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Title: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Qistina on October 22, 2010, 09:43:05 PM
Hi all,

I am using Avast 4.8 pro edition, i receive annoying advertisement pop up to upgrade to Avast 5. I don't want to upgrade it. But i cannot delete the pop up permanently. This is so annoying because it will disturb any work i am doing (such as watching movie, playing games, anything), the pop up will disturb it all.

Is this some kind of tactic to force user to upgrade? If it is, then it is a cheap tactic. I have a right to choose.

How to delete it permanently? Please...
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: firzen771 on October 22, 2010, 09:49:24 PM
Hi all,

I am using Avast 4.8 pro edition, i receive annoying advertisement pop up to upgrade to Avast 5. I don't want to upgrade it. But i cannot delete the pop up permanently. This is so annoying because it will disturb any work i am doing (such as watching movie, playing games, anything), the pop up will disturb it all.

Is this some kind of tactic to force user to upgrade? If it is, then it is a cheap tactic. I have a right to choose.

How to delete it permanently? Please...

actually not quite, u havea right to uninstall avast if u wish, but ur on a subscription with AV's and i dont see why u dont want to upgrade to an improved version
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Qistina on October 22, 2010, 09:56:23 PM
actually not quite, u havea right to uninstall avast if u wish, but ur on a subscription with AV's and i dont see why u dont want to upgrade to an improved version

I have a right to chose to buy or not, this kind of advertisement is for me it is like capitalist tactic, forcing people to buy the product. I cannot detect where the pop up come from to delete it.

I don't want to upgrade it because i feel the older one is already enough, the new version have too much scanners, slowing down my computer.

So why annoy the user by making such pop up? It will keep pop up each time in few minutes after reboot. Disturbing peoples work. It is enough for just one time reminder, no need to annoy users.
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: H.Seldon on October 22, 2010, 09:59:50 PM
Your answer is here (taken from another thread):

Quote from: H.Seldon on July 27, 2010, 07:26:06 AM
For those who would still like to get rid of the annoying "NAG" window for version 5 update, do the following:

Disable the self-defense module.
Locate and rename the file "asw5Not2.exe". It should be located in the Avast4 folder.
Re-enable the self-defense module.

« Reply #41 on: August 08, 2010, 09:38:01 PM »   

Disabling the self defense module is done by going to program settings, troubleshooting, and removing the tick from the appropriate box. There will be a warning screen to "ok" your way out of.
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Qistina on October 22, 2010, 10:06:49 PM
Your answer is here (taken from another thread):

Quote from: H.Seldon on July 27, 2010, 07:26:06 AM
For those who would still like to get rid of the annoying "NAG" window for version 5 update, do the following:

Disable the self-defense module.
Locate and rename the file "asw5Not2.exe". It should be located in the Avast4 folder.
Re-enable the self-defense module.

« Reply #41 on: August 08, 2010, 09:38:01 PM »   

Disabling the self defense module is done by going to program settings, troubleshooting, and removing the tick from the appropriate box. There will be a warning screen to "ok" your way out of.


Thank you  :), let see if it work.....
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: DavidR on October 22, 2010, 10:09:17 PM
I have a right to chose to buy or not, this kind of advertisement is for me it is like capitalist tactic, forcing people to buy the product. I cannot detect where the pop up come from to delete it.

You don't have to buy it, if your license is still valid (time left) you can upgrade for free.

I don't want to upgrade it because i feel the older one is already enough, the new version have too much scanners, slowing down my computer.

Avast even with its extra protection is lighter on resources and offers better protection. There is also nothing to stop you disabling/uninstalling shields that you don't use, like Internet Messenging or P2P if you don't use any of those applications.

So why annoy the user by making such pop up? It will keep pop up each time in few minutes after reboot. Disturbing peoples work. It is enough for just one time reminder, no need to annoy users.

