Be Aware of Avast, May Install Google Drive on Your Computer

by Venkat eswarlu on February 5, 2013

in security

Till now security vendor Avast has promoted Google products like Chrome and Google toolbar with its free antivirus, now another Google product added to list its Google Drive. Till now users complained about Avast installing Google Chrome, we’ve contradicted that after that we’ve experienced Google toolbar install by Avast, now its Google Drive’s turn which has been installed automatically on our Computer when we installed recently released Avast 8 beta with “Express Install” option.

Express Install or Custom install, which to choose and why?

It will be always recommended to install any program with “Custom Install” method instead of Express Install because we can uncheck any toolbars and promotions like these that are hidden.

Avast installing Google Drive thumb Be Aware of Avast, May Install Google Drive on Your Computer

We’ve installed new beta with express install to see all the new features it offers, but Avast has installed Google Drive without consent and there is no way to stop it during the install. We may not able to reproduce this again.

You can excuse Avast as this is beta version only, this is a warning to always install any program with custom install, what if Avast installs Google Drive with Custom method for stable versions too?, then we can’t do anything except uninstalling Google Drive.

What do you say about Avast 8 beta installing Google Drive without permission? do you accept this if it happens to you? share your feelings in comments.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Roger De Backer February 7, 2013 at 3:34 pm

A program should install what it is supposed to install: the program. Any other additional installation, especially without asking for permission is abusing the thrust of the user. Even more so for a program that is supposed to keep unwanted things from your computer.

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Venkat eswarlu February 7, 2013 at 6:03 pm

You can excuse Avast here because Google Drive installed with beta version, may be a bug,such things happen during beta phase.

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Yves Remord February 7, 2013 at 6:17 pm

This is an addition, and additions are unlikely to enter the bug scheme, contrarily to omissions or obvious code inconsistencies.
IMO, a bad point for Avast. I entirely agree with Roger De Backer’s comment.

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Michael February 7, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Just reinstalled the regular antivirus due to a fatal error. Google Drive also forcefully installs with the non-beta version. With custom install there still was no option to choose not to install it. And there is no excuse for Avast to install it. It has absolutely nothing to do with what Avast is made to do.

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Venkat eswarlu February 7, 2013 at 8:22 pm

AFAIK we’re the first to report Avast 8 beta installing Google Drive, we have not heard this before with Avast 7 and earlier versions, interesting you’re saying Avast current version installed GD on reinstall, on which OS this happened Windows 7 or 8?

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Stanley Krute February 7, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Just had this happen with Avast 7.0.1474 downloaded from FileHippo. System is Win 7 Home Prem 64. No opt-out option shown.

Bad Avast, bad Google !

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WTF February 20, 2013 at 4:34 am

I’m having the same problem, and it’s taking 20 minutes to setup. The whole idea of Anti-virus is to keep unwanted files off of my computer, and the whole idea of Google Drive is the same. It’s triply-ironic(sic) because Google Drive is sort of ‘thin-client’ technology, and it was the longest part of the install.

An unintended install, installing bloatware – to keep files off of your hard drive – who thought that up? If I was Eric Schmidt I’d have left too.

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Comp guy April 22, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Also confirming Avast latest stable release (8.xx) installs Google Drive with no warning or opt out option even in custom install.
Further more, Avast now making in increasingly difficult to avoid “trial” and registration versions even though it clearly states free… and no ticking of boxes to avoid it.
I think Im done with Avast and moving on to new AV that does what it suppose to and only that, and not bloating itself into more sinister and intentionally misleading software

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Peter August 27, 2013 at 2:50 pm

As above, recent installs/ reinstalls of current (now current aug 13) of free Avast leads to Google install without options. (Checked by fresh attempts).

Noticed: If Process Hacker or similar ( Source Forge ) opened before install, the moment Avast ends and Google starts is distinct…and the process (if u R quick enough) can be interrupted and scrapped.
AVAST then found to run normally, except … Add/Remove shows as Incomplete Install and offers to “~fully uninstall for new attempt” No thanks. Messages from AVAST might also crop up … not sure as this was reported to me and a bit unclearly in fact.
Obviously 1) AVAST et al reading this..could harden their process.
2) Equally, its obvious that I have put little effort into this…. get on it boys .
3) A thought at the time : is any element of Goggle (systems) being PROPERLY used by AVAST! in their AV + etc suite/ or is it that Avast and Google have effectively MERGED ………. ?

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