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So it finally happened.

Today I've been trying to track down a software clash, part of which involved installing different versions of CCleaner.
I was using different CC installer versions that I have saved on my laptop.

Having finished my testing I noticed an orange blob on my desktop, I've been Avast-d for the first time ever.
The icon has the name "avast_free_antivirus_setup_online"

Looking in Apps & features (and in the old style Control Panel) Avast is not showing as an installed application.
It's not showing in the task manager, but looking in CCleaner there was a file in 'start-up' called something like "......avast-repair" with a /wait parameter - this entry was quickly deleted.

I'm guessing that Avast needs you to click that desktop Icon, or do a restart to run that file, to fully install it.

Looks like I may have dodged a bullet there, especially as I was doing various restarts during my testing.

Deleted it from C:\program files, and C\program data.
Did a search of 'This PC' for anything 'Avast' and deleted those.
Will check the registry next.
And may then run the Avast Uninstall Utility. (Or may not, I didn't want anything Avast in the first place).

Edit.

Looks like I've got it all because it never installed,  time to wait and see. There's always that uninstall utility if needed.

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mmmmh, since a few month i have a "overseer" too with avg :D what will avast/avg overseeing over what? 

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6 hours ago, hazelnut said:

You may have to watch out for this one too nukecad.. Avast Overseer

Nope I don't have that, probably because I caught things before Avast actually installed. (And didn't use the Uninstall Utility, which I believe can also leave it behind).

The only thing on my laptop that even mentions Avast in the name is a screenshoot I of the CC installer, and that I named myself.

mmmmh, since a few month i have a "overseer" too with avg :D what will avast/avg overseeing over what? 

More, "official", information about what Avast Overseer is can be found here, especially note the posts from 'drake127' who says he was one of the key authors:
https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=210028.0

In his first post he says:

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Hi, I was betting how long it would take for someone to notice.

It is our new application that is going to help us detect common (technical) issues with our products. In a sense, it behaves similarly to our Avast Emergency Update but is able to correct these issues independently and even catch them sooner. That's at least theory, currently we are evaluating its performance on small fraction of our users.

So he admits they released/installed it without telling anyone, inspires confidence doesn't it?

I think the piratical theme of my title for this thread is appropriate for Avast's behaviour.

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im with login123 - thanks for this infos, nukecad :-)

 

normally i blocked avast/avg overseer in the past ...

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Thanks, trium, for the encouragement. :) 

I should explain a bit, I guess.  I like the idea that the antivirus has a sort of emergency backup that is tough.  Don't like when the firewall starts warning about my AV software without any explanation or prior notice.   Posted that on the avast forum.  No reply yet.  Don't really expect one.  And it may be that the real reason for this change was something entirely different.   

https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=210028.30

 

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