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December 3rd, 2009

Avast and Google Chrome

As we get close to our launch date for our new Avast! Free Antivirus, version 5 we have an exciting new agreement with Google to announce. Starting in mid-November, we will be giving our new users an option to install Google Chrome when installing Avast. And to be clear here since I think some readers were reading too much into this entry.  We are not forcing Chrome on users.  It is entirely up to the user–to download/install is entirely up to the user and nothing is hidden.

Personally, I think Google Chrome is an exciting new browser. As you can see below it is very clean—a single menu bar and a combined search/url entry window.  It also launches very fast, its source code is open source, and most important for Avast users, it has some real neat features that complement the Avast security. You can read more about it here: http://www.google.com/chrome?hl=en.

As you can imagine software companies approach us all the time wanting us to bundle their products with ours. We have always said no to these arrangements. However, with Chrome we feel that it is a nice complement to our product. And Google’s Google philosophy is similar to ours—Chrome are both full-featured excellent products that happen to be free.

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  • http://www.avast.com Vincent Steckler

    @anothermack
    Anothermack, we are not “bundled”, “adware” or any of that other stuff. This is a simple question to users. I think many, many would disagree that Comodo is just about trust. Remember please that Comodo makes money by selling SSL certificates.

  • http://www.avast.com Vincent Steckler

    @Rafael
    Rafael, the bundling is not being offered currently in Brazil. That is why you did not see it.

  • http://www.avast.com Vincent Steckler

    @Roger
    Roger, I fail to understand. We ask a user a question and that warrants replacing one of the best security products on the market? What will you use? AVG puts in a toolbar whether you want it or not. So does Norton. Avira gives you an ad every day. PCTools finds problems (and maybe some that are not problems) and then asks you for money to fix them. The list goes on and on. I would be we are the best behaved product on the market. Why switch?

  • Bob Greene

    Open source works well with FireFox, so we should continue to find good results with another, attractive open source-based product like Chrome.

    That said, Alwil’s decision to allow users to choose whether to install Chrome is a good one, since many of us are happy with FireFox.

  • HISTORY

    Hallo Avast team.
    chould you learn from history, the history of trust, the trust from us, the users that, when trust apears will buy your software again and again.

    I agre with Roger:

    >> Roger December 8th, 2009 at 11:38

    I am extrememly dissapointed about the new that Google Chome will be included with Avst. I coudn’t care less if it is not installed by default, I don’t want in included with the installer at all.

    I know that lots of companies are including other programs or toolbars – however I have no time for these applications either.

    I guess it’s time to switch to another antivirus. <<

    Dont sell to Google.

    firefox ore chrome ?? its the same.. try about:config in your firefox adressbar
    and hit enter…

    ———————————————

    regards from history

  • http://adiktuslegis.multiply.com Mikos

    First point, I fail to understand why people are raging about Google Chrome when there is an option for you NOT to install it. I am also wary of bundled software, but hey, we must remember this is business. And may I also correct some people based on my understanding, just included the option to install Google Chrome. If you guys know how Google Chrome is installed, then you will understand that it is not bundled or included in the Avast installation, not like what other AVs are doing wherein the installer is already in the package. When the option NOT to install is advocated, the product’s installer doesn’t activate. From what I know, Google’s installer downloads it from the website. So I don’t know where the bundling is. It is simply an option.

    Second Point. Google Chrome is also a secure browser. It is not perfect. In fact, I challenge anyone who will tell me there is a perfect browser and I will blatantly tell you to live on the moon as that is Utopic. So it does still go perfectly with a Security Program as opposed to a toolbar. Good riddance. Those software are annoying as compared to a browser, and you even have the option NOT to install it. So where is the problem?

    Inclusion of product for installation doesn’t mean also that Alwil will take sides with Google. Plain and simple guys. If you are so annoyed with Google’s way of doing business, then by all means, don’t browse the internet as they are all over the place. Paranoia is helpful to a certain extent. But extremes of it will do more damage. But definitely, a browser is even much better compared to a toolbar. So why the fuzz? Privacy? Don’t use the net. Plain and simple.

    And oh yeah… Alwil’s inclusion to add a browser option to their installation just shows they are confident about their product. It simply means, they can protect your computer while you surf with the optional browser. It is like even encouraging you to go ahead and surf since we can protect you. But Chrome or no Chrome, the product does protect you. And may I add, trend shows that all browsers are gearing towards being secure. So nothing fancy there.

    Compare that to some fancy paid AVs (paid or not) that will tell you that the additional toolbar will help you to have a secure PC or a secure online experience when used in tandem with their product (so the AV is inadequate then?). Question is, that is not a toolbar’s job. It is the AV’s job (or internet security suite’s) to make sure that you have a secure online experience.

    Mikos

  • Roger

    @Vincent Steckler

    To be honest with you 99% of the time I use absolutely no antivirus or security suite and use the standard Windows firewall with nothing at all installed to give me any kind of real time protection against malware.

    I visit many sites which could be considered unsafe but it is very rare indeed for me to infected. Also I currently use Avant Browser (Internet Explorer based).

    Occasionally I install security software – not to provide with protection but just to test out differnet software and compare the interfaces of different AV software.

    With regards to Avast, I have installed it on many computers (and have used it on my compuers in the past) and the beta of version 5 seems to be working very well.

    I do regard it as the best free antivirus, and on the whole I think for personal use the free Avast is a better option than any of the commercial products.

    I guess I will continue to install Avast on peoples computers simply because it works very well and there are for example never any problems in receiving the automatic defination updates. However I am not at all happy about the inclusion of Chrome (and would feel the same way about any browser of 3rd party toolbar included). A have found that a lot of people have Chrome installed due it being bundled with other software, but only ever use Internet Explorer…

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  • Mikos

    The problem with most people:

    1) They IMPOSE their likes on other people. Only thing I can say: GROW UP. This is the internet age. Who cares if you don’t like Chrome bein an option in Avast? You are not the ONLY one who has preferences. Besides, this is life. We need to have a lot of options. If you don’t like any optioNs, then DON’T USE THE WEB.

    2) They are too stuck up with privacy issues. Simple answer: Don’t go out of your house if you fear Google trying to watch your every move. As I have said, paranoia doesn’t like people who has issues with almost everything.

    Chrome is a browser. So what if it is included as an option? Duh!!! Some people just don’t get it. Just my two cents worth on this. People always have a choice. Now I believe it is perfectly wrong also NOT TO OFFER these choices to other people. After all, WE ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES USING THE WEB. To say that the option should not even be there, how selfish one could get. Be happy there are options.

    Mikos

  • Brian

    Seasons Greetings to all:

    I have just gone through this blog of comments. So here’s my 2 cents worth.

    Avast home edition is worth every penny you don’t have to spend, It’s an investment if you upgrade to Pro, which I did two years ago. Never a regret since. The team at Avast is professional, credible and on top of their game.. Enough said.

    For those of you who keep your head buried in the sand, about options and choices that are available to you I say grow up, get a life and look in the mirror the next time you want to whine! Offering Google Chrome as an option is just that. It’s not a conspiracy, it’s not a threat, it’s not a life threatening decision. Just make an intelligent decision, if you are capable, and enjoy the benefits. Avast only wants your continued support if they earn it and so far they have. It’s a great product, free or paid for. I made the decision to pay for it because it is worth it. As for the options, thats my decision to make, not whine about. Thanks Avast.

  • Alan

    I’m having a hard time understanding peoples problem with being asked if they want to install Chrome when installing Avast. I’m assuming a lot of the detractors posting here already have Avast installed so they have never even been asked this question. Avast is one of the best products on the market, provided for free if needed (which I do) and uninstalling because of a question you’ll be asked once seems like cutting off your nose to spite your face. Also to say thank you Alwil and looking forward to Avast 5.

  • Björn Lundahl

    Hi, now WOT works with Google Chrome! Fantastic!

    You can download it here:

    http://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/bhmmomiinigofkjcapegjjndpbikblnp

  • Björn Lundahl

    Hi again, I forgot to point out that Google Chrome will only work with Google Chrome version 4.0.249.30

    It seems that you can download it here:

    http://www.esoft.web.id/internet-tools/google-chrome-4024930-beta-he039s-here-google-browser.html

  • Björn Lundahl

    Sorry, I meant that WOT will only work with Google Chrome version 4.0.249.30

    It seems that you can download it here:

    http://www.esoft.web.id/internet-tools/google-chrome-4024930-beta-he039s-here-google-browser.html

  • Björn Lundahl

    Sorry I meant that WOT will only work with Google Chrome version 4.0.249.30 which you can download by clicking above link.

