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« on: June 23, 2004, 09:29:28 PM »

Just done a spyware clean on my system and found adware in my freeware copy of Avast, could somebody please confirm whether this is a known procedure.

Please advise.


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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2004, 09:48:08 PM »
Can you please rephrase? Are you suggesting that avast Home Edition contains some kind of adware?

It does not. ;)
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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2004, 10:46:41 PM »
I am not suggesting anything, I am merely pointing out to the forum the results of a spyware scan of my system which concluded that it had found 2 files, one of which was in Avast namely "ATTUNE" which it tells me is Adware.



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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2004, 10:54:24 PM »
You need to be specific, and detailed...

1) Which adware program are you using?

2) What was the exact filename or regkeys that were found? (specifics)

Now given this information, I should be able to help you.. So please provide it.  Because for one, Adware scanners are KNOWN to give tons of false positives.. For another, its not uncommon for spyware companies to copy files to various random locations on your hard drive, specifically trojan downloaders.


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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2004, 11:02:10 PM »
I use adaware and spybot search & destroy and neither report adware in avast.

As Kobra mentioned we will need information in order to help.
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« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2004, 12:25:03 AM »

As you can see.....there are strong supporters of Avast here!  ;)

Avast does not have any spyware or adaware.  Trust me.

I have been informed that a download site MAY be responsible for "piggybacked" adware.  I am trying to isolate the download site.

I have used most of the common adware and anti spyware utilites against Avast and Avast is clean as a whistle!

Please let us know:
the program you used to check Avast
the exact filename and extension discovered as adware
the download site you obtained Avast from. (it is important to know if you dowloaded it from an Avast location)

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« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2004, 11:59:32 AM »

Before we go any further on this matter, I would like to make it crystal clear I am not some "overnight try it for the first time then rubbish it merchant", I have been using Avast for a considerable period of time even when the only version you seemed to be able to get was Avast32, I have quite frequently recommeded Avast to other people praising what you get for nothing, so I am as keen as anybody else to clear this matter up.

As requested I have copied the report from the program concerned, which shows I hope all the relevant details including the name of the program, as far as where I got my copy of Avast from it was sometime ago. but off the top of my head I believe it was one of the computer magazines.

 Scan Result of Spy Cleaner on : 23/06/2004 7:31:53 PM
Version                       : 8.0.5
Database Version              : 2.803
Date                          : 23/06/2004 7:31:53 PM


Component: Attune

C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ENGLISH\Lang.dll
Size       : 2408.0 KB
Created On : 06/23/2004
Description: avast! Main English Module
Version    : 4, 1, 415, 0
****************** Name ******************"
Product    : avast! Antivirus
Company    : ALWIL Software
Internal   : Lang
Original   : Lang.dll
Copyright  : Copyright (c) 2003 ALWIL Software
Comments   :

Component: Alexa

Registry Key:
hklm\software\microsoft\internet explorer\extensions\{c95fe080-8f5d-11d2-a20b-00aa003c157a}

Summary                       :
Total Components Found        : 2
Total Cookies Found           : 0
Total Files Found             : 1
Total Folders Found           : 0
Total Memory Process Found    : 0
Total Registry Key Found      : 1
Total Registry Key Value Found: 0


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« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2004, 12:58:24 PM »
Well, this matter is completely clear (as already discussed here).
The report is a false alarm from Spy Cleaner.
The mentioned module, Lang.dll, doesn't contain any executable code (appart from the common DLL initialization code that's in virtually every DLL) - it contains only the English resources - dialogs, menus, text, ... etc. So, it certainly cannot be a spyware.


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« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2004, 01:29:09 PM »
amd, Igor

Good morning.

Firstly amd,  please do not take things so personal.  Questions need to be asked and we have no way of knowing you level of understanding.

Secondly...I do not understand the comment about what I get for "nothing".  Many of us pay for the Pro version and are free to use Avast Home because we can.  I am glad to hear that you have been with Avast since the "32"version.

As usual  ;D  Igor beat me to it with an answer.

Welcome to the forum.


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« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2004, 01:47:17 PM »
amd, wellcome to forums as you are an 'old' user of avast.
I'm glad to post that thing in first hand:;action=display;threadid=4621;start=msg33339#msg33339

Again, wellcome on-board. Let's make avast better and better  ;)
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