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[–] TheTrigger 0 points 34 points (+34|-0) ago 

I think the last time I installed AVG was on Windows XP. Can't believe people still use that crapware.

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[–] macleod2486 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

There were way too many ol' timers who thought that crock of shit was the next best thing since sliced bread. Yet they were the ones who had the most virus tickets.

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[–] thunder_fuck 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I uninstalled it from all my work computers last week. I was updating and cleaning them all up and noticed that I needed uninstall their stupid toolbar and reset all my homepages again. I wrote a bitchy note when it sent me to a uninstall survey.

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[–] PiercingAjarDolphin 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Yup, I still remember that time when AVG had that false positive that deleted windows files. I tried it a few years after and it was continually giving me false positives.

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[–] rat_ 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

AVG had a reputation?

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[–] PotatoFarm 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I uninstalled it more than one year ago, the privacy statement at the time was less than desirable.

Looks like instead of changing ways, they went full stupid on the subject.

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[–] chakan2 0 points 77 points (+77|-0) ago 

At least McAfee was selling my data to buy important things...like hookers and cocaine.

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[–] FurlessLeader 1 points 13 points (+14|-1) ago 

Mcafee execs were doing that? Or John Mcafee who has nothing to do with the company he started?

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[–] macleod2486 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I think it's a reference to this video

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[–] poodog 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago  (edited ago)

and a run at the US presidency!

It'd be like the Bush days all over again with all the coke and hookers back in the "white" house.

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[–] NikoMyshkin 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

man i'd vote for that.

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[–] puag 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

hahahhahaha, that's a good one!

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[–] 2face-Maze 0 points 19 points (+19|-0) ago 

Quite the trend, isn't it.

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[–] rwbj 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

In my opinion this is a result of Snowden.

Seriously. He revealed that our government was invading our privacy in ways that would make even the tin foilers blush. They have spies in World of Warcraft for fucks sake. But the interesting thing is aside from a large internet outcry Americans didn't actually do much. There were no marches on the capital, no major political push to get candidates who acknowledge we actually have a constitutional 4th amendment into office, or anything like this. You actually had some people defend it! The largest plurality of people were probably the "Whatever. I have nothing to hide." crowd. This apathy let companies realize they too could completely screw over their users and most, at least ostensibly, would simply take it.

The timing for companies decide to go mass harvesting and selling/monetizing user information matches up way too well with Snowden. What Microsoft is doing with Windows 10, for instance, is not exactly rocket science. They could have done this at any time in the past, but simply chose not to. It could be their new CEO, but like you're mentioning this seems to be something like a trend for company's at the moment and the timing links up so well with Snowden exposing not only the largest privacy invasion in the history of humanity, but the public at large largely shrugging their shoulders.

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[–] Subtenko 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

It's how I would do it if I wanted to gip people. If you can think it and get into the position to allow it, you can do it. Nothing is far fetched. No idea is as crazy as it seems

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[–] TheBeesTrees 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Nah. It's just the beginning of the process. As soon as you have some good loyal user base, then you start quietly selling data. This increases as you go and you milk it for all it's worth. Then after you build your golden parachute you find the perfect time (right when you start losing the more intelligent users) to sell the company to someone else who finds more ways to milk it into its demise at the cost of its less informed users.

Everybody wins! (by everybody, I mean a few assholes with zero scruples)

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[–] majestic_goat 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I wonder how long they had been collecting data of that sort to begin with. And if they openly put data collection in their privacy policy.

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[–] Scine 1 points 28 points (+29|-1) ago 

Their

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[–] tame 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Not the bottom any more. UP!

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[–] Scine 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Love you too buddy. :)

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[–] Kiwibomb 1 points 19 points (+20|-1) ago 

I now need an alternative

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[–] ninjai 2 points 40 points (+42|-2) ago 

Avast went downhill. Now I use Linux.

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[–] Absolem 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Who's fucking awful idea was the loud ass voice yelling things at you, though? GF has Avast on her laptop, scares the shit out of me every time.

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[–] cccmikey 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Agreed, but only with a custom install. File scan. Browser cleanup is good too since it removes crap extensions when they're found.

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[–] Northvvait 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Avast has been bloated for well over 5 years already, both in size and consumed resources. I also got spammed nearly daily offering me upgrade "deals" and spending my CPU time running "cleanup analyses" that it would refuse to actually perform unless I paid up.

It's a shame because I used to be quite happy with Avast. Right now it's Bitdefender for me, but even that is starting to get annoying with having accounts.

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[–] freedumbz 1 points 13 points (+14|-1) ago 

Kaspersky. What better to protect you against russian and chinese hackers other than more russian and chinese hackers?

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[–] Atoro 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Or as everybody who tries to pronounce it says, Kapinsky

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[–] Dark_Shroud 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I wouldn't let their software near any of my systems or network. Just because the CEO is former FSB (KGB) and still has close ties to them.

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[–] x009 4 points 30 points (+34|-4) ago 

Malwarebytes is NOT antivirus and will not protect against the same threats as an antivirus program would. Malwarebytes should never be used to replace an antivirus program but should supplement one instead.

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[–] ChosenUndead 2 points 8 points (+10|-2) ago 

What a terrible reply.

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[–] thunder_fuck 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

That's not an antivirus. Malwarebytes is fantastic, but it should supplement an antivirus, not replace it.

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[–] Alopix 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Comodo. You have to dodge a lot of "offers" when installing it, but make sure you keep the firewall- it's the only fully functional free firewall available

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[–] FeelinFroggy 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago 

Another one bites the dust. This keeps up, we'll have no programs, and no privacy left. Sweet. Loving the way digital life is headed.

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[–] RedSocks157 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

How about no.

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[–] hellrazor 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Ya crazy dutch bastard.

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[–] the_spectre 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Not to be this guy, but it really shouldn't surprise anyone that a for-profit company distributing closed-source, nonfree freeware is doing it, well, for profit, rather than out of the goodness of their hearts.

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[–] Alopix 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

You know perfectly well that's not the issue.

If they can't turn a profit without being spyware and selling their users privacy to the highest bidder, they're a failure as a company.

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