Avast Free: Internet downloads in the background

By ravisunny2
Jun 7, 2014
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  1. In the last few weeks I notice that my internet usage had gone up.

    When I fired up Comodo, I found that even after the update, Avast was downloading stuff.

    I am using Comodo to kill these downloads.

    Any idea what is going on?
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,286   +281

    Use the TASKMGR and view all processes to determine which programs are running.

    You can get CPorts and when run as admin, determine exactly which programs are connected to which remote servers
  3. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,057   +8

    Comodo shows the processes.

    The extra download traffic is mainly due to AvastSvc.exe and Avastui.exe.

    The traffic does not continue indefinitely, but uses up upto 20 mb.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,286   +281

    I run Avast! Free on my win/7pro and as the desktop is being initialized after boot, yes there is quite a hit downloading the A/V signatures. I accept it has being necessary to get the protection (y)
    learninmypc likes this.
  5. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,057   +8

    The downloads I am referring to continue after the signatures have already been updated (manually).
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,286   +281

    Avast will download AGAIN, about every 3 - 6 hours to keep them updated.
  7. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,057   +8

    It's happening after a few seconds.

    Anyway, it chucked Avast and switched to Avira.
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,286   +281

    Sorry to hear that - - I find it to be excellent
  9. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 5,096   +223

    I don't know how long you used Avast, but in the program,it clearly says it updates every 240 minutes (4hours). Like jobeard says, I too find it excellent. Especially hearing her tell me its updated. I tried Avira a few years back but quickly went back to Avast. :)


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