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Avast Software Cleanup Beta
« on: June 29, 2016, 01:58:05 PM »
Hi all!

We are happy to announce an update of Avast Software Cleanup (SWCU).

Changes in version 12.4.49.0
  • Improved caching of scan results
  • Fixed crash when no Uninstall key is present
  • Removed temporary script execution
  • Improved install location lookup in registry
  • Updated backend communication
  • Increased performance
  • Added logging of script execution
  • Don't pin links to task bar if they are already restored
  • Disable shared install locations in the correct way
  • GRE does not use x86/x64 redirection when executing UninstallString

How to install


About Avast Software Cleanup

Avast Software Cleanup is designed to identify and remove possibly unwanted software (so called "Crapware" or "Bloatware") from your Windows computer. Any feedback is very much appreciated here in this Avast forum section, which is related to Avast Software Cleanup only.

NOTE: Avast Software Cleanup currently is a technology beta only. It's going to be integrated into Avast's other programs later on. So please, don't be bothered by the slightly outdated UI look and fee. Yet it's unclear if it'll survive as a standalone product.

Key features and functions

SOFTWARE LISTING
Avast Software Cleanup will scan your computer for installed programs and will show it in a list. By default, only the bad rated programs are show. Click on "Show extended user interface" in order to view the complete list of installed programs.

RATING
Software Cleanup provides you a user based rating (orange stars). Based on that rating you can decide what software to remove. Of course you can remove good rated software as well.
The rating is shown with orange stars.

VOTING
In case you want provide your opinion about software you can vote it with one to five stars. Simply click on the stars to vote; software you voted will show your vote with blue stars afterwards.

MOVE TO TRASH (DISABLE)
This is a cool feature which allows you to move a software to a special trash bin before you finally get rid of it. The trash bin allows you to restore the software afterwards in case you changed you mind. A simple click on the button "MOVE TO TRASH" will move the appropriate software to the trash bin.

COMPLETELY REMOVE
This button is visible after unfolding the appropriate products row (just click it). It allows removing a program completely. Of course programs in the trash bin can be completely removed as well. This action cannot be reverted! In order to allow a simple one-click remove and to prevent other crapware from being installed, Software Cleanup usually will not call the product uninstaller. The product uninstaller will be run only in case of critical system software (drivers) and some other important programs.

RESTORE
This button is visible after unfolding the appropriate products row (just click it). Programs in the trash bin can be fully restored later on in case you've changed your mind.

Notes
  • The product should already knows about most of the common good rated and also about most of the crapware/bloatware. With your usage the system will automatically improve, so please be patient or give us feedback.
  • Currently you can easily remove (almost) every software - even the good ones. This can obviously cause damage to your system.  So be careful!
  • Avast Software Cleanup will create a System Restore Point. In case you notice problems after removal you can revert you system to the last state.
  • Software in the trash bin can be restored only if you keep Software Cleanup installed as well.
  • Software Cleanup can be kept installed on your PC. It does not run in the background and therefore does not consume any resources if it's not active.
  • During first run Software Cleanup will scan your computer for additional information which it requires for removal. This means there will be some low background load for a few minutes. If you try to remove some software before this background scanning has finished, the removal process might take more time than usual.
  • For removal Software Cleanup usually will not call the appropriate products uninstaller, instead it'll use its own uninstall technology. This is usually faster and additionally prevents any additional crapware which is sometimes installed during the removal process of crapware from being installed.
  • Critical system software, drivers etc. will be removed by calling the appropriate uninstaller only. This is for safety reasons. (Later on - after beta - we might decide not to allow removal of such software at all.) Such products can not be moved to the trash bin as well - the appropriate button will not be available.
  • Software Cleanup has an integrated update system which will ensure that you always have the latest build. Therefore you don't need to download and install new versions.


Troubleshooting
If you notice problems or if you just want to provide some feedback please let us know here in this forum. Don't forget to attach your logfile which can be found here:
c:\ProgramData\AVAST Software\Software Cleanup\log\
To get a quick view into the logfile please click the question mark (Help) in the right upper corner and then select the link "Show logfile".
« Last Edit: September 16, 2016, 02:09:55 PM by tosal »

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Re: Avast Software Cleanup Beta
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2016, 06:21:02 AM »
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Re: Avast Software Cleanup Beta
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2016, 06:17:50 PM »



So what does "Completely Remove" do ??? How does it work if it doesn't use the
Programs and Features section ??? Does it actually do a complete removal or,
is a manual removal still required ???
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Re: Avast Software Cleanup Beta
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2016, 07:08:29 PM »
I have never been a fan of autonomous cleanup tools, so I haven't installed it in earlier avast versions.

I expect much more detail and the ability to uncheck any or all options, some crapware is someone else's  useful tool.

Why would it list Good rated programs after the scan, seems pointless and is just looking for accidental removal ?

Might expect it to look at avast for bloat as there are many modules/elements that really aren't security based in what is a security program.
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Re: Avast Software Cleanup Beta
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2016, 09:45:34 PM »
This looks somewhat promising. I'll test it out over the next couple days and report back with any feedback.

