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Title: Pirate English?
Post by: fragman on September 16, 2010, 06:51:20 PM
I just received an avast pop-up regarding pirate English. Does anyone know what this is about?
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: RZPogi on September 16, 2010, 06:52:53 PM
http://www.avast.com/pr-time-for-you-ndash-and-your-pc-to-talk-like-a-pirate (http://www.avast.com/pr-time-for-you-ndash-and-your-pc-to-talk-like-a-pirate)
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: fragman on September 16, 2010, 06:58:25 PM
Aargh! I get it.
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: garlonwv on September 16, 2010, 07:00:55 PM
Neat idea!  Once you install it, can you revert back to regular English? ???
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: Rednose on September 16, 2010, 07:06:12 PM
Neat idea!  Once you install it, can you revert back to regular English? ???

Yes ofcourse, just select "English" from the language pop-down menu.

Greetz, Red the Pirate.
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: RealityTech on September 16, 2010, 07:15:54 PM
Neat idea!  Once you install it, can you revert back to regular English? ???

YARRRR!
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: georgermct on September 16, 2010, 09:02:01 PM
Who's the moron that came up with this STUPID idea? >:(

I thought my Avast was hijacked!   

You DON'T fool around and play "cute" when you job is securing millions of computers.

This is the most irresponsible thing I've ever seen in computer software.  Even Microsoft wouldn't pull a stunt like this.

Can I be the first in line to smack the guy silly for thinking and following through with this act?

Avast just do your job and secure my computer...don't start pulling this crap about trying to be cute or cool...WTF?
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: Gargamel360 on September 16, 2010, 09:28:43 PM
Who's the moron that came up with this STUPID idea? >:(
I thought my Avast was hijacked!   
You DON'T fool around and play "cute" when you job is securing millions of computers.
This is the most irresponsible thing I've ever seen in computer software.  Even Microsoft wouldn't pull a stunt like this.
Can I be the first in line to smack the guy silly for thinking and following through with this act?
Avast just do your job and secure my computer...don't start pulling this crap about trying to be cute or cool...WTF?

Get a grip.  It is an optional language add-on.  Heaven forbid someone has a little fun. 
Do not like?......ok......don-not-use.........
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: CBell on September 16, 2010, 09:40:36 PM
Georgermct, why can't avast! celebrate talk like a pirate day? After all, the name of the company is a "pirate" word (avast!). ::) so don't take it too seriously...

IMO this is pretty cool. Is this the first time they did this? Makes avast special from other AV,s :)
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: georgermct on September 16, 2010, 09:44:27 PM
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Get a grip.  It is an optional language add-on.  Heaven forbid someone has a little fun. 
Do not like?......ok......don-not-use.........

Pirate "talk" is not a language.
And yes, the makers of my SECURITY SOFTWARE should be forbiden from having "a little fun" with some thing so frivolous as Pirate Talk Day...come on!
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: Gargamel360 on September 16, 2010, 09:48:30 PM
Well, you are entitled to you opinion. 
I'm sure the dev's are happy you are not their boss.  ;)
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: georgermct on September 16, 2010, 09:48:59 PM
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Georgermct, why can't avast! celebrate talk like a pirate day? After all, the name of the company is a "pirate" word (avast!).  so don't take it too seriously...

IMO this is pretty cool. Is this the first time they did this? Makes avast special from other AV,s

They shouldn't celebrate "Pirate Day" because it's not their job.

Like I said, I thougt my Avast was hijacked and made me worry about nothing because someone was being gay about their otherwise serious job.
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: Mike_X on September 16, 2010, 09:52:15 PM
I don't think they will throw you off the plank if you don't install it so I guess you should be fine. Remember that computers were made for making life easier, why can't it be fun too?
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: rfro on September 16, 2010, 10:27:30 PM
I saw the message and thought it was an exceptionally poor idea to make an alert about this. I really do not mind adding pirate english language as an option, but I hate getting spammed by software.

