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Re: Avast installed itself
« Reply #90 on: July 23, 2019, 11:32:17 PM »
My laptop is a HP Pavillion Laptop.

I have now had a response from the Chief Executive of Avast, so I am looking to investigate it with him.

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Re: Avast installed itself
« Reply #91 on: July 23, 2019, 11:52:29 PM »
My laptop is a HP Pavillion Laptop.

I have now had a response from the Chief Executive of Avast, so I am looking to investigate it with him.
Here's what I've been able to find out:

"Hi Bob, I can't really say what could be the root cause of this issue without proper log analysis of course.
But off the top of my head, this may happened within our HP OEM deals migration campaing which was triggered couple of weeks ago.
Can you please ask for user's PC specification if we can confirm this theory?
If the theory is true the SecureLine app on user's computer was just updated (automatically in the background), not newly installed.
And as the SecureLine app might just be lying there unused for a very long time, it may be surprising for the user indeed."

If I found out anything else, I'll post it here. If you get any additional information, please do the same.
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Re: Avast installed itself
« Reply #92 on: July 24, 2019, 12:10:05 AM »
Thank you Bob

I will continue my dialogue with Avast too and I will gladly post any resulting reply.

What kind of specification information would be needed?

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Re: Avast installed itself
« Reply #93 on: July 24, 2019, 12:19:19 AM »
This is an extract of specifications..

Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.17134.885]
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C:\WINDOWS\system32>systeminfo

OS Name:                   Microsoft Windows 10 Home
OS Version:                10.0.17134 N/A Build 17134
OS Manufacturer:           Microsoft Corporation
OS Configuration:          Standalone Workstation
OS Build Type:             Multiprocessor Free
Registered Organization:   Hewlett-Packard
Product ID:                00326-10000-00000-AA940
Original Install Date:     28/05/2018, 12:42:14
System Boot Time:          18/07/2019, 22:46:51
System Manufacturer:       Hewlett-Packard
System Model:              HP Pavilion 15 Notebook PC
System Type:               x64-based PC
Processor(s):              1 Processor(s) Installed.
                           [01]: Intel64 Family 6 Model 61 Stepping 4 GenuineIntel ~1400 Mhz
BIOS Version:              Insyde F.36, 02/02/2015
Windows Directory:         C:\WINDOWS
System Directory:          C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device:               \Device\HarddiskVolume2
System Locale:             en-gb;English (United Kingdom)
Input Locale:              en-gb;English (United Kingdom)
Time Zone:                 (UTC+00:00) Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London
Total Physical Memory:     8,114 MB
Available Physical Memory: 4,680 MB
Virtual Memory: Max Size:  11,186 MB
Virtual Memory: Available: 7,715 MB
Virtual Memory: In Use:    3,471 MB
Page File Location(s):     C:\pagefile.sys
Domain:                    WORKGROUP
Logon Server:           
Hotfix(s):                 10 Hotfix(s) Installed.
                           [01]: KB4100347
                           [02]: KB4343669
                           [03]: KB4346084
                           [04]: KB4477137
                           [05]: KB4485449
                           [06]: KB4497398
                           [07]: KB4497932
                           [08]: KB4503308
                           [09]: KB4509094
                           [10]: KB4507435

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Re: Avast installed itself
« Reply #94 on: July 24, 2019, 12:21:18 AM »
Thank you Bob

I will continue my dialogue with Avast too and I will gladly post any resulting reply.

What kind of specification information would be needed?
Computer specs. Good program to use would be Speccy (Portable) https://www.ccleaner.com/speccy/builds
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Re: Avast installed itself
« Reply #95 on: July 24, 2019, 12:23:18 AM »
Thank you Bob

I will continue my dialogue with Avast too and I will gladly post any resulting reply.

What kind of specification information would be needed?
Computer specs. Good program to use would be Speccy (Portable) https://www.ccleaner.com/speccy/builds
I've passed that information on. Thanks
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Re: Avast installed itself
« Reply #96 on: July 24, 2019, 12:26:21 AM »
Thanks Bob

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Re: Avast installed itself
« Reply #97 on: December 11, 2019, 11:41:38 AM »
This is very interesting. As this is also something that just happened to me. I've always used F-secures antivirus solutions, but my subscription ended end of October and I haven't renewed it yet. So about 1 week ago Avast just suddenly appeared. Don't know why cause I have never downloaded it or have downloaded anything that would have installed it. But I didn't mind it anyways. Until yesterday when one of my cards apparently was used for Pakistan state oil com and my card got blocked by my card issuer. So then I started investigating and as it's really really spooky how a program just installed itself onto my computer without me having installed it or done anything it just happened to be there. As previous comments have clearly been made that programs just doesn't install themselves. And that's true, something or someone has to install it. Which only makes me believe that someone unauthorized has done this. Which is really scary thinking that a hacker might use avast for something. They should look into that as that's really serious. Just wanted to let you know that this is happening.

