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Title: Avast writing junk registry entries
Post by: N. Kaufman on December 31, 2017, 01:57:50 AM
Hello,

Avast seems to be writing junk entries in the registry. See pic that shows HKCU entries.

Similar entries are there in HK_users

Title: Re: Avast writing junk registry entries
Post by: Rundvleeskroket on December 31, 2017, 02:31:57 AM
How do you know it is Avast doing this?
Title: Re: Avast writing junk registry entries
Post by: RejZoR on December 31, 2017, 08:46:02 AM
I have avast! installed and there are no such entries there. Not sure why would it write there anyway, it has its own entries elsewhere...
Title: Re: Avast writing junk registry entries
Post by: N. Kaufman on December 31, 2017, 05:46:37 PM
How do you know it is Avast doing this?

Other sites mention the same thing.
Plus registry entries match other Avast entries.
This and other machines recently uninstalled Browser cleanup Tool and show similar behavior.

Title: Re: Avast writing junk registry entries
Post by: N. Kaufman on December 31, 2017, 05:47:55 PM
I have avast! installed and there are no such entries there. Not sure why would it write there anyway, it has its own entries elsewhere...

Perhaps installing and then uninstalling Browser cleanup component would show this.

I see this on a Win-10 64-bit Pro edition.
Title: Re: Avast writing junk registry entries
Post by: bob3160 on December 31, 2017, 06:17:42 PM
I have avast! installed and there are no such entries there. Not sure why would it write there anyway, it has its own entries elsewhere...

Perhaps installing and then uninstalling Browser cleanup component would show this.

I see this on a Win-10 64-bit Pro edition.
I also have Win-10 64 bit on 3 systems. None of them have these entries.
Maybe you need to dig a bit deeper ???
Title: Re: Avast writing junk registry entries
Post by: N. Kaufman on December 31, 2017, 06:21:21 PM
Another link

https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/ecf3575c-57e6-4b03-b078-53ca62749c65/ive-got-very-strange-hkeyuser-registry-keys?forum=win10itprogeneral
Title: Re: Avast writing junk registry entries
Post by: bob3160 on December 31, 2017, 06:34:55 PM
After some further research, I've found the following entries
(https://screencast-o-matic.com/screenshots/u/Lh/1514741592916-67514.png)
That still doesn't mean that this has anything to do with Avast.
I've posted this in the developers forum to get further information and hopefully an explanation.
Title: Re: Avast writing junk registry entries
Post by: N. Kaufman on December 31, 2017, 06:46:15 PM
After some further research, I've found the following entries
....
That still doesn't mean that this has anything to do with Avast.
I've posted this in the developers forum to get further information and hopefully an explanation.

One step at a time and hopefully I'll convince you. But one step at a time ;)
Title: Re: Avast writing junk registry entries
Post by: RejZoR on December 31, 2017, 07:45:10 PM
I'm not using avast! Browser Cleanup on any of my systems which may explain why I don't have any of these entries on any system...
Title: Re: Avast writing junk registry entries
Post by: N. Kaufman on December 31, 2017, 07:59:21 PM
I wasn't using either but this component got activated after a recent update and I then uninstalled it. So far, these entries point to Avast but hopefully we'll have an answer soon on this.
Title: Re: Avast writing junk registry entries
Post by: Evanna456 on January 01, 2018, 03:11:25 AM
i got the entries as well but only 4 of them.
Title: Re: Avast writing junk registry entries
Post by: N. Kaufman on January 01, 2018, 02:25:54 PM
Yes, I have 3 entries each in HKCU and HKU.

Indeed, bob3160 seems to have more (around 10 or so). But that could perhaps be due to the fact that he might be using more Avast components than we do. bob3160?
Title: Re: Avast writing junk registry entries
Post by: bob3160 on January 01, 2018, 05:43:04 PM
Avast is looking into the matter. :)
Title: Re: Avast writing junk registry entries
Post by: N. Kaufman on January 01, 2018, 06:43:26 PM
bob3160 - Thank you for pushing this through.
Title: Re: Avast writing junk registry entries
Post by: bob3160 on January 01, 2018, 07:12:23 PM
bob3160 - Thank you for pushing this through.
You're welcome. Thank Avast once they fix this. :)
Title: Re: Avast writing junk registry entries
Post by: N. Kaufman on January 01, 2018, 09:57:22 PM
Will do.

Should I also thank them for putting this in, in the first place?  :P
Title: Re: Avast writing junk registry entries
Post by: bob3160 on January 01, 2018, 10:09:53 PM
Will do.

Should I also thank them for putting this in, in the first place?  :P
It was a bonus. No extra charge and no thanks needed. :)
Title: Re: Avast writing junk registry entries
Post by: N. Kaufman on January 01, 2018, 10:57:29 PM
yeah, something like 'undocumented' feature that we keep hearing   ;D
Title: Re: Avast writing junk registry entries
Post by: Rundvleeskroket on January 02, 2018, 08:06:17 AM
So undocumented that they probably didn't know the software does this.  ::)
Title: Re: Avast writing junk registry entries
Post by: N. Kaufman on January 12, 2018, 05:52:04 PM
@bob3160 - Have you heard back from Avast? it's been a while

Thanks,
Title: Re: Avast writing junk registry entries
Post by: bob3160 on January 12, 2018, 09:24:47 PM
@bob3160 - Have you heard back from Avast? it's been a while

Thanks,
I have not and will ask again. I have noticed that the amount of these strange entries has lessened.
I currently only see 2 entries.
Title: Re: Avast writing junk registry entries
Post by: N. Kaufman on January 12, 2018, 09:37:26 PM
Are you using the same number of Avast components or have you uninstalled any component?
Title: Re: Avast writing junk registry entries
Post by: =Snake= on January 12, 2018, 10:36:52 PM
For me it seems so, that it only concerns Win 10 and I haven't any.
 ;)
=Snake=
Title: Re: Avast writing junk registry entries
Post by: bob3160 on January 12, 2018, 10:45:48 PM
Are you using the same number of Avast components or have you uninstalled any component?
Same as always. :)