The reason for the update prompting is that avast5 is 10 months old now and they are trying to phase out support for avast 4.8 and that it is hopped would be around the end of this year. You can try the hack to stop the update notice, but that doesn't change any of the above points.
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: WildWestGuy on October 22, 2010, 10:52:53 PM
Avast 4.8 support is gonna end soon - Avast 5.1 will be launched soon, and when that launches, 4.8 is dead. No more signatures, nothing.   8)

That's why these Advertisement keep poping up - Avast wants all 4.8 users to get a better Protection + The latest against Malware. ;D

PS. I think he/she is using License key/Cracked version, cause everyone WILL update to the latest - So, illegal version for me. :P

Regards,
Armin.
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: firzen771 on October 23, 2010, 01:10:58 AM
actually not quite, u havea right to uninstall avast if u wish, but ur on a subscription with AV's and i dont see why u dont want to upgrade to an improved version

I have a right to chose to buy or not, this kind of advertisement is for me it is like capitalist tactic, forcing people to buy the product. I cannot detect where the pop up come from to delete it.

I don't want to upgrade it because i feel the older one is already enough, the new version have too much scanners, slowing down my computer.

ye u do, but u said ur using the professional version correct? so u must have already bought it right? or is it that ur just looking for a way out of upgrading cuz ur using a cracked/ illegal serial?
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: superhumanbean on October 23, 2010, 03:03:11 AM
I don't want to upgrade it because i feel the older one is already enough, the new version have too much scanners, slowing down my computer.

Actually, avast 5 will make your PC faster than it is now with 4.8 because it uses less resources. And as said above, updates for 4.8 will end.
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Qistina on October 23, 2010, 07:49:44 AM
My license expired in May 12 2012, why i want to upgrade to version 5 while the license end in 2012? Until 2012 i don't need to upgrade or buy any antivirus software, version 4.8 upgrade virus database each time until May 12 2012. Why must the company ending old version just because new version come out? My license end in May 12 2012? All i see of these is capitalism, forcing people to upgrade/buy your product.

I admit Avast is most reliable antivirus compared to other antivirus software but this kind of advertisement tactic is unwise making user like me annoyed, it is like forcing to upgrade or buy your product. The pop up disturb works, when i was playing games suddenly it come out and ruin it. The pop up is from the software, now it act like virus/malware it self...don't you see? >:(

Thanks to H.Seldon, it work, now there is no pop up anymore.

The point is, it is my right when or if i want to upgrade it or buy new one, no need for the company keep annoying me with that kind of pop up. No matter if new version is better or whatever, it is up to me.
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Asyn on October 23, 2010, 08:01:38 AM
My license expired in May 12 2012, why i want to upgrade to version 5 while the license end in 2012? Until 2012 i don't need to upgrade or buy any antivirus software, version 4.8 upgrade virus database each time until May 12 2012. Why must the company ending old version just because new version come out? My license end in May 12 2012? All i see of these is capitalism, forcing people to upgrade/buy your product.

If you update to version 5 your license still ends in May 2012..!!! ;)
asyn
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: nnoa110 on October 23, 2010, 08:12:12 AM
My license expired in May 12 2012, why i want to upgrade to version 5 while the license end in 2012? Until 2012 i don't need to upgrade or buy any antivirus software, version 4.8 upgrade virus database each time until May 12 2012. Why must the company ending old version just because new version come out? My license end in May 12 2012? All i see of these is capitalism, forcing people to upgrade/buy your product.

I admit Avast is most reliable antivirus compared to other antivirus software but this kind of advertisement tactic is unwise making user like me annoyed, it is like forcing to upgrade or buy your product. The pop up disturb works, when i was playing games suddenly it come out and ruin it. The pop up is from the software, now it act like virus/malware it self...don't you see? >:(

Thanks to H.Seldon, it work, now there is no pop up anymore.

The point is, it is my right when or if i want to upgrade it or buy new one, no need for the company keep annoying me with that kind of pop up. No matter if new version is better or whatever, it is up to me.


AVAST Software will discontinue releasing definition update and program update shortly.

