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Re: Avast internet security automatically updated without permission.
« Reply #75 on: August 05, 2014, 12:02:44 AM »
To hallucinogenix: you do not have to have out-dated definitions. You can install the definition updates daily from the Avast latest database page here: http://www.avast.com/en-ca/download-update. Your VPS updates are for the 2014 version. The name of the file is vpsupd.exe. The download will usually be around (just under) 50mb. After it is installed I would then delete this file; because when you download it the next day, and so on, it will have the same file name, and Windows will ask to over-write it, although download managers may just add an extension such as vpsupd_2.exe.
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« Reply #76 on: August 05, 2014, 12:16:18 AM »
To Marlo: My system is windows 8; and a hard drive with no partition, just a c: drive.

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« Reply #77 on: August 05, 2014, 12:18:46 AM »
Just got a new warning: " To finish the clean up process, we recommend running boot-time scan, i.e. restarting the computer and letting avast! scan all your data before Windows starts. Do you want to schedule the boot-time scan and restart the computer now?" I hope this goes away with a reboot, and doesn't keep popping up. I didn't even do a scan in the first place.

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« Reply #78 on: August 05, 2014, 12:21:26 AM »
To hallucinogenix: I don't think I will try v2018; but if I do, i will post the results.

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Re: Avast internet security automatically updated without permission.
« Reply #79 on: August 05, 2014, 12:36:40 AM »
To jacemace, hallucinogenix, Hectic4409, Ragesh and JuliquE:
- Did you install Avast on a different partition then the Windows system drive (C:)?
- Do you have different filesystems on the C drive and the partition where Avast is installed?

No, to both your questions, mate. Sorry to hear of your troubles; you're not alone, as you can see.


Hi all,

yes the version 2006,2007 and 2008 were forced to the latest version 2021. These versions are obsolete with minor share and for us it's difficult to keep them up to date via additional updates. Version 2021 is public for few weeks and so far running well for most of the users. If you still feel that version 2021 is not the right for you then please install the previous version 2018.

Martin

'Preciate the explanation of what happened, if somewhat belated; would have saved a lot of time/hassle, had we known that any efforts to "fix" things would be futile, and you'd think it standard for something like this to be communicated, prior to any action taken (as hallucinogenix pointed out, it could even lead to some systems being unprotected, for a duration). Anyway.. this is why I didn't make my own thread; at first, you notice a similar subject as to what you might want to post (just as you're always asked to search, before posting, on a "help" forum).. so, you see if there's anything in there to help you. The matter, here, was still unresolved, when I first posted.. so, I thought it helpful to include my own experiences with the same issue, providing a bit of perspective on the matter, in so doing. If it's discovered that, whilst exhibiting similar symptoms, the cause(s) for this problem is down to a variety of things, unique to each of our own setups, then I don't think anyone would be against making their own thread; for the regulars here to generically paste a reply instructing the individuals engaged in a discussion on the matter to post their own threads is just silly. When it makes sense to do so, there would be no objections; now that Martin has posted, it should be clear that making individual threads, straight away, in which we dissect our computer's components and retrace our actions, only to further fiddle with settings and chronicling it all, along the way, would have been WAY premature, and would have only been more of a waste (again.. this is why it should be communicated, ahead of time).

Right, well.. I don't think it's a matter of v2021 not being "right" for us; as I've mentioned earlier in the thread: we'd all like to be using the latest stuff, all things equal -- it's a matter of whether or not it's working, and your wording suggests we've a choice, when the whole reason we're posting here is because we've encountered problems. This alludes to my next point.

Missing from your post is any acknowledgement of, either, potential/common causes for the issues listed here as catalysts for us reverting to older versions of Avast, in the first place, and Avast's intentions to maybe address them (or not) in future versions (i.e. PC freezing with versions later than 2008, webshield issues, etc.), or an admission of your ignorance on the subject, altogether (hard to believe the latter is true, with seemingly so many opting to take a chance using older versions, which is always risky, given the potential for newer malware to exploit it).

