They want to keep both AVG's and Avast's userbase.
Ultimately, we are expanding our geographic footprint. AVG has traditionally been strong in English speaking markets, including the U.S. and the U.K., while Avast has been strong in non-English speaking markets. via Avast and AVG become one
A friend of mine called and was having some CPU spiking issues. I created a remote session and logged in. She uses Norton, which is fine. But previously used AVG/AVAST. To my surprise, I found a program running called "OVERSEER", but it was running as a hidden process. Assuming it was malware I started to investigate and much to my surprise, I found this was a remnant of Avast/AVG. The person I was helping said they not only uninstalled AVG nearly 4 months prior, but they also followed up a normal uninstall with the AVG removal tool.
Investigating further, I found this program creates a persistence of itself, even after uninstalling via a Scheduled Task pointing to a file hidden in a non-AVG directory. It also reaches out to the Internet fairly regularly and traverses traffic.
To test this, I setup a test machine, installed AVG PAID. Then uninstalled it with Revo+Advanced, sure enough this program created persistence with itself. So then I ran the AVG removal tool from AVG themselves, and guess what - the file still remains and creates persistence with itself. I always had a problem with Avast/AVG, but now I feel like they exhibit malware-like behavior.
I recently loaded avg free on a win 10 laptop. It immediately slowed my system to a crawl. I ran another paid malware software and it found adware in an avg file. Goodbye AVG. Now, it runs correctly without that nasty wanna be supposed free software.