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Offline madmax25

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Annoying ads in update popups!
« on: September 05, 2012, 09:00:50 PM »
Hi folks!  :)

I'm on XP Home SP3, running Avast free 7.0.1466.
Often, updates are performed while my screensaver is running, so I don't see the update popups.

Sometimes, when I'm working on my computer, and the screensaver ist NOT running,
I get these green update popups combined with advertising messages.
Strangely, those ads don't appear each time.
But sound is ok, i.e. no double messages.

I can't post a screenshot, because "Show last popup" is grayed out right now
and because the last popup I saw was without an ad anyway.

Advertising in the settings window of Avast is ok for me, but absolutely not in the popups.
Pleeeease, Avast developers, stop this or tell me what I can do to get rid of these terribly annoying ads?

A repair installation didn't help, btw.

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Re: Annoying ads in update popups!
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2012, 01:40:24 AM »
Never saw them before. When you can see a screenshot, grab one.
« Last Edit: September 06, 2012, 01:45:09 AM by jadinolf »
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Re: Annoying ads in update popups!
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2012, 03:49:44 AM »
They are periodic and not all of the time.

Is it something like this one I captured some time ago.
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Re: Annoying ads in update popups!
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2012, 08:09:45 PM »
Yes, exactly!
The ad is below the ordinary update message.
But it can have some different content from ad to ad.

Anyway, it's extremely annoying.
I did NOT replace Avira with Avast to just face the same crap.  :(

Another question:
Why the heck do I have to enter this silly captcha, even after being registered and logged in?

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Re: Annoying ads in update popups!
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2012, 08:13:40 PM »

Another question:
Why the heck do I have to enter this silly captcha, even after being registered and logged in?
It's only for the first three posts.

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Re: Annoying ads in update popups!
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2012, 09:09:33 PM »
OK, so at least this will stop after this post now.

EDIT:
Now, my 4th post is online and it looks like you were right.
Thank you!
Still, there's the popup issue to be solved...
« Last Edit: September 06, 2012, 10:19:33 PM by madmax25 »

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Re: Annoying ads in update popups!
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2012, 04:58:27 AM »
The ad isn't going away. People have been complaining about if for a long time now. You'll have to a) live with it, b) disable that slider, c) use sound only, or d) check definition version manually. But personally, I have a feeling we're gonna be seeing a lot more advertising, not less.

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Re: Annoying ads in update popups!
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2012, 09:37:32 AM »
Sound only? That's possible?
How do you do this, please?

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Re: Annoying ads in update popups!
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2012, 04:05:46 PM »
I'm not 100% positive it's possible, but you can try disabling the definition update slider: Settings>Updates>Details>Show notification update after automatic update. Keep sound enabled and see what happens. It may not work but you could try it.

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Re: Annoying ads in update popups!
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2012, 05:55:56 PM »
I once disabled the slider, but as far as I remember, there was no sound either.
Not quite sure about that though...
I quess, I should try once more to verify.

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Re: Annoying ads in update popups!
« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2012, 05:56:57 AM »
It doesn't work. I tried it and it seems they only work together.

My solution to the annoying ad was to disable notifications. It's easy enough to check manually to make sure I'm current.

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Re: Annoying ads in update popups!
« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2012, 08:36:55 PM »
Since avast gets all of their "paid" subscriptions by word of mouth and not by pre-installing their products I see no harm with advertisements. They do have a right to make a profit. Try GUI>Settings>Pop-Ups. Or Settings>Community
There is one line of thought I see and that is when I go anywhere I am bombarded by advertising. Be it billboards, or signs of any kind.
If the pop-up bugs you that much click on the "x" in the upper right corner of the pop-up to close it. Like I said avast has a right to make a profit. A pop-up is a very tiny price to pay for the superior protection that avast offers.  :)
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Re: Annoying ads in update popups!
« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2012, 09:47:31 PM »
Sorry, to disagree but Avast has ads in the GUI already and no-one complains about that.
But those ads in the GUI should be enough.
Additional ads in the popups, that's no advertising, that's just begging and terribly annoying.
And as long as I get annoyed like this, I would never ever consider to pay for this or any other product doing the same.
Nowadays you get bombarded with ads everywhere, so massively, that it's driving you totally nuts.  >:(





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Re: Annoying ads in update popups!
« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2012, 12:55:17 AM »
I have no problem with the current type of Ads in the free version.
But I would expect the paid version to be ad-free.

If the ads get a fraction as bad as some free software providers-companies had gotten (NetZero) back in the 90's (before the dot com bubble burst), then I would also move away from Avast.

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Re: Annoying ads in update popups!
« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2012, 01:10:33 AM »
Whats a couple of seconds.If you don't want to wait,click the little red X.   So you lose a second of your life by clicking the X  (WOW)
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