Avast Software Updater

mxyplxJuly 9, 2014

Can it be trusted? I didn't see any problems on Google. What do you think?

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shaxhome

Where are you seeing it? On the dashboard of your Avast program? Do you have Avast set to automatically update?

If you double click on your Avast icon, go to: Settings>Update.
What does it tell you?

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 1:07PM
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azinoh

Bear in mind that my experience is only with free Avast, NOT paid Avast.

The Software Updater is useful ONLY to notify you which of your programs need to be updated. I WOULD NOT use SU to update your programs because Avast uses something called OPEN CANDY and as a result you might see offers to purchase other software based on your usage patterns and what is already installed on your system. Some folks regard it as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program). I doubt that it is harmful but it is a potential nuisance. Avast uses it as a chance to make some $ while they are offering you free virus protection (and that has worked pretty well for me so far).

I prefer to do my updates manually and that's not a problem for me. I still get occasional offers to purchase other things but I suspect I would get more if I allowed Open Candy to do so by using the SU. The Browser Cleanup tool is another example of something Avast offers of dubious usefulness. I would NOT use it but as always, YMMV.

Edit: If you do your updates manually, you can look at SU again and it will show the updates have been done.

This post was edited by azinoh on Wed, Jul 9, 14 at 13:42

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 1:39PM
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aputernut

Here's a update checker you can use and trust and it is FREE, I have been using it for yrs. no problems

Here is a link that might be useful: update checker

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 4:35PM
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mxyplx

The su popped up in lower RH corner. The interface gives the same story.

I uninstalled Java - wasn't using it anyway. Tho it was on auto update it didn't.

I put Foxit Reader on Auto update.

Irfanview doesn't need updating cause I hardly use it.

I disabled the SU and the GrimeFighter. Out of sight out of mind (or what's left of it). :-)

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 4:41PM
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SnidelyWhiplash

Seems unnecessary, all programs check for their own updates. Some when they're run, others have agents to do so when the PC boots. These of the second variety can be turned off to avoid the delay and overhead.

Kinda like setting a timer to remind you to turn off a second timer, a redundancy with no value-added.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 7:35PM
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azinoh

Avast gave me a popup message just now that I needed a software update and sure enough, there is a new version of Flash available. If left to itself, Flash would do the update eventually but who knows when? I have 2 desktops and have gotten Flash updates days apart...and usually at a time when it wasn't convenient to do them meaning if I choose to postpone the update I'd be waiting for another unknown period. So I went ahead and did the update manually but now the SU shows I have the new version but still thinks I need an update. Maybe it takes a while for the info to propagate back to Avast.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 5:09AM
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millworkman

azinoh, I have been getting that same messaeg for months nw and have tried to update it that way several times and Adobe comes back and says it is up to date and there is nothing to update so........

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 6:52AM
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mxyplx

Racking my feeble brain I vaguely recall 5 or 2 months ago trying to update Flash Player via Flash Player and it wouldn't work because "can't connect to the internet check your settings in control panel etc etc" so I did let the Avast Updater rip and the Flash Player then updated. ???!!!

Sure tired of this BS.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 11:19AM
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