Option To Remove Statistics Box On Main Screen

Hello all:

It might just be me but the info box on the bottom of the main screen giving info on how many files verified, websites verified etc to somewhat irritating. I understand some users may want this information but after a while it becomes meaningless. The option to remove notifications does not remove these notifications. Apart from this issue it's a great product & now ho a two-year subscription. Is there any way to remove this info box somehow?  Best wishes Paul

Ukko

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  • UkkoUkko Posts: 2,974 Superuser
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    Hello,

     

    Just as a sidenote: I am also only an F-Secure user (their home solutions).

    So, this is only as a discussion between community users. :)

     

     IMHO rather than asking why do I find it irritating I could ask why is it there in the first place (on the main screen)

    I think that developers (or related team) decided to place it there based on already existed user interface. And just as a touch for something fresh.

     

    My experience was about F-Secure solution when less informative statistics were as an additional tab on main screen window (three tabs: 'main screen', 'tool', 'statistics'). Then 'statistics' tab is removed (as meaningless a bit) and general user interface is revamped then. Recently "Statistics" is back with more counts. And it is placed directly to the main screen as the bottom-addition ('dynamic carousel' with an ability to click it and check 'statistics' splash screen).

    So, I found it as a good addition to space on main screen (bottom) and even as a smooth integration. All in all, this is not most important feature (for completely different tab or screen or so); but this feature is requested from time to time.

     

    It's pretty pointless being there in the first place, each & every AV & blocker of any kind will build up large amount of such info in a very short time

    Yes.

    F-Secure SAFE show information (count) for last twelve months, for last thirty days and last seven days. Viewing the protection statistics can be just as an indication that all is working; and just for information (https://help.f-secure.com/product.html#home/safe-windows/latest/en/task_53804AFD25854B87A9F0C1938A951469-safe-windows-latest-en). However, counts indeed may trigger further questions. Why definitely this value(?).

    But some counts with an ability to open "Recent events" (where some events, for example blocked threats, are listed).

     

    also why is there no disable function or the disable notifications option does not remove the box as it is a notification?.

    "Disable notifications option" is about another kind of notifications. Probably with more 'marketing / promo' background. So, it should not affect the protection statistics box.

     

    But why there is no option to disable functionality - I do not know.

    If it is about to 'hide' statistics box: perhaps, it was not requested yet. All in all, this is only for user (main user) of F-Secure SAFE solution.

    If it is about general state of existed information: then, it is kind of operating information. That is only show and stats how and what F-Secure SAFE did. Just counts with no any directions to privacy or something like that.

     

    I also assume??  if the AV does block malware that too is displayed for all time? Adg**** does a similar thing displaying how many ads are blocks but at least it's possible to reset it.
    It's just an irritation, we all have them & over different things, I'm all the needed data being shown but again in my opinion I can't see the point of this function at all.

    Probably, not for all time. But for last twelve months (as +1 to related count). :)

    F-Secure SAFE also with "Recent Events" list (rightclick tray picture and related item on menu). Where information about blocked malware is also should be visible. Always. But this list is possible to "clean up" (trouble is that only fully; it is not possible to remove only one or certain events).

     

    What about "the protection statistics" - maybe it is indeed not so useful.  But the main point of 'the protection statistics' is just statistics (count / counts). And user can (if would like) to intercept it somehow. Just as protection statistics.

    When this functionality was not implemented (back) - some users requested it. But it always was unclear what kind of statistics can be important and needed there. I am still not sure what can be useful for me, for example. But as a general view - current statistics / counts are OK for me (if to think about it just as about an ordinary statistics).

     

    Sorry for my long reply. And sorry for my English!

     

    Thanks!

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  • UkkoUkko Posts: 2,974 Superuser

    Hello,

     

     Is there any way to remove this info box somehow?

    I think there is no way to remove this with current version. At least, specially designed steps for this task. Thus, statistics box is always shown (possible to "click" on the box field and get a full view).


    You also could create a feature request there:


    But just as a discussion between community users: what is the main point of irritation?

    Perhaps, to open Main F-Secure SAFE window is not too often action. And statistics box is not too much 'large' or 'dynamic' to be too visible.

    Probably, it can be a bit meaningless but just as some sort of information still can be valid.

     

    Thanks!

