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Signing up for free AVAST, then what to do after a month?


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#1 pcquerent99

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 04:28 PM

Hi

I am planning to download the free Avast . When a month is up, is it easy to download the upgraded avast ,or do you have to have someone walk you through it? In other words, once you pay, can you just click on a link and instantly download it?



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Posted 03 August 2013 - 04:37 PM

Please reach Avast support or Avast Forum who can give you a better idea about the Avast Products.

 

You can use this link:

 

http://forum.avast.com/

 

Also you can submit a ticket for help in the Link

 

https://support.avast.com/


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Posted 03 August 2013 - 09:13 PM

There is no need or requirement to upgrade to the paid version.

Register for your free avast! 1 year license

When registering, users are issued a free license key valid for one year. At the end of the 12 months when your registration is due again, users will be prompted to subscribe to the paid version or if they decline, users can receive another free license key for the next 12 months.
 

1. License
AVAST grants to you a non-exclusive perpetual license to use the Software and the Documentation for so long as AVAST makes the Software available, provided that you agree to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

3. Upgrades and Update
Upgrades and updates of the Software shall be provided to you by AVAST as long as and to the extent in which AVAST in its exclusive discretion makes such upgrades and updates available to the users of the free version of the Software.

AVAST END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT (FREE VERSION

The free version of avast is a way of advertising for the paid version as the vendor believes a certain number of users will be satisfied enough with the program that they will want to upgrade. If avast free advertises any offers to upgrade...you can simply decline.
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Posted 03 August 2013 - 09:55 PM

I used to install avast! on clients computers but it took so long to gonfigure the settings to disable all the ads and whatnot that I finally started installing MSE.

avast! (by default) has become nagware IMO.

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 09:58 PM

BTW, pcquerent99...you can also register online through avast itself.

How to register avast! Free Antivirus 8.x ?
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Posted 04 August 2013 - 04:02 PM

Hi everyone,

Thanks for the info.

Its been helpful.



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Posted 04 August 2013 - 04:04 PM

You're welcome on behalf of the Bleeping Computer community.
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Posted 04 August 2013 - 05:32 PM

You're welcome on behalf of the Bleeping Computer community.

Ditto.

Hope you find what it is saught....



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Posted 06 August 2013 - 11:41 PM


The free version of avast is a way of advertising for the paid version as the vendor believes a certain number of users will be satisfied enough with the program that they will want to upgrade. If avast free advertises any offers to upgrade...you can simply decline.

 

 Another reason that makes sense, at least to me, is that avast! collects a lot of anonymous information about what viruses they stopped, what infections they may have cleaned and from where theses infections might be coming from. In general, by accepting the free version you are acting as their eyes and ears, letting them gather statistical insight as to what sort of threats are out there.  A win-win for everyone, I guess.


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Posted 07 August 2013 - 09:21 AM

Here is an excerpt of information avast collects and what it is used for.

avast! Account...We may use this information for purposes of validating your license, providing support, delivering additional products and services, and enabling you to change your avast! Account and/or product settings.

III. Information We Collect ...

avast! Free Antivirus, avast! Pro Antivirus, avast! Internet Security, avast! Free Antivirus for Mac, avast! Pro Antivirus for Mac, avast! Endpoint Protection, avast! Endpoint Protection Suite, avast! Endpoint Protection Plus, and avast! Endpoint Protection Suite Plus include the following features or collect the following types of information:

(1) avast! CommunityIQ: avast! CommunityIQ is a community-based service that provides Avast security experts with data taken from the actual web browsing experiences of Avast product users. Participation is voluntary. Data acquired by avast! CommunityIQ is used to update our databases of viruses and infected websites, and for other statistical purposes, and may include:

* URLs of visited websites that the Avast software identifies as potentially infected, together with the information on the nature of identified threats (e.g., viruses, Trojans, tracking cookies, and any other forms of malware) and URLs of several sites visited before the infection was identified. This information is collected to ascertain the source of the infection.
* Information and files (including executable files) on your computer identified by the Avast software as potentially infected, together with the information about the nature of identified threats.
* Information about the sender (not including personal information) and subject of emails identified by the Avast software as potentially infected, together with the information on the nature of identified threats.
* Additional statistical information about threats detected by the Avast software.

(2) avast! FileRep: avast! FileRep is a database of executable files sourced from users who agree to participate in the service. The files (or their hashes i.e., deidentified versions of the files) are stored and evaluated for the purpose of determining which are infectious and updating virus databases. Participation in avast! FileRep is voluntary, and data is not stored in a way that permits it to be associated with particular users. No user is required to agree to participate in the avast! FileRep service.

(3) avast! WebRep: avast! WebRep is a browser plug-in which collects opinion information provided by users, and provides a reputation rating in the form of a visual icon that appears next to websites that appear in search results. The reputation rating is based on the votes of avast! WebRep participants. Participation is voluntary. If the WebRep function is active, the Avast software may send AVAST the URLs of all websites you want to visit and the results of your web searches through search engines.

(4) avast! Antispam: avast! Antispam is a module that is designed to protect users against unwanted emails (spam). The software may collect Information contained in emails reported by you as spam or as incorrectly identified as spam by the software.

(5) Update Statistics: In order to better understand the usage of updating infrastructure, the software also collects information about all updates to the Avast software (including automatic updates), including certain information about your computer hardware and software configuration and/or network connection, as well as certain information about the installation and operation of the Avast software and errors or problems that are encountered.

...The information described above, when collected by the Avast software, is generally not correlated with any other personal information related to you that Avast may be processing, such as information provided during the process of ordering and downloading the software. Unless you have permitted otherwise, the information collected by the Avast software is used anonymously in aggregation with similar information from other users of the software for analytical purposes to identify new viruses and threats, for improvement and development of the software, and for statistical purposes...

[url=AVAST Privacy and Information Security Policy]AVAST Privacy and Information Security Policy
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