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Re: Download from CNET....SERIOUSLY???
« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2010, 04:52:39 AM »
The I have also checked the download of the free home version from http://files.avast.com/iavs5x/setup_av_free_eng.exe.

The file size, signature date & time and Md5 sum exactly matches the file downloaded from MajorGeeks.
The Md5 value for both these files is bae19e7f87f55674becd9967716792fe.

I don't have any real issue with outsourcing file distribution, although I personally prefer to source from the authors site where possible, and I certainly appreciate the load that is placed on download servers when a new version is announced.

Again, the main point of my posts in this thread is that some variations exist in what people are downloading from the various sites, including one where the signature is not valid, and this might be a contributing factor in why some have experienced problems others haven't

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Re: Download from CNET....SERIOUSLY???
« Reply #16 on: February 04, 2010, 09:11:26 AM »
I did some hunting and ALWIL is hosting the files on their own servers if you want it directly from the horses mouth. ALWIL is not giving out links to their own servers because there is no way they could ever stand up to the load as the demand is so high. Download.com claims Avast 5 Free was downloaded 1,177,946 times last week! Its hard to believe but possible. IMO they were very smart not to even try and host the files themselves. Without further adieu here you go!  

Avast 5 Free
Multi-Language: http://files.avast.com/iavs5x/setup_av_free.exe
English: http://files.avast.com/iavs5x/setup_av_free_eng.exe
French: http://files.avast.com/iavs5x/setup_av_free_fre.exe

Avast 5 Pro
Multi-Language: http://files.avast.com/iavs5x/setup_av_pro.exe
English: http://files.avast.com/iavs5x/setup_av_pro_eng.exe
French: http://files.avast.com/iavs5x/setup_av_pro_fre.exe

Avast 5 Internet Security
Multi-Language: http://files.avast.com/iavs5x/setup_ais.exe
English: http://files.avast.com/iavs5x/setup_ais_eng.exe
French: http://files.avast.com/iavs5x/setup_ais_fre.exe



THANK YOU!!!
I just went to try and re-download the IS but got broswer jacked to some app for 'jehovah witnes''??? on the CNet download...man, whoever Vlk is taking advice from right now needs to put the light bulb down and step away from the lighter. :o

Seriously, if everyone else was putting a porn dialer in their application just to be cool as the next guy...would you VLK? ::)

Just cause a bunch of people swear that flash CANT comprimise the product dont mean their right.  Im reinstalling from either an infected rework of Dune 200 I found on the net...VERY SUSPECT OF BAD CODE, walked right past Avast and initiated Win7 FW query??? :'(

Anyhow, Im still buying it but I hope someone pulls their head out for either the download site(s) or at least something as infectable as flash calls in my security app!!!

WTF...4REAL.

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Re: Download from CNET....SERIOUSLY???
« Reply #17 on: February 04, 2010, 09:38:50 AM »
I did some hunting and ALWIL is hosting the files on their own servers if you want it directly from the horses mouth. ALWIL is not giving out links to their own servers because there is no way they could ever stand up to the load as the demand is so high. Download.com claims Avast 5 Free was downloaded 1,177,946 times last week! Its hard to believe but possible. IMO they were very smart not to even try and host the files themselves. Without further adieu here you go!  

...

The direct download links are now also part of the website:
Free AV http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download#tab4
Pro AV http://www.avast.com/pro-antivirus#tab4
IS http://www.avast.com/internet-security#tab3

(scroll down to see the list)


I just went to try and re-download the IS but got broswer jacked to some app for 'jehovah witnes''??? on the CNet download...man, whoever Vlk is taking advice from right now needs to put the light bulb down and step away from the lighter. :o

Are you serious? I mean, are you saying that your browser got hijacked right on download.com? I mean, that's somewhat hard to believe, given the huge exposure of this site.

I mean, the ads they host are sometimes pretty nasty but other than that, we have never really heard of any problem like this. Plus their download speeds are marvelous now since they switched to a new CDN provider.

