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Offline Goldfish

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A quick question
« on: November 17, 2016, 03:43:11 PM »
Hello.

I've been using Avast Free Antivirus for a very long time now and Firefox has been my go-to browser during that time. I recently installed Chrome as my backup browser and unfortunately, even though I opted out of Safeprice and Online Security during Avast's installation, it nevertheless wants to install those on Chrome when I run it. It seems to suggest them only once per product which is a relief, but I still find it rather intrusive because I opted out of them during installation. For a moment I suspected an adware infection and ran adwcleaner and malwarebytes respectively, which found nothing out of ordinary.

So, is this behavior normal for Avast Free Antivirus? Is it programmed to prompt the browser extension installation even if I don't currently have those products installed on my computer? (searched around both Avast' folders and Chrome's as well but didn't find folders for safeprice/online security)

Thank you.
« Last Edit: November 17, 2016, 03:48:20 PM by Goldfish »

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Re: A quick question
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2016, 05:51:36 AM »
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Offline sebastian183

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Re: A quick question
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2016, 08:32:47 AM »
Hello , I think it is designed thiś way..

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Re: A quick question
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2016, 02:19:00 PM »
Asyn, the Safeprice and Online Security are not listed as installed in my components, there's an option to add them. As I said, I opted out of them during Avast's installation. I'm talking about that little popup in the upper right corner of my newly installed Chrome that says Avast wants to install Safe Price or Online Security on it.

However, since I haven't gotten such popups more than once per product after I declined the installation, I'm assuming this is normal like sebastian183 said. Still, I think it's bad practise for an antivirus to behave like adware almost, even if it is the free version. If you can't say for sure whether this is or isn't default behavior for Avast Free Antivirus, I would at least like to know if this has happened to anyone else with Chrome who's maybe reading this.

thank you for the replies so far.
« Last Edit: November 18, 2016, 02:28:42 PM by Goldfish »

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Re: A quick question
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2016, 04:38:44 AM »
Asyn, the Safeprice and Online Security are not listed as installed in my components, there's an option to add them. As I said, I opted out of them during Avast's installation. I'm talking about that little popup in the upper right corner of my newly installed Chrome that says Avast wants to install Safe Price or Online Security on it.
Sorry, I don't use Chrome, wait for someone else to chime in.
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