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Offline Joe385

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'Launch Avast Secure Browser automatically when your computer starts' keeps re-enabling itself. It will stay switched off for a few days/weeks and then randomly switches back on. Why does this happen and how can I stop it? I don't want any browser to launch itself automatically when my computer starts. If Avast software is going to keep behaving like malware I for one will be forced to stop using it.

Offline carnut84gti

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This has been a problem with Avast Browser for quite some time. I don't know what the hell their problem is, people complain about it all the time, yet every freaking update changes "auto start avast" from off to on. I'm getting closer and closer to not only removing this program from my computer, but every Avast product from my own computer as well as the dozen or so I service (half of which are paying for Avast services).  They took it a step further this time, and automatically changed my "default" browser from firefox to Avast.

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Do either of you have the Avast Secure Browser (ASB) set as your default browser ?

I haven't and it doesn't start on boot.
Check your ASB Settings > Default Browser > On Startup and ensure that option isn't enabled.
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Offline Joe385

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Do either of you have the Avast Secure Browser (ASB) set as your default browser ?

I haven't and it doesn't start on boot.
Check your ASB Settings > Default Browser > On Startup and ensure that option isn't enabled.

No, not my default browser

Offline DavidR

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I don't believe it has to be set as your default browser, but if you have Launch ASB automatically when your computer starts option enabled it will start on boot.  One doesn't require the other in these two settings.
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Offline carnut84gti

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Do either of you have the Avast Secure Browser (ASB) set as your default browser ?

I haven't and it doesn't start on boot.
Check your ASB Settings > Default Browser > On Startup and ensure that option isn't enabled.

So standard of this forum. The setting you are talking about is the SPECIFIC SETTING WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. IT KEEPS TURNING ITSELF ON.

No, I NEVER set avast to my default.  What DID happen, as I already stated, is with the last update Avast not only re-enabled the launch avast on startup option (my initial rant), but made itself the default browser.

Next you're going to tell me to change those 2 settings. I already changed them. The problem is, on the next browser update, I'm sure Avast will automatically turn that setting back on, and who knows if it'll automatically force itself as the default browser AGAIN.

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You got it easy. I still use Win 7 on an old PC at work (for odds and ends), and it used to load up upon startup too, but it always shows that it is turned off (unchecked) in the settings.  My PC was so slow on most of my boot ups that I figured that it was the browser attempting to start up and all that goes on behind the scenes with it. I mean it took an hour to somewhat use it, and then it would simply lock up completely some times even then.  Sure enough I uninstalled it and now it runs free and easy upon start up.   Sure, shame on me for using Win 7, but Avast updates everything OK when there is an update (doesn't complain it finds Win 7), outside of them pushing the browser on me/us, it's been decent.

I am also considering making a change of the main AV next renewal date if they keep this up.

Offline vampire77

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Someone suggested I go to the Antivirus UI, Settings, Troubleshooting, Repair.

It seems to have done the trick.

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Thanks for the feedback.
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Offline andoing

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Switched on or off for me it keeps starting at boot, when browsing the settings once I saw it on and thought that can't be right, so I turned off even though it had never started at boot. Then it started at boot.

Now on or off it just starts at boot.

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Re: Launch Avast Secure Browser automatically when your computer starts enabling
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2020, 05:24:29 PM »
Switched on or off for me it keeps starting at boot, when browsing the settings once I saw it on and thought that can't be right, so I turned off even though it had never started at boot. Then it started at boot.

Now on or off it just starts at boot.

Have you tried all what has been suggested in this topic already ?

As there was more than simply switching the setting on or off.
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