Anyway, I accidentally clicked the install button (my touchpad kind of sucks), which gave me the Win7 UAC control dialog. Not interested in installing anything, I denied access. That resulted in Avast crashing. I restarted my computer and now Avast will not start, crashing with the error "Failed to load language dll [1909\UILangRes.dll]".

So this little stunt wasted my time and left my computer without protection. No, Im not installing Avast again. The developers obviously do not consider Avast to be security critical software. Just make software that does what it should, do not compromise security/stability with alerts about pirate english... actually, for any software, never ever make popups for non-critical information, that is basically adware territory.
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: DavidR on September 16, 2010, 10:36:00 PM
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Get a grip.  It is an optional language add-on.  Heaven forbid someone has a little fun.  
Do not like?......ok......don-not-use.........

Pirate "talk" is not a language.
And yes, the makers of my SECURITY SOFTWARE should be forbiden from having "a little fun" with some thing so frivolous as Pirate Talk Day...come on!


Did you not bother to read the information on the page, if you clicked the avast! News Service about it Pirate Talk (http://www.avast.com/en-gb/lp-talk-like-a-pirate?utm_campaign=News_Service&utm_source=prg_fav_50&utm_medium=prg_ban_news&utm_content=en-gb_online_news#tab1), if you did why did you bother to install the language module.

Or are you saying you didn't read it and blindly installed it anyway.
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: g0dsends on September 16, 2010, 10:42:24 PM
i read it i didnt think avast pro was hijacked
it clearly said pirate day as in the language lol :)

good bit of fun  ::) :P ;D
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: georgermct on September 16, 2010, 11:34:06 PM
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Did you not bother to read the information on the page, if you clicked the avast! News Service about it Pirate Talk, if you did why did you bother to install the language module.

Or are you saying you didn't read it and blindly installed it anyway.

There was no information about this in the blue pop up, just a link to avast.com which could have been a link to a web site with Trojans, viruses or any other type of back door entry into my computer (how would you know).

They have my e-mail address but no one ever got an e-mail explaining all this.

I didn't install anything...I froze everything until I could figure out what was going on...wasting my time for nothing.
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: iownall555 on September 16, 2010, 11:37:32 PM
I am not speaking for all links, but wouldn't anyone think avast.com is safe? And besides Avast would probably alert you if it was being infected. I installed it. No viruses or anything.
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: georgermct on September 16, 2010, 11:44:50 PM
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Insert Quote
I am not speaking for all links, but wouldn't anyone think avast.com is safe? And besides Avast would probably alert you if it was being infected. I installed it. No viruses or anything.

Dude, you're kidding right? 
Do you know how easy it is to spoof a web address?
If your Avast is "compromised" then it's not going to alert you to anything so hackers can access your computer (without you knowing).
It would be like they are turning your antivirus software off while they run your computer.
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: Gargamel360 on September 17, 2010, 12:00:47 AM
Hmmmm....too much coffee for this one, way too high-strung.  

On any other software, a pop-up mentioning Talk like a Pirate Day might be strange.......

But this software is named Avast!....... ::).......(you DO get it, right?)
I mean, cmon, what this comes down too, from what I see, is your idea that this is not the place/time/software genre for ANY kind of jokes.

You made that point already, is there something else you needed?
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: Vlk on September 17, 2010, 12:04:16 AM
George,

I completely understand your concerns about the unexpected popup, and I even understand your frustration about the whole idea of "pirate language pack". Please be assured that this little exercise doesn't have any effect on avast's ability to protect your system (the virus lab team didn't have anything in common with this). It was just an attempt to make the product little bit more "human-friendly".

Please accept our apologies and let me hope that this incident will not discourage or turn you down from trusting avast to protect your system(s) in the future.

