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myron121346

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Question Downloading Free Avast
« on: February 15, 2010, 08:40:10 PM »
When attempting to download the free Avast antivirus, I followed several steps. After the 3rd step, the address www.avast.com changed to www.cnet.com then it changed to www.zoombli.com, which appears suspicious. Is www.zoombli.com legitimate or is it a virus hiding trying to get into my new notebook? In any case, I aborted the attempt. Should have I continued with www.zoombli.com? Also, does it matter if I download while using Internet Explorer or using Firefox. I prefer Firefox but some things won't download with Firefox.

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Re: Question Downloading Free Avast
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2010, 08:46:18 PM »
I just checked it. There is no zoombli in my download path. What language are you trying to download?

Use this link to download: http://download.cnet.com/Avast-Free-Antivirus/3000-2239_4-10019223.html?part=dl-85737&subj=dl&tag=button

You can add languages later on in the settings of the GUI if you want to.
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Re: Question Downloading Free Avast
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2010, 09:00:03 PM »
Hi myron  :)


I only installed Avast 5 on my laptop this afternoon  8)

Got my Avast 5 from Filehippo  :D
Here : http://www.filehippo.com/download_avast_antivirus/

You just click the green button ( Top Right ) to download the latest version of Avast 5  ;)

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Re: Question Downloading Free Avast
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2010, 09:43:59 PM »
Firefox should work fine for download Avast.

Direct link to English Free version.

http://download833.avast.com/iavs5x/setup_av_free_eng.exe
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Re: Question Downloading Free Avast
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2010, 02:09:47 PM »
I will again attempt to download free Avast. I am using the English version. If I again see www.zoombli.com during the download path, I will again abort. I have used both Internet Explorer and Firefox and still get the www.zoombli.com on my address bar. I have been advised that it could be some sort of virus. I will report back my findings.

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Re: Question Downloading Free Avast
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2010, 02:17:02 PM »
This is odd.

http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/www.zoombli.com
http://hosts-file.net/?s=zoombli.com

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FSA - sites engaged in the selling or distribution of bogus or fraudulent applications, or using misleading tactics to peddle applications

    This classification is assigned to site's being used for the distribution of "rogue" security or other such applications, for example: SpyFalcon, SpywareQuake, AdwareAlert etc.

As you can see, this shouldn't happen.

Can you describe exactly how you were trying to download avast!

This could be a symptom of malware.

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Re: Question Downloading Free Avast
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2010, 03:41:05 PM »
I'd say it is a symptom of malware working on the OP's machine.

@myron: it looks like your pc is infected.
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Re: Question Downloading Free Avast
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2010, 04:52:08 PM »
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




More proof of my claim what a MISTAKE usng CNET or any other outside server to SAFELY distribute Avast...or any security product for that matter!!!

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Re: Question Downloading Free Avast
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2010, 05:11:40 PM »
I'd say it is a symptom of malware working on the OP's machine.

@myron: it looks like your pc is infected.
I was also redirected in one of my attempts across CNet to download Avast!.  Now, nless you are saying that right after reinstalling my OS and SP's, that I went to Avast, who redirected me to CNet that I was compomised somewhere in between

...then who has the poor server settings;  Cnet or Alwil?  THAT WAS THE ONLY INTERNET ACTION I USED AFTER RE-INSTALLING/UPDATING MY OS.(btw...the windows FW was set to HIGH and block all incoming connections, so again, it was doubtful it was local.

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Re: Question Downloading Free Avast
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2010, 05:26:04 PM »
You were redirected from cnet to somewhere else?
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Re: Question Downloading Free Avast
« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2010, 06:28:15 PM »
You were redirected from cnet to somewhere else?
This is VERY common...not normal or safe but COMMON.

It has been a problem of CNet's for a while now...but again, why would a security vendor EVER redirect me from their site they can usually GARUNTEE the download from.

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Re: Question Downloading Free Avast
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2010, 06:39:04 PM »
Hi  :)

I've Got To Say... I'm with hyjaxltd on this  :(

We go to the Avast Website and click a Download Link .. We're then taken to another totally different website - With another Download Link    ???

Starting To Have Doubts...

Some people may or may not click that second Download Link  :-\

I Didn't!  ::)
Feeling so uncomfortable that every time I clicked to download the English Version of Avast 5 Free...
I was taken to Download.com / CNet - To a Download Link for the Multi Language Version  :o
In The End!
Thought... " No Way! - If I'm going to end up with the Multi Language Version anyway... May as well have it from Filehippo  "
So! .. That's What I Did  ;)
Filehippo : http://www.filehippo.com/download_avast_antivirus/

But Avast 5 really should be available.. Directly From Avast  >:(


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Re: Question Downloading Free Avast
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2010, 06:46:17 PM »
It is available from avast!, when I click download now for the multi language version, it is downloaded from an ALWIL server.

I think the point of users being sent to CNET (where avast! has been downloaded from before version 5) is to reduce the load on their servers, that would put an enormous strain on their servers...

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Re: Question Downloading Free Avast
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2010, 06:50:51 PM »
Neither was I redirected to the site from the Cnet.  If the majority were redirected from Cnet, I think there would be a lot of complains at that site.  So, I think it is rather natural for Zyndstoff to suspect that it may be the deeds of malware.

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Re: Question Downloading Free Avast
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2010, 07:00:48 PM »
Hi  :)


It was the English Version of Avast 5 Free that I was trying to download from the Avast Website - Not Multi Language!
However!
When I was sent straight to another download link at Download.com / CNet ... It was still the Multi Language anyway   >:(

Don't Think It's Malware
Just think Avast need to sort out something better for their downloads  ::)

Hally