Avira and the ask toolbar--geesh--what now?

Discussion in 'Application Software' started by stayboogy, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. stayboogy

    stayboogy MDL Addicted

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    anyone else upset about the prompt for the Ask toolbar install by Avira lately? looks like they've lost their edge in the free AntiVirus league due to this. i'd just install the bar but it schedules it's on updater automatically and this i do not like at all since i monitor every process on my machine while it's in use and it's just another useless, background process that i don't need or want running...

    i'd just change to Avast, but it's a resource hog and without good reason.

    anyone know how AVG is working these days? i haven't tried it in the last few months, but it always seemed to be alright. it has fewer options than the other two but it doesn't unnecessarily use up resources like Avast does.

    i'm not willing to even give Comodo a chance. it's not done too well in the side by side infection tests i've seen, so i've written it off for at least a year probably lol.

    free AntiVirus protection, what's your thoughts???
     
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  2. Tito

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    Use MSE!!! ;) :D
     
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  3. stayboogy

    stayboogy MDL Addicted

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    i'm just not a fan of it, friend. to me, M$ is less than trustworthy when it comes to virus/malware/spyware protection.

    d'you use it, Tito??? how long and do you prefer it over others??? my understanding is that it is to be used in connection with a good AV program, am i wrong???
     
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  4. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    Well, I'm using it for a long time, actually since Windows Live Onecare!! ;)

    It is completely a self-dependent av, minimum memory footprint, ever lasting (as long as u have a genuine MS os) :D
     
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  5. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    Just unclick the boxes for ask :sith:...lol

    No drama :eek:
     
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  6. R29k

    R29k MDL GLaDOS

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    Avira is far better than MSE why would you want to downgrade the quality of product you use :eek:
     
  7. stayboogy

    stayboogy MDL Addicted

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    i guess i'll give MSE a go for a bit.

    i just wonder about it's trojan/riskware prevention/detection because i download a bunch of software from time to time and these are the most common things that i find...
     
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  8. stayboogy

    stayboogy MDL Addicted

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    you think? that's what this topic is for, to get some input from fellow geeks lol.

    i'm just not happy with Avira's recent supporting of third party crapware. i like it other than that. and plus it just doesn't give the option to not install the ask toolbar as it prompts every boot for it, and i don't like the fact that the memory usage slow increases over time of Updater.exe that it self schedules in task scheduler when ask bar is installed. it's just ridiculous
     
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  9. evlad

    evlad MDL Member

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    at home I have small home LAN connected on internet through AP (Wireless).
    one is w7sp1x64 with winload from daz and mse
    second is genuine xp sp3 with avira
    third is genuine xp sp3 with mse
    I think that mse is better optimized with os than avira, but avira have some better detection and autorun stop. avira is x32 only; mse is x64 aplication

    at job we use nod be with nod server and remote console. this is real stuff.
    week point of nod is when new update arrives and client compile updates...
     
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  10. R29k

    R29k MDL GLaDOS

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    Out of the box MSE is lighter but tweaked is another story entirely. Also in terms of detection rate Avira is better than quite a lot of stuff, Symantec, Kaspersky, Nod etc.
     
  11. Daz

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    Apparently if you say no 3 times after 3 reboots then you don't get nagged anymore. At least that's what I've read on my travels.
     
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  12. evlad

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    I've just uninstall the ask toolbar. It is a crap. free webguard slows my connection. any download was double checked ?! waste of time if you have real-time file protection.

    about other free solutions:
    AVG is average but sometimes It causes crash of os :( often his service occupied 100% the processor...
    Avast 5 have poor detection.
    comodo have good (one of the best) firewall but AV module is week.

    avira is the best at the moment without ask toolbar !

    my advice for safe browse:
    communication device with NAT or hardware FIREWALL
    on computer:
    (1) avira personal + comodo firewall
    (2) ff5.0 + adblock plus + ghostery
     
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  13. stayboogy

    stayboogy MDL Addicted

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    i can't verify this, but on my XP i've still got it installed without the toolbar so i'll have to check to see if that's the case after i boot to three or more times.
     
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  14. ghfujianbin

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    I just switched to avast! (file system shield and script shield only), which is light on my system. It's a pity I have to leave avira which accompanied me for 3 years. Hope they will realize their mistake, and then I might switch back.
     
  15. ghfujianbin

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    That can be confirmed, I've seen this in their official forum too. But you still get ask.com related thing clinging to the avira folder if I remember correctly.
     
  16. timesurfer

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    #16 timesurfer, Jul 2, 2011
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  17. stayboogy

    stayboogy MDL Addicted

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    #17 stayboogy, Jul 2, 2011
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  18. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    I will ruin my experience by dl'ing the latest product from avira then I'll complain about ask like you

    Brb...lol
     
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  19. stayboogy

    stayboogy MDL Addicted

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    lol; was just telling you why you haven't been prompted for it. apparently ask is not the only partner they have @ the moment. i've seen quite a few posts about some registry cleaner program they are pushing now too. Avira must be going broke. the whole ask bar is so that if you use it to search, Avira is getting a little cut of every link you click on from those search results, so they must not be satisfied by letting people use it without making some sort of profit...
     
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  20. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    Bro just updated product and updated and rebooted 3 times got no BS ask msg

    lol
     
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