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Title: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
Post by: woodflute on November 29, 2013, 07:05:33 AM
I am running Avast Internet Security program version 2014.9.0.2008, on a Windows 7 64-bit machine.

I note that there is a shared folder named _avast_ in the %TEMP% folder.

If I delete this folder, it is recreated on reboot.

What is this folder please, and what exactly is it sharing and with whom?

Thank you for any information.
Title: Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
Post by: Pondus on November 29, 2013, 08:13:15 AM
i guess you see the folder where avast unpack and scan files....

Title: Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
Post by: Staticguy on November 29, 2013, 12:41:16 PM
There's also a file called streaming updates in the location where that temp folder is located. I forgot the exact name but it ain't there anymore.
Title: Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
Post by: woodflute on November 29, 2013, 04:05:40 PM
That this folder exists doesn't concern me.

It's that this folder is being shared...that greatly concerns me.  That requires explanation if I am to continue to use the product.
Title: Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
Post by: igor on November 29, 2013, 04:17:44 PM
Nothing is being shared with anybody.
As said, the folder is used e.g. to temporarily unpack archived files during scans.
Title: Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
Post by: Staticguy on November 29, 2013, 10:09:01 PM
The file that I was talking about called streaming_updates. dat located in the same location as _avast_in %TEMP% is now here. It wasn't there yesterday.
Title: Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
Post by: woodflute on November 30, 2013, 05:35:12 AM
Perhaps you aren't understanding.  The system IS showing this as a shared folder.  It is a network share.

That is the cause of my concern.
Title: Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
Post by: igor on November 30, 2013, 12:49:59 PM
It certainly isn't a network share here... and it shouldn't be (avast! doesn't create any network shares).
Title: Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
Post by: woodflute on November 30, 2013, 07:46:20 PM
Here is a screenshot.  I have verified that I can actually hit this folder via the path shown from another PC on my network.

Title: Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
Post by: Gandalf1369 on November 30, 2013, 09:19:04 PM
Interesting . . . Based on your screen shot I just checked my computer and found the same thing! This is with avast Free 2014.9.0.2008.
Title: Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
Post by: olddog on December 01, 2013, 12:52:22 AM
Interesting . . . Based on your screen shot I just checked my computer and found the same thing! This is with avast Free 2014.9.0.2008.

It's not on my PC though.
Title: Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
Post by: Alikhan on December 01, 2013, 01:08:59 AM
Have you guys got Homegroups set up?
Title: Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
Post by: Gandalf1369 on December 01, 2013, 01:23:29 AM
Have you guys got Homegroups set up?

Yes . . . I do . . .
Title: Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
Post by: woodflute on December 01, 2013, 01:30:50 AM
I have Homegroups turned off and the services for it disabled and stopped.

I did that after I noticed this, but it did not change anything.

I can delete the shared _avast_ folder, but it will be recreated on reboot, and it is recreated as a network share.
Title: Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
Post by: -midnight on December 01, 2013, 01:35:08 AM
Not on my computer either.

Sorry for messy screenshot.
Title: Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
Post by: woodflute on December 01, 2013, 03:20:36 AM
I'm sorry, everyone--on further investigation, it is the entire home directory structure that is shared.

This is a Windows 7 behavior that I was not aware of (and don't care for).

This doesn't relate to Avast, and please feel free to close or delete this thread as you like.

I found this information at http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/56cbde14-79c3-4b64-b2a1-2d2141b6fed6/why-does-windows-share-the-users-directory-by-default?forum=w7itprogeneral (http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/56cbde14-79c3-4b64-b2a1-2d2141b6fed6/why-does-windows-share-the-users-directory-by-default?forum=w7itprogeneral).