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Title: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: NoelC on December 18, 2013, 06:52:52 PM
I seriously only need what the Avast! free version provides.  I don't want "Internet Security", I just want the anti-malware scanning of files going to/from the file system primarily.  In the recent past I had paid for Internet Security for years but found I just deconfigured most of it to suit my needs.

But the Avast free edition pops up ads (for the paid version) quite often.  They're not hard to ignore, but somewhat annoying.  That's of course their purpose; I understand completely.

I'm willing to pay for good software that serves a good function and to reduce annoyance, and I still believe Avast! is actually the best anti-malware solution.  So...

If the paid version can be set to pop up NOTHING, I will go ahead and buy again. 

Can someone please confirm whether it's possible to deconfigure ALL Avast! pop-ups in the paid version?

Thanks.

-Noel
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: Alikhan on December 18, 2013, 09:23:56 PM
You can do that in the free version but you wouldn't get any malware notification popups..

If you were to do that, just enable silent/gaming mode.

At the moment there's a bug where ads are showing instead of the virus update notifications...
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: NoelC on December 18, 2013, 09:32:46 PM
Just to be clear, I don't mind pop-ups letting me know definitions have been updated, but I would want the ability to see no others, and I'd rather not invoke "gaming" mode.

Sounds like I wouldn't gain relief from the regular "Christmas special" et. al. pop-ups if I were to buy Avast Pro.  Pity.

-Noel
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: Para-Noid on December 18, 2013, 09:54:15 PM
Set all pop=up duration to as low as two seconds.
Either that or enable the silent/gaming mode.
This is a constant in each version free or paid.
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: flimawpi2014 on December 19, 2013, 05:41:58 PM
I seriously only need what the Avast! free version provides.  I don't want "Internet Security", I just want the anti-malware scanning of files going to/from the file system primarily.  In the recent past I had paid for Internet Security for years but found I just deconfigured most of it to suit my needs.

But the Avast free edition pops up ads (for the paid version) quite often.  They're not hard to ignore, but somewhat annoying.  That's of course their purpose; I understand completely.

I'm willing to pay for good software that serves a good function and to reduce annoyance, and I still believe Avast! is actually the best anti-malware solution.  So...

If the paid version can be set to pop up NOTHING, I will go ahead and buy again. 

Can someone please confirm whether it's possible to deconfigure ALL Avast! pop-ups in the paid version?

Thanks.

-Noel


Hi,

It´s NOT possible to deconfigure ALL Avast! pop-ups, EVEN IN THE PAID VERSION.


You will get annoying ads on you home screen and popups no matter what.

I am very disappointed with avast.

I paid for Avast Internet Security and now i´m having to put up with this.

I´ve tried everything, but i just can´t get rid of the ads.

Unchecking boxes in the settings or being careful during the setup wont make any difference.

A fews days ago I discussed this in this forum. You should check it out in the link below.

http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=142758.0

Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: DavidR on December 19, 2013, 07:37:01 PM
@ flimawpi2014 (and NoelC)

In my Reply #23 of that topic (http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=142758.msg1035469#msg1035469 (http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=142758.msg1035469#msg1035469)) I suggested why you were getting those, that it isn't normal procedure and what to do to kill it if you want to go that far.

We are however, still waiting for this intermittent bug to be finally squashed. For me it is a little over 50/50 in getting the correct auto update notification and not the screwed up one. So for now I have simply disabled the auto update notification on this XP Pro system (my main system) and left it enabled on my win7 netbook, to monitor its actions.
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: flimawpi2014 on December 19, 2013, 10:31:22 PM
@ flimawpi2014 (and NoelC)

In my Reply #23 of that topic (http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=142758.msg1035469#msg1035469 (http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=142758.msg1035469#msg1035469)) I suggested why you were getting those, that it isn't normal procedure and what to do to kill it if you want to go that far.

We are however, still waiting for this intermittent bug to be finally squashed. For me it is a little over 50/50 in getting the correct auto update notification and not the screwed up one. So for now I have simply disabled the auto update notification on this XP Pro system (my main system) and left it enabled on my win7 netbook, to monitor its actions.


DavidR,

Yes, I remember your suggestion.

