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Offline woodflute

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Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
« on: November 29, 2013, 07:05:33 AM »
I am running Avast Internet Security program version 2014.9.0.2008, on a Windows 7 64-bit machine.

I note that there is a shared folder named _avast_ in the %TEMP% folder.

If I delete this folder, it is recreated on reboot.

What is this folder please, and what exactly is it sharing and with whom?

Thank you for any information.

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Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2013, 08:13:15 AM »
i guess you see the folder where avast unpack and scan files....

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Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2013, 12:41:16 PM »
There's also a file called streaming updates in the location where that temp folder is located. I forgot the exact name but it ain't there anymore.
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Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2013, 04:05:40 PM »
That this folder exists doesn't concern me.

It's that this folder is being shared...that greatly concerns me.  That requires explanation if I am to continue to use the product.

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Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2013, 04:17:44 PM »
Nothing is being shared with anybody.
As said, the folder is used e.g. to temporarily unpack archived files during scans.

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Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2013, 10:09:01 PM »
The file that I was talking about called streaming_updates. dat located in the same location as _avast_in %TEMP% is now here. It wasn't there yesterday.
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Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2013, 05:35:12 AM »
Perhaps you aren't understanding.  The system IS showing this as a shared folder.  It is a network share.

That is the cause of my concern.

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Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2013, 12:49:59 PM »
It certainly isn't a network share here... and it shouldn't be (avast! doesn't create any network shares).

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Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2013, 07:46:20 PM »
Here is a screenshot.  I have verified that I can actually hit this folder via the path shown from another PC on my network.


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Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2013, 09:19:04 PM »
Interesting . . . Based on your screen shot I just checked my computer and found the same thing! This is with avast Free 2014.9.0.2008.
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Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2013, 12:52:22 AM »
Interesting . . . Based on your screen shot I just checked my computer and found the same thing! This is with avast Free 2014.9.0.2008.

It's not on my PC though.
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Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2013, 01:08:59 AM »
Have you guys got Homegroups set up?
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Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2013, 01:23:29 AM »
Have you guys got Homegroups set up?

Yes . . . I do . . .
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Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2013, 01:30:50 AM »
I have Homegroups turned off and the services for it disabled and stopped.

I did that after I noticed this, but it did not change anything.

I can delete the shared _avast_ folder, but it will be recreated on reboot, and it is recreated as a network share.

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Re: Shared folder _avast_ in %TEMP%
« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2013, 01:35:08 AM »
Not on my computer either.

Sorry for messy screenshot.