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    "Avast Is Great, But There Is A Privacy Issue."

    September 22, 2012  |   By Several9920

    Pros

    Avast is the best free Anti virus since Avira went bazerk.

    Cons

    Avast seems to be in cahoots with google which means no privacy.

    Summary

    I first used Avast back in 2006 and i hated it because the scans would take too long. So i uninstalled and started using Avira. Then Avira went completely crazy requiring you to install some toolbar. So now i'm back using Avast, and i love the new look well at least its new to me. My only concern is that i found "gupdate" which is google toolbar Win32/TrojanDownloader, Win32/Adware.GToolbar by Unknown. And this loads as a part of Avast at system start up. I found it in Msconfig, I also downloaded a cleaning software that listed Avast as having gupdate Adware.GToolbar within it loading at system start up. We all know the story with google tracking our internet searches, keystrokes etc. This is a concern to me since Avast does have my real name and email address. Now i question how much does Avast really know about us with google's help.

    Updated on May 18, 2013

    When i press ctrl alt delete to bring up task manager, I have noticed a slight memory leak in lsass.exe after downloading the recent update. It continuously climbs until i restart windows. Also Avast is becoming sort of bloated with a lot of different features built into the software, Not sure if that's good or bad. But still Avast remains one of the best Anti virus soft wares that's free and i will continue to use it.

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  • Reply by EricVonZipper on October 6, 2012

    Ah ha, now we see who all the Avira stooges are trolling here with their thumbs up their bumns.

  • Reply by Soaring_Eagles on September 22, 2012

    I agree you do not have to install the toolbar from Avira.

  • Reply by Gold Dust on September 22, 2012

    Avira is not requiring you to install the toolbar you have to request it!

  • Reply by just_air on September 22, 2012

    I 100% disagree with you when you said that Avira is requiring you to install there toolbar. You do not have to install the toolbar so I guess you wanted the toolbar installed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply by jaytee28 on September 22, 2012

    You must have installed Chrome when you installed Avast! . Sure you can change the settings

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