by Anura Guruge
>> Forced to Update — Dec. 3, 2013.
>> Renewed with trepidation — Dec. 1, 2013.
>> Careful updating to 9.0.1500 —
>> Oct. 22, 2013.
>> Not happy with Avast 8 — Mar. 16, 2013.
Click to ENLARGE.
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Click to ENLARGE. DISABLE GrimeFighter by unchecking this box. This is NOT negotiable. Disable if you have any sense.
Avast did it AGAIN! They FORCED, no, COERCED, actually TRICKED, me into upgrading to a version of (paid) Avast Internet Security that I did NOT want to be at.
I knew that there was an Avast 2014.9.0.2013 for some months now — BUT had not updated this, my main PC, to it. Avast had not bugged me about it. I maybe got 1 notification quite a few weeks ago and that was it. I was cool. Things seemed OK plus I am not that worried about ‘protection’ on this PC since I am fairly careful and diligent as to where I surf from this machine.
I have the same Avast Internet Security, off the same 3 PC license, on my backup PC as well (which is on another network).
So here is the first funny thing.
I had received quite a few notifications on the backup machine asking me to upgrade! Not sure how or why? The same underlying Avast IS. So why more notifications on one rather than the other. Maybe there is a notification setting that is mismatched.
Well, I do like, especially when it comes to Avast, to try new versions for a couple of weeks on the backup. Make sense right? So I had updated that to 2014.9.0.2013 about a month ago. Seemed to work. But, I really don’t use the backup machine.
On Friday morning I got my second (as far as I can remember) update to 2014.9.0.2013 notification on this PC. I ignored it. Then that evening it started displaying the annoying ‘needs attention’ icon in my icon tray. That drives me nuts. It is like having the ‘check engine’ light on. I like this PC to be in good shape at all times.
On Saturday afternoon after my walk around Wolfeboro I did a few Googles to make sure that 2014.9.0.2013 was copacetic. It appeared to be. I powered on the backup and checked that it was indeed on ‘2014 — 2013’. IT WAS but there was a message saying that 2014.9.0.2016 was available. I was surprised. It had not been bugging me to upgrade. So I didn’t do anything on the backup.
I got back on this PC and told Avast to update the program ASSUMING it would update me first to ‘2013’ as it had told me on the notification.
When they finished their hacking around, I was, to my distress, at 2014.9.0.2016. Damn Avast!
Luckily it appeared to work.
So yet again I had two different levels on my two PCs. Now the backup was down-level. That didn’t help me. So I updated that as well. So both machines are now at ‘2016’.
For weeks now, on both machines, I have been getting these annoying GrimeFighter notification.
As if I would EVER LET Avast do anything to my PC beyond what it already does.
Well with ‘2016’ you can disable GrimeFighter. See image above.
Per Avast’s own FORUM GrimeFighter is USELESS. Just another excuse for Avast to stick its stubby little fingers in other parts of your PC. Another thread on the Forum.