Steven, thanks for your comments.
I did that too but I had Chrome on my system just to try it a few times. It was already on my system for over a year or so and certainly before recent Avast updates.
I'm angry, however, that Avast would run a program on MY system without my permission promoting a third party product so they can make some $$ from "FREE" users. I also know there is big $$ for Freeware that includes adding other software as a part of their installations. I ALWAYS use a custom install when possible.
You are right, this one came out of the blue, a normal system update brought this with it with NO opportunity to decline. This is a very poor decision by Avast and again I'm not happy that they would do this. If they need the $$ that bad they could offer the Free version as a low fee Paid For version - then folks could accept or uninstall.
Loading that code to popup Chrome with an Avast URL, is really a MALWARE symptom. It is part of the Avast start up as there is nothing in the Registry nor in msconfig that triggers it. It is coded to popup on some schedule we don't know about.
I have Win 7 (64 bit) on my desktop, where Google Chrome was installed - I uninstalled it to stop AVAST from running that stupid "commercial." I have Win7 (32 bit) on my Laptop and also have Chrome there - I used Avast's own site blocker to block that web page and now Chrome pops up with a note saying the site has been blocked - I might let this go for a few more days to see how long this crap will go on.
Avast not only draws my ire but it makes one angry with Chrome too. Avast's action is a frustration with Chrome that I'm sure they don't need or want - bad decision by Avast management. I shouldn't have to uninstall Chrome to get rid of a problem caused by Avast. If they had any brains they could check to see if Chrome is already on a system before running a popup that asks you to ",,,give it a try."
I've started a support ticket with Avast on this and if they don't have a fix, then I will uninstall it on both of my machines and from all the folk's equipment that I service - this is a form of malware, as I noted earlier.
For what its worth ----