Thanks
Vlk
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: georgermct on September 17, 2010, 12:17:20 AM
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George,

I completely understand your concerns about the unexpected pop up, and I even understand your frustration about the whole idea of "pirate language pack". Please be assured that this little exercise doesn't have any effect on avast's ability to protect your system (the virus lab team didn't have anything in common with this). It was just an attempt to make the product little bit more "human-friendly".

Please accept our apologies and let me hope that this incident will not discourage or turn you down from trusting avast to protect your system(s) in the future.

Thanks
Vlk

I think everyone is missing the point I'm trying to make.
When you see something that isn't acting the way it should...you question it...is it real?  Did someone take over my Avast software and penetrate my computer?  Why would a serious security company make fun of it's own product?  It doesn't make any sense.  So I had to stop what I was doing and investigate this matter.  Only to find out it was Avast trying to be cute.  That totally wasted my time and worry over something so NOT IMPORTANT!

Why do something so reckless?
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: georgermct on September 17, 2010, 12:23:43 AM
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Hmmmm....too much coffee for this one, way too high-strung. 

On any other software, a pop-up mentioning Talk like a Pirate Day might be strange.......

But this software is named Avast!....... .......(you DO get it, right?)
I mean, cmon, what this comes down too, from what I see, is your idea that this is not the place/time/software genre for ANY kind of jokes.

You made that point already, is there something else you needed?

No I never questioned why any company names it's products...I don't care.

I just want it to work...WORRY FREE.

And you're 100% on the money when you say I don't think "this is not the place/time/software genre for ANY kind of jokes".

When it comes to computer safety...antivirus software isn't fun...it's serious work.
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: Coolmario88 on September 17, 2010, 12:33:52 AM
Will the Pirate English Language be still be a language that people can install after the 19th of this month?
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: WhiteZero on September 17, 2010, 12:44:36 AM
Love it. Thanks Avast team!  :)
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: faust on September 17, 2010, 06:00:44 AM
I have to agree with George.

While I appreciate the desire to make the product more "human friendly", this idea was poorly thought out, and, given the bug that has actually caused people to have to reinstall their AV, horribly executed.

Stick with your core competency.
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: CraigB on September 17, 2010, 06:32:02 AM
Who's the moron that came up with this STUPID idea? >:(

I thought my Avast was hijacked!   

You DON'T fool around and play "cute" when you job is securing millions of computers.

This is the most irresponsible thing I've ever seen in computer software.  Even Microsoft wouldn't pull a stunt like this.

Can I be the first in line to smack the guy silly for thinking and following through with this act?

Avast just do your job and secure my computer...don't start pulling this crap about trying to be cute or cool...WTF?
Maybe you should get a sense of humour. What a tosser  ;D
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: jadinolf on September 17, 2010, 07:15:46 AM
Well, I went for it. What the heck.

Now I have to wait to hear it. :)
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: CraigB on September 17, 2010, 07:46:34 AM
Well, I went for it. What the heck.

Now I have to wait to hear it. :)
Do a quick scan an you'll here it sooner.
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: jadinolf on September 17, 2010, 07:52:39 AM
Well, I went for it. What the heck.

Now I have to wait to hear it. :)
Do a quick scan and you'll hear it sooner.

I just double clicked the files. I don't use the scan complete sound. Drives me nuts during screensaver scan.
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: mikaelrask on September 17, 2010, 08:31:09 AM
i love the pirate lock of avast keep it up avast team  ;D
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: NON on September 17, 2010, 09:15:53 AM
i love the pirate lock of avast keep it up avast team  ;D

+1 ;D

Just tried new language... what a funny style, I like it :D
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: hairyhaggis on September 17, 2010, 09:31:24 AM
i personally think it was a bit of a stupid idea. i have the security suite installed on several of my development machines here at work and they all lost protection because of this. it happened yesterday afternoon and only this morning did i find a fix, here on this thread. so, hours spent when sensitive data and test servers were compromised. not funny avast. and not impressive either. if i want jokes, i'll buy a comic. if i want solid virus protection and software firewalling for my business, i'll buy....?
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: igor on September 17, 2010, 09:42:43 AM
So you kept clicking on the popup on all of the machines, or...?
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: hairyhaggis on September 17, 2010, 09:44:43 AM
that was helpful. no, the other guys did.
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: AdrianH on September 17, 2010, 10:32:41 AM
Do you need pop ups at all on your machines in a business environment? If not why not apply Silent Gaming Mode to prevent pop ups appearing and use email alerts for notification instead?
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: SafeSurf on September 17, 2010, 10:45:39 AM
@ AdrianH,

