FYI: AVG Sells Your Browsing History To The Third Parties

By | September 17, 2015 | 1 Comment


FYI: AVG Sells Your Browsing History To The Third PartiesYou are the product.

If you are on Windows 8 or 10 and for some reason decided not to use Security Essentials / Windows Defender and have switched to AVG anti-virus instead, then good news for advertisers: they now have your browsing and search history as well meta data, your ISP and apps that are installed on your computer.

As stated in AVG’s privacy policy:

We collect non-personal data to make money from our free offerings so we can keep them free, including: Advertising ID associated with your devices Browsing and search history, including meta data; Internet service provider or mobile network you use to connect to our products; and Information regarding other applications you may have on your device and how they are used. Sometimes browsing history or search history contains terms that might identify you. If we become aware that part of your browsing history might identify you, we will treat that portion of your history as personal data, and will anonymize this information. We may also aggregate and/or anonymize personal data we collect about you. For instance, although we would consider your precise location to be personal data if stored separately, if we combined the locations of our users into a data set that could only tell us how many users were located in a particular country, we would not consider this aggregated information to be personally identifiable.

How to Uninstall AVG Anti-Virus?

Hit that control panel, uninstall programs and remove this nasty software.

How to Enable Windows Defender / MSE?

Just start typing “defender” in your start screen and it should pop up, then enable and you are good to go.

[Via: Reddit]


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Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded FavBrowser.com. Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.

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  1. bengtl says:

    Great info.

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