I don’t like the SafeZone feature in Avast Internet Security

Done reviewing Avast Internet Security program that includes SafeZone desktop (also known as SafeZone browser).  It’s not cool because it will only use Google Chrome browser to browse the net.  It should not be "called as SafeZone desktop" but SafeZone browser only.  Google Chrome browser is integrated and I personally don’t use or like Google Chrome.  Avast Internet Security doesn’t install standalone Google Chrome browser on Windows but will be the browser if you bring up SafeZone feature. 

Read more at http://www.brighthub.com/computing/smb-security/reviews/112570.aspx so you’ll know what else I don’t like with SafeZone in Internet security program by Avast.  I think people who are using Google Chrome will have no problem with it.  I just hope Avast team will make that SafeZone browser feature to work to whatever is the default browser.  I know you can use Sandbox feature to virtualize other browser or application but it’s not the Sandbox I’m talking about but the SafeZone.  I guess it has to do with their "partnership" by pushing Google Chrome (piggybacking in free Avast antivirus by bundling third-party installer on Avast installation package… and now it’s integrated in paid software of Avast).  Geez.

Anyhoo, the AV of Avast has improved.

Looks like Avast Licensing Server Has Problem (Updated)

I downloaded the trial version of Avast Internet Security because I need to review it.  The test system didn’t have that program before but the new trial version (supposedly 30 days) says the program has expired on March 19, 2011.  Today is March 26, 2011 which is is the day I install the trial version right after the download has finished.  I reproduced the issue by restoring my computer to previous "backup image".

Note that the backup image doesn’t have or never had any antivirus program by any vendor because it’s my test system’s image.  The only security software on it is the built-in Windows Defender.

Alwil need to check their licensing server for their trial version users soon or you are trying to trick people to buy?  I hope it’s not the latter.  Thinking smile

This is what I get the first try:


The second try (after I put restored the system from the backup image — yup, formatted the C: drive before applying the backup image):


I tried clicking update for defs or program hoping that will sync correctly to their server but no joy.

So to anyone trying Avast Internet security program for 30 days and you get the above issue, you’re not alone.  Don’t simply buy if you only want to try or test.

BTW, the setup file was downloaded from Avast website which was served by http://www.avast.com/download-thank-you.php?src=http://files.avast.com/iavs5x/setup_ais.exe&product=IS&page=internet-security&locale=en-ww&avast=0 or http://files.avast.com/iavs5x/setup_ais.exe (don’t click unless you want to download the file).

I tried also the setup file from CNET Download.com but it’s same result.

UPDATE – March 27, 9PM GMT +8:  After another try (last try), the trial license is working now:


And it is now showing correct date of expiration.  I did nothing but to put back again the old system image (backup) just like what I did earlier and install the trial version.

I know…

I know that I have not enter any blog entry here for few months already.  I can explain but most stuff is due to personal and work related.  Been writing still at Bright Hub, I moved home and you know, attending on the new home.  I call it home because it feels like home (I say feels like home only because there’s a bit of issue that is coming again.. see below).  Also attending on small business that I need to face full time now (at least, after doing what I got to do at home and writing).  BTW, check out the newest review I submitted — Diskeeper 2011 review :p

I know that I have not release an update to IP blocklist for Outpost, Online Armor, Kaspersky and IE programs but it’s still here on my to do list.  Sorry Embarrassed smileabout the long delay but I’ll be on it by April and will make sure that it’ll be updated once a month from now on.

I know I have not been in forums but my you are all always on my mind.  I’ll be there to apologize of course and interact with you again.  I just don’t want to promise anymore on when…because it will only disappoint some friends and I don’t want to disappoint them again and again.

I know that Windows 7 Service Pack 1 has been released but I have not install it because there’s no time yet.  I’m not afraid to try installing Windows 7 SP1 since I have backup of entire drives, just in case anything goes south, north, east or west.  It’s not offered to me anyway since I have not install many other updates for Windows especially the pre-requisite.  When to install Windows 7 SP1? This weekend, I think.

I know Comodo certificates have issue again.  All I want to say is "why there’s no major account executive that only handles major and critical accounts?" Steaming madGeez.. I thought most company knows how to handle major accounts and not simply allowing anyone or third-party to handle important domains/accounts that can put millions of users’ data AT RISK.  Yeah, they revoked it soon but that’s not the question here but the one I already asked.  Even security experts question the way they allow affiliates or resellers to issue cert.  Nice story here about another Comodo fraudulent certs again.

This one.. I don’t know when but it seem… going to happen:  moving to South Korea or the Philippines.  Whatever…. I’m just tired of moving.Steaming mad