The only way to get definition update until May 2012 is to upgrade to version 5.
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: CBell on October 23, 2010, 08:18:06 AM
Until 2012 i don't need to upgrade or buy any antivirus software, version 4.8 upgrade virus database each time until May 12 2012.

Yeah but, virus definitions will end in 2010 for version 4.8. The reason they want to discontinue 4.8 is because avast4.8 is keeping 5 from being able to detect more malware.
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Coolmario88 on October 23, 2010, 09:34:13 AM
This is so annoying because it will disturb any work i am doing (such as watching movie, playing games, anything), the pop up will disturb it all.
Hello, The New Avast 5.0 Has A Feature called Silent Gaming mode its a good feature. And The Speed of Avast 5.0 is Amazing and outstanding I Would Recommend Upgrading Cause You Should Always Keep Your Installed Antivirus up to date :)
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Sparxx on October 23, 2010, 10:35:30 AM
My license expired in May 12 2012, why i want to upgrade to version 5 while the license end in 2012? Until 2012 i don't need to upgrade or buy any antivirus software, version 4.8 upgrade virus database each time until May 12 2012. Why must the company ending old version just because new version come out? My license end in May 12 2012? All i see of these is capitalism, forcing people to upgrade/buy your product.

I admit Avast is most reliable antivirus compared to other antivirus software but this kind of advertisement tactic is unwise making user like me annoyed, it is like forcing to upgrade or buy your product. The pop up disturb works, when i was playing games suddenly it come out and ruin it. The pop up is from the software, now it act like virus/malware it self...don't you see? >:(

The point is, it is my right when or if i want to upgrade it or buy new one, no need for the company keep annoying me with that kind of pop up. No matter if new version is better or whatever, it is up to me.


You don't understnad, your actual license will remain valid and for version 5, they don't force you to buy anything,if you own a valid license for avast 4 it will be transferred to avast 5 automatically. They released a more stable and better in protection product, and they want you to upgrade, it's for your own good, and if you feel you don't need all shields, you can disable them, by selecting custom installation.
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Qistina on October 23, 2010, 11:29:19 AM
Yeah but, virus definitions will end in 2010 for version 4.8. The reason they want to discontinue 4.8 is because avast4.8 is keeping 5 from being able to detect more malware.

If the company stop updating virus definition because of version 5/new version, why i buy Avast 4.8 in the first place? If i know the company will stop the service, it is better for me to buy other anti-virus product that don't have this policy. Now you all understand my point?

When i buy Avast 4.8 i buy it with the believe that it is reliable, no need for making additions or changing this and that, all i need is to renew the license when it is expired.

Now, the company forcing buyers/users to upgrade/buy the new one, then they will stop the older product service. What is that?

It is like a car company stop producing spare parts and forcing customers to buy or upgrade their cars. When the customers buy the car made by that company, they buy it in the trust/believe that the car is reliable, have spare parts, the company will always maintain their service ect. Now the company sent notice to all saying they all MUST change their cars or buy new one or else the company will stop their service.

I don't know what to call that? ::)

and if you feel you don't need all shields, you can disable them, by selecting custom installation.

Alright, if i am going to stop the scanners in version 5, why i want to upgrade to version 5 anyway?


 
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Rednose on October 23, 2010, 11:44:12 AM
When you buy an Avast! licence you buy it for a centain periode ( 1 to 3 years ), NOT for a certain version.

Greetz, Red.
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Mele20 on October 23, 2010, 12:36:42 PM
This is an interesting topic. I had no idea Avast had such a short support time for a version. Avira just EXTENDED support for ver 9 (that was supposed to end last day of Oct). Now support has been extended through May 2011 (version 11 of Avira will come in April 2011). But this is just extending the "official" support. Engine updates and definitions for Avira are STILL AVAILABLE for Avira 7, 8, 9 and the current 10 versions.  I use Avira 8 on two machines (Avast 5 on another).  Official support for Avira 8 ended on March 31 but forum support did not end. I don't like the current Avira 10 and Avira 9 has one very irritating bug that was never fixed. Avira 8 is just about perfect IMO (except Avast 5 has the finest GUI of all vendors) so I use it. 

