April 9, 2010
Avast! has snuck a browser add-on into my system without my permission, without telling me they were going to do it, and without identifying themselves when it popped up. I quit using IObit products for this, Avast! may be next.
It’s downright scary when the top half of your browser is taken over by some strange software. I checked all my installed add-ons and extensions, nothing. I Goggled “SafePrice” and found many references to Avast!. I went to Avast! and found FAQs explaining what it is but NOT how to turn it off.
Ok, so at least I _think_ it’s not malware. Avast! won’t list their affiliate stores, so it’s all a big mystery. But, I feel safe in clicking on “Settings”. My choice: disable on the current site for 24 hours, or disable on all sites for 24 hours. Great, I need to wait for this thing to appear every day so I can turn it off?
I opened the Avast! main window, NOTHING in there anywhere about SafePrice. I’m VERY close to killing Avast! and moving on to a company that respects me and understands why I want an Anitvirus program. It’s certainly NOT so I can be surprised, scared, worried, and waste a half hour trying to figure out if my PC needs a restore from backup.
I did the next best thing for now, I disabled their “Avast! Online Security” add-on. Maybe now I won’t see SafePrice, and my G-mail messages will open in less than 10 seconds. I’m assuming something else in Avast! checks anything I download.
It doesn’t matter if SafePrice is a good or bad thing, it’s how they went about it that’s a VERY BAD THING. So, I’ve quit using AVG (it tried similar stuff and took too much of my system), Avira (too many false positives, very intrusive interruptions) and MSE (MS itself has said MSE is no longer effective). As soon as I can load a replacement, Avast!. Any good suggestions for a freebie, or do they ALL behave this way now?
October 22, 2008
April 9, 2010
Interesting. What is this Avast SafePrice? I recently re-installed Avast on my computer and did not have any such add-on installed. I might have unchecked it during install, though, I don’t remember.
I never saw anything about this during installation (2 or 3 months ago?). Never saw anything in an update either, but I probably have it on auto-update. It just bothers me big time when security software acts like malware! At least it was easy to remove, once I figured out what it was.
Today I went back to Walmart.com, to the same pages of K-cup coffee and coffee makers, and got no pop-up. Disabling the Avast! Online Security plugin in Firefox did the trick, but I don’t know what vulnerabilities I left open. G-mail is again highly responsive.
December 26, 2012
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