Just cause a bunch of people swear that flash CANT comprimise the product dont mean their right.  Im reinstalling from either an infected rework of Dune 200 I found on the net...VERY SUSPECT OF BAD CODE, walked right past Avast and initiated Win7 FW query??? :'(

Please avoid double-posting. See here http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=54889.msg465576#msg465576

Thanks
Vlk
« Last Edit: February 04, 2010, 09:41:36 AM by Vlk »
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hyjaxltd

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Re: Download from CNET....SERIOUSLY???
« Reply #18 on: February 04, 2010, 09:48:48 AM »
Are you serious? I mean, are you saying that your browser got hijacked right on download.com? I mean, that's somewhat hard to believe, given the huge exposure of this site.

I mean, the ads they host are sometimes pretty nasty but other than that, we have never really heard of any problem like this. Plus their download speeds are marvelous now since they switched to a new CDN provider.
Unless they started letting people disguise the ads as download buttons with Avast written in it, I click,  then Im on a page that looks the same but wanting me to download some 'feildbible' app...so you figure out what happened.  Im just happy its available from the source.

...srry bout the double post

olddog

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Re: Download from CNET....SERIOUSLY???
« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2010, 08:31:04 AM »
Quote

The direct download links are now also part of the website:
Free AV http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download#tab4
Pro AV http://www.avast.com/pro-antivirus#tab4
IS http://www.avast.com/internet-security#tab3

VLK,
These links (the Free AV one at least) still puts the download through CNet.
As I have stated before, I don't have a problem with downloading from CNet, however the file "setup_av_free" (selected English version) from that download is 43,550,760 bytes, which is significantly different from the one able to be downloaded from

http://files.avast.com/iavs5x/setup_av_free_eng.exe
This downloads a file name "setup_av_free_eng.exe" via http://downloads678.avast.com which is 41,749,632 bytes.

So my questions are
Why are they not the same file?
Which one is the correct, preferred, or best one to use?
« Last Edit: February 06, 2010, 08:32:58 AM by olddog »

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Re: Download from CNET....SERIOUSLY???
« Reply #20 on: February 06, 2010, 08:38:31 AM »
Had no problem downloading from download.com

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Re: Download from CNET....SERIOUSLY???
« Reply #21 on: February 06, 2010, 10:17:32 AM »
As the name suggests, setup_av_free_eng.exe is the installer for English version only. On the other hand, setup_av_free.exe contains all the supported language modules.

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Re: Download from CNET....SERIOUSLY???
« Reply #22 on: February 06, 2010, 07:35:40 PM »
As the name suggests, setup_av_free_eng.exe is the installer for English version only. On the other hand, setup_av_free.exe contains all the supported language modules.

Thanks so very much igor. I was hoping an explanation would be made by one of the avast! professionals with regard to the difference in download sizes. Makes sense with the language modules being included.

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Re: Download from CNET....SERIOUSLY???
« Reply #23 on: February 06, 2010, 10:11:41 PM »
As the name suggests, setup_av_free_eng.exe is the installer for English version only. On the other hand, setup_av_free.exe contains all the supported language modules.

Thanks Igor, that clears up my issue nicely

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Re: Download from CNET....SERIOUSLY???
« Reply #24 on: September 11, 2010, 10:52:52 AM »

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Re: Download from CNET....SERIOUSLY???
« Reply #25 on: September 11, 2010, 05:22:04 PM »
So let me get this straight.
The ask.com Toolbar and Home Page and the eBay install prompt I get when I install Foxit Reader ... and something similar with the IrfanView install ... is put in there by FileHippo and NOT by Foxit Reader and IrfanView?  (I download them from FileHippo.)

I can't remember if I get any similar prompts when I install MBAM and SAS.
But, I probably do.  I download those from FileHippo also.

I think even Auslogics Defrag has its own Toolbar install prompt.  Sheesh!
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Re: Download from CNET....SERIOUSLY???
« Reply #26 on: September 11, 2010, 05:39:45 PM »
So let me get this straight.
The ask.com Toolbar and Home Page and the eBay install prompt I get when I install Foxit Reader ... and something similar with the IrfanView install ... is put in there by FileHippo and NOT by Foxit Reader and IrfanView?  (I download them from FileHippo.)

I can't remember if I get any similar prompts when I install MBAM and SAS.
But, I probably do.  I download those from FileHippo also.

I think even Auslogics Defrag has its own Toolbar install prompt.  Sheesh!

Those are put by Foxit Reader and others. What is put by FileHippo are the big Google Ads with a fake "Download" button that mislead a lot of users  ;)