Just been invited by Avast to relicense my free edition after 1 year, However, a read of their T&C at http://files.avast.com/files/legal/eula-avast-free.pdf
seems to indicate that an agreement will allow them to gather any information from my PC 'THEY' consider 'potentially virus-related' and then share this information with 3rd parties... Is everyone happy with this?
In part it says,
"The Software automatically and from time to time may collect certain information, which may include personally identifiable information, from the computer on which it is installed, including:
URLs of visited websites that the Software identifies as potentially infected, together with the information on the nature of identified threats (e.g. viruses, Trojans, tracking cookies and any other forms of malware) and URLs of several sites visited before the infection was identified to ascertain the source of the infection;
Information and files (including executable files) on your computer identified by the Software as potentially infected, together with the information about the nature of identified threats;
Information about the sender and subject of emails identified by the Software as potentially infected, together with the information on the nature of identified threats;
Information contained in emails reported by you as spam or as incorrectly identified as spam by the Software;
Copies of the files identified by the Software as potentially infected or parts thereof may be automatically sent to AVAST for further examination and analysis;
Certain information about your computer hardware, software and/or network connection;
Certain information about the installation and operation of the Software and encountered errors or problems;
Statistical information about threats detected by the Software; and
If your version of the Software includes the Website reputation function, which provides information on reputation of web sites as potential sources of malware, and you set the Website reputation function to active, the Software may send AVAST the URLs of all websites you want to visit and the results of your web searches through search engines.
The information collected by the Software is generally not correlated with any other personal information related to you that AVAST may be processing such as information given by you to AVAST or its distributors or agents during the process of ordering and downloading the Software. Unless you have permitted otherwise, the information collected by the Software is used anonymously in aggregation with similar information from other users of the Software for analytical purposes to identify new viruses and threats and for improvement and development of the Software and for statistical purposes.
By using the Software you acknowledge and agree that AVAST or its distributors or agents may collect and use the information as described above. You are giving this consent on behalf of all users of all computers where the Software will be used under this license and you accept full responsibility for informing all users and acquiring their fully informed, free and valid consent with processing of their personal information by the Software as described above."