  • It's pretty pointless being there in the first place, each & every AV & blocker of any kind will build up large amount of such info in a very short time - IMHO rather than asking why do I find it irritating I could ask why is it there in the first place (on the main screen) & also why is there no disable function or the disable notifications option does not remove the box as it is a notification?.

     

    Interestingly most ad blockers for example give the option to disable stats.

    I also assume??  if the AV does block malware that too is displayed for all time? Adg**** does a similar thing displaying how many ads are blocks but at least it's possible to reset it.
    It's just an irritation, we all have them & over different things, I'm all the needed data being shown but again in my opinion I can't see the point of this function at all.   Smiley Happy

  • Thanks for your reply: I fully respect your views & of course any small issue such as the one I've mentioned is subjective. My feeling is logging overall is overdone & the option to limit it should be given & for savvy people extended logging is unnecessary. I clean up friends (of friends) & colleagues PC's & look after a very few small businesses but logging especially of past misdemeanours such as sites they have strayed on with sensitive info on (ladies sites for just for example) can be extremely embarrassing for a user, something I have come accross more than once.


    There are other ways of showing a AV is working, the colour of the tray icon is often used. Initially I did wonder if there was a workaround for the logging shown on the main screen, it seems there isn’t. None of this detracts from how good F-Secure really is, it’s secure, fast, light & a breeze to install. Best wishes - Paul Smiley Happy

    UkkoJaims
  • UkkoUkko Posts: 2,974 Superuser

    Hello,

     

    Thanks for your response and feedback.

    My feeling is logging overall is overdone & the option to limit it should be given & for savvy people extended logging is unnecessary.

    Yes, it is! But, for example, I decided to choose F-Secure solutions - because of its logic use of tech logging and when it is only needed.

    But I am not sure that "statistics" is possible to call logging as such.

    Actually, there are some functional logs exist (not used for user interface). And, in fact, by default F-Secure solutions with 'basic' logging (practically nothing to be critical and redacted to be 'unpinned' to any sensitive things). Although savvy people can to use extended logging for own troubleshooting.

     

    There are also two other points: F-Secure SAFE installation 'Settings' with "Privacy" tab where it is possible to uncheck (if checked) options about more privacy concerned things.

    Second point is their terms:

    With good description about many things.

     

    but logging especially of past misdemeanours such as sites they have strayed on with sensitive info on can be extremely embarrassing for a user

    By the way, "Statistics" box on the main window does not provide any names of websites or so.

    It is only 'numeral' count of checked/visited webpages (were not 'harmful' or 'malicious'). And count of blocked attempts to open harmful rated webpage (but what was the page is not visible there).

    The only information is how active user's surf was. :) Or how many harmful-rated pages were tried to be opened and blocked for protection (website can be opened at background, for example; not by user's intention).

     

    "Recent events" with events about blocked harmful rated page with visible URL (of course). But - page should be rated as a harmful. Usually, if it is false positive - nothing critical. If it is indeed malicious page - then good that page is blocked. And "Recent events" list is possible to clean up (for avoid any to check what sites were blocked) if needed.

    My own experience is about some 'random' URLs are added to recent events. For example, I check any sport concerned pictures on Google Seach (picture tab of search). Handball, football or certain sport club. Some previews (picture) can be hosted on harmful rated website. So, even if I did not open website/webpage - this resource can be blocked and added to recent events. As a result, my experience was about strange URLs under recent events (that I noticed only by reviewing Recent events window). But it is possible to clean up these 'events'  if needed.

     

    There are other ways of showing a AV is working, the colour of the tray icon is often used

    Perhaps, yes. But it does not show that software actually blocking threats. :)

    In general, you can to open test resources / websites and ensure that all is OK. But 'statistics' is also quite good for such. You just do your things and then (if interesting) check that actually some websites were verified as clean and some blockpages were blocked. If someone want - he can to analyzing how many webpages visited. or files are checked. However, indeed it is not so useful and such information is not too accurate.

     

    I think your feature request is quite sensible. At least, if it is not really trouble to implement - showed "Statistics" can be indeed optionally (shows statistics: "yes"/"no"). But I think that such 'general' and 'generic' information is anyway gathering locally (since solution should know that 'banking protection' is triggered; or 'threat' is blocked. Only as a fact). Just as 'numeral' count - I think it is pretty normal and does not affect any sensitive sides (probably). But maybe I just do not imagine point where it can be a trouble.

     

    Thanks!

    Jaims
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