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Be Careful Before You Update To Avast Internet Security 9.0.1500. Stay With 8.0.14xx For Now. Check Avast Forum.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Not happy with Avast 8 — Mar. 16, 2013.


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I got a message last night to upgrade to Avast Internet Security 9.0.1500.

I just had a gut feeling — though my gut is much smaller of late.

I did NOT upgrade. I am glad.

Kind of remembered that Avast ALWAYS, without exception, screws up each time it goes UP one release number. So going from 8 to 9 was sure to be a BUST.

It was.

So be careful. You have been WARNED.

Avast Internet Security Ver. 8: I Am Not Happy And I Have Used Avast For 7 Years (+).

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Thursday evening Avast!, my antivirus, firewall and ‘internet security’ product of choice, started popping up its annoying, pesky blue boxes saying that I have to update my program (i.e., the software). I get virus updates a few times a day.

I had been at Version 7 for quite a long time and was reasonably happy — though about a year ago there was a nasty hang.

Then without any warning it upgraded me to Version 8 with a new user interface.

Worse still, without giving me a choice, it installed Chrome! That was a no, no. I was not happy. [Since then, in last 7 hours, they have updated their installer and it now asks whether you want Chrome. I guess they must had faced an uproar.]

It took the LONGEST time to install — and this is a i7 4 core machine with 12GB of memory. Most things are fast on this. I guess it took so long because it was installing the latest version of Chrome.

But, after the lengthy install all seemed OK.

This morning Avast Ver. 7 on Devanee’s laptop stopped working! I tried the usual tricks. No luck. We had to go to Bedford so we were in a rush. I powered up this PC to get another copy of Devanee’s Avast license.

When I did that, I got a SCARY blue pop up jump at me saying that Avast wanted to update my Adobe Acrobat Reader. Whiskey, Tango FOX! I don’t want Avast to update anything other than itself! That is intrusive and obnoxious. Avast has gone down a few stripes in my book for that little trick.

Yes, worked out how to turn that DANGEROUS feature off. On the ‘homepage’ icon-based interface (at top above), click on ‘Software Updater’ and then click the STOP button. That disables that stupid feature.

It tries to do too much. I hate that.

Just do what you are supposed to do. I used to be the biggest fan of ‘System Mechanic‘ for years. Then they went down this route. I uninstalled it, on all our PCs, and have never gone back.

We have PAID Avast Internet Security on 5 PCs. Avast, other than a few spectacular screw-ups over the years, has been good. I know that it is good at intercepting bad things.

But this was real annoying. To exacerbate matters, I had to uninstall Avast 7 on Devanee’s PC and re-install it again. So, I was not having a good day with Avast.

The Chrome thing was ironic. I obviously did not have Chrome on this PC. I had been meaning to get it. But, I knew it would take some time. I now have it. I have played with it a few times since Avast installed it! Yes, I plan to migrate to Chrome. I have had it with FireFox too. I am very patient with software that I like, but there is a limit. I have used FireFox for 12 years. Avast for at least 8. But, when I get exasperated, that is it.

If you get Avast 8, make sure to go through each feature, individually and then on the ‘Settings tab’, and disable as much as you can.

FitBit Ultra: The Desktop App. (the Service Manger) Is The Real Culprit.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Last Related post:
1/ FitBit Ultra Wireless: I Tossed Mine. Doesn’t Work. Piece Of Junk As Far As I Am ConcernedOctober 7, 2012.
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Read the COMMENTS on above post, including those from FitBit support & my wife.

So as you can see from these COMMENTS FitBit is sending us a new FitBit Ultra though it is unlikely that I will use it! Once burned, I tend to shy away … plus the FitBit doesn’t do much for me. Sorry. I don’t need a device to provide me with motivation or challenges — and I can measure distances that I run with a car.



The real culprit when it comes to the FitBit is the Desktop ‘application’, the one that manages the USB connection.

To say that it was poorly conceived and badly implemented would be an understatement — and here I am talking about somebody who started computer programming in 1969, with paper tape. You can check up on my credentials on the computer front on the Web. Lets just say that I do know a thing or two about computers and used to charge a $1/minute to share my expertise. So I am giving this to FitBit for free, and even gratis, because they have bent over backwards to be responsive.

So here is what the FitBit Desktop ‘application’ or ‘Service Manager‘ as they call it looked like on Windows XP.

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What is missing?

1/ No indication whether the CRADLE detected the FitBit! Uhhh?

2/ No button to FORCE a Sync between the cradle and the FitBit.

3/ No indication when this Desktop App last sent data up to the FitBit server ‘in the cloud’.

That is JUST for starters.

That ONE of the 2 options provided by this App. is to OPEN Windows SERVICES is borderline CRIMINAL!  That is the ‘Open Services’ button on the Top Left. I have been trying to be kind BUT this really infuriates ME because the damage it can do for the poor unsuspecting. It is like giving a loaded gun to a 6-year old. I was trying to be KIND. But, IF I was the CEO of FitBit (assuming that they actually have any sort of management) I would call up all the folks involved in creating this App. and FIRE them ‘for cause’ right on the spot! I am not joking.

‘Open Services’ opens up Windows Services. It does NOT even take you to the FitBit Service. Once you are in that ‘space’ and you don’t know what you are doing, you can cause mayhem. Playing with Windows Services is not for the uninitiated. From the very start, when I had seen this, I knew that this was bad news.

Do NOT mess with Windows Services UNLESS you know your way around Windows! Click to ENLARGE.


I would have to think that the folks at FitBit have never seen a decent desktop app. that interacts with ‘the cloud’. So let me show you one. Avast!

Click to ENLARGE. Yes, I like Avast! paid and free (though I get the paid product). Yep, they have burned me 3 times (and yes, I keep count) BUT they save OUR skins each and every day. Well worth the money. Click to ENLARGE.

Notice:

1/ Connection status.

2/ Last update.

3/ BUTTON to FORCE an update.

All the things lacking in the FitBit app.

That is it. I have work to do.

P.S., FitBit needs to get more server capacity. There Website, and particularly the Dashboard, is painfully slow — and NO, it is not my Internet speed.