I am surprised that Avast doesn't do the same as Avira. If someone wants to use an older version why not allow that? You can stop official support for that version but allow it to continue to get definitions. Avast, to my knowledge, doesn't have to update the engine like Avira does so it would only be new definitions that would be available for older versions. Someone commented that Avast wants to kill support for 4.8 because supporting it is hurting ver 5? How is that???

As for popups nagging to get a newer version, I have to endure those with Avira but they appear only at boot/reboot time so don't interfere with other things except I cannot dismiss the slideup and it sits there for several minutes on top of tray items and I can't use the computer until it finally slides back down.  I hate that. I don't understand why AV companies think they have to notify ad infinitum about something like this. A few popups/slideups would be quite sufficient.
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Lisandro on October 23, 2010, 01:01:34 PM
Qistina, you're not reading what the others are posting and keep answering or making questions going in circles.
1. You buy a license to use a product and receive updates. You have it.
2. You can upgrade with the same license (which a lot of other companies does not allow). You have it.
3. Nobody is forcing a buy. avast 5 remains a freeware. You have it.

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It is better for me to buy other anti-virus product that don't have this policy.
Try to find one and be happy :)

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When i buy Avast 4.8 i buy it with the believe that it is reliable, no need for making additions or changing this and that, all i need is to renew the license when it is expired.
And all software development should stop because you bought a license... ::)

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The company will always maintain their service ect.
Give me one example of such a company... Life goes on...
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: WildWestGuy on October 23, 2010, 01:28:07 PM
Yeah but, virus definitions will end in 2010 for version 4.8. The reason they want to discontinue 4.8 is because avast4.8 is keeping 5 from being able to detect more malware.

If the company stop updating virus definition because of version 5/new version, why i buy Avast 4.8 in the first place? If i know the company will stop the service, it is better for me to buy other anti-virus product that don't have this policy. Now you all understand my point?

When i buy Avast 4.8 i buy it with the believe that it is reliable, no need for making additions or changing this and that, all i need is to renew the license when it is expired.

Now, the company forcing buyers/users to upgrade/buy the new one, then they will stop the older product service. What is that?

It is like a car company stop producing spare parts and forcing customers to buy or upgrade their cars. When the customers buy the car made by that company, they buy it in the trust/believe that the car is reliable, have spare parts, the company will always maintain their service ect. Now the company sent notice to all saying they all MUST change their cars or buy new one or else the company will stop their service.

I don't know what to call that? ::)

and if you feel you don't need all shields, you can disable them, by selecting custom installation.

Alright, if i am going to stop the scanners in version 5, why i want to upgrade to version 5 anyway?


 

Read this carefully now before asking new questions...

Avast! 4.8 is old, and every antivirus needs to create new versions with new Engines to better protect their customers.

Avast! 5.0 is better, and you should upgrade to it if you wanna have Protection against the latest Virusses out there.



About your License, you will not lose it... just Upgrade the license you purchased with 4.8 to 5.0 by going here:
http://www.avast.com/resend-license.php

Follow the steps and you will be getting the Avast! 5.0 Pro and have exact same days left as you had on 4.8

PS. If you don't wanna Upgrade/Insult Avast! for doing the job right, then I'm assuming you are using 4.8 Cracked/Free License

Regards,
Armin.
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Qistina on October 23, 2010, 01:31:55 PM
I agree with Mele20

And so, while the topic goes on, Avast didn't apologize for ruining my work with the annoying advertisement pop up. Wow.....

At least say "We are sorry for the inconvenience...blah blah blah"

Capitalist...

Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: WildWestGuy on October 23, 2010, 01:34:15 PM
I agree with Mele20

And so, while the topic goes on, Avast didn't apologize for ruining my work with the annoying advertisement pop up. Wow.....


Avast! will not apologize cause you DON'T READ OTHERS COMMENT.

