Does this internet browser window look familiar to you?
If so, you may be the victim of unwanted multiple browser toolbars. These browser add-ons have become a real problem in the last couple of years. Unfortunately, much free software nowadays comes with some unwanted add-ons; in most cases a so-called browser toolbar is installed. Many toolbars can be quite annoying because they:
Change your homepage and your search engine without you realizing it
Track your browsing activities and searches
Display annoying ads and manipulate search results
Take up a lot of space inside the browser
Are difficult or even impossible for the average user to fully uninstall
It is especially for this last reason that avast! Browser Cleanup has been developed: To help our customers identify and get rid of unwanted browser toolbars and add-ons. It is integrated in avast! 8 and is also available as a stand-alone product on various download portals for use with friends without installed avast! Now, about 20 days after release of avast! Browser Cleanup, I think it’s time for a quick review of the results.
Some statistics after 20 days of release
Shortly after release I predicted that we would end up with about 100,000 different add-ons. Unfortunately I was wrong … totally wrong! Reality shows that I underestimated the scope of the issue. Twenty days after release of Browser Cleanup, our database shows …
More than 220,000 different browser add-ons for the three main browsers
More than 8,000 new add-ons per day
More than 74% of all add-ons have a bad or very bad rating from our user community
More than one third of all toolbars in our database are from only three companies
The following numbers are based on about 4 million users which ran avast! Browser Cleanup in the first 3 weeks after release. The top 20 add-ins with a bad or very bad user rating can be seen in the list below. A lot of users decided to remove them: