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Offline Glen39

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avast installer activated microphone - eavesdropping?
« on: December 23, 2017, 11:44:35 AM »
Well I don't know what happened with the latest free avast antivirus installer, but Glasswire just detected it activating my microphone?
Anyone else experience this? and why would an antivirus software need access to the microphone?

Glen

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Re: avast installer activated microphone - eavesdropping?
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2017, 11:58:06 AM »
activate or monitoring?



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and why would an antivirus software need access to the microphone?
Android malware uses your PC's own mic to record you
https://www.cnet.com/news/android-malware-uses-your-pcs-own-mic-to-record-you/

https://thehackernews.com/2016/11/headphone-spying-malware.html

https://gizmodo.com/this-malware-turns-headphones-into-microphones-1789281461



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Offline Glen39

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Re: avast installer activated microphone - eavesdropping?
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2017, 08:06:31 AM »
Hi,

It was activate that Glasswire detected. I then restarted the machine and Glasswire then flagged that the Avast Antivirus installer had deactivated the realtek mic?

Curious or what?

Glen