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Offline skinnyJM

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Blocking of trackers no longer free?
« on: June 03, 2022, 01:53:57 AM »
I now get the attached from the Avast Online Security extension in Microsoft Edge web browser. It appears the blocking of trackers now requires payment. I uninstalled it after years of use.  :(
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Re: Blocking of trackers no longer free?
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2022, 02:18:59 AM »
Surely you can do that in your Edge browser  (which I don't use).

I used ASB add-on when it first came out, but I gave up on it because I didn't like the clutter in search results.  In all honesty I don't need it and I feel savvy users don't really need something like this.  I don't fear any of the heading in the screenshot.

I use Firefox 101.0 and there is much in the settings to prevent some of those headings.  I also use add-ons (uBlock Origin, and uMatrix) to block ads/cookies, etc. that can be used to track you.

You don't actually say what Avast Program version you are using ?

So I have no idea why you would be getting an Add for Avast One ? 
Other than if you had Avast Free and they are trying to switch you to Avast One paid version.  If you are happy with what you have, ignore it and X it out.
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Re: Blocking of trackers no longer free?
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2022, 07:19:29 PM »
It's an advertisement to install Avast One.
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Re: Blocking of trackers no longer free?
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2022, 07:41:18 PM »
It's an advertisement to install Avast One.


I think we know that, but the unknown factors are:
What Avast Program 'skinnyJM' is using.
If he is using Avast Free, then surely the AOS should cover the tracking aspect (and to some degree the browser and add-ons they use already)  ?

Though that advert is for Avast One in skinnyJM's post and not Avast One Free - Personally I feel a switch from Avast Free to Avast One Free is a downgrade  (lose of configuration to be considered).
« Last Edit: June 05, 2022, 07:43:27 PM by DavidR »
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Re: Blocking of trackers no longer free?
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2022, 08:01:06 PM »
It's an advertisement to install Avast One.


I think we know that, but the unknown factors are:
What Avast Program 'skinnyJM' is using.
If he is using Avast Free, then surely the AOS should cover the tracking aspect (and to some degree the browser and add-ons they use already)  ?

Though that advert is for Avast One in skinnyJM's post and not Avast One Free - Personally I feel a switch from Avast Free to Avast One Free is a downgrade  (lose of configuration to be considered).


I myself use Avast Free, and I noticed  the other day that the Avast Online Security browser extension stopped working properly. Please see my replies in the other thread that silentjim had started:


https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=319815.0


I ended up sending a Bug Report, as Asyn had suggested I do.

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Re: Blocking of trackers no longer free?
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2022, 10:17:27 PM »
As I mentioned I don't use the Avast Online Security browser extension, based on having Avast Antivirus with the Web Shield and Firefox with tight controls.  I also have a slew of blockers as I mentioned in my first reply, so I don't find ASB brings anything else to the party for me.

Hopefully your bug report will bring prompt action.
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Re: Blocking of trackers no longer free?
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2022, 10:40:58 AM »
Dev-Info: We made Anti-Tracking as premium feature in Avast One available countries. This feature is premium in Avast One and we were offering it for free with AOSP. However, there is a bug for users in Avast One available countries running AV Product (free or premium). In this case, Anti-Tracking should work without the limitation.

Fix was already posted to BETA and we expect it will be published to PROD sometime this week.
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Re: Blocking of trackers no longer free?
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2022, 07:07:05 PM »
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You don't actually say what Avast Program version you are using ?

So I have no idea why you would be getting an Add for Avast One ? 
Other than if you had Avast Free and they are trying to switch you to Avast One paid version.  If you are happy with what you have, ignore it and X it out.

I use Avast One Essential (Free)
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Based on post by Asyn it may just be a bug.

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Re: Blocking of trackers no longer free?
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2022, 10:29:04 AM »
You're welcome.
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