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http://www.howtogeek.com/199829/avast-antivirus-was-spying-on-you-with-adware-until-this-week/
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As it turns out, every single URL that you visit was being sent to Avast servers — first there would be a check to /urlinfo on one of their servers, passing in a unique ID that represents you on every single request. In this way they can build a list of every single page you have ever visited

The problem is that Avast snuck this component in to their browser extensions that have at least 10 million users for the Chrome version alone. And then they enabled it by default.

No, the install process didn’t tell us about this.

It's disgusting how low Avast has fallen. The fact that they HID AND DISTRIBUTED something they knew was adware is horrific.

You would have no idea it was being installed either. doh.gif
Edited by frickfrock999 - 10/23/14 at 8:09am
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Update: They just got hammered by Google. They were forced to take down that extension.

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https://aos.avast.com/upgrade/1011
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Lucky me, I never install any avast related browser extensions because I have no use for them.

But yeah that's pretty sad, I wonder if a week later someone will dig into the actual program itself to see if it's riddled with the same nonsense.
Edited by PsYcHo29388 - 10/23/14 at 8:09am
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I wonder when other AV companies will confess. Must say though, I'm glad I don't use Avast biggrin.gif
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virus software? lol u guys still use this.


Run Linux and just be aware of any security patches + keep off crappy sites. then install trusted script/cookie blockers on your browser + disable java if bothered. simple.
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virus software? lol u guys still use this.


Run Linux and just be aware of any security patches + keep off crappy sites. then install trusted script/cookie blockers on your browser + disable java if bothered. simple.

Run Linux... Lol yea... I prefer not wasting my time messing around. I might have some time one day to try it out but I doubt it is worth the hassle.
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virus software? lol u guys still use this.


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With that attitude, you are 100% correct. It ISN'T worth the hassle.
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Am I the only one who turned that extension off from the get-go?
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I don't know what I'd recommend others if they needed an AV, Avast was my go to. Now I don't have an AV for other recommendations frown.gif
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Using an antivirus is for people who have no idea how to operate a computer. I'd be shocked if anyone here feel they are actually protected by an AV.

Two rules:
  1. Don't run random files from the internet that auto-download
  2. Patch your stuff.

Easy.
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