Discussion in 'Application Software' started by CRA2YHAVOK, Feb 27, 2013.
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Updated the links to version - 8.0.1482
Apparently version 8.0.1481 posted yesterday had some BSOD bugs on Windows 8.
The first one that says Free is the only free one
What the F$^#%@ is this new feature Software Updater? Avast really? And since when has Avast became a manager for other apps... In stead of adding useless features Avast should focus on making their definitions better. Last time I checked my Java knows how to check for an update all on its own. At least they were smart enough to include a STOP button to disable this.
Yeah I get what your saying, it's getting bloated but I just do a custom install & limit what gets installed.
Been using avast happily for many years. However its now time to ditch Avast.
Avast v6 was the last version which i could temporarily disable on my system when using the bios mod and other scripting tools here. Versions 7 and 8 will always interfere with the bios modding tools even when disabled. Even worse avast keeps updating the program version to v8 even tho i have selected manual update within the avast settings. And why does Avast install additional features even tho you disable this in the custom install as disabled. What a shame that avast has gone from what i use to regard as a very good AV to a bloatware pile of **** which installs things without the users knowledge.
Final straw was yesterday when it bricked my Fujistu laptop when doing a bios mod update. Had no choice but to do this in windows as the bios update util is only available in windows version. Luckily the laptop has a removal bios chip and i have a eprom programmer. Just proved that avast was interfering with the update even tho i have disabled avast.
Disable avast - Bios update bricks
Uninstall avast - Bios update success
Tested on the same modded bios.
Conclusion - Get this buggy bloatware of my system
Just about everything out there has too much stuff. This is the right approach, in my opinion. Read the install dialog closely and choose only what I want.
avast 8.0 build 1483 got released in early march almost two weeks after 1482 was released.
though lately it's at build 1489.
I totally agree on doing custom installs, especially with any freeware programs out there.
It's not really freeware.
The issue with updating to version 8 really isn't an issue, the older versions are probably not supported any more. That is fair enough too, it's pretty much the same as any other antivirus out there.
The software updater feature is pretty basic, but it really shouldn't be an hindrance at all unless you don't actually have the latest versions of those software. Not having the latest versions of Flash, Acrobat Reader etc could leave you exposed to security risks. If you want to blame someone for having these new features, blame the typical user. Unless there is visible change they don't believe there is actually any change. The Avast Free Edition is great value for money though , if you are unhappy with it go and buy something else!