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Re: Avast Software Cleanup Beta
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2016, 11:42:45 PM »

Programs and Features section ??? Does it actually do a complete removal or,
is a manual removal still required ???

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Critical system software, drivers etc. will be removed by calling the appropriate uninstaller only. This is for safety reasons. (Later on - after beta - we might decide not to allow removal of such software at all.) Such products can not be moved to the trash bin as well - the appropriate button will not be available.

My Guess would be that the "completely remove" operation calls on the appropriate uninstaller to remove the files properly. Where as the typical removal for adware/junk-ware(PUPs) is done using a quarantine type removal process so that they may be put back from the "trash" if removed on accident.

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Re: Avast Software Cleanup Beta
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2016, 11:51:59 PM »
Thanks, but guessing isn't what Im interested in. I'll waiting for an answer from Avast. :)
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Re: Avast Software Cleanup Beta
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2016, 12:43:41 AM »
Thanks, but guessing isn't what Im interested in. I'll waiting for an answer from Avast. :)
Well if you read the quote I highlighted from the original post and then you go look at the installs where that terminology exists from within the UI—You can put 2 and 2 together on your own.

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Re: Avast Software Cleanup Beta
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2016, 03:40:14 PM »
So what does "Completely Remove" do ??? How does it work if it doesn't use the
Programs and Features section ??? Does it actually do a complete removal or,
is a manual removal still required ???

Yes, "Completely remove" really kills the program and removes it completely.
There should be almost no relics. If there's relics, please report them and we'll try to fix as good as possible.

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[Edit]: I found a 'p'   ;D
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Re: Avast Software Cleanup Beta
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2016, 03:42:49 PM »
I expect much more detail and the ability to uncheck any or all options, some crapware is someone else's  useful tool.
Why would it list Good rated programs after the scan, seems pointless and is just looking for accidental removal ?
Might expect it to look at avast for bloat as there are many modules/elements that really aren't security based in what is a security program.

The program will look for bloats and will rate bloat appropriately. It's self-learning system but not fed yet.
We currently list the good programs as well in order
A) to learn what's bad and good
B) to improve removal capabilities

Final version will not allow good rated programs to be removed with generic removal but with vendor/publisher provided uninstaller only.

Please also note that the feature "DISABLE" will allow users to test before they really kill and remove good software. Test means that you can disable it and see if you miss any functionality. If you decide the program is good, simply restore it. Otherwise remove it completely.
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Re: Avast Software Cleanup Beta
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2016, 04:23:52 PM »
So what does "Completely Remove" do ??? How does it work if it doesn't use the
Programs and Features section ??? Does it actually do a complete removal or,
is a manual removal still required ???

Yes, "Comletely remove" really kills the program and removes it completely.
There should be almost no relics. If there's relics, please report them and we'll try to fix as good as possible.

Thomas
So in my screenshot, if I selected Avast, will it totally remove the product without using the Avast Removal Tool ???
Or, does it default to the Removal in Program and Features ???
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Re: Avast Software Cleanup Beta
« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2016, 04:48:08 PM »
So in my screenshot, if I selected Avast, will it totally remove the product without using the Avast Removal Tool ???
Or, does it default to the Removal in Program and Features ???

Give it a try ...  ;)
No, it'll not remove Avast as well as it'll not remove some other critical programs like .NET libraries, drivers, etc.
For these programs the uninstaller (from Programs and Features) is called.
But as mentioned, this information is not complete yet - we are talking about millions of programs ...

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Re: Avast Software Cleanup Beta
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2016, 05:37:34 PM »
How about a useful tool that checks for and removes 3rd party AV's
before allowing the installation of Avast ???
This could either be a stand alone program or, be the first part of the Avast installer.
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Re: Avast Software Cleanup Beta
« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2016, 10:30:45 AM »
How about a useful tool that checks for and removes 3rd party AV's
before allowing the installation of Avast ???
This could either be a stand alone program or, be the first part of the Avast installer.

@Bob3160: Something similar to your proposal is currently being implemented into Avast Setup. More details soon in Avast beta.

Additionally you could use Smart Scan. The compatibility check inside SmartScan checks for 3rd party Antivirus Software and offers to remove it. This is not really the feature you want (as it's doing it's 'magic' after both AVs are installed) but it should help as well.

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Re: Avast Software Cleanup Beta
« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2016, 02:24:56 PM »
How about a useful tool that checks for and removes 3rd party AV's
before allowing the installation of Avast ???
This could either be a stand alone program or, be the first part of the Avast installer.

@Bob3160: Something similar to your proposal is currently being implemented into Avast Setup. More details soon in Avast beta.

Additionally you could use Smart Scan. The compatibility check inside SmartScan checks for 3rd party Antivirus Software and offers to remove it. This is not really the feature you want (as it's doing it's 'magic' after both AVs are installed) but it should help as well.
Is this something that will be added to the current beta or, is it planned for a future version ???
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