry key and then "Export" and save).
4. Delete that registry key (you need to click on that selected folder on the left pane, same goes for point 3).
5. Reboot.

If you will want to restore it simply open the file you exported. It should add it to the registry (with a popup message).
thanks man. it worked when deleting the folder from regedit.

No problem.