Avira Antivir and D+ [RESOLVED]

Not a D+ problem per se…

Yesterday I downloaded Avira Antivir free edition and had heard about the annoying notify.exe which pops up a notice upon downloading updates asking to upgrade to the paid version. There are other ways of disabling the notice through XP administrator but rather on D+ alert I blocked it trying to access the COM interface Shell.Explorer.2 and remembered the answer.

Is this cool?

Simply Google it and you will find your answer. Better yet use Avast. Not sure about making Comodo block it but I do know there are tons of articles telling you how to.

Yeah, I’ve seen ways of disabling the ad, just thought I’d use D+ as another. I’ll keep an eye on it.

I was thinking of downloading Avast but thought it’s extra modules were overkill especially using CFP with D+. Do you keep them all on?

Of course keep all them on. D+ is a behavior blocker where as Avast is for viruses. 2 different things.

I don’t think he intended to shut down Avira. He wants to use D+ to shut down their annoying advertising pop-up window on updates. :wink:

Exactly. The notify.exe is just for the ad to upgrade on update. I’ll think about switching to Avast later but that’s another thread on another forum! :wink:

I used the method you describe for quite a while and never had any problems,so i`d say all is good :-TU

Sometimes the screen is quite nice when it`s themed :-*


ps When you click on the + next to “Last Update” you should get the vdf your at (currently v7.00.05.182) and the date of last update

Hmmm although I could manually update it possible denying with D+ notify.exe may have been preventing Antivir from auto updating.

I found you this in another forum:

disable the nag screen

Windows 2000:

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type gpedit.msc, and then click OK.
  3. Expand User Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, and then expand System.
  4. In the right pane, double-click Don’t run specified Windows applications.
  5. Click Enabled, and then click Show.
  6. Click Add, and then type the executable file name of the program that you want to restrict users from running. (For example, type avnotify.exe)
  7. Click OK, click OK, and then click OK (NOTE: If domain-level policy settings are defined, they may override this local policy setting.)
  8. Quit Group Policy Object Editor.
  9. Restart the computer.

Windows XP Home and Pro:

  1. Boot into Safe Mode (tap F8 repeatedly after you restart the computer)
  2. Log in using the Administrator account
  3. Go to C:\Program Files(avira)\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\avnotify.exe
  4. Right-click avnotify.exe-> properties-> security-> advanced
  5. Under the Permissions folder you will see all of the users. Start with the first user….
  6. Edit-> Traverse Folder / Execute File-> deny-> ok
  7. Now perform step 6 for all of the other users-> apply-> yes/ok-> close all open windows
  8. Reboot the computer into Normal Mode (start-> shutdown-> restart)

Windows XP Pro & Vista Business/Ultimate

  1. Start-> Control Panel
  2. Administrative tools-> Local security policy
  3. Click on Software Restriction Policy-> Action (at the top)-> create new restriction policies
  4. Right-click additional rules (on the right side)-> new path rule
  5. Click Browse and navigate to C:\Program Files(avira)\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\ and double-click avnotify.exe-> set the security level to Disallowed-> apply-> ok

Windows Vista Home Premium

  1. Go to C:\Program Files(avira)\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\avnotify.exe
  2. Right-click avnotify.exe-> properties-> security->
  3. Under the group or username SYSTEM click edit
  4. Put a checkmark under the DENY column for “read and execute”

disable the splash screen (All OS’es)

Make this registry change adding the /nosplash to the end:

“avgnt”="C:\Program Files(avira)\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\avgnt.exe" /min /nosplash


  • avira modified the default installation path during the Q3 2007 update therefore I’ve added (avira) where it is applicable
  • Sub Classic for Premium if needed, and if you’re using the Premium Security Suite the default path is C:\Program Files\avira\Premium Security Suite\


Thanks Comofo.

After getting a MS error report on a manual update I removed avnotify.exe from D+ and set the scheduler for a few minutes later. I really can’t recall how I answered but it’s set to custom, all access rights are ask and protection settings, no. It’s run the updater since with no pop up ad. I’ll wait and see, if and when I get the pop ups and just how annoying they are before disabling with your suggestions.

Thanks again.

Just be done with it already and get Avast in all honestly.

Or do what I do; fork over the $26 for the Premium (which updates extraordinarily fast).

With CFP + AntiVir I’ve never had a bug. Ever.


I would but I’m stubborn, like the earlier days of CFP3. ;D

Yeah, I could do that but If I wanted to pay, I would have stuck with NOD32.

It’s paid full version does look sweet, much like Avast free! Anyway, after changing the permissions back in D+, I haven’t got any MS error reports, and scheduled updates are working fine, but I have been getting the pop up ads.

I’ll try the other fix.

I have a question with the instructions below. I found 4 “users” admin, username, system and something else. Should they all be denied?

Really is clicking the “X” on the nag screen that big a deal?
It is one thing to complain about the update server problem Avira has,thats a valid point.
The nag screen is a non-issue.
If you are willing to use more resourse for less detection,Avast just might be your

Actually, it is. It’s like disabling any other service that you don’t need.

I do understand that.
I have 19 process’s running including antivir and comodo firewall .
So I am all in favor of cutting the fat.

Deny them all, me thinks.

  • oh, and while Nod’s great - it’s nearly 3 times the $$$. Besides, when it come to AV, detection rate is paramount, imho.

With your directions (and 4 denials) auto update seems to be working without the nag screen.

I could have re-upped to NOD32 AV for $50 for two years or slightly cheaper than Avira Pro. From reading Wilders, Eset appears to be having some problems of late. And it also seems as though they really want you to upgrade to v3 from 2.7 although I prefer the latter.

So I now have-

CFP with D+

-as my protective suite. I think I’m covered.

ftr, I’d actually prefer to deny permissions than to have D+ working to block it every single update [potentially using some precious CPU] - Defense + has real problems to look out for ;).