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reginamay

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Re: Grime Fighter?
« Reply #30 on: February 08, 2014, 10:00:21 PM »
does not anyone read the news   http://blog.avast.com/?s=grimefighter

or FAQ section   http://www.avast.com/en-eu/faq.php?q=grimefighter#searchForm
I do read the post but I did see what to do bout grime fighter and what to do bout it I used custom install and I don't have any more problems. hope this helps some body

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Re: Grime Fighter?
« Reply #31 on: February 19, 2014, 08:35:12 AM »
One of the reasons I switched several years ago to Avast from another popular "free" antivirus product was that my former antivirus product kept pushing JUNQUE on me through what _should_ have been simple program updates. Got so bad I had to switch to using custom installers rather than the program's native update. Then the custom installers started pushing gunk, too. And that was the end.

Now it seems that Avast is following a similar path into the weeds... I CANNOT any longer TRUST it just to install what "appears" to be a simple update/bugfix w/o loading a boatload of JUNQUE that I NEITHER NEED NOR WANT. And w/o TELLING ME IN ADVANCE that it is about to do so.

Don't suggest I go read the forums... who the HEX has time to wade through all of THAT! Besides, I always do read the official release notes BEFORE I allow Avast to update itself. But there was NOTHING there about Grimefighter. First I knew of it was when my spouse asked me tonight what to do with the dialog box it popped up unexpectedly. A radical change like Grimefighter should be DOCUMENTED IN PLAIN LANGUAGE in the release notes, not shoved into some FAQ hidden away on some obscure user forum!

And I agree COMPLETELY with other postings here... the Grimefighter dialog looks JUST LIKE the kind of thing I've repeatedly told my spouse to watch out for, namely malware popups that want to "optimize your PC".

So... From now on, it's custom installers ONLY. And... if it gets much worse, I'm off to find yet _another_ antivirus solution.

So sad... just plain sad.

P.S. Even though Avast is "free", I have chosen to PAY for the Pro version, because I liked versions 6 & 7 quite a bit, and I wanted to support Avast's future development. But look what I got for my money. And if things get much worse, Avast will likely LOSE me as a paying customer. Just sayin.
« Last Edit: February 19, 2014, 08:52:32 AM by EstherD »

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Re: Grime Fighter?
« Reply #32 on: February 19, 2014, 11:19:35 AM »
Hear!  Hear!

Well said on all counts.  Do the "developers" ever take any notice of users' views, really?   MacAfee went that way for me, and ZoneAlarm, years ago.

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Re: Grime Fighter?
« Reply #33 on: February 21, 2014, 01:57:34 PM »
Just installed GrimeFighter.
It seems not working on WIN7 installed on MAC via BootCamp, while restart it shows up "Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported.etc." and stops.
Any solutions?

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Re: Grime Fighter?
« Reply #34 on: March 22, 2014, 01:05:02 PM »
One of the reasons I switched several years ago to Avast from another popular "free" antivirus product was that my former antivirus product kept pushing JUNQUE on me through what _should_ have been simple program updates. Got so bad I had to switch to using custom installers rather than the program's native update. Then the custom installers started pushing gunk, too. And that was the end.

Now it seems that Avast is following a similar path into the weeds... I CANNOT any longer TRUST it just to install what "appears" to be a simple update/bugfix w/o loading a boatload of JUNQUE that I NEITHER NEED NOR WANT. And w/o TELLING ME IN ADVANCE that it is about to do so.

Don't suggest I go read the forums... who the HEX has time to wade through all of THAT! Besides, I always do read the official release notes BEFORE I allow Avast to update itself. But there was NOTHING there about Grimefighter. First I knew of it was when my spouse asked me tonight what to do with the dialog box it popped up unexpectedly. A radical change like Grimefighter should be DOCUMENTED IN PLAIN LANGUAGE in the release notes, not shoved into some FAQ hidden away on some obscure user forum!

And I agree COMPLETELY with other postings here... the Grimefighter dialog looks JUST LIKE the kind of thing I've repeatedly told my spouse to watch out for, namely malware popups that want to "optimize your PC".

So... From now on, it's custom installers ONLY. And... if it gets much worse, I'm off to find yet _another_ antivirus solution.

So sad... just plain sad.