I followed it, but nothing changed it.


And, honestly, as a paying user, I don´t want to lose the autoupdate notification or any other important notifications.
And I also don´t have alternative ways to monitor the actions on my system.
But this is me. It doesnt necessarily apply to the OP.
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: DavidR on December 20, 2013, 12:36:37 AM
<snip quote>
DavidR,

Yes, I remember your suggestion.

1. I followed it, but nothing changed it.

2. And, honestly, as a paying user, I don´t want to lose the autoupdate notification or any other important notifications.
And I also don´t have alternative ways to monitor the actions on my system.
But this is me. It doesnt necessarily apply to the OP.

1. well since I disabled the auto update notifications, I haven't had a single popup; whilst that was only changed last night, it has worked so far. On my win7 netbook I left enabled (for testing purposes) and I have received popups other than the update notification.

2. I completely agree, it is which is the lessor of two evils getting the popups or being notified of the auto updates. With the new streaming updates in avast 9.0 the reliance on the regular VPS updates is not so critical. So in that case would be the update notification. The other notifications would be unaffected by disabling the auto update notification popups.

Obviously the bug being squashed is what everyone wants.
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: NoelC on December 20, 2013, 02:33:41 AM
I'm of a mind with flimawpi2014.  I'd like to see serious information, not sales pop-ups, and I'd be willing to pay for that.  I'd be a bit miffed if I got sales ads with the paid version.

Just to be clear... 

IF this current bug is fixed, will only those using the paid version be relieved from seeing sales ads?

Meanwhile I'll deconfigure the auto-update notifications as DavidR has suggested - thank you.

-Noel
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: DavidR on December 20, 2013, 11:52:59 AM
You're welcome.

As an avast user like yourself, I can't speculate as to what will happen once this bug finally gets squashed. But I would like to hope that would be the case, ads only on the free version. But for me the bigger problem is the duration settings on these ads/tips popups doesn't comply with the duration settings.
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: olddog on December 20, 2013, 01:20:04 PM
...I can't speculate as to what will happen once this bug finally gets squashed.

This "bug" as you call it has been in place now for a number of versions and Avast have been aware of it for quite a long time, including right through the last beta.

On the one hand, it doesn't really affect the ability of the software to do it's core task, and if it had only appeared in one version or release would have been of minor importance.

But because it has dragged on for so long, it has assumed much greater significance. One has only to look at the number of posts it keeps turning up in. 

If it is just a "bug" then one has to wonder why it has taken so long without a resolution of the issue.  Is it in fact a structural design shortcoming that would require a significant amount of recoding to resolve, and hence is being put on the back burner?

Whatever the actual cause it is a quality control issue that now reflects badly on the quality of the product and its developers.
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: Vladimyr on December 20, 2013, 01:40:59 PM
Hi,

It´s NOT possible to deconfigure ALL Avast! pop-ups, EVEN IN THE PAID VERSION.


You will get annoying ads on you home screen and popups no matter what.

I am very disappointed with avast.

I paid for Avast Internet Security and now i´m having to put up with this.

I´ve tried everything, but i just can´t get rid of the ads.

Unchecking boxes in the settings or being careful during the setup wont make any difference.

A fews days ago I discussed this in this forum. You should check it out in the link below.

http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=142758.0

This is different to my experience.

On machines with 30-day trial of avast! Professional or AIS , I routinely enable Silent/Gaming mode (I can monitor status from 'avast! Account') and disable 'Community Features', etc.
No popups of any kind AFAIK.
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: jwa on December 20, 2013, 02:38:46 PM
With all these posts, and people asking legitimate questions concerning the paid version, it is rather curious that someone from Avast doesn't make some kind of official statement that can others can be referred to if nothing else. Why let this continue to build?
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: Lisandro on December 20, 2013, 02:41:42 PM
I never saw any offer... What am I? Lucky?
I have update pannel enabled, just disable the voice.
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: NoelC on December 20, 2013, 03:27:54 PM
Unfortunately it still puts up ad pop-ups even when the update notification is disabled.

