+1 on this. At the end of the day you have total control over which Avast components you choose to install ~ I'd only choose the four core shields. There are a few guides out there with suggested settings to make it more private and less noisy. I personally find the user interface clearer and easier to configure than the equivalent AVG product but see that others feel the opposite. For a FREE antivirus Avast is pretty decent as either your primary or secondary (in passive mode) AV.I don't get it when people say that Avast is bloated, it's one of the only antiviruses that provides you a customizable installer where you can "select" the components you wish to install, when installing the program. That reduces bloat like no other antivirus does.
By the way I haven't used it for a very long time.
I understand your logic but there's another way of looking at that. Antivirus software uploading and analysing executables it's never seen before and (hopefully) having proper policies and procedures in place to delete them, should they be deemed harmless, is different to Avast using Jumpshot to collect every single website you visit to make an advertising profile.Regarding the telemetry, every company relies on that. Kaspersky last night classified a custom ransomware that I am working on. I haven’t even finished it, it wasn’t detected before, but now it’s added to definitions. It means my executable has been sent.
They can’t protect users unless they implement telemetry one way or another.
You're brave! (J/K) I already have installed and testing AVG free latest beta and very nice and fast and light. But yes you have to uncheck share everything in privacy settings and @oldschool You were correct, blocking AVGUI in firewall (with good ole Netlimiter!) works for the false warnings/upgrade ads! Per your post here: Battle - What antivirus should I install on a 10 years old PC?I'm going to give AVAST a try on my Lappy, see what happens
I have used both. Personally I would choose AVG over avast, but anyway Avast offers hardened mode which is very great to protect inexperienced users. Avast runs a blit lighter than Bitdefender. Both offer great protection, but I would not use Bitdefender on a system with 4GBs of RAM.Would you recommend Avast over Bitdefender?
AVG offers seems even betterFrom my experience they have been trying to fix their mistakes and their performance has not been bad at all...
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Recently I've been to an ethical hacking online conference, where they showed live, how hackers hack webcam and make changes to device drivers and turn off the "blinking webcam light" functionality. The way they do it is simple process that seemingly took just seconds and as a result they spy on you by gaining access to your webcam.and I would've seen the diode of my camera lighting up. Furthermore, why do you think Avast will be interested in seeing your face in the first place?
Yes they removed it , is was part of the dataselling jumpshot that send data, but when uninstalled avast/AVG overseer.exe was not removed... they had complaints on their forum and they fixed the removal proces to be sure that overseer.exe was deleted after uninstall.Avast removed it about a year ago, or longer. I couldn't find a reference but I'm sure I saw it.
Kaspersky does the same, install the extension automatically.This is sth I would never install. The web filter is more than enough and I do not like the way Avast/AVG hijacks the browser to offer you this stupid extension. I do like how other vendors sned a notification asking you to install the extension, but the way Avast/Avg doing it is disgusting. I prefer product which do not require the installation of extensions such as Eset.