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Avast Browser Cleanup Tool
« on: December 04, 2014, 05:41:33 PM »
The Avast Browser Cleanup Tool has apparently been fixed.

No more automatic assigning of Yahoo. You now have a choice including your current default.
Thank You Avast for finally fixing this annoying problem. :)
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Re: Avast Browser Cleanup Tool
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2014, 06:14:55 PM »
Kinda funny if you already have set one of the 4 as default.
Keep excisting (not recommended)  ;D

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Re: Avast Browser Cleanup Tool
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2014, 05:00:40 AM »
The Avast Browser Cleanup Tool has apparently been fixed.
Good to know, thanks for the info Bob.
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Re: Avast Browser Cleanup Tool
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2014, 02:03:12 PM »
The Avast Browser Cleanup Tool has apparently been fixed.

Perhaps not.

This morning as a privileged user I logged on, started up Firefox, and the default home page had changed from its multi-year "wunderground" URL to a Google search URL of "".


This morning a non privileged user logged in, started up Firefox, and an Avast warning popped up stating that an add-on (Animal Crossing Music) was less than desirable, suggesting to delete it. When I asked the user about that she said she had installed the add-on under =Chrome=, not Firefox; not knowing HOW the add-on got installed under Firefox (maybe ALL browsers during its installation?) I sat down and directed Avast to go ahead and delete it. Avast asked for a privileged raising of permissions (password for privileged user) so I did so (though it wasn't clear to me why the removal of an add-on required more permission than the installation of it). Avast THEN said the default search provider had to be set. This seemed strange but I just went ahead and set it to Google since that's what she used.

I then logged out as the non privileged user and logged in as myself.

Starting up Firefox I found that =my= Home page had changed from the above weather site to the above Google search. Since this was bizarre I started internet searching for potential causes and ended up on this thread (among others on the Avast site).

So, anyway...Heads Up! It doesn't seem...uh...appropriate that removing an add-on should require resetting a default search provider, nor should that have happened across login IDs. There appears to be a problem with this particular piece of Avast coding that is confusing IDs, minimally, and certainly appears to be doing WAY more than it should need to (removing an add-on shouldn't touch search defaults, right?).

[apologies if this is not the appropriate thread - there appear to be more than one thread touching on this "default search provider" problem and THIS thread claims it's fixed, so I've posted this here]