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October 16th, 2013

avast! Browser Cleanup still at work

cleanup01by Thomas Salomon, head of AVAST Software ‘s German Software Development team

In one of our previous posts we wrote about browser extensions and their possibly unwanted effects on our customers’ computers. Browser toolbars have been around for years, however, in the last couple of months they became a huge mess. Unfortunately, lots of free software comes with more or less unwanted add-ons or browser toolbars.

These are quite annoying because they may:

  • Change your homepage and your search engine without your permission or awareness
  • Track your browsing activities and searches
  • Display annoying ads and manipulate search results
  • Take up a lot of (vertical) space inside the browser
  • Slow down your browser and degrade your browsing experience
  • Fight against each other and make normal add-on handling difficult or impossible
  • Become difficult or even impossible for the average user to fully uninstall

Maybe you have already become a victim of unwanted browser toolbars. avast! Browser Cleanup was developed exactly for this reason; to help our customers identify and get rid of unwanted browser toolbars and add-ons. It is integrated in avast! 2014 and is also available as a stand-alone product on various download portals for use by friends without installed avast! Antivirus. Now, about 7 months after the initial release of avast! Browser Cleanup together with avast! Antivirus 8, it’s time for a review of the results. Read more…