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Avast corner pop-up "activate firewall"


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#1 rp88

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Posted 23 July 2015 - 03:34 PM

Lately I have started seeing a new corner pop-up from my antivirus, avast (I use the free version). I know this is a real pop-up from avast, I know it is not some sort of scam pretending to be avast.


In the past these avast pop-ups would say things about articles on security with a link, or would say things about business editions of the software... Now there is a new one.

It says "activate firewall and safezone" and reads like some kind of important warning message.

But as far as I can tell avast only does a firewall with the paid versions , so I use windows' firewall instead. Has anyone else seen this same sbottom right hand corner pop-up.

Does anyone known whether it is a "real" security warning, or a piece of marketing from avast to try and get people to buy the paid version so they can get avast's firewall? So far I have ignored these pop-ups because I suspect they are the latter, but want to be sure.

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Edited by rp88, 23 July 2015 - 03:34 PM.

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Posted 23 July 2015 - 05:52 PM

It appears to be another way (marketing scheme) to prompt folks into upgrading to the Pro version so they can use those features.
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Posted 23 July 2015 - 11:26 PM

Yep, same here... just started this week after updating to newest version. IME it appears to happen only when opening a Google search after a reboot.

 

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Posted 24 July 2015 - 04:56 AM

They want access to your wallet.
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Posted 24 July 2015 - 05:55 AM

Installed older version (v 10.2.2215) in a VM & pop-up is gone. :)



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Posted 26 July 2015 - 12:39 PM

It seems that pop-up has gone now, replaced with a less scary looking one, this time talking about some sale avast has on at present.
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Posted 26 July 2015 - 04:52 PM

avast most likely received a lot of complaints so they toned it down a bit, but no way will they take the pop-ups out of their marketing strategy.
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