Version 5.1 will work slightly differently for business environment, but it is not released yet.  Thank you.  :)
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: igor on September 17, 2010, 10:46:36 AM
The subsequent virus database update (if it's installed automatically) should actually fix the problem ltself, if it already happened and the machine is still running.
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: SafeSurf on September 17, 2010, 10:52:35 AM
@ hairyhaggis,

The subsequent virus database update (if it's installed automatically) should actually fix the problem ltself, if it already happened and the machine is still running.
Please see the above for your fix.  Thank you.
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: YoKenny on September 17, 2010, 01:34:09 PM
i love the pirate lock of avast keep it up avast team  ;D

+1 ;D

Just tried new language... what a funny style, I like it :D
I do as well.
I think I'll go looking for a mate. ;)
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: Mele20 on September 17, 2010, 02:13:08 PM
I learned about this at dslreports security forum.  I had updated Avast version yesterday and it took forever for some weird reason. I never looked at the GUI after I finally got the new version installed as it was late and I was sleepy. So, I see this thread, a few hours ago, at dslr about a pirate version and I wondered if that was why it took forever to upgrade yesterday. So, I maximize my virtual Vista it is installed on and look and I don't have any pirate stuff (thank goodness) but I did see a new service notice that was in gobbledygook. I posted a screenshot of it at dslr. Now I see the notice is in English. Did you guys see my post and fix it? :D

You are not the first, nor the last, AV vendor to do stuff like this. I don't care for it but a lot of folks think it is funny. I actually first thought Avast was infected, even though I had just read the thread at dslr on this. But when I opened the virtual machine which has Avast installed, OnlineArmour's HIPS went nuts about a whole slew of Avast processes and even said Avast is a nasty keylogger (it has never said that before!) and then I saw that gobbledygook at the bottom of the ad...I never got a popup but if I had that likely would have (along with Online Armor stuff about Avast being a nasty keylogger) convinced me that the upgrade of Avast I did last night was corrupt or infected.

Best you guys not do stuff like this...but as I said, you are not the first AV vendor to pull something like this.
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: Don Gray on September 17, 2010, 03:44:29 PM
Well, I first thought to use the new language then decided I didn't want to (seemed kind of strange to me) so I clicked to cancel, now when my computer launches I get the message seen in this image.
I checked and anti-virus, mail scanning and web scanning services are stopped and will not start says they start then stop. Now what, reinstall?
Not my idea of fun.

ARRGGH, how's that for pirate talk...
 
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: NON on September 17, 2010, 03:49:59 PM
@Don Gray

See this post:
http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=63996.msg540792#msg540792

Unfortunately, you have to reinstall or modify avast.ini file in Safe Mode.

Edit: new VPS update already fixed this.
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: DavidR on September 17, 2010, 03:57:05 PM
You don't have to reinstall, nor modify the avast5.ini.

Quote from: Vlk
There'll be a new VPS update shortly, fixing this bug.
This is from the same post NON gave, and that VPS update is out now (as far as I'm aware), so ensure that you have the latest virus definitions & and engines update.
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: Don Gray on September 17, 2010, 04:01:02 PM
That'd be great if Avast would launch, but it comes up with the message
and then nothing else happens when I close the dialog.
I'll uninstall run a registry cleaner and reinstall.
Avast isn't running in the background (services).

Edit: Ok, never mind, when running the uninstaller it offered to update, updated and things are good.
Ok, not a problem, thanks!