At any rate, I reckon that, were there to be a fix coming, you'd have mentioned it.. so, I'll just assume that there isn't -- not sure WHAT we're supposed to do with v2018, when it was repeatedly reported that any versions past v2008 were causing issues (read: we're not just rebels, that simply MUST use an older version, just for the sake of it); alas, I've already had to make the switch to AVG.. but, to be fair, it's growing on me -- my computer starts 12% faster, now, as it reported to me (noticed as much, too). Shame, though, after what must be a decade or so, give or take, using Avast.

D'ah well. Thanks, again.
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« Reply #80 on: August 05, 2014, 03:27:45 AM »
Courtesy Martin (thanks) we know that the forced upgrade behavior is on purpose, as I suspected all along.  It makes sense.  Now, here we have a number of folks who have said that the latest version isn't working for them, and that holding back and running an old version is no longer viable. 

Fair enough.

There is NOTHING that says all of you have the same problems running the latest software on your systems.

Some folks - I dare say a majority - DO manage to get the latest Avast release to work on their systems.  Much as you might not like to hear it, the product is not broken in general; somehow you have specific problems with it.  Don't get me wrong, they may be Avast's bugs, which manifest in your specific cases because of something that's special about your systems.  Or they may be problems with something in your systems.  We don't know yet.

What we CAN say is that you're simply not likely to get as much traction with Avast engineering and make progress getting through those specific problems by piling on in a group thread whose subject is something unrelated to the specific problems you're having running the latest versions.  The plot just becomes too diluted with multiple conversations occurring at once.

I can only offer my advice - again - that you each start your own thread (at least one already has, I saw that), where you describe EXACTLY what you've done and what goes wrong after you do a clean install of the very latest version.  There you can hold the focus on the things that are likely to take you to the successful use of the latest release of Avast.

-Noel
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« Reply #81 on: August 05, 2014, 12:54:09 PM »
@ jacemace

Hi

Regarding the Manual Downloading of definitions, that's great advice and very much appreciated - YOU STAR !

The only query i have is obviously i'm running v2008 but you suggest downloading 2014 definitions, can you confirm that is correct and they work ok as i'm a little concerned about compatibility, as you say this is around 40mb.

I'm guessing by the size of the download (132mb) that the 2008 definitions download has the crappy 2021 installer included so don't want to go anywhere near that as it will probably ruin my system again.

Look forward to hearing back from you...

Thanks


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« Reply #82 on: August 05, 2014, 01:32:03 PM »
Some folks - I dare say a majority - DO manage to get the latest Avast release to work on their systems.  Much as you might not like to hear it, the product is not broken in general; somehow you have specific problems with it.

No need for hyperbole; no one would be so silly as to think that the MAJORITY of systems can't run the latest Avast. I suggested that there must be a considerable contingent of us, when so many in this thread, alone, seemed to have specifically been running the same older version (2008).

You state the benefits of individual threads, as though anyone here has ever disagreed with it's being an effective approach; I simply feel that there's a time and place for that. Read the thread title: we were trying to figure out what was forcing us to update, and thereby taking away our work-around; should a solution to this forced update not be found, then, of course, we would have two choices: make our own thread, in an effort to figure out what was causing us to have to use the older version, in the first place, or move on from Avast, altogether -- going to this step, straight away, however, is premature. We had a discussion, mostly convoluted with people imploring us to make separate threads, and, at the end of the day, it was clear that, had we obliged, we'd have wasted our time, in a vain effort to solve the issue, as taken from the subject/OP.

You can frame this however you like (as a pile-on, or what have you); for me, it seemed clear that we just wanted to share our experiences, first, before digging deeper, if need be. Things took a turn, when a few of the regulars, here, took something of a condescending tone with us, because we weren't following "protocol." There might have been some resentment in our posts, but, remember: the people posting here are frustrated. You claim to be wanting to point us in the right direction, and, honestly, it's appreciated.. however, if, once you've lent your advice, it's not heeded, there's no need for you or others to repeatedly pop-up, in here, with the same narrative, as before. Maybe we're venting, a bit -- clearly the thread served it's purpose, as evidenced by Martin's post. Who are you to tell us (constantly), "you're succeeding wrong?"