You can upgrade your License, but no - If you don't wanna do that, your protection will be gone, not Avast's problem when their have made Pop-up saying YOU NEED TO UPGRADE to get the best protection.
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Lisandro on October 23, 2010, 01:36:35 PM
Avast didn't apologize for ruining my work
Is there any point you need help?
avast is not suppose to ruin *any* work...
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: WildWestGuy on October 23, 2010, 01:38:26 PM
Avast didn't apologize for ruining my work
Is there any point you need help?
avast is not suppose to ruin *any* work...
It didnt ruin her/his work - We have commented/replied multiple times by upgrading the License for FREE, but the user typical ask more and more questions...
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Qistina on October 23, 2010, 01:39:00 PM

Avast! will not apologize cause you DON'T READ OTHERS COMMENT.

So, Avast put in the annoying advertisement pop up in their software that ruining my work and annoy me each time, but not apologize for it?

Great....
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Omid Farhang on October 23, 2010, 01:40:28 PM
Qistina, I cannot believe you don't want upgrade to version 5 professional when it's a Free upgrade for you with a lot of improvement. Your current License will still works with V.5 so why avoid that?
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: WildWestGuy on October 23, 2010, 01:42:48 PM
Qistina, I cannot believe you don't want upgrade to version 5 professional when it's a Free upgrade for you with a lot of improvement. Your current License will still works with V.5 so why avoid that?
We have replied that... MULTIPLE TIMES indeed...

I think we should close this Topic... There's no point asking more asking questions/Insult Alwil for their huge work they did to make a better version - While some users don't wanna upgrade, then the protection will be off.

Regards,
Armin.
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Qistina on October 23, 2010, 01:45:22 PM
Qistina, I cannot believe you don't want upgrade to version 5 professional when it's a Free upgrade for you with a lot of improvement. Your current License will still works with V.5 so why avoid that?

I don't want upgrade is not the issue here, the issue is i want to get rid off the annoying advertisement pop up Avast put in, and ruining my work, i was doing my work and the pop up appear the screen goes chaotic (i don't know the right word, i am not English speaking), and i have to click "x" to close it each time.

And still, Avast didn't say "We are sorry for the inconvenience" or any apology for it. And you guys keep justifying version 5 is better blah blah blah...

There goes corporate ethic...
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: WildWestGuy on October 23, 2010, 01:47:42 PM
Moderator, please close this Topic.. this is a huge waste of time when the User doesnt understand to Upgrade to the latest version. Support for 4.8 is ending soon, if you don't wanna upgrade(Lose protection) it's your problem, Avast! has informed you..

Regards,
Armin.

Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Qistina on October 23, 2010, 01:50:53 PM
So, a user/customer have no right to complain now?

Pure capitalism
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: WildWestGuy on October 23, 2010, 01:53:15 PM
So, a user/customer have no right to complain now?

Pure capitalism
Complain everything you want - This will not solve you problem.
Let me ask you a question?
Why do you want to keep 4.8 - And not get any updates/Protection, when you can upgrade to 5.0 and get Updates/Protection?
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: wonder on October 23, 2010, 01:54:59 PM
If you buy a car, soon or later it will be harder to get spare parts...as your model is getting older....alike car companies, Avast gives you the chance to have a brand new car (antivirus), with a lot of new features, FOR FREE, lighter...why one should keep using an older version??  ???
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Qistina on October 23, 2010, 01:55:59 PM
Complain everything you want - This will not solve you problem.
Let me ask you a question?
Why do you want to keep 4.8 - And not get any updates/Protection, when you can upgrade to 5.0 and get Updates/Protection?

Again, that is not the issue.

And you are not Avast staff, so i will stop responding to you.
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: WildWestGuy on October 23, 2010, 01:57:54 PM
Complain everything you want - This will not solve you problem.
Let me ask you a question?
Why do you want to keep 4.8 - And not get any updates/Protection, when you can upgrade to 5.0 and get Updates/Protection?

Again, that is not the issue.

And you are not Avast staff, so i will stop responding to you.
you are right, I'm not a Avast! staff - But I'm a user that does understand to Upgrade to the latest protection.
Good luck and have fun with 4.8 - You will be the target for virusses.