(http://Noel.ProDigitalSoftware.com/ForumPosts/AvastProblemSmall.png) (http://Noel.ProDigitalSoftware.com/ForumPosts/AvastProblem.png)

I appreciate everyone's input, but from where I sit very little useful information has been provided here so far.  Some say there's a bug, others say that even the paid version does this, and still others suggest a fix that doesn't really work. 

No official appears to have stated anything one way or another, though even that's a bit vague...  Tech, do YOU work for Avast!?

-Noel
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: DavidR on December 20, 2013, 03:45:17 PM
@ NoelC
You have to disable the avastUI > Settings > Update - automatic update notification popup, disabling the sound won't stop the popup, just the sound. See my post http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=142758.msg1035469#msg1035469 (http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=142758.msg1035469#msg1035469).
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: NoelC on December 20, 2013, 03:59:57 PM
Sorry if I'm being dense, but I can find no such checkbox.

(http://Noel.ProDigitalSoftware.com/ForumPosts/AvastSettings.png)

-Noel
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: Para-Noid on December 20, 2013, 04:48:33 PM
Scroll up on that screen.
and/or
Click on "updates".
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: NoelC on December 20, 2013, 04:58:37 PM
Thanks.  I WAS being a bit dense.  The setting indeed appears to be in the Update section.

However, the setting (unchecking [ ] Show notification box after automatic update) WILL NOT STICK.  Whenever I go back into that dialog it's checked again.  So...  Sigh.   :-\   Is this something I should expect of the free version?

To say that the Avast! configuration dialogs are a nightmarish mess to navigate would be kind.  For one thing, a product with SO many settings is a VERY good example of why the new big-font lots-of-whitespace look is just wrong. 

What has gone wrong at Avast! lately?  I'm starting to wonder whether the protection afforded by this tool could be as compromised as the UI.

-Noel
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: Para-Noid on December 20, 2013, 05:15:31 PM
Try a repair...Control Panel>Uninstall a Program>double click "avast">click "repair">reboot

This may or may not fix your issue concerning a setting "sticking".
You might need to reboot more than once.
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: NoelC on December 20, 2013, 05:21:28 PM
Thanks, I'll try that.  Is this something that's come to be expected of Avast!?  I run a tight ship here, I'm not doing stuff that should lead to the need to repair software, and I get to the bottom of anything that appears unexpected.

-Noel
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: NoelC on December 20, 2013, 06:21:52 PM
A "Repair" did no good whatsoever.  The setting still does not stick.

I uncheck the [ ] Show notification box after automatic update box, and next time I look it's checked again.  I notice the [ ] My computer is permanently connected to the internet setting also cannot be saved.

(http://Noel.ProDigitalSoftware.com/ForumPosts/ChangingSettings.png)

(http://Noel.ProDigitalSoftware.com/ForumPosts/NotChanged.png)

No reboots were requested after the Repair, and I was surprised to see that my settings were all retained, even though the Repair operation had announced it would reset all settings.

Para-Noid, I'm forced to ask:  Do you have actual experience resolving these kinds of issues with Avast! or are you just shooting suggestions from the hip?  Your attention is appreciated, please don't get me wrong, but as a 37 year software engineering veteran I can work through basic things like repair and uninstall/reinstall myself.  I was hoping for more specific help.

I have not yet gotten an answer to the question:  Is a failure to be able to save these particular settings expected with the free Avast! version?


-Noel
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: Alikhan on December 20, 2013, 06:25:47 PM
A "Repair" did no good whatsoever.  The setting still does not stick.

I uncheck the [ ] Show notification box after automatic update box, and next time I look it's checked again.  I notice the [ ] My computer is permanently connected to the internet setting also cannot be saved.

(http://Noel.ProDigitalSoftware.com/ForumPosts/ChangingSettings.png)

(http://Noel.ProDigitalSoftware.com/ForumPosts/NotChanged.png)

No reboots were requested after the Repair, and I was surprised to see that my settings were all retained, even though the Repair operation had announced it would reset all settings.

Para-Noid, I'm forced to ask:  Do you have actual experience resolving these kinds of issues with Avast! or are you just shooting suggestions from the hip?  Your attention is appreciated, please don't get me wrong, but as a 37 year software engineering veteran I can work through basic things like repair and uninstall/reinstall myself.  I was hoping for more specific help.

