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#1 Wepynx

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Posted 12 December 2014 - 09:43 PM

Hey guys I ran a full format on a PC that I use to download and save drivers. After the format I installed XP sp3, the I installed Avast Free. Well when it came time to Register, I clicked the Register button and a new page opened asking if I upgraded. So I opened Avast, went to Settings, and under General I clicked Registration, and it said, "You Are Registered". My question is, how ? I never filled out the registration, not my name or e-mail address. It never gave me a way to register. Any ideas on what is going on ? 



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Posted 12 December 2014 - 10:41 PM

Did you have avast installed prior to the format? If so, avast probably stored your prior registration info on their servers so when you connect with them, they can identify you and your computer. I believe its the same info you see when signing into your avast account (https://my.avast.com/en-us/devices) which lists your computer.
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Posted 12 December 2014 - 10:48 PM

Thanks quietman7. I pretty sure you're right. I didn't think about that. I was getting ready to uninstall/reinstall because the whole thing had me confused. Thanks for your help, it is very much appreciated. :thumbup2:  



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Posted 12 December 2014 - 10:56 PM

My understanding and experience of Avast's current registration system is that registration of Avast Free AV requires only for your machine to contact the registration server. I believe the question regarding an upgrade would be to give you opportunity to supply the registration if you already had purchased an upgrade to the full product. If you had done so, the installation would operate with the privileges of the full product, otherwise it gets registered as the free version. There's no longer any need to provide email or anything else for registration of the free version.


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Posted 12 December 2014 - 11:10 PM

Registration for avast! can be done through avast's interface (On-line registration) or through an Alternative method for off-line computers by visiting a registration page from another computer with an Internet connection...it is valid for one year.

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Posted 12 December 2014 - 11:19 PM

True, my comments are regarding registration on-line through the UI.


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Posted 13 December 2014 - 09:21 AM

I finally found the Avast Account info in their Privacy Policy which confirms they keep (and use) your registration information. The Policy also specifies what else they collect.
 

Avast Account (my.avast.com) is a tool which permits you to register multiple products using a single registration and authentication system. If you choose to use Avast Account you will be asked to provide your first name, last name, and email address. You will also be asked to select a password. We may use this information for purposes of validating your license, providing support, delivering additional products and services, and enabling you to change your Avast Account and/or product settings.

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Posted 13 December 2014 - 01:20 PM

That pretty much answers my question. Thank you quietman7, I owe you one buddy. :thumbup2:  :thumbup2:



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Posted 13 December 2014 - 03:59 PM

You're welcome Wepynx.
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