Regards,
Armin.
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Qistina on October 23, 2010, 02:04:56 PM
I have manage to rid off the pop up. It only wasting time to argue with you guys. I only regret that Avast didn't apologize.

What to say, that is corporate attitude today.

Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: igor on October 23, 2010, 02:05:11 PM
OK, we are sorry for trying to let you know that you might get unprotected soon.
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Vlk on October 23, 2010, 11:07:14 PM
Qistina,

first, the popup is only being shown to users of the free antivirus, or users of a pirated version of the paid antivirus. Are you suggesting that you have a properly licensed copy of avast Professional Edition and the popup is still being shown?

Another thing is that we're now at version 5.0. Next month, we should have version 5.1, and relatively soon after that also version 6.0. How long did you want to stay on v4.8? Besides Win 95/98/ME users, I can't really think of any reason why you would want to keep v4.8 as v5.0 is better in probably any aspect. I'd say it's really time to move on.

Thanks
Vlk
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: 12-es_csaj on October 23, 2010, 11:41:37 PM
I have manage to rid off the pop up. It only wasting time to argue with you guys. I only regret that Avast didn't apologize.

What to say, that is corporate attitude today.



So your problem is that there is an AV which is faster, better, newer and so on than the avast! 4.8?
I saw an avast! alert (about to expire and version 5) in another PC, and it's owner didn't install 5.0. And she didn't read the alert!!!
AVAST Software offers to have all the users a better protection! Is it a problem?
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Muad'Dib on October 24, 2010, 12:31:50 AM
Qistina,

I agree with you 100%. There is no legit reason for such an annoying "alert" constantly popping up (and no way to disable it, except for the hack mentioned in this thread). At work, we were told to remove Avast! from work computers because of this problem. The alert came up at several "inconvenient" times, and two specifically caused the higher-ups to demand its removal: 1) During a presentation (which was being webcast to many remote locations), annoying to say the least.  2) During the monitoring of a live video-feed for medical research - this blocking of the screen by the update warning potentially could have resulted in injury to the patient being observed. Fortunately, it did not result in any injury, however it did cause some loss of data of the procedure while it was being recorded. This was the proverbial straw that resulted in the order to remove the software from all work machines.

If the purpose of such an alert is to make sure the user is protected, then why not simply cause the alert to be displayed each time the user asks to update the iAVS database? That is a logical time for the user to be notified, and it's appearance is able to be controlled by the user. Even when we had Avast! v4 installed on the work machines, we did not enable automatic updates, because we wanted to control which programs were running during critical operations. If we had gotten warnings about the new program version every time we did a manual iAVS update, it would have achieved the same purpose, been under our control, and also not have been dangerous, nor even that annoying.

I like and use Avast! (now only at home), but the uncontrollable notices about the new version were enough to cause our department to switch to another program. Maybe we have less protection, but at least we don't have to risk potential problems cause by such notices.
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: DavidR on October 24, 2010, 01:03:08 AM
You obviously didn't bother to read Vlk's post, as Qistina is purporting to be using avast 4.8 Pro. So if this is a legit copy he shouldn't be getting any pop-up.

Qistina,

first, the popup is only being shown to users of the free antivirus, or users of a pirated version of the paid antivirus. Are you suggesting that you have a properly licensed copy of avast Professional Edition and the popup is still being shown?
<snip>

Thanks
Vlk

As for your own comment about 'at work' we were told to remove Avast! from work computers because of this problem.

