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Offline SLAM-ER

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Re: How to disable popups?
« Reply #45 on: July 14, 2014, 08:29:59 AM »
I completely agree with Noob and the other posters here.  I have used and recommended Avast for years.  Now I only suggest it with caution because I have grown to hate it and all the annoying popups.

We shouldn't have to dig through 10 different settings screens for buried/obscure options to turn all the annoying crap off (and then modify the installed feature to turn off others).  We shouldn't have Dropbox or Chrome or any other 3rd party software automatically selected at install time.  We shouldn't be having scare tactics and lies used against us in an attempt to get us to buy upgrades.  This is what potentially unwanted software (adware/malware) does, and if Avasts developers continue on their current path, that is exactly what Avast will become - unwanted software.

Stop pushing away avid users and evangelists of your product, keep it unobtrusive and effective and people will use it, recommend it, and even buy it.

Next time I get frustrated with Avast I will be trialing some other AV options to see if they are any better (only reason I haven't done it yet is because I'm too lazy).  I expect they will not be any different in most regards, but I will give some a try anyway as I am sick of Avast acting like the very malware I am trying to defend against.   


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Re: How to disable popups?
« Reply #46 on: October 08, 2014, 04:45:32 PM »
Just in addition to this, I'm finding that I'm getting the "Make me invisible" popups only when I go to certain adult sites. It appears Avast! is using the URL's I visit to try and sell me a VPN service. It creeps me out to know that my antivirus is monitoring the URL's I visit, and possibly reporting those URL's back to some server somewhere so the application can try and upsell me on a  VPN service.

I think it's time to drop Avast as my recommended AV solution. 

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Re: How to disable popups?
« Reply #47 on: October 08, 2014, 08:46:38 PM »
Just in addition to this, I'm finding that I'm getting the "Make me invisible" popups only when I go to certain adult sites. It appears Avast! is using the URL's I visit to try and sell me a VPN service. It creeps me out to know that my antivirus is monitoring the URL's I visit, and possibly reporting those URL's back to some server somewhere so the application can try and upsell me on a  VPN service.

I think it's time to drop Avast as my recommended AV solution. 
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Re: How to disable popups?
« Reply #48 on: October 10, 2014, 03:39:09 PM »
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It appears Avast! is using the URL's I visit to try and sell me a VPN service.
Avast doesn't monitor your URL's. It does however know when you're using public WiFi and that's
most likely what triggered the notice to use their VPN service. (it happens to be an excellent product.)
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Re: How to disable popups?
« Reply #49 on: October 10, 2014, 08:05:36 PM »
The irony and hypocrisy is that Avast users now receive more annoying advertising popups directly from Avast than they ever likely did from malware.

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Re: How to disable popups?
« Reply #50 on: October 10, 2014, 08:22:07 PM »
The irony and hypocrisy is that Avast users now receive more annoying advertising popups directly from Avast than they ever likely did from malware.
You're totally mistaken on that fact. I very seldom see them. I haven't even bothered to disable them in the
computer on which I use a paid version.
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Re: How to disable popups?
« Reply #51 on: October 10, 2014, 08:28:15 PM »
The irony and hypocrisy is that Avast users now receive more annoying advertising popups directly from Avast than they ever likely did from malware.
You're totally mistaken on that fact. I very seldom see them. I haven't even bothered to disable them in the
computer on which I use a paid version.

Your experience may be different than mine, but that does not mean I am "totally mistaken".

This thread has more people viewing it than any recent thread.  That speaks volumes.

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Re: How to disable popups?
« Reply #52 on: October 10, 2014, 09:42:12 PM »
Maybe this will help you:
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Re: How to disable popups?
« Reply #53 on: September 06, 2015, 11:19:36 PM »
If there isn't a way to disable all of these stupid, f***ing popups...

Maybe there is a way how to filter the Avast ads out ... ?

What if I switch to the Silent Mode, and I manage the pop-ups I really need (warning, alert pop-ups) to be displayed by other means?
(I guess Avast updates the logs even in the Silent Mode, and so a custom script could check the logs and pop-up important alerts in place of Avast?)

Did anyone try it?

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Re: How to disable popups?
« Reply #54 on: September 06, 2015, 11:27:10 PM »
If there isn't a way to disable all of these stupid, f***ing popups...

Maybe there is a way how to filter the Avast ads out ... ?

What if I switch to the Silent Mode, and I manage the pop-ups I really need (warning, alert pop-ups) to be displayed by other means?
(I guess Avast updates the logs even in the Silent Mode, and so a custom script could check the logs and pop-up important alerts in place of Avast?)

Did anyone try it?
That would probably violate the terms of the ULA. :)
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Re: How to disable popups?
« Reply #55 on: September 06, 2015, 11:32:57 PM »
That would probably violate the terms of the ULA. :)

Do you think the ULA prevents to read/process the Avast logs?  ???
« Last Edit: September 06, 2015, 11:40:32 PM by Izibia »

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Re: How to disable popups?
« Reply #56 on: September 07, 2015, 01:12:07 AM »
No you can read what ever you want. It's making changes that might be a problem.
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Re: How to disable popups?
« Reply #57 on: September 07, 2015, 02:08:58 AM »
I didn't want to make any changes to the Avast code.

My idea was a separate program / scheduled script.
The program/script would inform me about Avast alerts, but unlike an Avast pop-up it would not be able to deliver my response to Avast: In order to take any action I would have to do it manually via Avast UI.