This thread will be a sticky and list all offending applications
February 27, 2008
Posted by Seth Rosenblatt
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is one of the most popular products on CNET Download.com, with 61 million downloads. On Thursday, AVG publisher Grisoft plans to introduce the full version of AVG Anti-Virus 8.0. This upgrade will feature significant changes to the program, integrating the previously stand-alone tools of AVG Anti-Spyware, AVG Anti-Rootkit, and recent Grisoft purchase LinkScanner as well as showcasing an entirely new interface. CNET
According to Larry Bridwell, AVG's vice-president of global security strategies, the guts of the program have been overhauled, too. The code rewrite, he stressed, addresses several deficiencies including system slowdowns caused by real-time shields. The integration of LinkScanner, he said, will help warn users of unsafe links, search results, and downloads before they clicked on them. On-demand definition file updates will be made available to users of the free edition for the first time, as will instant messaging protection for users of MSN and ICQ.
Users need to be forewarned that AVG has seen fit to add, by default
, the YaHoo! toolbar.
Mind you, this is on the pay for version
Couple of threads on this issue one at DSLR
and another at COU
and my own forum
It's even prompted a pinned thread @ COU
to list others who use the same tactic.
Vendors need to pay more attention to what BillP, of WinPatrol
Check out the comments there, they tell the whole story.