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Re: Avast installed itself
« Reply #98 on: December 11, 2019, 02:00:01 PM »
This is very interesting. As this is also something that just happened to me. I've always used F-secures antivirus solutions, but my subscription ended end of October and I haven't renewed it yet. So about 1 week ago Avast just suddenly appeared. Don't know why cause I have never downloaded it or have downloaded anything that would have installed it. But I didn't mind it anyways. Until yesterday when one of my cards apparently was used for Pakistan state oil com and my card got blocked by my card issuer. So then I started investigating and as it's really really spooky how a program just installed itself onto my computer without me having installed it or done anything it just happened to be there. As previous comments have clearly been made that programs just doesn't install themselves. And that's true, something or someone has to install it. Which only makes me believe that someone unauthorized has done this. Which is really scary thinking that a hacker might use avast for something. They should look into that as that's really serious. Just wanted to let you know that this is happening.
Unfortunately you don't give any details and, without details, no investigation only speculation.
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Re: Avast installed itself
« Reply #99 on: December 11, 2019, 02:31:50 PM »
This is very interesting. As this is also something that just happened to me. I've always used F-secures antivirus solutions, but my subscription ended end of October and I haven't renewed it yet. So about 1 week ago Avast just suddenly appeared. Don't know why cause I have never downloaded it or have downloaded anything that would have installed it. But I didn't mind it anyways. Until yesterday when one of my cards apparently was used for Pakistan state oil com and my card got blocked by my card issuer. So then I started investigating and as it's really really spooky how a program just installed itself onto my computer without me having installed it or done anything it just happened to be there. As previous comments have clearly been made that programs just doesn't install themselves. And that's true, something or someone has to install it. Which only makes me believe that someone unauthorized has done this. Which is really scary thinking that a hacker might use avast for something. They should look into that as that's really serious. Just wanted to let you know that this is happening.
Do you use a old version of CCleaner?

Why has Avast been installed to my machine?
https://support.piriform.com/hc/en-us/articles/360001205071-Why-has-Avast-been-installed-to-my-machine-



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Re: Avast installed itself
« Reply #100 on: May 22, 2020, 03:24:09 AM »
I had the same thing happen to my pc, turns out its Asus gift box installing it over and over. You may have something similar.

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Re: Avast installed itself
« Reply #101 on: May 22, 2020, 01:52:14 PM »
I had the same thing happen to my pc, turns out its Asus gift box installing it over and over. You may have something similar.
Sounds like something to talk to Asus about. :)
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Re: Avast installed itself
« Reply #102 on: June 07, 2020, 03:53:05 AM »
Avast didn't install itself, but it rode as bundleware on Bluefox Free PDF Converter with no way to opt out of the install.  I'm sorry, but there'd be no way I'd ever trust any software or company that engages in that kind of quasi-malware behavior.  Especially an antivirus program.  I had to wait for a good minute or two for it to finish installing so I could uninstall the stupid thing.

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Re: Avast installed itself
« Reply #103 on: June 07, 2020, 04:43:27 PM »
...  I had to wait for a good minute or two for it to finish installing so I could uninstall the stupid thing.
To completely uninstall Avast, download the uninstaller from here:
https://www.avast.com/uninstall-utility

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Re: Avast installed itself
« Reply #104 on: June 07, 2020, 04:49:04 PM »
Avast didn't install itself, but it rode as bundleware on Bluefox Free PDF Converter with no way to opt out of the install.  I'm sorry, but there'd be no way I'd ever trust any software or company that engages in that kind of quasi-malware behavior.  Especially an antivirus program.  I had to wait for a good minute or two for it to finish installing so I could uninstall the stupid thing.
The folks to be angry at are Bluefox. You also should have used the custom install of their program to avoid installing bundled software.
Install something like Unchecky to prevent unwanted installs. https://unchecky.com/
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