:)
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: NON on September 17, 2010, 04:11:17 PM
You don't have to reinstall, nor modify the avast5.ini.

Quote from: Vlk
There'll be a new VPS update shortly, fixing this bug.
This is from the same post NON gave, and that VPS update is out now (as far as I'm aware), so ensure that you have the latest virus definitions & and engines update.

Oops, sorry. I wasn't aware of it. :-X
Thanks for the correction.

@Don Gray
Very sorry for the misinformation. :'(
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: Rednose on September 17, 2010, 04:30:55 PM
i love the pirate lock of avast keep it up avast team  ;D

+1 ;D

Just tried new language... what a funny style, I like it :D

+ 1.000.000 ;D

Frink Lyle is the man behind this 8) When ever I will be in Prague, I want to drink some beers ( or better : wodka's ) with Petr Kurtin and him ;D

Greetz, Red.
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: marc-d-l on September 17, 2010, 05:50:26 PM
To all the whinners. nobody downloads anything by accident. READ before you download.
Beside this is a forum,it has nothing to do with how well Avast works.If you want to join the fun great if not dont.
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: logos on September 17, 2010, 05:52:30 PM
oops...sorry...thought I was on Avast forums ::)

(edit: @ marc-d-l : this wasn't for you, but for this thread)
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: wls on September 17, 2010, 06:58:57 PM

Avast ye whinnin' land lubbers listen up an "ya know who thee ar'".... have just talked to Capt. Blackbeard and he be a sayin, " If ya keep a speakin' bout me avast like that...ye be walkin the plank thar ya whinnin' land lubber. Ya a be joinin' davey jone's and 'is locker mates at 40 fathoms ...har har "
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: rfro on September 18, 2010, 12:15:03 AM
To all the whinners. nobody downloads anything by accident. READ before you download.
Beside this is a forum,it has nothing to do with how well Avast works.If you want to join the fun great if not dont.

If you actually read what was posted you would understand that the problem did not happen to those who downloaded the update, but those who clicked update but then denied UAC (or had it time out).

This is a forum about Avast, people are going to talk about the problems they have with that software here.
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: jadinolf on September 18, 2010, 01:28:18 AM
i love the pirate lock of avast keep it up avast team  ;D

+1 ;D

Just tried new language... what a funny style, I like it :D

+ 1.000.000 ;D



Frink Lyle is the man behind this 8) When ever I will be in Prague, I want to drink some beers ( or better : wodka's ) with Petr Kurtin and him ;D

Greetz, Red.
May I join you Red?
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: norel on September 19, 2010, 07:21:38 AM
Hasn't anyone ever noticed the irony in a software program intended to protect people from internet pirates calling itself avast! I figure anyone who would do this has to have a pretty good sense of humor.  ;D
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: marc-d-l on September 19, 2010, 08:25:38 AM
To a pirate or any member of the nautical community, “avast” means to stop or desist.So what's a better  name to stop viruses than AVAST.???
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: 0strodamus on September 19, 2010, 08:38:51 PM
Is there a way to download this language pack outside of the program? I looked for "Pirate English" under the language packs (http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download#tab4), but it is not there.
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: DavidR on September 19, 2010, 08:49:43 PM
Is there a way to download this language pack outside of the program? I looked for "Pirate English" under the language packs (http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download#tab4), but it is not there.

Why would you need to download outside of the program ?
The link you gave isn't to language packs but full installation packs in different languages.

You should be able to do it through the avastUI.

If it isn't in the drop down list of the avast Settings, Language, then you will have to click the Install additional languages, select Pirate Talk from the list and install it.
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: 0strodamus on September 20, 2010, 05:08:14 AM
I downloaded it through the GUI - just wondering if it was available separately is all. I didn't realize the language pack tab was full installs. Thanks for the clarification.
Title: Re: Pirate English?
Post by: DavidR on September 20, 2010, 09:40:58 AM
You're welcome.