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Windows 7: Rant: Filezilla loaded Avast without effectively asking.

1 Week Ago   #1
Basil

Win 7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 
Rant: Filezilla loaded Avast without effectively asking.

I have used Filezilla for FTP for donkey's years, and it was pretty much the final app I loaded last night on a new PC. I realized it had a funny file name suggesting it was adware, but a read said you could deselect it loading additional software so I was very careful, but the option to deselect literally flashed on and off the screen far faster than any human could react to and it started loading Avast as a background task. To say I was livid was an understatement as I was building a minimalist system for a particular usage.



LUCKILY I had a system restore available from not too far back. Before doing this I looked in the registry and found a vast amount of .dat files associated with the install that allegedly call other downloads at unpredictable times. There are reams of posts from furious users about this online. I then found deeply buried an option to download a version of Filezilla on the manufacturers pages that allegedly doesn't load adware, but I was now not going to risk future updates doing naughty things and plumped for WinSCP instead. Is the none adware version still OK, or have they burnt their boats and people now avoid it?


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1 Week Ago   #2
goodlad

windows 7 ultimate x32
 
 

I use Filezilla client version zip file one, no installation needed - still it saves the ftp logins - Download FileZilla Client . I've updated to the latest one & didn't have any issue.
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1 Week Ago   #3
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Just note that you want to use binary mode and not ASCII mode in FileZilla. If you use ASCII mode you'll more than likely have issues.

I use WinSCP and it's a fine piece of software. Plus, it uses binary mode by default.
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1 Week Ago   #4
YmodemYNot

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by goodlad View Post
I use Filezilla client version zip file one, no installation needed - still it saves the ftp logins - Download FileZilla Client . I've updated to the latest one & didn't have any issue.
Agree 100%. I have been using the Filezilla client/server apps for years, never had any problems with unwanted junk getting installed because I have always download the ZIP packages. It's a shame that the devs started this practice but unfortunately a sign of the times.
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1 Week Ago   #5
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

The unfortunate part is that they chose to link with Avast, who are becoming one of the worst Bundle installers, I do not blame the Dev of filezilla as everyone has to eat but Avast is becoming a piece of Malware more than an anti Malware product
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5 Days Ago   #6
patroz

Windows 7, Windows 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Basil View Post
I have used Filezilla for FTP for donkey's years, and it was pretty much the final app I loaded last night on a new PC. I realized it had a funny file name suggesting it was adware, but a read said you could deselect it loading additional software so I was very careful, but the option to deselect literally flashed on and off the screen far faster than any human could react to and it started loading Avast as a background task. To say I was livid was an understatement as I was building a minimalist system for a particular usage.



LUCKILY I had a system restore available from not too far back. Before doing this I looked in the registry and found a vast amount of .dat files associated with the install that allegedly call other downloads at unpredictable times. Windows command line to capture wifi password. Use the link to visit. Visit to solve boot disk failure. There are reams of posts from furious users about this online. I then found deeply buried an option to download a version of Filezilla on the manufacturers pages that allegedly doesn't load adware, but I was now not going to risk future updates doing naughty things and plumped for WinSCP instead. Is the none adware version still OK, or have they burnt their boats and people now avoid it?
Strange issue. I am using Filezilla without any problems. It never encountered issues with Avast or asked to install it.

Did you download the Filezilla from the direct download site?

filezilla-project.org
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