AVAST and aswRec.dll

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by oma53, Jun 24, 2014.

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  1. oma53

    oma53 Registered Member

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    Hello,

    I recently installed Avast Free to give it a try. So far it seems to be running light on my system and despite the lower scores on some AV test, I think I will keep it for a while. I especially like the Hardened Mode for securing a system for a novice.

    Since I am testing this out to see now it performs for me, I occasionally run a scan from other software to see how it is working. Upon using an AVG Rescue CD, it picked up the following file:

    Program Files/Avast Software/Avast/aswRec.dll


    If you check the digital signature, it states it is signed by: OpenCandy, Inc

    It is countersigned by: Symantec Time Stamping Services Signer – G4


    My question is is this part of all the extras that Avast ask you if you want to install? (toolbars, etc.)


    None of my other security has picked up anything and I am not worried, but I am trying to educate myself on issues like this.


    Thank you.
     
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  4. MrBrian

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    I have Avast Free but don't have that file. I installed it longer ago than you did though.
     
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    I have avast free installed too....However I don't have aswRec.dll anywhere in the avast directories, but I do get avast pop-ups for offers and news.
     
  6. clubhouse1

    clubhouse1 Registered Member

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    Maybe its in the latest beta?
     
  7. oma53

    oma53 Registered Member

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    I found the problem....well in my case anyway.

    It was my fault for not doing all the research on installing Avast.

    I mistakenly thought the “Software Updater” was for Avast even though it was under the “Tools” part of the installer. This was the only option that I choose under Tools.

    I ran the un-installer, and choose the option to change the installed programs and un-checked the Software Updater. I then booted the system and the aswRec.dll was gone.


    Thanks to all who took the time to reply to my question.
     
  8. RejZoR

    RejZoR Registered Member

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    They just use 3rd party component for internal functionality, nothing else.
     
  9. clubhouse1

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    To be fair, avast do press you to read the eula regarding 3rd parties in as much as they make it the last page before installing.
     
  10. tgell

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    http://www.opencandy.com/faqs/#what

    Edit: Response from a member of the avast team.

     
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