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    Default Completely uninstalling avast

    I uninstalled avast a while back, but I keep getting a notification to upgrade avast anti theft. Does that mean that avast is not completely uninstalled? If so, how can I remove it? If not, what is causing the notification?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Completely uninstalling avast

    some applications can leave little helpers behind. look in your application list for something off. or is the message a text or an email?
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    Default Re: Completely uninstalling avast

    Nope. It's a notification. I've looked through all of my installed apps and can't find anything related to avast.

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    It'd be ironic if Avast used an ad network. Try running Lookout Ad Network Detector.
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    Default Re: Completely uninstalling avast

    Thanks for the suggestion. I tried running multiple scans, but it always crashes while scanning the same app. Is there a way to find out which app it's having trouble with?

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    Default Re: Completely uninstalling avast

    Quote Originally Posted by AnAndroidDroid View Post
    Thanks for the suggestion. I tried running multiple scans, but it always crashes while scanning the same app. Is there a way to find out which app it's having trouble with?

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    I would search through the Application manager. Settings>Application Manager>swipe over to all apps. There may have been something left behind. The other thing that you should be able to do is look through your file explorer, and look for a folder named Avast, and delete that.

    Last resort and I know you won't like it: Factory reset. It will get rid of the Avast problem.

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    Default Re: Completely uninstalling avast

    Lookout isn't the only ad detector out there. Go to Google Play and search for "ad detector," and you'll find a number of them from reputable names. Try some different ones.

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    Default Re: Completely uninstalling avast

    No trace of avast anywhere. Can't locate it in application manager, no folder named avast through file explorer.

    Tried TrustGo Ad Detector, no sign of avast there either.

    This is so perplexing.

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    Default Re: Completely uninstalling avast

    Quote Originally Posted by AnAndroidDroid View Post
    No trace of avast anywhere. Can't locate it in application manager, no folder named avast through file explorer.

    Tried TrustGo Ad Detector, no sign of avast there either.

    This is so perplexing.

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    Have you restarted since uninstall?

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    Default Re: Completely uninstalling avast

    Yea I uninstalled it a few weeks ago, so restarted a few times since. The last time I got a notification was a couple of days ago.

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    Default Re: Completely uninstalling avast

    Is your phone rooted? As an option, Avast Anti-Theft can be installed as a system app on rooted phones. If that's the case, just uninstalling the app won't remove that part of Avast. You need to reload Avast and use the uninstall option within Avast or delete it from your system folder.

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    Default Re: Completely uninstalling avast

    Phone is not rooted, but regardless I'll try reinstalling avast and uninstalling within the app.

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    Default Re: Completely uninstalling avast

    Reinstalled avast, there is an avast anti theft removal wizard under settings. I have, hopefully, removed it through that, and will uninstall avast as normal. Thanks for the suggestion, hope that's the end of this.

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    Default Re: Completely uninstalling avast

    Quote Originally Posted by AnAndroidDroid View Post
    Reinstalled avast, there is an avast anti theft removal wizard under settings. I have, hopefully, removed it through that, and will uninstalled avast as normal. Thanks for the suggestion, hope that's the end of this.

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    I would send a comolaint to avast. That should have been uninstalled with the rest of the app.

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    Default Re: Completely uninstalling avast

    Personally, I like Lookout. It never bugs me to upgrade to the paid version of anything. It's lightweight, and uses minimal battery compared to Avast.
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    Default Re: Completely uninstalling avast

    Quote Originally Posted by Golfdriver97 View Post
    I would send a comolaint to avast. That should have been uninstalled with the rest of the app.

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    I believe that Avast does this intentionally to protect the anti-theft portion from being removed by performing a factory reset. If you install it as a system app, Avast advises you that you have to uninstall using the option inside the app.

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    Default Re: Completely uninstalling avast

    Quote Originally Posted by B. Diddy View Post
    Personally, I like Lookout. It never bugs me to upgrade to the paid version of anything. It's lightweight, and uses minimal battery compared to Avast.
    I just went with avast because it was a big name and I preferred its design over avg. In the end, I just got rid of it because I felt, as a lot of others do, that it didn't serve much purpose. Would rather use common sense, which doesn't drain battery or decrease performance, no matter how minimal. As for anti theft I never bothered to set it up.

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    Default Re: Completely uninstalling avast

    Quote Originally Posted by AnAndroidDroid View Post
    I just went with avast because it was a big name and I preferred its design over avg. In the end, I just got rid of it because I felt, as a lot of others do, that it didn't serve much purpose. Would rather use common sense, which doesn't drain battery or decrease performance, no matter how minimal. As for anti theft I never bothered to set it up.

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    That's a reasonable approach for now. The challenge will be knowing when malware technology starts to overcome Android's inherent malware shield, which is the fact that malicious apps can't do anything unless you actually install them.
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    Default Re: Completely uninstalling avast

    delete update manager after selecting all running applications , it belongs to avast
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    Default Re: Completely uninstalling avast

    After reading some of the solutions in the web, they seemed complicated to me (such as rooting the cell phone and searching for a specific file with some tool like Root Explorer). Then, it occurred to me reinstalling and uninstalling Avast again and it worked: Anti-Theft was gone.

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