Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sorry, but AVG Secure Search is malware (Update: but maybe won't be in the next version)

Discovered AVG Secure Search today when I installed the trial version of WinZip on a laptop that I only intend to use temporarily. There seems to be some controversy over whether AVG Secure Search actually qualifies as "malware". I understand why some think it's not: AVG appears to be a legitimate company, the software does not seem to be harmful (and may even be beneficial for users who want it), and although I have not verified this myself, I am told that it's all there in the EULA/fine print/options of the software you are installing.

But here's why this little shit of a browser extension is malware anyway: It conceals itself deep in the fine print, piggy-backing on other software (and software that I, for one, generally consider to be trustworthy, to boot! Or did, at least, until today), and -- and this is the most important part -- it deliberately makes itself difficult to uninstall.

It installed itself on Chrome in no less than three ways, each of which in and of itself would have been sufficient for Secure Search's functionality: As my default search engine, as the default page that loads when you open a new tab, and as a browser extension. That's just absurd! And if you don't believe there's a problem, just do a little Googling (maybe even using AVG Secure Search, eh?) to see just how many links there are saying "I tried everything to uninstall AVG Secure Search and it's still there! Help!"

I would argue that if AVG were trying to conduct business in good faith, on the search page that loads there would be an option to uninstall, and it would do all the clean-up for you. Failing that, having it as just the default search engine, or just an extension, or whatever, would at least be reasonable. The fact that I tried two different ways of uninstalling it with no results... well, that kinda makes it malware.

Side note: For uninstalling this little leech from Chrome, there are excellent instructions here. Actually, those instructions would probably apply to cleaning out any sort of bullshit lying douchebags from Chrome.

Update: Please see the comment below from Jon Meyer with AVG Customer Care. The company does seem to be taking these complaints seriously, and to their credit they are resisting the temptation to simply take the "If you didn't read the EULA, then fuck you, it's user error" approach. They say the next version will include an uninstall button. While I'm still not crazy about the stealth bundling with WinZip, it was the combination stealth-install/tricky-uninstall that for me crossed the threshold of "malware". If they follow through with the simple uninstall button, I retract the accusation.

147 comments:

  1. I don't use my Chrome so I just got a random pop-up the other day. It was pretty obviously malware like that.

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  2. Hi James,

    My name is Jon Meyer and I am with AVG Customer Care.

    I read this post and want to say I'm sorry that you had a bad experience with AVG. However, I did want to address a few things, though, unfortunately, after the fact.

    AVG Secure Search is installed with the Express installation of AVG. The Express Installation descriptions states "Install AVG Security Toolbar, set, keep, and protect AVG Secure Search as my homepage and default search provider."  Choosing the Custom Installation gives you the option which components you want to installed, including the option to opt out of Secure Search (which is defaulted as not installed).

    It's not uncommon for people to rapidly click through install processes with their mouse or Enter keys - including EULA's (South Park had a great episode about Apple with this).

    So why does the Express Install include *everything*? Are we taking advantage of people clicking rapidly clicking through install processes?

    While it can be argued other toolbars might do this, the AVG toolbar and the Secure Search provides filtered, safe search results that have a low threat warning. As a  security company and  customers installing AVG software to protect them, we will always default to the maximum security level - which is the Express Install.

    However, that isn't to say it's all "user error". We have received other complaints from people wanting to remove the Secure Search once it is installed. Our first step was to create an easy to follow article as referenced in the Google Product forums:  http://www.avg.com/ww-en/faq.num-4369

    Next, we talked to our engineers and the latest version the AVG tool bar has a simple "uninstall" button which gives you the option to remove the toolbar and the AVG Secure Search.

    I know this doesn't fix the frustration you felt, but I did want to reach out and let you know your (and others) feedback has made positive changes in our products.

    Sincerely,

    Jon
    AVG Customer Care

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    1. I haven't installed AVG and I still have it.

      I used to be a fan of your company but after removing this 6 times it keeps coming back.

      I haven't updated or installed anything that asked me if I wanted this.

      I will NEVER use AVG again and have removed it from the other computers in the house.

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    2. AVG you are scum. I am trying right now to uninstall your malware and it is not easy. May horrible misfortune and pain befall you.

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    3. The link does not work on my wife's computer. Attempting to remove under "Change/Remove" results in an attempt to download something else. This totally sucks!

