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Offline bghjkl

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How do you close avast?
« on: September 02, 2010, 12:23:36 PM »
I don't want avast to be running. At all. There's no option to "quit" or "shut down" or "exit" on the task panel or the gui. When I try to end the process with task manager it says "access denied"

I've read a few similar topics on here, and the responses were very surprising. things like

"why would you want to close avast?"
"it doesn't take any memory"
"you'll be prone to attacks HURR DURR"

I just want to be able to stop it from running. This shouldn't require joining a forum and posting a support topic.

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Re: How do you close avast?
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2010, 01:13:27 PM »
I don't want avast to be running. At all. There's no option to "quit" or "shut down" or "exit" on the task panel or the gui. When I try to end the process with task manager it says "access denied"

I've read a few similar topics on here, and the responses were very surprising. things like

"why would you want to close avast?"
"it doesn't take any memory"
"you'll be prone to attacks HURR DURR"

I just want to be able to stop it from running. This shouldn't require joining a forum and posting a support topic.

you mean you registered just to ask this, wow, respect ;D ...as to the reasons why you want to stop avast, they're probably just as respectable.
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Re: How do you close avast?
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2010, 01:15:25 PM »
avast! shields control > Disable...
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Re: How do you close avast?
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2010, 07:50:00 PM »

you mean you registered just to ask this, wow, respect ;D ...as to the reasons why you want to stop avast, they're probably just as respectable.

My reasons are irrelevant. It should never be this hard to simply stop an application from running.

avast! shields control > Disable...
That doesn't do anything but disable it. Seems quite a useless function as Avast stops doing everything, but the process continues to run and take up memory. The icon is still in my taskbar, and AvastUI.exe is still running.

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Re: How do you close avast?
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2010, 07:58:49 PM »

you mean you registered just to ask this, wow, respect ;D ...as to the reasons why you want to stop avast, they're probably just as respectable.

My reasons are irrelevant. It should never be this hard to simply stop an application from running.

avast! shields control > Disable...
That doesn't do anything but disable it. Seems quite a useless function as Avast stops doing everything, but the process continues to run and take up memory. The icon is still in my taskbar, and AvastUI.exe is still running.

Uninstall Avast.  It quits running then. ;D  Seriously, if you don't want it running, then you don't want it's protection. ::)
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Re: How do you close avast?
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2010, 08:05:23 PM »
If it is an on-demand only scanner you want ? her are two

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Re: How do you close avast?
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2010, 08:14:26 PM »

you mean you registered just to ask this, wow, respect ;D ...as to the reasons why you want to stop avast, they're probably just as respectable.

My reasons are irrelevant. It should never be this hard to simply stop an application from running.

avast! shields control > Disable...
That doesn't do anything but disable it. Seems quite a useless function as Avast stops doing everything, but the process continues to run and take up memory. The icon is still in my taskbar, and AvastUI.exe is still running.

Uninstall Avast.  It quits running then. ;D  Seriously, if you don't want it running, then you don't want it's protection. ::)

So the only way to close it is to uninstall it? I do want the protection, but I'm suspicious that avast is the cause of some web browsing problems i've been having, and I want to close it to see if it is. This shouldn't be a daunting task!

Imagine if you had to uninstall your browser every time you wanted to close it.

May I suggest a simple "exit avast!" button for the next update.
« Last Edit: September 02, 2010, 08:16:23 PM by bghjkl »

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Re: How do you close avast?
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2010, 08:16:01 PM »
Is there any AV program you can turn off ?
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Re: How do you close avast?
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2010, 08:37:59 PM »
Disabling the Web Shield temporarily as Tech mentioned is a valid way to check if Avast is causing your browsing problem.  With it disabled, clear your browser cache and visit the site(s) that you are having problems with.  Of course, you will have less protection and can't blame Avast if you become infected while doing so.
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Re: How do you close avast?
« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2010, 12:59:29 AM »
so i am to understand that there is no possible way to stop avastui.exe from running?

if so, that's a MAJOR flaw in the software.

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Re: How do you close avast?
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2010, 02:33:48 AM »
avast is designed to be a 'resident' AV so what you are suggesting isn't what it was designed for and as such would require lots of hacking to get it to act like an on-demand AV.

The avastUI has no security function, but is there so you can access the various shields and settings.

Eventually we got the information out of you as to why you want to do this - to resolve a perceived web browsing problem:
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I do want the protection, but I'm suspicious that avast is the cause of some web browsing problems i've been having, and I want to close it to see if it is.

So why not let us try and find and resolve that problem. The web shield is the shield directly related to the internet, so as suggested you can stop the web shield, whilst still retaining the protection of the other shields.

What are the web browsing problems ?
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Re: How do you close avast?
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2010, 09:07:51 AM »
avast is designed to be a 'resident' AV so what you are suggesting isn't what it was designed for and as such would require lots of hacking to get it to act like an on-demand AV.

The avastUI has no security function, but is there so you can access the various shields and settings.

Eventually we got the information out of you as to why you want to do this - to resolve a perceived web browsing problem:
Quote from: bghjkl
I do want the protection, but I'm suspicious that avast is the cause of some web browsing problems i've been having, and I want to close it to see if it is.

So why not let us try and find and resolve that problem. The web shield is the shield directly related to the internet, so as suggested you can stop the web shield, whilst still retaining the protection of the other shields.

What are the web browsing problems ?

that's not what i asked. i asked how to end the process avastui.exe

but certain websites (google, craigslist, and wikipedia) always time out, but others work fine (bing, ebay, ...the avast forum)

I want to remove all instances of suspects to try to remedy the problem, as anyone with any sense would.

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Re: How do you close avast?
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2010, 09:38:23 AM »
You seem determined to troubleshoot your own way, so be it.
Uninstall Avast.
That is the only way I know of to exit it.
I see that as a feature, rather than a flaw.

Most users don't have this issue with Avast selectively blocking some sites; I suspect some other culprit. Let us know how you go.
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Re: How do you close avast?
« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2010, 10:36:41 AM »
that's not what i asked. i asked how to end the process avastui.exe

but certain websites (google, craigslist, and wikipedia) always time out, but others work fine (bing, ebay, ...the avast forum)

I want to remove all instances of suspects to try to remedy the problem, as anyone with any sense would.
I would try and scan the computer with other anti-malware apps (ones suggested here) in case Avast is not detecting anything. Or, take a look at the hosts file that may be redirecting traffic where it shouldn't go and then the connection times out. Or, it's the LAN proxy setting.

Most AV's are designed so that you can't shut them down once they are running. It's a security feature so that malware can't just shut the scanners down and then spread. That's what some of the virus would try and do first.

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Re: How do you close avast?
« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2010, 10:42:40 AM »
Programs and Features -> avast! Antivirus -> Uninstall

Seriously, why ppl use antiviruses and want them to be disabled!? It's like having a turbo charged Lamborghini Murcielago and want to have it without the engine... Makes no sense.

If you're suspecting avast! to cause certain web related problems (slowdowns), you can in fact disable those shields from inside avast!. Pay attention to Web Shield and Network Shield. These two pass all the network traffic through its filters. You can also have only Standard Shield installed, but in general, these two shields don't cause much problems or slowdowns.
« Last Edit: September 03, 2010, 11:07:03 AM by RejZoR »