P.S. Even though Avast is "free", I have chosen to PAY for the Pro version, because I liked versions 6 & 7 quite a bit, and I wanted to support Avast's future development. But look what I got for my money. And if things get much worse, Avast will likely LOSE me as a paying customer. Just sayin.
Spot on EsterD!!!
The shills on this forum are overbearing, it's sad to see what avast is turning into...  :P

kronk

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Re: Grime Fighter?
« Reply #35 on: March 22, 2014, 02:55:01 PM »
Good housecleaning, that's the way to do it, swept under the carpet...where no one will see.  :-X

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Re: Grime Fighter?
« Reply #36 on: March 22, 2014, 06:10:01 PM »
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So... From now on, it's custom installers ONLY
That's a bit of advice that you should follow regardless of the program you're installing.
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Re: Grime Fighter?
« Reply #37 on: March 22, 2014, 08:53:41 PM »
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So... From now on, it's custom installers ONLY
That's a bit of advice that you should follow regardless of the program you're installing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcli31NiPa8

You are wrong buddy, it wasn't an install it was an update & the same thing happened to me, no longer a happy camper.  >:(

EsterD wrote: "Now it seems that Avast is following a similar path into the weeds... I CANNOT any longer TRUST it just to install what "appears" to be a simple update/bugfix w/o loading a boatload of JUNQUE that I NEITHER NEED NOR WANT. And w/o TELLING ME IN ADVANCE that it is about to do so."

This grimefighter was installed silently during a program UPDATE... there was no option not to install it. In my book that is a sneaky tactic & with that trust flies out the window.

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Re: Grime Fighter?
« Reply #38 on: March 22, 2014, 09:28:52 PM »
I know you aren't a happy camper. (Having something installed that you don't want  is never good.)
It doesn't change or invalidate the statement I made. :)
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Re: Grime Fighter?
« Reply #39 on: March 22, 2014, 09:40:48 PM »
Hello?  ???  It wasn't an install it was an update. Your kind advice doesn't pertain to an update.

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Re: Grime Fighter?
« Reply #40 on: July 09, 2014, 12:32:59 PM »
If you update via the application or allow it to update on its own, Grime Fighter gets installed whether you wanted it or not, you don't get a choice, which is a complete crock of crap.  Why is Avast! installing stuff unrelated to a simple application update?  It's as bad as an application installing Google Chrome, Google Toolbar, Ask.com Toolbar or any other extraneous garbage that we didn't bargain for, without our knowledge or consent.  If we download and install, we're presented with a choice to opt out of the extra garbage, but with an update via the application (whether manual or automatic) that choice has been taken away from us.  What a crock!

In this case, our only choice is to go to Add/Remove Programs (Programs and Features in Vista/7), opt to Change the installation, uncheck Grime Fighter, click Continue, and get rid of it.
« Last Edit: July 09, 2014, 01:03:12 PM by kd5 »

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Re: Grime Fighter?
« Reply #41 on: July 09, 2014, 05:15:56 PM »
I'm certainly not questioning anyone elses experience, however I run Avast Premier (latest version) on my xpSP3 and to date have not seen GrimeFighter popup or Installed unexpectedly or Unsolicited.
I can tell you for certain, it would only happen once.
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Re: Grime Fighter?
« Reply #42 on: July 10, 2014, 04:09:22 PM »
@ kd5,
There are quite a few people that happen to like Chrome and the Goggle Toolbar in IE.
I changed to Chrome long before avast! recommended it and made it available when installing avast!.
I personally would have preferred that the user needed to check that box but, I'm also not paying the
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« Reply #43 on: July 11, 2014, 05:55:32 PM »
Good for the people who actually want the extraneous stuff that gets installed if they're not paying attention.  More often than not however, my customers don't know how that stuff gets on their computers and don't want it or use it anyway.  Why would anyone want Google Toolbar with IE 7/8 on XP when the browser has it's own search box that you can set up with whatever search engine you want to use, as well as it's own popup blocker?  Seems like a redundant reduction in available real estate to me.

As far as Google Chrome goes, I'm partial to Firefox, not interested in Chrome.  Very few of my customers use it either.
« Last Edit: July 11, 2014, 06:00:44 PM by kd5 »

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Re: Grime Fighter?
« Reply #44 on: July 12, 2014, 02:36:28 AM »
Good for the people who actually want the extraneous stuff that gets installed if they're not paying attention.  More often than not however, my customers don't know how that stuff gets on their computers and don't want it or use it anyway.  Why would anyone want Google Toolbar with IE 7/8 on XP when the browser has it's own search box that you can set up with whatever search engine you want to use, as well as it's own popup blocker?  Seems like a redundant reduction in available real estate to me.

As far as Google Chrome goes, I'm partial to Firefox, not interested in Chrome.  Very few of my customers use it either.
Any one still using XP should at least use a more secure browser than IE 8.

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