I have not yet gotten an answer to the question:  Is a failure to be able to save these particular settings expected with the free Avast! version?


-Noel

After a repair, you should reboot. I know it's not requested but you should. As far as the settings are concerned, they should save... I seem it may be a corrupt install so.. to rule that out..

'd recommend a clean install of v9.0.2011.

1. Download Avastclear, Rejzors uninstall tool and the appropriate Avast program edition

http://files.avast.com/iavs9x/avast_free_antivirus_setup.exe
http://files.avast.com/iavs9x/avast_pro_antivirus_setup.exe
http://files.avast.com/iavs9x/avast_internet_security_setup.exe
http://files.avast.com/iavs9x/avast_premier_antivirus_setup.exe

Avastclear : http://files.avast.com/iavs9x/avastclear.exe
Rejzors Uninstall tool: http://rejzor.wordpress.com/avast-cleanup-tool/

2. Uninstall Avast by control panel  [If you don't have Avast in control Panel go to #4]
3. Uninstall in safe mode using Avastclear.
4. Run Rejzors Uninstall Utility in Normal Mode (removes traces avastclear doesn't) - reboot.
Check : Once uninstalled check in device manager>view>show hidden devices if there is anything related to avast with a yellow triangle.. if so, uninstall it and reboot.
5. Install the version you downloaded.
6. Reboot.
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: NoelC on December 20, 2013, 06:45:33 PM
I did reboot, even though I wasn't prompted to do so.  That did not help.

Now we're talking about uninstalling the software in Safe Mode and running some mysterious Rejzors Uninstall tool from some 3rd party site!  Does anyone besides me see anything even a little bit wrong with that advice?

I think if a regular uninstall and clean with Avast's tools then reinstall fails I'm basically done with Avast! at this point, as that would indicate it's clearly become a non-viable security product.

-Noel
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: Alikhan on December 20, 2013, 07:14:40 PM
I did reboot, even though I wasn't prompted to do so.  That did not help.

Now we're talking about uninstalling the software in Safe Mode and running some mysterious Rejzors Uninstall tool from some 3rd party site!  Does anyone besides me see anything even a little bit wrong with that advice?

I think if a regular uninstall and clean with Avast's tools then reinstall fails I'm basically done with Avast! at this point, as that would indicate it's clearly become a non-viable security product.

-Noel

That uninstall tool removes leftovers that avastclear doesn't use. I wouldn't post it if it wasn't needed. It's not malware and has been used by hundreds of people over the forums...

Why not just follow it exactly step by step?
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: NoelC on December 20, 2013, 07:26:10 PM
Why not?  Because with all due respect I don't know you from Adam, and I don't really care if you say hundreds of people have used it.

You're likely a well-respected contributor here, and I don't mean to insult you at all, but hundreds of people don't know any more about what's in that software than I do.  The "special tool" may very well carry its own malware payload.  I'm trying not to dig myself into a hole here.

The plain and simple fact is this:  Avast needs to work properly in its own right, without some mysterious 3rd party tweaker, or it's not a viable security product.

As it turns out, uninstalling and reinstalling Avast does NOT work.  The installation of the product stalls at "Launching executable file: AvastEmUpdate.exe /installer", which is the same place it stalled the other day when I tried to update it.  I'm not the only one to see this.  Note:

It looks like it's time to say bye bye to old friend Avast!, which - sadly - in the latter half of 2013 has gone suddenly from a viable, serious security tool to something that simply no longer works.

Thank you all for your good intentions to help.

-Noel
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: Para-Noid on December 20, 2013, 07:34:09 PM
Quote from NoelC

Para-Noid, I'm forced to ask:  Do you have actual experience resolving these kinds of issues with Avast! or are you just shooting suggestions from the hip?  Your attention is appreciated, please don't get me wrong, but as a 37 year software engineering veteran I can work through basic things like repair and uninstall/reinstall myself.  I was hoping for more specific help.

I'm just an avast user who knows from experience the first option of last resort is a repair.
If that fails usually, not always, a clean install is the next step.
We do try to resolve issues before a repair or clean install is necessary.
Most of the time it's something simple, like a simple reboot.
Other times it involves other software on a users machine.
If that's the case we dig a lot deeper.

