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What assumptions did i make regarding issue asked in this thread about user data using Avast? None.

I only replied with options when installing Avast, and then going to Privacy settings to see majority of options still marked out - even if you choose - No thanks- option on install. Its a fact, not an assumption.


And for question regarding forum notifications , if Avast is aware / notified - is there a visible notification -icon or something to let people know that someone is looking on a subject?

Or the only way is that you jump out on a user stating you forwarded this to Avast?
No there aren't any icons. You'll need to take my word as to what I've stated.
There's a reason I'm tagged as an Uber Evangelist as are some other users on this forum.


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And for question regarding forum notifications , if Avast is aware / notified - is there a visible notification -icon or something to let people know that someone is looking on a subject?

Or the only way is that you jump out on a user stating you forwarded this to Avast?
As a previous longtime Uber Evangelist, i can confirm what bob3160 say.
Uber Evangelists have ways of contacting avast team both inside this forum (hidden sections) and outside this forum




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They've done it with all users, however only if you've used avast! browser extensions and had "Share data" feature enabled.

If you've used extension and had data sharing disabled you were not affected. If you were not using extension at all, you were not affected either.
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I use both of those. I always unticked everything in Sharing Data sections of both of these programs.

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They've done it with all users, however only if you've used avast! browser extensions and had "Share data" feature enabled.

If you've used extension and had data sharing disabled you were not affected. If you were not using extension at all, you were not affected either.
It doesn't sound like the issue is just with the extension

https://www.pcmag.com/news/the-cost-of-avasts-free-antivirus-companies-can-spy-on-your-clicks
"However, Avast did say it stopped collecting user data for marketing purposes via the Avast and AVG browser extensions.
"We completely discontinued the practice of using any data from the browser extensions for any other purpose than the core security engine, including sharing with Jumpshot," the company said in a statement.

Nevertheless, Avast's Jumpshot division can still collect your browser histories through Avast's main antivirus applications on desktop and mobile. This include AVG antivirus, which Avast also owns. The data harvesting occurs through the software's Web Shield component, which will also scan URLs on your browser to detect malicious or fraudulent websites."

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A message from Avast CEO Ondrej Vlcek
https://blog.avast.com/a-message-from-ceo-ondrej-vlcek
What about the data that has always been harvested in all these years?

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A message from Avast CEO Ondrej Vlcek
https://blog.avast.com/a-message-from-ceo-ondrej-vlcek
What about the data that has always been harvested in all these years?
What about it? There isn't any going back. You can't go back and put the horse back in the barn once it's escaped.
All you can do is make sure no more horses get released.
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A message from Avast CEO Ondrej Vlcek
https://blog.avast.com/a-message-from-ceo-ondrej-vlcek
What about the data that has always been harvested in all these years?
What about it? There isn't any going back. You can't go back and put the horse back in the barn once it's escaped.
All you can do is make sure no more horses get released.
Read this: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/avast-shuts-down-jumpshot-after-getting-caught-selling-users-data/
Free users have already started migrating to other solutions. Enterprises would follow suit.

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A message from Avast CEO Ondrej Vlcek
https://blog.avast.com/a-message-from-ceo-ondrej-vlcek
What about the data that has always been harvested in all these years?
What about it? There isn't any going back. You can't go back and put the horse back in the barn once it's escaped.
All you can do is make sure no more horses get released.
Read this: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/avast-shuts-down-jumpshot-after-getting-caught-selling-users-data/
Free users have already started migrating to other solutions. Enterprises would follow suit.
Old news, it's already posted in other parts of this forum. Please stop trolling.
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Hello
I am a European user
I am surprised by some untruths published here (and elsewhere) against Avast, a FREE antivirus.
I post on many European forums and I never miss the opportunity to rectify the situation.
There are so many sites or administrations following us.
Remember Cambridge Analytica (resounding example)
Avast uses our data like most other commercial sites, social networks (the worst) browser (often associated with their webmail), extensions, forums, help sites
  all kinds, etc ... etc
An example of my interventions:
https://forum.pcastuces.com/avast_accuse_de_vendre_les_donnees_personnelles_de_ses_clients-f25s81552.htm?page=2&#6120933

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Hello
I am a European user
I am surprised by some untruths published here (and elsewhere) against Avast, a FREE antivirus.
I post on many European forums and I never miss the opportunity to rectify the situation.
There are so many sites or administrations following us.
Remember Cambridge Analytica (resounding example)
Avast uses our data like most other commercial sites, social networks (the worst) browser (often associated with their webmail), extensions, forums, help sites
  all kinds, etc ... etc
An example of my interventions:
https://forum.pcastuces.com/avast_accuse_de_vendre_les_donnees_personnelles_de_ses_clients-f25s81552.htm?page=2&#6120933
I'm happy to know I'm not alone in knowing that if you wanted to keep your privacy,
you should have totally avoided the internet.
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You are happy to know that you are not [[[(alone)]]]?
So you almost feel that the majority people say that Avast is wrong......
and (usually) the majority are right.
I would like to thank you for letting us to know that you are feeling that.
« Last Edit: February 03, 2020, 10:12:39 PM by Nodar »