  • Trevor

    @Vincent Steckler

    It doesn’t really matter what software you are “bundleing”, you will be guilty of tricking people into installing Chrome. And it will be tricking people. Some people will not read the question and will just assume that it is a part of the installation process of Avast and will tick “yes”. The next thing they know is that they have an unwanted program on their PC. This is exactly how peoples browsers become infested with all those damned tool bars. You could say that it would be their fault, and you would be right. However, that is exactly the process that you want to happen and, therefore, why you should not be doing this.

  • Sam

    I can’t believe all the whining. You go into a hamburger joint and order a hamburger and the kid taking your order asks if you want fries with that. Is that a conspiracy. Can you say no? Are you afraid that they will go ahead and put fries in your order even tho you didn’t order them? Come on people. You are offered a product. You have the option of accepting it. If you don’t check it you will not get it. I’m not a Chrome fan, but don’t whine when someone offers you something. Grow up.
    Thanks avast. You have a very good product.

  • GuyCronus

    Just wanted to say to all those flaming Chrome that you have to understand how new it is compared to all these other browsers and how quickly it has advanced since its creation. Already they have more users than any browser but FF. It’s also very user friendly, and for those concerned about security… that’s why we have avast!
    If that isn’t good enough, then like they have stated very clearly: It’s optional.

  • iNsuRRecTiON

    Hi there,

    first, happy xmas :)

    Second, this bundle gives you money from google!

    So, user should get the sandbox function from the Avast 5 Pro version for free, which are using this bundle/offer from you..!

    regards,

    iNsuRRecTiON

  • Mikos

    From Trevor:

    “It doesn’t really matter what software you are “bundleing”, you will be guilty of tricking people into installing Chrome. And it will be tricking people. Some people will not read the question and will just assume that it is a part of the installation process of Avast and will tick “yes”. The next thing they know is that they have an unwanted program on their PC. This is exactly how peoples browsers become infested with all those damned tool bars. You could say that it would be their fault, and you would be right. However, that is exactly the process that you want to happen and, therefore, why you should not be doing this.”

    Whoaaa!!! I have never seen someone place words in someone else’s mouth as nasty as this comment. A few things:

    1) How sure are you that this is the intention of Avast? What a lame excuse albeit an alibi to flame about the Google Chrome inclusion.

    2) People SHOULD ALWAYS READ what is on their screens before they do anything.

    Sorry Trevor but I find your comment really downgrading of people who use the web. In the first place, in case it NEVER OCCURRED TO YOU, people should be reading what is on their screens. Now if you are one of those that doesn’t read them because of being too lazy, then by all means don’t pass the blame to Avast. Duh!!! As I kept saying, laziness and too much paranoia causes a lot of problems. Of course it is the fault of the one installing as she/he should be AWARE of what he is doing. If people get unwanted toolbars into their browsers because they were not reading, IT IS NOT THE FAULT OF THE COMPANY if they have been reading carefully.

    People should be more responsible of their choices and their internet habits instead of blaming others for their issues. What a lousy way to gripe about Chrome.

    By the way, Trevor, do give some slack to some web users. We are more intelligent than you make it sound in your comment. If others are not that careful, THAT IS THEIR PROBLEM, not Avast.

    It is almost New Year, perhaps time for you to re-evaluate your surfing and net habits.

    Mikos

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  • VignesshRaj.C.C

    this option is welcomed!!!
    its great to have a browser like chrome easily installed along with the avast
    Two of the best Softwares in their field bundled!
    now that is wonderful!!

  • fuolder

    and after install they tell how surf to braeth and to eat and have never to do anything and NEVER to think anything o_O

  • Dylan

    I personally use Firefox, myself, but I also have chrome installed. And I have an add-ons pack ( Look up “TheDudeWithTude” on the firefox add ons search) installed that I made that makes firefox look exactly like chrome.

    And when I say exactly, I mean EXACTLY like chrome.