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AVAST says 21gig Junk on PC but nothing else can find it.


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#1 ulrichburke

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 12:07 PM

Dear Anyone.

 

I've got Avast Free. Recently it's been tellin g me I've ever-increasing amounts of junk on my hard drive, so I let it scan for them - and it then tells me I have to pay out money for it to clean them. The latest number's 23 gig. Well I MIGHT consider doing that if I totally believed it, but CCleaner can't find them, Bitdefender comes up clean, I don't know ifthis 23gig's for real or if Avast's making it up to get me to payout money so it can pretend it's cleaning something out when there's nothing there.

 

I just don't know enough!

 

Please if there's any techiness in the answers, pretend you're talking to an 11 year old on the phone.   A geek I am certainly NOT! 

 

Yours hopefully

 

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 12:11 PM

Ignore Avast, go with your ccleaner.  And, you can remove un-needed Avast modules by doing the custom/advanced install.  It's not so much that Avast is out for your money as it is that Avast is quite assertive. I have had both free and pay-for Avast - loaded with only 3-4 modules (the rest remained uninstalled).  We parted ways some back. 


Edited by RolandJS, 08 December 2017 - 12:13 PM.

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 12:20 PM

As RolandJS posted, forget avast. One of the earlier cleaners of Avast called Grimefighter said "grime" was on a clean install of Windows and needed to be cleaned. Stick with CCleaner but do not use the registry cleaner. No reason to pay for a cleaner.



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Posted 09 December 2017 - 06:53 AM

avast! Free Antivirus has been becoming more of a disappointment for the past several years and I no longer recommend it.Further, avast! pushes a support package for $180 offered by a third party which prefers to take remote control of your computer in order to fix problems.
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Posted 09 December 2017 - 03:34 PM

If memory serves me, amongst the very few (3-4) modules I installed:  AV of course, Network check.


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Posted 10 December 2017 - 05:18 PM

With the newer versions of avast the last couple years, there may be several more unnecessary modules.
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Posted 10 December 2017 - 07:38 PM

To clean computer junks; 2 solutions i am using one after the other.

 

- Ccleaner

- Wisedisk Cleaner (more thorough than Ccleaner, it even has the option to delete Windows Updates HUGE backup installers (whick occupied 2-5gb)


Edited by Umbra, 10 December 2017 - 07:38 PM.


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Posted 11 December 2017 - 12:58 PM

With the newer versions of avast the last couple years, there may be several more unnecessary modules.

Years ago, during the days of early Windows 95-98SE, Norton Utilities, etc., I read in a computer gaming magazine an article by a gamer praising the small footprint of AVG AV.  Now, many packages make Swiss Army Knives look like The Thin Man.


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Posted 11 December 2017 - 04:10 PM

Yes, years ago when avast/AVG first started out, they were very lean and efficient anti-virus solutions.
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Posted 11 December 2017 - 04:24 PM

Good old avast 4.8. Lean and mean.

 

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Edited by JohnC_21, 11 December 2017 - 04:26 PM.


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Posted 11 December 2017 - 08:08 PM

Good old avast 4.8. Lean and mean.

 

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yeah used this one alongside Spybot S&D and adaware :)



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Posted 11 December 2017 - 08:28 PM

And for malware removal experts one of our first go to disinfection tools at that time was Ewido Anti-Spyware.
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Posted 12 December 2017 - 09:36 AM

Good old avast 4.8. Lean and mean.

 

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That was my first Avast years ago!  Times have changed...


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Posted 12 December 2017 - 10:50 AM

And the first time it found an infected file it made me jump with it's siren and infected file warning.

 



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Posted 13 December 2017 - 02:21 AM

And the first time it found an infected file it made me jump with it's siren and infected file warning.

 

i think we all jumped ^^



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