Anyway.. I won't be back. Sincerely appreciate everyone of whom had only good intentions, even if I disagree with how some chose to go about it.

Cheers.
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« Reply #83 on: August 05, 2014, 02:56:37 PM »
@ JuliquE

Ouch  ::) - couldn't agree more with what you have to say though, this subject appears to have turned into a thread about how our forum etiquette isn't up to the more regular users liking and instead of focusing on what they can do to help us with potential solutions they are basically skirting around or avoiding giving any advice whatsoever, cause they don't have a clue what is wrong, or know that the re-written webshield is to blame but the investment in it is to far gone for them to do or change anything about it.

I would love to hear your opinions of AVG even though you say you won't be back - I'm reluctant to swap as i've been a user of avast for about 8 years, but am being forced to find an alternative.


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Re: Avast internet security automatically updated without permission.
« Reply #84 on: August 05, 2014, 03:43:56 PM »
@ JuliquE

Ouch <$1alt="" title="" onresizestart="return false;" id="smiley__$2" style="padding: 0 3px 0 3px;" /> - couldn't agree more with what you have to say though, this subject appears to have turned into a thread about how our forum etiquette isn't up to the more regular users liking and instead of focusing on what they can do to help us with potential solutions they are basically skirting around or avoiding giving any advice whatsoever, cause they don't have a clue what is wrong, or know that the re-written webshield is to blame but the investment in it is to far gone for them to do or change anything about it.

I would love to hear your opinions of AVG even though you say you won't be back - I'm reluctant to swap as i've been a user of avast for about 8 years, but am being forced to find an alternative.
If you want to discuss AVG, may I suggest you do it on their support forum. It's also the place to get help if you have a problem with their program.
http://forums.avg.com/us-en/avg-forums?sec=theme&act=show&id=288
Considering that avast! has almost 220 Million users, I consider 3 or 4 reporting a problem with a part of the program anything but a problem with the program but, a conflict that needs to be solved for the few users that appear to have this problem.

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« Reply #85 on: August 05, 2014, 03:49:29 PM »
Don't expect much help on the AVG forum

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« Reply #86 on: August 05, 2014, 04:04:20 PM »
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...and may i suggest you mind your own business, unless you have a solution to our ongoing issues  >:(

Or are you just trying to compound JuliquE observations - Please try to keep on topic !

Thanks very much

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« Reply #87 on: August 05, 2014, 04:31:49 PM »
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...and may i suggest you mind your own business, unless you have a solution to our ongoing issues <$1alt="" title="" onresizestart="return false;" id="smiley__$2" style="padding: 0 3px 0 3px;" />

Or are you just trying to compound JuliquE observations - Please try to keep on topic !

Thanks very much
Since there isn't any substantive information posted, there isn't any way to solve your 'problem'.
This also isn't a private chat. Let's try to solve the problem instead of getting every ones dander up.
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« Reply #88 on: August 05, 2014, 04:49:22 PM »
@ bob3160

I totally agree and apologise for being slightly acerbic but i only respond in kind, i'm just getting very frustrated with the lack of any genuine help.

I have been asked to make my own thread which i have done with all the details requested and now i've been asked to make a ticket, all of us are basically being given the run around, and feel if you don't have anything positive to add to our issues then please keep quiet.

All we want is suggestions to help us resolve this not advice to make another thread, create a ticket etc etc.

At the moment the users who are having this issue are creating a workaround to get us by, can you contribute towards this ?

Thank you


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Re: Avast internet security automatically updated without permission.
« Reply #89 on: August 05, 2014, 05:46:30 PM »
You where asked to create a ticket because that goes directly to Avast and answers will then come from Avast.
On the forum you may or may not get a reply from Avast.
I can't contribute since I don't have or have ever had the problem you're describing.
I also run Windows 8.1 with the update and don't have your problem.
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