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Offline Rundvleeskroket

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Re: What "avast overseer" is?
« Reply #30 on: September 14, 2018, 01:59:04 PM »
Like I've said here ( https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=221887.0 ), overseer.exe now has resorted to installing itself with a Definition Update. So instead of being rid of it until you update the main Avast program, now you have to check for the presence every day. WTF Avast?

My firewall alerted me yesterday. Overseer.exe, new file version, brand spanking new, had just reinstalled itself and started (trying to) to phone home right after that.

Just give users an option to not have overseer installed. Please.
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Re: What "avast overseer" is?
« Reply #31 on: September 14, 2018, 07:14:10 PM »
May be good if it was named "avastoverseer" instead of "overseer" which looks like scary malware label and totally unrelated to Avast.
If this is has been released to just some users as a test, then surely that test should have been done through the beta test channel first. Also overseer should be cleared out with all avast files by avastclear if ultimately rolled out to all users.

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Re: What "avast overseer" is?
« Reply #32 on: September 14, 2018, 07:38:03 PM »
May be good if it was named "avastoverseer" instead of "overseer" which looks like scary malware label and totally unrelated to Avast.
If this is has been released to just some users as a test, then surely that test should have been done through the beta test channel first. Also overseer should be cleared out with all avast files by avastclear if ultimately rolled out to all users.

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Re: What "avast overseer" is?
« Reply #33 on: September 14, 2018, 11:18:00 PM »
May be good if it was named "avastoverseer" instead of "overseer" which looks like scary malware label and totally unrelated to Avast.
If this is has been released to just some users as a test, then surely that test should have been done through the beta test channel first. Also overseer should be cleared out with all avast files by avastclear if ultimately rolled out to all users.
Totally agree that the Avast removal tool should have removed this exe. It's supposed to remove everything related to Avast.
As far as the name goes, it really doesn't matter what you call it. A search reveals that it's part of Avast.
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Re: What "avast overseer" is?
« Reply #34 on: September 14, 2018, 11:55:06 PM »

My firewall alerted me yesterday. Overseer.exe, new file version, brand spanking new,

What firewall are you using?  PCTools?

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Re: What "avast overseer" is?
« Reply #35 on: September 15, 2018, 12:01:15 AM »

My firewall alerted me yesterday. Overseer.exe, new file version, brand spanking new,

What firewall are you using?  PCTools?
Off topic. we aren't talking about firewalls. :)
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Re: What "avast overseer" is?
« Reply #36 on: September 15, 2018, 12:04:29 AM »
Off topic[/b]. we aren't talking about firewalls. :)
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I know, but I want that firewall!!!
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Re: What "avast overseer" is?
« Reply #37 on: September 15, 2018, 01:13:59 AM »
Off topic. we aren't talking about firewalls. :)

I know, but I want that firewall!!!

There is nothing to stop you using that firewall, just have it allow Overseer.exe internet access or block it, your choice.

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Re: What "avast overseer" is?
« Reply #38 on: September 15, 2018, 05:14:32 AM »
I use Comodo. But any decent firewall will alert you when some executable tries to connect. Although I would guess that the firewall in the paid Avast products is configured to automatically let overseer communicate with them.

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Re: What "avast overseer" is?
« Reply #39 on: September 15, 2018, 10:05:44 AM »
I use Comodo. But any decent firewall will alert you when some executable tries to connect.

Although I would guess that the firewall in the paid Avast products is configured to automatically let overseer communicate with them.

I'm not speculating as you do, I don't have the Avast Firewall, even if a user does there would be nothing to stop them manually changing the settings.
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Re: What "avast overseer" is?
« Reply #40 on: October 13, 2018, 11:56:45 AM »
Hi, I wanted to ask.
Why do I have ths program when I don't have avast? I don't understand how it works, since I haven't installed avast at all.

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Re: What "avast overseer" is?
« Reply #41 on: October 13, 2018, 12:14:22 PM »
Hi, I wanted to ask.
Why do I have ths program when I don't have avast? I don't understand how it works, since I haven't installed avast at all.
You've had Avast installed in the past as your previous posts suggest, using the Avast clear tool doesn't remove all leftovers unfortunately and usually requires a manual search to remove those remnants.


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Re: What "avast overseer" is?
« Reply #43 on: October 13, 2018, 06:07:53 PM »
Hi, I wanted to ask.
Why do I have ths program when I don't have avast? I don't understand how it works, since I haven't installed avast at all.
hi

it may have come by installing ccleaner ?

as explained in the link given by Pondus
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However, users affected are often pelading as ‘not guilty’ of having knowingly installed any AVAST program or file such as overseer.exe. The background is that the AVAST Free virus scanner has been installed on the system as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) with other software since that time.

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Re: What "avast overseer" is?
« Reply #44 on: November 18, 2018, 09:04:24 PM »
Interesting thread.

Could someone at Avast explain how one of my PCs ended up with Overseer installed, when I've:

(a) Never used an Avast product on this computer
(b) Never authorized a bootstrapped Avast installation in conjunction with installing any other application
(c) Never provided any consent whatsoever for Avast to daily scan my computer for possible "errors" and "updates" for a product that has never before occupied one kilobyte on my system.

Asking for a GDPR friend.