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Shalimar

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[RESOLVED] Avast website going BONKERS!
« on: December 26, 2010, 05:20:15 AM »
Hi!

I just tried accessing Avast website to check on latest version, and at least one of the URLs is going "bonkers"! :o  The status bar will not stop and flashing occurs in different spots on my computer (tab and a couple of other places).  Here is "a" URL that does it:

http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

I thought someone might want to check it out.  Surely, it can't just be happening to me...can it? ???

P.S.  By the way, Happy Holidays!
« Last Edit: December 27, 2010, 12:36:06 AM by Shalimar »

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Re: Avast website going BONKERS!
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2010, 05:34:04 AM »
Nothing like that is happening in my system ???

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Re: Avast website going BONKERS!
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2010, 05:36:24 AM »
Hello, Happy Holidays right back at ya

Just checked it, I am not seeing anything out of the ordinary either ???


Shalimar

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Re: Avast website going BONKERS!
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2010, 05:45:01 AM »
Uh-oh!!!!

Well, I just checked it again, and it still going wild for me!  I  have been upgrading my applications, and no problem whatsoever.  I did another check after seeing both your replies, but it is still doing it "to me"!

I don't know what to say...except this is s-t-r-a-n-g-e, huh? :P :P

Shalimar

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Re: Avast website going BONKERS!
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2010, 06:01:03 AM »
QUESTION:  Does anyone want to try testing this out another way?  If so, try this:

(1) Use URL in the address bar:
http://www.avast.com/index

(2) Go down half of the page to where there's a choice of 3 different apps:
Avast! Free Antivirus       Avast! Pro Antivirus       Avast! Internet Security

Click on the first one (Avast! Free Antivirus) -- on either the picture or the words "Learn More", and see if you get what I get.

Of interest is that the other two work just fine! ???

Gargamel360

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Re: Avast website going BONKERS!
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2010, 06:16:58 AM »
Certainly sounds odd.  Try a different browser?  Might be something with Fx add-ons also, you could try turning them off one-by-one then reloading page to troubleshoot.

Shalimar

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Re: Avast website going BONKERS!
« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2010, 07:11:17 AM »
Hmmm...I just tried SeaMonkey and it did the same thing, but "slightly different".  SeaMonkey duplicated my problem for the first 4 consecutive times...but then on the 5th, 6th, & 7th time, it worked OK.  Then it didn't work OK the next few times. 

At least Firefox stays consistent in NOT working OK!!!! :P

Well, I guess it was just a special Christmas gift to me and nobody else gets to share it...so count yourselves lucky! ;D  Ho-Ho-Ho!

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Re: Avast website going BONKERS!
« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2010, 08:14:36 AM »
I thought someone might want to check it out.  Surely, it can't just be happening to me...can it? ???

No problem here. (FF)
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Re: Avast website going BONKERS!
« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2010, 09:51:16 AM »
@Shalimar

May be you can post a screen shot?

Shalimar

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Re: Avast website going BONKERS!
« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2010, 12:30:05 AM »
UPDATE: PROBLEM SOLVED...a Firefox add-on "setting"

PLEASE NOTE:  I somehow just can't seem to keep my remarks "condensed" at times, so this may end up being another lengthy posting, and if so...I'll apologize here before I begin!

Interesting is there are "2" URLs with the same information on them, but only one of them did not work correctly for me.
This URL caused the status bar (and my other features) to go bonkers:
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download
This URL with the same information but with "en-eu" as part of the URL worked just fine:
http://www.avast.com/en-eu/free-antivirus-download

I finally went through my current 15 Firefox add-ons (which I basically have had for at least a couple of years) and disabled them one-by-one, while checking any possible effect to that website.  When I disabled my "RefControl" ("no referrer"), the page worked just fine...VOILA! :o

You see, I keep the RefControl/No Referrer setting as "BLOCK - SEND NO REFERRER" to any website.  Sometimes this does occasionally block me from "entering" a website...BUT...it has never given me a reaction like I received with this particular web page -- allowing me access to the page but never making the full connection in order for the status bar to show "done"; and therefore, items were jumping/jerking around within the page including my tab, the Avast icon, and my vertical slidebar.

When I enabled my RefControl add-on, again, and changed the setting to allow Avast access to the "referrer", the URL of "http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download" presented no further problems. :P
Yet...as I said above, the very same page but with the added "en-eu" in the URL worked just fine with my "no referrer" setting set as "block".  I'm not sure why both would not be dealt with in the same manner.

Of note, also, is that I have a RefControl on my SeaMonkey browser, which is why I was getting similar results with SeaMonkey...and since there was no RefControl for my internet explorer, that is why IE was not having a problem (the referrer was not being blocked). ;D

Anyway, there you have it, an add-on was once again the culprit behind someone's problem...or in my case, my chosen add-on "privacy setting" was the culprit! ::)

By the way, thanks to everyone who gave their feedback because that was, indeed, of assistance to me, and thanks to Gargamel360 for reminding me about checking the add-ons! ;)  It was a surprise to discover that my RefControl add-on (which I had been using for a couple of years) was the actual culprit in this particular case...who knew?

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Re: [RESOLVED] Avast website going BONKERS!
« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2010, 02:35:34 AM »
Your welcome, Mystery of The Bonkers Webpage solved.




Happy Time!  ;)

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Re: [RESOLVED] Avast website going BONKERS!
« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2010, 04:14:52 AM »
I too use refcontrol. But, I forge the referrer as root. So always safe ;)

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Re: [RESOLVED] Avast website going BONKERS!
« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2010, 04:42:57 AM »
Your welcome, Mystery of The Bonkers Webpage solved.




Happy Time!  ;)

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