Avira Free AV now bundled with Ask toolbar
Posted 13 June 2011 - 09:52 PM
Marko - This is one which should probably be checked out:
Multiple reports are circulating that the latest version of Avira Free comes bundled with the Ask toolbar. One can opt out but then the Webguard component will not be enabled. So, if one wants the Webguard protection one must install the Ask toolbar.
I suppose, strictly speaking, there is still an opt out system in place but this really is just another sneaky tactic.
It's ironic that until now Avira has always flagged the Ask toolbar as malware, now the pubishers are pushing it down users' throats.......go figure!
Another listing which should be appended with a cautionary note perhaps?
Posted 15 June 2011 - 09:08 AM
Posted 15 June 2011 - 09:26 AM
I will be making a note of this on the download itself just in case I've missed something and will ask for anyone installing this to let us know of their findings.
Posted 15 June 2011 - 11:11 AM
According to the reports; the Ask toolbar will be incorporated into the next version of Avira Free which is expected to be released very soon. This latest version will also include the Webguard component which will be automatically disabled if the end user chooses not to install the Ask toolbar.
Posted 15 June 2011 - 11:22 AM
Thanks for the heads up Jimbo
Posted 15 June 2011 - 11:31 AM
Posted 15 June 2011 - 09:47 PM
Perhaps the backlash of protest may cause the publishers to rethink the situation....let's hope so.
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