The same should be true of your systems if using legit Pro versions as you should be using avast avast Pro, you too shouldn't be getting any pop-ups. So unless you are using the free version 'at work' (against the terms of use) or don't have legit copies of avast pro the pop-up shouldn't have been troubling you at all.
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Omid Farhang on October 24, 2010, 01:09:10 AM
I don't like this topic and how it's being continued, they are blaming avast for what it did NOT done wrong  :(
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Lisandro on October 24, 2010, 01:36:00 AM
Qistina, Please, upload (attach) the avast log: C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\Setup\setup.log
If the file is too big for the forum, post the last 400-500 lines of it.
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Muad'Dib on October 24, 2010, 02:31:06 AM
DavidR,

I work at a university, and while I know there were many purchased copies of Avast! in our department, I'm sure there were some copies of Avast! free installed on some machines (and of course there were copies of the free version on personal laptops). To be fair, while the website eventually tells the user that non-home use requires that the software be purchased, the EULA that accompanies the software does NOT clearly specify such restrictions, and that is what many people will read to determine whether they can legitimately run the software on their machine.

But that is somewhat besides the point, it was the inability to control the alert that caused the higher-ups to order a removal of the software. How were they supposed to know this alert only appears on the free version (I didn't know this until I read it in the forums)? And even if they had learned this fact, I doubt some of them would have cared. A program behaved uncontrollably - there were no user settings that could turn off the alert, this was then a risk they weren't willing to take - hence the order to remove the program. By forcing the display of the alert, decisions were made which resulted in stopping future sales of a program.

Now alerts that appear on hacked versions of the non-free software is a totally different issue. ALWIL/AVAST has every right to protect against such theft (though it might be more useful to tell the user that they are running a hacked copy, instead of simply offering them an upgrade to the next version).

I don't want to get into a continuing argument about this, I made my point in my previous post, and tried to clarify it little more in this one. I'm simply saying what happened, and the consequences that resulted. It is either something that ALWIL/AVAST can learn from, or can choose to ignore, I'm not going to worry about it. I use Avast! on my personal computer, but I no longer have that choice on my work machine.
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Wasindop on October 24, 2010, 04:07:59 AM
It is possible, at least i managed to get rid of it. When the window pop up, enter the task manager right click the task that represents the ad, rightclick and choose "go to process". Afterwards find that file in the avast! folder and remove it. Even if it worked for me, ill tell you to do it at your own risk.
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Azumo on October 24, 2010, 06:49:38 AM
Not sure if that's the correct topic, but guess it suits best for my problem.

My avast! 4.8 Professional registration key expires @ 7th Feb 2015.  Avast! 4.8 Professional was installed for a fee by the salesmen at the dealership I bought my notebook at. I get the annoying messages offering me to upgrade to FREE version of avast! 5, while I have bought a license for avast! 4.8 and it did not expired yet. What should I do?
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: firzen771 on October 24, 2010, 07:17:56 AM
Not sure if that's the correct topic, but guess it suits best for my problem.

My avast! 4.8 Professional registration key expires @ 7th Feb 2015.  Avast! 4.8 Professional was installed for a fee by the salesmen at the dealership I bought my notebook at. I get the annoying messages offering me to upgrade to FREE version of avast! 5, while I have bought a license for avast! 4.8 and it did not expired yet. What should I do?

did u buy it from a reputable store? because idk of any legit licenses that go till 2015...
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Rednose on October 24, 2010, 07:24:45 AM
It must be a cracked version of Avast! 4.8 . You can't buy a legit Avast! licence that lasts longer than 3 years.

Greetz, Red.
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Asyn on October 24, 2010, 07:31:01 AM
My avast! 4.8 Professional registration key expires @ 7th Feb 2015.  Avast! 4.8 Professional was installed for a fee by the salesmen at the dealership I bought my notebook at. I get the annoying messages offering me to upgrade to FREE version of avast! 5, while I have bought a license for avast! 4.8 and it did not expired yet. What should I do?

If the registration key is legit you can update to pro.
But I somehow doubt it, as it expires in 2015...
Talk to the salesman, who installed it.
asyn
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Rednose on October 24, 2010, 07:46:49 AM
Asyn my friend :)

Like I said in my previous post : The licence can't be legit ;)

Greetz, Red.
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Asyn on October 24, 2010, 07:51:36 AM
Asyn my friend :)
Like I said in my previous post : The licence can't be legit ;)
Greetz, Red.

