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February 20th, 2014

Don’t be fooled by support scams – get real support from AVAST

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An old scam has resurfaced recently that we want you to be aware of.  Scammers posing as computer support specialists from AVAST, Microsoft, Symantec, and even name-brand computer makers such as Dell, have been contacting people via email and phone, including AVAST’s Chief Strategy Officer, Glenn Taylor. The cybercrooks claim that they work for the company’s support department and have received notification that the victim’s computer is infected with malware. They offer to verify the problem and convince the target to allow them remote access to the “infected” computer. After some technical shenanigans, the scammer suggests that the victim needs additional software, which they offer as a solution to the “problem.” The solution can cost as much as $300.

“These scammers prey on the trust of innocent people by tricking them into giving access to their computers,” said Taylor. “If you get contacted by someone that claims your computer is broken or infected, then don’t respond. Either delete the email or hang up.”

In 2012, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) cracked down on fraudsters posing as technical support personnel from major companies, but the scam is growing again. Enough so that this week New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued a warning to New Yorkers Tuesday.

“Consumer fraudsters come in all shapes and sizes, from false advertisers and illegal pet sellers, to identity thieves and predatory lenders. Unfortunately, we can now add scammers posing as computer experts to that list,” said Schneiderman.

The FTC has urged consumers not to allow control of their PCs to any caller, never to give out credit card or other personal information, or to simply hang up on such calls.

logo_chalkboard2How to contact AVAST for support

 

There are several ways to find support from AVAST.

Find the answer yourself

Many of the most common questions are answered in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of our website. Categories include our consumer and business products, as well as avast! Mobile Security, and additional products such as BackUp, EasyPass, and the new PC optimizer, GrimeFighter.

Call toll-free support

We offer free support in English for the consumer versions of avast! Antivirus on the following issues:

  • Installation of avast! products
  • Errors/problems during avast! installation
  • Basic configuration
  • Inserting the license
  • Avast! update issues
  • Error messages for avast! products

If the issue is more complicated, you could be offered a paid service.

Call toll-free from the US, +1 866 951 7679

Submit a support-request ticket

This option is the best for languages other than English, when you want your issue to be tracked, or for purchase-related questions.  You have to choose from several departments: Technical support, Customer service, Viruses and malware, or if you want to ask a question or send a comment to AVAST. Visit our support page.

Ask a question on the User Forum

Thousands of avast! Antivirus users as well as avast! team members gather on the popular forum to help users-in-need with their questions. It helps to read the rules and practice polite netiquette at all times.

Ask a question on social media

You can always ask simple questions, or make comments and suggestions on our Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ pages. The social media team responds quickly in several languages (English, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Polish, Czech, and German), but if the question is too complicated or involves confidential payment information, then you will be referred to our support specialists or toll-free help line.

The avast! YouTube channel has tutorial videos, and many avast! fans, like popular AVAST evangelist Bob G., have created their own how-tos.

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  1. February 21st, 2014 at 01:46 | #1

    So, are you going to toss the darn 3rd party support already or still insist on it? To me they seem nothing more than a scam to sell their crap and they mostly just mess up systems even further and do stuff users don’t want them to do (they want help with installation of avast! and in return they go and start “repairing” registry and delete “temp” files.

  2. Really
    February 28th, 2014 at 21:19 | #2

    Wow, talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Avast’s support number is nothing but a scam operation itself, taking advantage of customer’s faith in the Avast product. This blog entry says: “If the issue is more complicated, you could be offered a paid service.” Could be offered? More like guaranteed. Regardless of the state of a customer’s computer, Avast reps will attempt to sell overpriced “Support Plan”, through the use of scare tactics. Can’t believe Avast has the gall to post this blog entry, as they are guilty of the very scam that they are supposedly warning customers about.

    • March 3rd, 2014 at 18:06 | #3

      Thanks for your comments, RejZoR and Really. Even thought they are critical, we appreciate it because it helps us improve our customer support. We expect our third party support to treat AVAST customers with respect and consideration while helping them solve their issues. Because of that, our Senior Manager of Global Services, Adam Riley, takes your comments and any complaints very seriously. He is happy to listen to any complaint about the service and to look into any individual’s complaint or comments about the service. Please email him at riley@avast.com

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