I suspect Avast free Version is Letting Viruses in

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December 13, 2017 at 15:52:38
Specs: windows 8, 2.793 GHz / 4 gig
Im doing a survey how many people believe that Avast free Version could be deliberately be Letting Viruses in.

My first suspicion -is I had Mozilla running before with Avast and everything slowed down.
Changed to Opera Everything was back to Normal( Fast ) 4 weeks Later -Today after using Opera-
Avast decided to start Advertising every 2 minutes- I never got Avast advertising until now.



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#1
December 13, 2017 at 17:24:38
I can't imagine any valid AV which would feel it was to their advantage in deliberately injecting viruses. Quite the reverse. I fail to see the link you are suggesting between specific browsers and Avast.

I think you should run these two freebies, in the order given. They often find what AVs miss, which is why we suggest them frequently on here:

AdwCleaner:
https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcle...
Download and "Save" the file somewhere. Go to the saved file then double click it to run the program. Use the "Scan" button, followed by the "Clean" button.

MalwareBytes:
https://www.malwarebytes.org/
(use the "Free Download" button rather than the "Buy Now" button).
After the install go to "Settings > Protection". Under Scan Options move the "Scan for rootkits" slider over to On and Run the Threat Scan. Quarantine anything it finds.

ADWCleaner is particularly good at finding browser related malware which might well be your issue. I see it was suggested recently when you had a Firefox issue. Did you run it? if you don't want to keep it then just delete the file later (there's no install).

Are you quite sure they are genuine Avast adverts? Are they for Avast products?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#2
December 13, 2017 at 17:35:40
Deliberately? I highly doubt it. Avast is said to be one of the best free AV programs available, many sites rank it #1. Everyone has their preferred AV; mine is Bitdefender.
http://www.techradar.com/news/the-b...

Internet browser choice is another personal preference. Ask a dozen people, get a dozen different answers. I like the new Firefox Quantum on my PC; Puffin on my Android phone.
http://www.techradar.com/news/softw...

Don't forget regular use of CCleaner, managing startup apps, & if you suspect there may be malware that was missed, use Adwcleaner.


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#3
December 13, 2017 at 17:43:45
Never had a problem with Avast and I've used it since '08. You can't get by with just anti-virus. Something for malware (i.e.--Malwarebytes), adware (i.e.--AdwCleaner), and Junkware (i.e.--JRT) must be used in conjunction with anti-virus. A strong HOSTS file is also encouraged:

http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#4
December 13, 2017 at 17:59:01
T-R-A
Just for info, JRT is being discontinued - apparently now incorporated into ADWCleaner.

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#5
December 13, 2017 at 19:55:40
Avast free antivirus is not deliberately letting junk in. Avast free AV MAY be placing pop ups to try to get you to upgrade to free.
Normal maintenance is still required for your system.
Run Malwarebytes free version.
Run Ccleaner free version. Or at least run Disk Clean Up and clear out your browser history as well.
Uninstall stuff you do not use.
Edit: Started this a couple of hours age and just realized that I never finished it. I see now that all has been said already.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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#6
December 14, 2017 at 02:36:19
Derek:

Thanks for that info....

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