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Offline graesid

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Where are log files in Avast
« on: October 15, 2011, 12:21:14 PM »
I have just started using Avast and have been looking for Log Files of various events . For example events such as downloading updates etc. Are there such event logs In Avast??

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Re: Where are log files in Avast
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2011, 01:18:53 PM »
Hi Welcome to the forums.

Yes, Avast certainly has.

Which OS do you use?

For windows 7 : C:\ProgramData\AVAST Software\Avast\log

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Re: Where are log files in Avast
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2011, 01:20:44 PM »
In all honesty, I keep my nose out of the logs, unless I have a specific problem as some are more useful to the developers and aren't too user friendly. The one that records information on the updates is C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\Setup\setup.log.

Other more user friendly logs are normally accessed from the avastUI, Real-Time Shields, specific Shield you are interested in and the Shield log text link. There are other text based logs for the shields, but they aren't the sort of thing I routinely check, C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\AVAST Software\Avast\report (or \log) for XP location and C:\ProgramData\AVAST Software\Avast\report (or log) for Vista, Win7.
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Re: Where are log files in Avast
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2011, 02:07:15 AM »
Thanks  for your replies to my query on log files . I am using Win Xpsp3 . With you help I seem to have found them . Not quite what I was hoping they are all a bit complicated . I have until recently been using ESET and that provides an event log which shows history of update connections and version details of uploads in plain English . But never mind I will get used to Avast it seems to be working smoothly .

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Re: Where are log files in Avast
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2011, 02:23:31 AM »
It rather depends on what it is that you are looking for ?

The files in the log or report folder are pretty clear depending on what it is you are looking for. As I said previously the more user friendly info is available form the avastUI, that is generally imported from the raw text files.

I don't understand the concern about chasing update history. The avast virus definitions and engine update is set to Auto, it checks when you first go on-line and every 4 hours after that (free version, can be lowered to 2 hours, the Pro version lower still). So you know that the update check is done automatically.

Should the update check fail, you will get a pop-up to report that, after an update check where an update is available, it is downloaded automatically in the background, when complete you get a pop-up notification and voice confirmation that the virus database has been updated.

So I can't see the need to record all of this, though it is there in a verbose state in the setup.log file.
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Re: Where are log files in Avast
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2014, 09:18:38 AM »
I have installed avast 8.0 in my mac machine, it got updated automatically avast 9.0. I wanted to see where automatic update is enabled. And also wanted to know whether we can disable this option

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Re: Where are log files in Avast
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2014, 09:22:55 AM »
I have installed avast 8.0 in my mac machine, it got updated automatically avast 9.0. I wanted to see where automatic update is enabled. And also wanted to know whether we can disable this option

avast for Mac forum section is here   https://forum.avast.com/index.php?board=5.0
also see avast FAQ  http://www.avast.com/en-eu/faq.php?q=mac#searchForm


« Last Edit: September 11, 2014, 09:30:54 AM by Pondus »
Chief Wiggum: Uh, no, you got the wrong number. This is 9-1…2.