Be watchful, Avast installs Dropbox if you don’t pay Attention

by Venkat eswarlu on March 20, 2014

in Freeware,News,security

Avast software has released Avast 2014 R3 (9.0.2016) stable version and is available for download from its site. This version has improved its tools such as Remote Assistance, Software Updater, Browser Cleanup and GrimeFighter. But, be watchful during the setup, if not, Avast installs Dropbox automatically, make sure to uncheck it at the bottom.

Avast bundles Dropbox with its free Antivirus

This is what the Avast setup screen shows at the bottom: ‘Dropbox keeps your stuff safe, avast! recommends saving your stuff to Dropbox so its accessible anywhere. Even if your computer melts down, you can restore all your files in a snap. Yes install, Dropbox and start with 2GB for free!’

Dropbox offered with Avast antivirus thumb Be watchful, Avast installs Dropbox if you dont pay Attention

Once avast installation completes, Dropbox installation will begin automatically. Avast users aren’t new to these, in the past it has offered Google Drive like this.

When coming to this version, it allows you to disable GrimeFighter without needing to uninstall it, not found it? It will appear on the Status page.

Custom install method is the way to go

We recommend you to install any software with custom method, Avast is not an exception to this. So you can avoid installing of unwanted components like GrimeFighter, SecureLine VPN and Avast Gadget.

Note: If you’ve already been using Dropbox, then setup will not  show its install option, it shows another Avast product or other software.

What’s your take on this? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

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slenderman March 20, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Avast! installs Chrome if you don’t pay attention as well, which is even worse. Where’s the big deal?

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jambo April 1, 2014 at 11:59 am

crome is a real good browser teamed with avast cant go wrong there.
my question is the drp box part of avast or is it someone trying to get me?

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Mike April 17, 2014 at 11:33 pm

I noticed this installation of Dropbox today when updating Avast – but too late. I forced the installation to close, causing a failure message, then purged the machine of anything referring to “dropbox”. My reason is that, when I did have a Dropbox account, I found I started to receive spam addressed to “dropbox@(my domain name)”. As this address had only been given to that company, I assumed they had somehow allowed it out to spammers – it isn’t an address that would be arrived at by chance. I’m ok – I can block specific addresses (which is one of the reasons for using ‘customised addresses’), but most folk wouldn’t know that’s where the leak had occurred. I lost any trust in the company to securely hold data, and closed my account there.

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DruMax July 17, 2014 at 1:24 am

Updated my paid version of Avast today. In a moments inattentivness I notice Dropbox started to install. The tick box comes pre-ticked for install. This ticks me off Avast.

I’m paying YOU to AVOID having sh*t installed on my computer.

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