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Avast is now officially spyware - selling user data!

Stopped buying Anti Virus software since 2014. The last one I used was Norton Internet Security which was gifted to me.

Been using Windows Defender ever since and Malwarebytes on the side.

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On 12/10/2019 at 4:35 AM, Furiku said:

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So, avast antivirus suite, favorite free antivirus package of 400 million people has been caught selling user browsing and other  user data for advertisers and other nefarious purposes.

This officially changes status of Avast from antivirus suite supposed to protect us from spyware and malware and other nasty things into spyware itself.

 

Avast CEO Ondrej Vlcek happily commented the following:


Personally I already stopped using Avast some years ago when they started adding signatures to all my emails without user consent advertising their product. (Still an avast user using web protection or email protection? send a test email with gmail and you'll be surprised to find out this is true. )

 

Free lunches aren't free after all.

 

 

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2019/12/09/are-you-one-of-avasts-400-million-users-this-is-why-it-collects-and-sells-your-web-habits/

I was downloading a driver searching application for my old fingerprint read from the 2000's and it download avast. It was very hard to remove avast because even tho I uninstalled it, it was running in the background when I checked task manager. So I just reset my pc and downloaded a fresh copy of windows.

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I don't understand how people can't uninstall avast!... Also there is avast! Uninstall Utility if this happens for some bizarre reason...

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My advice here is the same as always; stick to the built-in Defender, and in the very rare situation that you need something more advanced, then at that point it makes no sense trying to pinch a few pennies. There are plenty of paid (and very good) AV programs.

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On 1/28/2020 at 6:17 PM, ChroMeDoMe said:

I use the paid version so I hope that this doesn't affect me, but the whole thing you mentioned about the email signature? Simply not true my good sir. I literally tried it not even 50 minutes ago and got no signature. I even used Gmail like you told me to

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Unfortunately I will be happy to show you the proof otherwise. 

 

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This is from my gmail from 2016 when I noticed it from another email and sent test email to myself.

This is when avast started doing it via the browser protection they had. This is what made me stop use avast all those years ago immediately.

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avast itself is a malware. 

Sudo make me a sandwich 

 

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And ppl shit on me when i say i'm using McAfee 8.5 since 13 years now.

 

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Avast shutdown Jumpshot. https://www.cityam.com/avast-to-shut-controversial-data-analytics-division-affecting-hundreds-of-jobs/

 

Some comment from Avast CEO from the article.

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Vlcek apologised to the company’s customers and said: “In 2015 this sounded like a good idea, in 2020 this does not sound like a good idea.”

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The company said that while it believed it had not breached privacy regulations, it was closing the division to “mitigate any perceived conflict of interest with our core security mission that might exist with our users”.

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Vlcek said the decision to close the business had been taken because “people have become increasingly sensitive to data privacy matters”.

 

 

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8 hours ago, xAcid9 said:

Avast shutdown Jumpshot. https://www.cityam.com/avast-to-shut-controversial-data-analytics-division-affecting-hundreds-of-jobs/

 

Some comment from Avast CEO from the article.

 

 

Vlk (Ondrej Vlcek) is kinda in a shitty position. I know him personally as we used to work on a dev-fan level a lot and he was a really cool guy willing to listen to a point where he sent me a message personally for me to elaborate when I ranted or complained over something here and there. Anyways, the reason he's in shitty position is coz he was given the role of CEO few months ago and it takes time to get to know all the shit done by your predecessor(s). He was a CTO prior this role so he had more control over products than business decisions behind those products... And avast! is a pretty big operation these days compared to 15 years ago when I started more serious communication with them.

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