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Offline Shax

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WinPatrol Warning
« on: April 03, 2018, 10:20:55 PM »
G'day, all!
Scotty keeps popping up with this one, which I don't recognise and looks suspicious to me. I haven't allowed it, but should I?


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Re: WinPatrol Warning
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2018, 10:48:47 AM »
Purely some logical SPECULATION here... do you use avast, and have its SafeZone Browser installed?   If so, I'd guess that this was an attempt to Remove the SafeZone Browser.

This could certainly have happened if you manually told avast to remove this component... in which case, allowing this to run would be okay.

It could also happen if avast fully drops support for the SafeZone Browser, and decides to "forcefully" uninstall it from users machines.   My understanding here is that the "old" SafeZone Browser is no longer supported... it's no longer offered in current releases of avast... but for users who installed it when it was available (a year or so ago), it's still residing on their systems (e.g., I still have/use it on my XP machine... at least, as of the last time I checked).   

Of course, all the above assumes we're talking about avast's safezone browser.   I guess it's possible this prompt COULD be referring to something else.   So you really need to proceed with caution.

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In fact, I just located the following ( https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=215807.0 )

We are writing to notify you that, as of March 1, 2018, Avast will no longer provide support for the Avast SafeZone browser, as a result of this, the SafeZone browser will be removed from the devices that have it installed.
As of March 1, 2018, the SafeZone browser will be automatically uninstalled from the devices. It is expected that this process will take up to 2-3 weeks to complete.


avast "eventually" intends to replace this with a new, "Secure" Browser.


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Re: WinPatrol Warning
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2018, 12:45:33 PM »
Excellent sleuthing ky331!

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Re: WinPatrol Warning
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2018, 01:07:43 PM »
I'll keep an eye on my system, to see if the same thing happens... if so, that will be definite confirmation.

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Re: WinPatrol Warning
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2018, 07:16:51 PM »
ky331...thanks so much for your information. Much appreciated. I did originally research "SZB" and found one reference to Avast and another to a trojan or worm with the same name. Next time that pops up, I'll allow it, as I've found Avast's Safe Zone Browser to be an insistent and persistent intruder. I've actually manually uninstalled it several times, but it keeps reappearing. I won't be sorry to lose it.

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Re: WinPatrol Warning
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2018, 07:22:51 PM »
If you've uninstalled avast's safezone browser, from within the avast interface (Settings / Components, I believe --- I don't have avast on this particular machine), it shouldn't have come back.   

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Re: WinPatrol Warning
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2018, 07:59:24 PM »
Nah, I used IObit Uninstaller. But Avast just reinstalled it when I started up the computer. Will wait until Avast offers again, and accept it gratefully...

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Re: WinPatrol Warning
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2018, 09:25:56 PM »
I wonder if your use of IOBit's Uninstaller makes avast believe it's being attacked, and its "self-protection" then reinstalls/reinstates it???

If you open the avast user interface, click on SETTINGS (in the lower left), then COMPONENTS (on the left), and scroll-down until you see SAFEZONE BROWSER, click on the "down arrow" (on the right) to reveal its UNINSTALL COMPONENT option:

(For what it's worth, I still have the SafeZone Browser on my XP system, and so far, have not seen any indication of a "forced uninstall" by avast.)

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Re: WinPatrol Warning
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2018, 09:43:02 PM »
Well, that's just resolved itself! I booted up my laptop (the culprit machine), and instantly got a popup from Scotty asking if I agreed to uninstall "Avast Safe Zone Browser". No acronyms this time. I hit yes and it's disappeared, hopefully forever. I had to restart the computer.

Then I did as you suggested and checked the Avast Interface. Safe Zone Browser is not listed. But there is one named Security Browser Extension, which I'll ignore.

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Re: WinPatrol Warning
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2018, 10:57:34 PM »
Glad you were able to work this out (or have it worked out by the system to your satisfaction).

Once removed, it should no longer be listed in the avast interface --- as you noted --- since avast no-longer supports installation/use of the SafeZone browser.

The Security Browser Extension is a completely separate matter --- it's an extension that avast can add-on to Internet Explorer and Firefox (and perhaps some other browsers).

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Re: WinPatrol Warning
« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2018, 01:15:52 PM »

Now that your SafeZone is gone, this probably won't impact you... but just came across the following announcement
https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=218000.0:

Hello SafeZone users!

For those of you who have been waiting for the latest version of our browser, renamed to Avast Secure Browser, the wait is nearly over.

We’re excited to announce that we are rolling out this as an automatic update to anyone who already has SafeZone installed over the coming weeks - there is no need for you to take any action. You will be able to enjoy the ad-free browsing and Bank Mode you’ve always had. Plus we now have even better security and privacy. All these features are easy to configure from the new Security & Privacy Center, accessible from clicking on the Avast logo top right of the browser window.