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paulotuatail@aol.com

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Google an unsafe search engine.
« on: September 12, 2014, 11:30:21 AM »
Every time I open up IE 11. Avast pops up informing me that it has detected an unsafe web browser. Is Avast totally crap or what?

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Re: Google an unsafe search engine.
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2014, 11:39:37 AM »
to answer we need more info then that ......

a screenshot of the popup warning would help   ;)

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Re: Google an unsafe search engine.
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2014, 11:49:29 AM »
How does one show a screen shot here as there is no upload of images facility. As I am typing this I am looking underneath the text box for an add attachment button.

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Re: Google an unsafe search engine.
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2014, 11:53:03 AM »
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As I am typing this I am looking underneath the text box for an add attachment button.
good .... there you should see    Attachments and other options   ;)



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Re: Google an unsafe search engine.
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2014, 12:12:23 PM »
good .... there you should see    Attachments and other options   ;)

THERE IS NO ATTACHMENTS BUTTON. this is GOOD?

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Re: Google an unsafe search engine.
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2014, 12:16:50 PM »
you dont have this? .... see attached pic
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Re: Google an unsafe search engine.
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2014, 08:50:51 AM »
Here is your image

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Re: Google an unsafe search engine.
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2014, 11:53:46 AM »
It's the details that would have been helpful.
Can you expand "Show Details" and post another screen shot ?
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Re: Google an unsafe search engine.
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2014, 11:58:19 AM »
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  Avast pops up informing me that it has detected an unsafe web browser.   
Web browser and search engine (as the pic say) are not same thing.....

IE is a browser ....  bing is a search engine
« Last Edit: September 13, 2014, 12:00:38 PM by Pondus »

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Re: Google an unsafe search engine.
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2014, 07:38:39 AM »
Is Avast totally crap or what?
You should try to concentrate on getting details right.  Details often matter.

Based literally on what you've shown, it's users of Avast who apparently gauge Google UK as unsafe.
Is relying on the opinions of other users en masse to determine what sites are trustworthy the best idea?  That's up to you to decide. 

There are ways to disable parts of Avast, such as the "Browser protection" component.  Go into your Programs and Features control panel, right-click Avast and choose change.  Then consider removing some or all the entries from the center column.   You'll still be well protected from actual malware as long as you continue to use the Web Shield in the left column.

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Re: Google an unsafe search engine.
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2014, 02:38:01 PM »
I think there is are legitimate questions to ask about this.

On the face of it is clearly AVAST which is flagging what looks like the normal Google start page, which milllions of people use as their home page, as being an "unsafe search engine".  But all may not be as it seems.

I've just been to the Google start page yet there's no problem for me with Firefox, Opera or IE and the AVAST WebRep icon is showing all OK.

So why is the OP getting that AVAST message?

As the others here have said the important part of the AVAST warning is the "Show Details" button.
That will tell you where it thinks there is a problem.

The fact the warning appears when IE launches with Google as the home page does necessarily mean that Google is the culprit. It is a warning about a particular search engine which is installed on IE. Perhaps it is a dodgy secondary search engine that has been added to IE by the user or, much more likely, by some sneaky malware.

If it is the later then AVAST's or IE's own built in protection may have been stopped it hijacking your home page too.   



« Last Edit: September 14, 2014, 02:40:55 PM by Cluster-Lizard2014 »

paulotuatail@aol.com

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Re: Google an unsafe search engine.
« Reply #11 on: September 30, 2014, 10:27:24 PM »
I have no add on's and I have not tried to open more than one website using coma or semi colon delimiters. This is a problem thwt does not exists in firefox or any other browser. It should be able to be TURNED OFF as it is annoying.

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Re: Google an unsafe search engine.
« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2014, 10:29:36 PM »
There is a details button and next time this CRAP pops up I will get a screen print of it also.

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Re: Google an unsafe search engine.
« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2014, 03:20:46 AM »
It should be able to be TURNED OFF as it is annoying.
You have been told that it can be.  Are you looking for actual help here?

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paulotuatail@aol.com

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Re: Google an unsafe search engine.
« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2014, 10:56:33 AM »
Here are your avast details against a good browser. Notice that Avast does not supply any information to back up it's claim.