Right..!! ;)
He should ask his money back, if this was installed by a salesman in a store..!!
Have a nice weekend, Red..!! :)
asyn
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Rednose on October 24, 2010, 08:00:29 AM
Asyn, have a nice weekend too :)

Best thing to do here for the OP is start using the legit Avast! 5.0 Free 8)

Greetz, Red.  
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Chris Thomas on October 24, 2010, 08:50:43 AM
Pure Capitalists allow users to have free voice and expression.

I cannot think about any socialist forum that will give you another chance to post the same content again and again.

I don't think, users are allowed even to question them.

You will be kicked out of the forum very soon.

Socialists don't innovate, whereas capitalists do.

The spread of the internet and technology are the work of globalization.

But I do accept the fact, that popping up upgrade to version 5 more than once or twice to a paid user is really annoying, then should be an option not to show it again.
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: DavidR on October 24, 2010, 04:39:30 PM
Not sure if that's the correct topic, but guess it suits best for my problem.

My avast! 4.8 Professional registration key expires @ 7th Feb 2015.  Avast! 4.8 Professional was installed for a fee by the salesmen at the dealership I bought my notebook at. I get the annoying messages offering me to upgrade to FREE version of avast! 5, while I have bought a license for avast! 4.8 and it did not expired yet. What should I do?
Your professional key is not genuine, but pirated or cracked. See Vlk's comment here, http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=65394.msg552489#msg552489 (http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=65394.msg552489#msg552489)

So best that you go back to the person that sold it as at best you have been the subject of fraud, at worst you know that this is a pirated/cracked version.

I will give the benefit of doubt, but that license isn't genuine and why the pop-ups are happening and why you will have to either buy avast5 pro license or downgrade to avast5 free.
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: firzen771 on October 24, 2010, 04:47:08 PM
Pure Capitalists allow users to have free voice and expression.

I cannot think about any socialist forum that will give you another chance to post the same content again and again.

I don't think, users are allowed even to question them.

You will be kicked out of the forum very soon.

Socialists don't innovate, whereas capitalists do.

The spread of the internet and technology are the work of globalization.

But I do accept the fact, that popping up upgrade to version 5 more than once or twice to a paid user is really annoying, then should be an option not to show it again.

u sir have just made a completely irrelevent and useless comment, gratz...and u have failed to read what has already been explained and that is that LEGITIMATE paid users DO NOT get the popup. ::)
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: wonder on October 24, 2010, 08:05:50 PM
So this topic has been re-opened...no one has thought that perhaps qistina is/was a pure troll??  ;D
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Lisandro on October 24, 2010, 08:14:09 PM
I know that avast team can detect this cracked versions.
I know they "freewarize" the products to "keep" the customer.
What I can't understand is why a security software does show it can be cracked (at least is what we're reading here in forums). My 0.02.
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: YoKenny on October 25, 2010, 12:20:44 AM
So this topic has been re-opened...no one has thought that perhaps qistina is/was a pure troll??  ;D
+1
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Omid Farhang on October 25, 2010, 12:37:42 AM
I like your attached pic YoKenny! Agree!
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: jadinolf on October 25, 2010, 03:59:41 AM
I like your attached pic YoKenny! Agree!

Looks just like him. ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Annoying Advertisement
Post by: Chris Thomas on October 25, 2010, 09:18:55 AM
Pure Capitalists allow users to have free voice and expression.

I cannot think about any socialist forum that will give you another chance to post the same content again and again.

I don't think, users are allowed even to question them.

You will be kicked out of the forum very soon.

Socialists don't innovate, whereas capitalists do.

The spread of the internet and technology are the work of globalization.

But I do accept the fact, that popping up upgrade to version 5 more than once or twice to a paid user is really annoying, then should be an option not to show it again.

u sir have just made a completely irrelevent and useless comment, gratz...and u have failed to read what has already been explained and that is that LEGITIMATE paid users DO NOT get the popup. ::)

My comment was related to post

http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=65394.msg552334#msg552334

I really don't like comparing his issue with capitalism.

Yeah, I didn't read the whole posts, so I guess, he is a pirated user