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Hello !

Using Avast 2014.9.0.2021 here, and perfectly satisfied with the program and every of its updates (save the GrimeFighter useless added utility, but well, one's gotta earn a living, and it can be deactivated).

I noticed something that was definitely not planned, and it could cause Avast posssible legal problems.

Here's the story.

Avast notified me that I had programs for which there were available updates, and, among them, there was winrar. I clicked to let the program update winrar for me. I had winrar 5.something (downloaded from rarlab.com around last december), in its free version.
One must know that winrar is famous for its eternal trial period, although the new version 5 came with more frequent nagging screens suggesting us to buy the program, and an even more annoying, although rare, additional nagging screen.
However, after Avast updated winrar for me to its latest version, the program's nagging screens stopped showing up. Entirely.

Sure, from a personal point of view, I like the improvement, no more nagging screen every time ! Not even the super-awesome new nagging screen that prevents us from doing anything in the program during ten seconds, and, only after those ten seconds passed, finally accepts to show itself !

But... well... if I were rarlab, the editor of Winrar, I'd sue your for fast and easy money, as you're preventing them from making new sales.

So here's for my suggestion, even at the price of non-improved user comfort, you should really fix how Avast updates Winrar, it's not worth it.

(Note to mods, admins, Avast staff, the Pope, or whoever is in charge of this : if I find my thread suddenly disappears because you don't want rarlab to read what I wrote, sure, no prob, its very disappearance will mean it will have been read by the right persons.)

Kind regards,
Oliver

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Re: Reporting that, in a humoristic way, Avast just pirated Winrar for me
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2014, 09:35:42 AM »
I believe the update is done via the official WinRAR installers... so if any behavior has changed, it's not really Avast's doing. I mean, the behavior should be the same as if you downloaded the updated installer yourself and ran it (I hope).

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Re: Reporting that, in a humoristic way, Avast just pirated Winrar for me
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2014, 01:53:33 PM »
@oliverfr
Why use such a program in the first place ??? 7zip has none of these restrictions and does a lot more than WinRAR.
I stopped using WinRAR a long time ago. :)

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Re: Reporting that, in a humoristic way, Avast just pirated Winrar for me
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2014, 01:54:04 AM »
I believe the update is done via the official WinRAR installers... so if any behavior has changed, it's not really Avast's doing. I mean, the behavior should be the same as if you downloaded the updated installer yourself and ran it (I hope).

Well, if that's the case, the fault lies with winrar's developers, and everything is cool, then. Let's hope they don't fix that too soon *cough*

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Why use such a program in the first place ??? 7zip has none of these restrictions and does a lot more than WinRAR.
I stopped using WinRAR a long time ago. :)

7-Zip lacks certain features provided by WinRAR, such as copy-pasting from within one archive open in winrar to inside another archive open in another session of winrar. In my work, it's saving precious time :)

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Re: Reporting that, in a humoristic way, Avast just pirated Winrar for me
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2014, 01:46:13 PM »
We all have different needs and requirements. :)
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