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Re: avast!'s advertisement popup unnecessarily exposed a streamer
« Reply #30 on: August 04, 2019, 08:06:35 PM »
Its entirely your decision, if you have disabled all of those functions there is likely to be very little cloud requirement, but there may be.

So it is down to your choice, live with it or find some other AV solution that suits your requirements and limitations.  Very good luck with that.
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Re: avast!'s advertisement popup unnecessarily exposed a streamer
« Reply #31 on: August 04, 2019, 10:11:06 PM »
This is how I've used Avast since before they tacked on most of those mentioned 'features'. Every so often I check up on what other known AV companies are doing. All the testing is a hassle though. Sadly they all more or less seem to trend towards the cloud. Like everything else.

The thing is that I can't just switch. That takes a lot of planning and effort. Because I manage machines for family and friends. And this is only doable by keeping a similar set of programs on all of the machines. Not a different AV on each one. So all the people, most of whom are not very computer savvy, would have to relearn the AV and its messages. So yeah, not something done lightly.

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Re: avast!'s advertisement popup unnecessarily exposed a streamer
« Reply #32 on: August 04, 2019, 11:01:14 PM »
This is how I've used Avast since before they tacked on most of those mentioned 'features'. Every so often I check up on what other known AV companies are doing. All the testing is a hassle though. Sadly they all more or less seem to trend towards the cloud. Like everything else.

The thing is that I can't just switch. That takes a lot of planning and effort. Because I manage machines for family and friends. And this is only doable by keeping a similar set of programs on all of the machines. Not a different AV on each one. So all the people, most of whom are not very computer savvy, would have to relearn the AV and its messages. So yeah, not something done lightly.
If you turn off evrything and only want basic AV it seems Windows defender is the thing for you?

hmm ... yea it also has cloud services





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Re: avast!'s advertisement popup unnecessarily exposed a streamer
« Reply #33 on: August 04, 2019, 11:37:51 PM »
Pretty basic, if you restrict your AV, you also restrict it's ability to protect you.
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Re: avast!'s advertisement popup unnecessarily exposed a streamer
« Reply #34 on: August 04, 2019, 11:42:13 PM »
I've never restricted the AV I have installed on my systems and have been able to perform anything I've wanted.
I have associates that I've worked with for years who mess with setting and disable/restrict stuff and inevitably get some kind of virus/crap on their systems.
I, on the other hand, have not. ;)
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Re: avast!'s advertisement popup unnecessarily exposed a streamer
« Reply #35 on: August 06, 2019, 10:02:59 PM »
I enable the parts I want and not the rest. It really is that simple. Do you use every feature of every program you have? No, of course not. Nobody does.

I choose the level of protection I feel I need, and I cut out the overprotective and invasive bloat. That suits me just fine. 'Scary' anecdotes won't change that.

Avast used to be a fairly basic, lightweight, and unobtrusive AV. I liked that. Now that it adds all sorts of extra stuff, a lot of which isn't even AV, I just politely decline the offers to 'help' and keep to the basics. When Avast insists, I put my foot down. I always win ;)
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Re: avast!'s advertisement popup unnecessarily exposed a streamer
« Reply #36 on: August 06, 2019, 11:42:14 PM »
I've always used the free version and all the protection that's free is active.
Since I always use a custom install, I omit those parts that aren't free and I'm able to bypass.
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Re: avast!'s advertisement popup unnecessarily exposed a streamer
« Reply #37 on: August 07, 2019, 10:43:17 AM »
Anyone remembers that funny moment from years ago when avast! updated during some wrestling fight? Well, we've come from that funny moment to this which is totally unfunny. The fact no one from avast! dropped by to comment is also worrying.
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Re: avast!'s advertisement popup unnecessarily exposed a streamer
« Reply #38 on: August 07, 2019, 10:52:19 AM »
Anyone remembers that funny moment from years ago when avast! updated during some wrestling fight? Well, we've come from that funny moment to this which is totally unfunny. The fact no one from avast! dropped by to comment is also worrying.
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Re: avast!'s advertisement popup unnecessarily exposed a streamer
« Reply #39 on: August 07, 2019, 01:42:29 PM »
Anyone remembers that funny moment from years ago when avast! updated during some wrestling fight? Well, we've come from that funny moment to this which is totally unfunny. The fact no one from avast! dropped by to comment is also worrying.

Yes I remember it well, hilarious, but these type of scare-mongering ads are not in the least funny.
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Re: avast!'s advertisement popup unnecessarily exposed a streamer
« Reply #40 on: August 07, 2019, 02:32:32 PM »
Anyone remembers that funny moment from years ago when avast! updated during some wrestling fight? Well, we've come from that funny moment to this which is totally unfunny. The fact no one from avast! dropped by to comment is also worrying.

Yes I remember it well, hilarious, but these type of scare-mongering ads are not in the least funny.
I didn't put this together 2 years ago because I was happy with all these ads and sales pitches.
https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=204972.msg1405903#msg1405903
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