Since yours was an avast issue the repair was the next logical step.
Then Alikhan suggested a clean install giving proper instructions.
And since he is helping you now, I will just follow this thread to see
if there is something to be noted for my personal use.

You are in excellent hands.  8)
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: Para-Noid on December 20, 2013, 07:39:07 PM
If you are unwilling to accept solid advice there is little we can do for you.
Yelling is definitely not helping to fix your issue.
The "avast cleanup tool" from RejZor is completely safe and contains no malware, fact is I have used it with no ill affects.
By not following the advice given shows you really don't want your issue resolved.
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: Alikhan on December 20, 2013, 07:44:12 PM
So I assume you never ran the uninstall tool. Could you check in Device Manager>View>Show Hidden devices>Non-Plug and Play Drivers if you can any drivers with a yellow triangle related to Avast...

Regarding the tool here is the Virustotal results :

https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/71e3490fa2bbf3a440dc3e651eb1c32285d81b93e683630d97bd8a8669bb49fb/analysis/1387564816/

It seems that you may have quit but I'd like you try a final thing.

This time I'd like you to use the online installer instead of the offline one. In some cases it works whereas the offline doesn't. Maybe by looking at the virustotal report, you'll now use that uninstaller of Rejzors... The Rejzor uninstaller has fixed the stalling emergency update issue in the past.

1. Download Avastclear, Rejzors uninstall tool and the appropriate Avast program edition

Note : You need to be ONLINE during this install.

http://files.avast.com/iavs9x/avast_free_antivirus_setup_online.exe
http://files.avast.com/iavs9x/avast_pro_antivirus_setup_online.exe
http://files.avast.com/iavs9x/avast_internet_security_setup_online.exe
http://files.avast.com/iavs9x/avast_premier_antivirus_setup_online.exe

Avastclear : http://files.avast.com/iavs9x/avastclear.exe
Rejzors Uninstall tool: http://rejzor.wordpress.com/avast-cleanup-tool/

2. Uninstall Avast by control panel  [If you don't have Avast in control Panel go to #4]
3. Uninstall in safe mode using Avastclear.
4. Run Rejzors Uninstall Utility in Normal Mode (removes traces avastclear doesn't) - reboot.
Check : Once uninstalled check in device manager>view>show hidden devices if there is anything related to avast with a yellow triangle.. if so, uninstall it and reboot.
5. Install the version you downloaded.
6. Reboot.

If this does NOT work for you, it would be very helpful if you could post your logs.

C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\Setup\setup.log.
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: NoelC on December 20, 2013, 08:08:24 PM
I help out on forums for products which I am expert, so I fully understand that you may be frustrated that I'm unwilling to follow your advice step by step, but you have to understand that some folks you advise do think for themselves.  I'm really trying not to be disrespectful, and I appreciate your trying to help. 

But please understand it's not you - other, expert users - who needs to step up to the plate here.

I DID run the uninstall from the control panel Programs and Features then followed with the Avast clean uninstaller in Safe mode.  The only "solid advice" I will not follow is to run some unknown piece of software from some other web site.  I mean no disrespect, but just why are we here, discussing a security product?  It is because we take security seriously.  Just think for a moment what you are advising / defending.

The Avast reinstall failed at near 100% completion, where it just hung:

(http://Noel.ProDigitalSoftware.com/ForumPosts/AvastProblem2.png)

I'm not the only one seeing this problem:
http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=140730.msg1037504#msg1037504

Perhaps I'll try an install again after a time, when hopefully Avast! will have fixed this issue.  For now it's back to Windows Defender.

-Noel
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: NoelC on December 20, 2013, 08:13:04 PM
So I assume you never ran the uninstall tool. Could you check in Device Manager>View>Show Hidden devices>Non-Plug and Play Drivers if you can any drivers with a yellow triangle related to Avast...
(http://Noel.ProDigitalSoftware.com/ForumPosts/CleanDeviceManager.png)

-Noel
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: CraigB on December 20, 2013, 08:30:22 PM
The tool referred to was made by ReZjoR ( an Uberevangelist of this forum ) specifically to remove some of the remnants that the standard cleaning tool doesn't remove, if you don't want to use the tool then I suggest you run a search in explorer and regedit for "Avast" and remove the leftovers manually as I do, depending on what system you are running you maybe required to take ownership of some of the leftovers before they can be deleted.

