Q&A AVAST/AVG trustworthy again or not?

Local Host

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Sep 26, 2017
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Well, to be honest, MS telemetry only helps to improve the OS, they do not sell the data to the highest bidder.
IMHO, whoever disables Windows telemetry is missing the point on what telemetry actually is.
People always confuse telemetry data with privacy data, is a waste of time to go down that rabbit hole, let the ignorant be ignorant.
 

XLR8R

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Jan 20, 2020
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I noticed to that it didn't annoy you with warns if you pass days without using the laptop and therefore databases don't update itself, it just updates automatically when you come back to use laptop and have an internet connection again.

That's how it ought to be. When I was younger and had more time, I used to like tinkering with software. Now, I like no-nonsense stuff more.
 

Cortex

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People always confuse telemetry data with privacy data, is a waste of time to go down that rabbit hole, let the ignorant be ignorant.
Telemetry is the collection of measurements usually automatically & sent to a remote location electronically - So it can contain private data or not?

 

fabiobr

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Mar 28, 2019
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I unchecked the boxes on the privacy setting, leaving only the contribution for threat sharing (Community IQ), and it stops banner things on the main GUI.
 

Chuck57

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Oct 22, 2018
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I suppose I could trust AVAST/AVG again. Sometimes you have to get knocked on your butt once or twice to learn your lesson. They got caught and it cost them a lot of good will, and trust. I think it's been asked in this thread, I wonder how many other companies are doing similar things who haven't been caught yet.

As It stands, I could trust AVAST again, but I'm not putting their stuff on my computer right now, or for awhile.
 

Chuck57

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Oct 22, 2018
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Other companies doing the same sh*t does not and will never justify what Avast did. I just do not get it when people say all companies do the same, so it is Ok to use a privacy-evading product.
Didn't say it justified Avast. Nothing justifies what they did, or the others who are probably doing the same.

It's like politicians. Most are crooks and we know it. A lot of software companies are most likely just as guilty, with a few rare exceptions.
 
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Kuttz

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May 9, 2015
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Free anti virus software in general exists not for charity reasons but to make money after all. There can be few exceptions to this like someone releasing a free anti virus to introduce their potential customers to their paid products. Its the users have to decide which anti virus they need to go with. I would recommend either stick with Windows Defender or get a paid Anti Virus software from reputed vendors like ESET, Emsisoft, Kaspersky etc.
 

entropism

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Jul 30, 2019
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This wasn't in the free version, it was in a paid, 2 year subscription for AVG Internet Security that I had laying around. I tend to avoid free solutions SPECIFICALLY because of monetization.

That being said, AVG was locking up my system multiple times in the first 2 days, so I ditched it (again), had to run their removal tool a half dozen times, and Overseer was STILL there.
 
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