Security vendor Avast has teamed up with Microsoft, latest Avast antivirus 2015 R2SP2 automatically installs Skype if you don’t have it installed on your computer or if you don’t carefully uncheck the option ‘Yes, also install Skype’ on the free antivirus setup’s welcome screen (check the screenshot below).

Avast free antivirus setup welcome dialog with Skype install option pre-selected

This is not new to Avast users as the Antivirus company has offered Dropbox, Google Drive and other third-party software along with it in the past, now Skype.

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You can uninstall this way installed applications from the ‘Programs and Features’ or ‘Add or Remove Programs’ in Control Panel.

While Avast installs Skype, you can notice ‘Avast Offer Installation Tool’ with the name ‘aswOfferTool.exe’ process running in the task manager.

Avast installing skype

What’s new in Avast Antivirus 2015 R2SP2 (2015.10.2.2218)

  • Faster start after reboot – some components are loaded later
  • File System Shield –  solved incompatibility with TrueCrypt
  • File System Shield – exclusions work again
  • Added option to install Skype during Avast installation
  • StreamFilter – Improved compatibility with other AV products

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Bonus: Avast Free Antivirus 2015.10.2.2218 offline installer | 145.47 MB

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