The freezing you are referring to during install with the emergency update is itself looking for updates before completing the install, how long have you waited with this freezing ?
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: NoelC on December 20, 2013, 08:42:09 PM
I left it stuck there for 20 minutes.  It did not complete.

I suspect - though haven't confirmed - that Avast may have made itself dependent on some web site other than Avast.com, in which case those sites may be blocked by our Internet setup.  Not long ago I noticed that the site (CNET was it?) Avast points to from their installer page required access to some very questionable adware sites before even allowing the download.  That's just wrong.

But this does beg some questions:


Solid advice to search manually.  I have been in RegEdit doing this, actually, since the install failed.

I *may* give it one more try today, but really, what a waste of time this is / has been.  I could have had a couple of new software features coded today.  The folks complaining that Avast! needs to do a better job before release aren't wrong!

-Noel
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: NoelC on December 20, 2013, 09:03:32 PM
If this does NOT work for you, it would be very helpful if you could post your logs.

C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\Setup\setup.log.
That's not even close to where it puts its logs.

A search turned it up here:  "C:\ProgramData\AVAST Software\Persistent Data\Avast\Logs\Setup.log"

Here's what was logged:

http://Noel.ProDigitalSoftware.com/ForumPosts/Setup.log

As you can see, there's nothing illustrative about the root cause of the problem.  Only thing is, the last line reads:

[19:49:38] [info   ] [system         ] [ 5632: 6392] Executing '"C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\AvastEmUpdate.exe" /installer'.

And there it just sits.  By the way, the ONLY way out of this is to log off or reboot.  The installer CANNOT be terminated.

I could switch over to testing in a virtual machine, where maybe I can put in something like Wireshark or Fiddler to see if AvastEmUpdate.exe is trying to access a site that's blocked, and if so which one.  But will Avast! pay me for my time to do this?

-Noel
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: NoelC on December 20, 2013, 09:42:11 PM
Okay, so here's the bottom line on this stuck AvastEmUpdate.exe thing:

Avast! cannot be installed with the hosts file from this site installed:

http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

Apparently AvastEmUpdate.exe MUST be able to access a site that's blocked (sent to address 0.0.0.0) by that hosts file.  Or maybe the size of that file is confusing something.  The list of sites in that hosts file are considered "parasite" web sites.  Temporarily renaming the hosts file in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc to something else will allow the Avast! installation to complete.

This begs the question, though:

Should one suspect Avast! of nefarious activity with a parasite web site, or mvps.org of a mistaken addition to the "blocked sites" list?

-Noel
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: Alikhan on December 20, 2013, 10:37:20 PM
Did the online installer work for you though?
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: NoelC on December 20, 2013, 10:45:34 PM
No, as I showed above it stalled just the same.

With the mvps.org hosts file temporarily disabled the standalone installer worked.  I suspect the online installer would have as well.  I am (somewhat reluctantly) giving Avast! another try.  After the reinstall I have been able to make the setting that is reported to block notices stick.

Since the hosts file replacement is arguably as effective as running Avast! Antivirus for blocking badware, I suggest the Avast people need to get on the ball and figure out why the two can't live together as they have for years.

-Noel
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: essexboy on December 20, 2013, 10:47:49 PM
For IE 8 and above then there really is no need for the modified host file as MS has most of them covered in the registry
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: NoelC on December 20, 2013, 11:47:28 PM
If you say that, chances are you haven't used it and seen the difference first hand.

-Noel
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: Alikhan on December 20, 2013, 11:51:13 PM
If you say that, chances are you haven't used it and seen the difference first hand.

-Noel

I've messaged your setup.log to a dev and they will be looking into it.
Title: Re: Can I See NO Pop-Ups From Avast if I Buy the Suite?
Post by: NoelC on December 21, 2013, 12:38:39 AM
Thanks.  With the information here they should be able to reproduce the problem easily.

-Noel