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#1 hedgeley

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 04:01 AM

Hi All,

 

Just a heads up,it appears that avast is now installing szbrowser without warning or any indication of it doing so.

 

I only found out because I was looking process explorer at the time. A link to a few others with the same (in comments)

 

http://techdows.com/2016/02/uninstall-or-remove-avast-safezone-browser.html

 

This just seems a bit odd because I "employ" avast to stop this sort of thing (no warning, no permission,not even a polite question as to weather or not I want it)

 

Unless of course this software is part of the EULA

 

Thanks for reading

 

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Edit::-  Just looked on my girlfriends comp, hers came with a desktop icon(again no notifications)


Edited by hedgeley, 23 March 2016 - 04:30 AM.


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Posted 23 March 2016 - 04:28 AM

Bana da sormadan SafeZone Browser kurdu, kafasına göre iş yapıyor, böyle şey olmaz!!!



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Posted 23 March 2016 - 05:51 AM

avast! SafeZone is a self-contained, virtualized environment available in paid products that comes with a special web browser (an avast version of Chromium similar to Google's Chrome browser) designed to be a security zone. SafeZone allows users to conduct financial transactions and other sensitive web use without having to worry about security threats by utilizing an encrypted HTTPS connection...it uses its own DNS servers to allow browsing the web in a private and secure environment. Although SafeZone browser utilizes a Chromium-based engine, it is an internal part of avast! Internet Security. When switching into SafeZone you are completely isolated from your Desktop and the only available application is the SafeZoneBrowser which generates a process (SafeZoneBrowser.exe) when it is launched. Each open tab will generate another instance of that process so it is not unusual to find multiple copies of SafeZoneBrowser.exe showing in Windows Task Manager.How to Uninstall or remove SafeZone browser from Avast
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Posted 23 March 2016 - 06:37 AM

Hi quietman,

 

Yes I read all the links, but this is the free version and has just installed on two computers (this morning) that never had it previously  

 

Quote from your How to Uninstall link

 

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MARCH 23, 2016 @ 3:38 PM

Avast has done this intentionally, should have been better if they made user aware about Safezone browser installation. They’re offering SafeZone browser for free to a portion of users, but the way they rolled out to those users is simply not acceptable and is not a good practice, especially that too from a antivirus company. This is what Avast said in their forum in a thread posted by user about this issue

SafeZone has been one of the key features of the premium (paid) versions of Avast for years, and yes, we’re now (for a limited time) making it available to a portion of our free users as well, to give it a bit more exposure and also, quite honestly, to accumulate as much feedback on it as possible. SafeZone is great for online transactions (e.g. shopping and banking), as it runs in its own sandbox and is able to shield a bunch of attacks – both local and network-based, but it can actually be used for casual browsing as well.

Give it a try and tell us what you think. Again, this has been one of the pillars of the premium versions, and we’re now experimenting with it in the free version as well.

 

 

Not a major problem just thought people should know

 

Thanks again

 

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 06:55 AM

No problem. It wasn't clear to me from your initial posting you were talking about the free version.
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Posted 23 March 2016 - 07:06 AM

@quietman, my apology's should have clearer. I was just a little flustered when something starts installing on your computer without your consent.

 

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 07:38 AM

I understand. I would feel the same way if something installed on my machine which I did not ask for.
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Posted 23 March 2016 - 01:51 PM

Seems like all hell is breaking out over at the avast forum over the SafeZone browser auto-install.

 

https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=184577.0


Edited by JohnC_21, 23 March 2016 - 02:06 PM.


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Posted 23 March 2016 - 01:55 PM

I had the same experience, even though I was within advanced/custom install, and did not checkmark SafeZone Browser.  I think it took 2-3 Uninstall --> Modify Install runs before SZB finally disappeared [uninstalled].


Edited by RolandJS, 23 March 2016 - 01:56 PM.

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 04:23 PM

@quietman, my apology's should have clearer. I was just a little flustered when something starts installing on your computer without your consent.

 

Hedge 

 

Hey Hedge, thanks for the post.

 

I just logged on/in to find this on my clean desktop.  :ranting:

 

I, too, am using the Free version of Avast! and have sung it's praises here at Bleeping and at several other places online but moves like this give me pause.

 

 

I'll do an Uninstall / Re-Install using the usual Custom settings - which I tend to use so I'm not sure how I missed this one. :mellow:

 

Argh. I have home work to do.

 

Thanks everyone.

 

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 05:51 PM

@Winterland, I think you can remove Safezone browser by going to Uninstall/Repair Change and remove the browser from the list of modules.


Edited by JohnC_21, 23 March 2016 - 06:12 PM.


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Posted 23 March 2016 - 06:08 PM

Yes...the How to link is in Post #3.
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Posted 29 June 2016 - 07:20 AM

THis browser is taking 100% of my CPU and in uninstallable - it is in Task Manager but is not in Program Files nor in rev uninstaller so cannot be 'changed'. 

 

Yours, in despair.



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Posted 29 June 2016 - 07:29 AM

Sometimes a program uninstall works more effectively if you first stop and disable the program's service (and associated processes in Task Manager) or perform the removal in safe mode so there are less processes which can interfere with the uninstallation.
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