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    4. I have been a paying customer of AVG for about four years, for multiple systems at home and at my company.

      Today I uninstalled AVG secure search from my wife's system for about the 10th time... every little update automatically includes the reset as a malware payload.

      I think I would prefer the viruses, thanks. (not really - but I bet other products don't take control of my system like AVG does)

      I have been mad at this issue for years, and I won't be renewing the licenses for this product again. It will give me a lot of satisfaction to uninstall it for good and get something else.

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    5. Thank you Jon,
      I don't have windows explorer and yet i do have the avg secure search on firefox
      I can't even find any inkling to AVG in firefox plugins or extensions etc to remove and nothing in my
      add/remove options..
      not sure what to do now but i have gotten
      so used to Google search that i do not want to deal with avg.
      Thank you again for your advice!

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    6. AVG is pure malware; total garbage. All of their employees need to be killed.

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    7. Thank you Jon

      I did the Custom install, and disabled the Secure search page etc.
      I still get it every time I open a new tab.
      Having spent months on this I still can't get rid of this Malware. I have followed instructions from AVG and from forums. Still there. I have e-mailed AVG many times, but every now and then the 'helper' fails to read the full thread and goes back to the bedinning again. aaaaaargh!!
      I finally was advised of the 'free' techbuddie.....but the number given is in the USA. As I'm in the UK it isn't free, and is very expensive. I finally found a free UK #, finally got someone (in the Phillipines) and started to (faintly) work through things. After a total of half an hour the line went dead! Despite having my contact details nobody has got back to me.
      As I have said previously, if I hadn't recently spent money upgrading my desktop I would happily throw it in the bin and buy a new one, just to GET RID OF AVG SECURE SEARCH.......aaaaaaaaaaargh!
      Definitely agree with others, AVG have shot themselves in the foot with this one. Add my name to the long list of long serving clients who won't touch this company again. AVOID!! Whilst I appreciate your efforts to resolve the problem (stop infecting peoples computers with unrequested MALWARE that is) in future, why don't you do the decent thing and sort out a fix NOW. You could also refund peoples expenses,in time and money and software cost too.

      Thank you.

      Jerry

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    8. Dear Jon Meyer, youre a fucking faggot douche bag and AVG sucks dick, thanks for shitting on my computer with your stupid annoying/fucking useless secure search. Youre a prick, go fuck yourself, etc. Fucking useless cunt.

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    9. I paid attention. The BOX WAS UNCHECKED and AVG SEARCH INSTALLED ANYWAY!

      GOM PLAYER LOST A USER - and I now consider AVG to be a source of malware, not a security service provider.

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    10. Jon, you're full of shit. As of 5/26/2013, I found AVG Secure Search installed on my BRAND NEW install of Windows 7 .. after I installed updates, and a few Adobe updates, and DVDFab. I never install AVG ... I don't like it.

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    11. AVG is spam, malware, and an annoying virus. I never wanted it but now it weaseled its way in and I can't get rid of it. I've tried recommended ways of removing it but it keeps coming back.It's EVIL!! RUN!!!

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    12. Bullsh*t. Your cr*ppy product just crashed my Firefox browser out of nowhere and keeps reassigning my home page. I HATE YOU AND YOUR SHI&&Y COMPANY!!!

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    13. I do not use AVG....It is not installed on my computer but somehow searches are appearing in my browsing history initiated by myavgsearch.com....I am furious..the searches are appearing at times that are impossibles as I was fast asleep on Sunday morning.....and away from the computer on Monday afternoon......it is angering me very much....it is porn searches..and no its not my boyfriend sneaking and doing such a mess....He was sleeping with me on Sunday morning and we were on a motorcycle Monday afternoon...NO cell phone service or way to access the internet while riding a Harley now how did that crap piggy back its way in my history if I know it was not typed....NO ONE in the house but a cat....when the searches occurred..I am furious

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    14. This is happening to me now.

      I have used AVG for years and have been a satisfied customer. This is a real headache though and once I manage to get this off of my computer, I will never use an AVG product again.

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    15. Yeah AVG was something I touted to friends/family/clients. It was free and offered much. I am sure they have acquired some sales because of me and those recommendations. I have used them for years. Today I removed AVG and I will never use them again. I will make sure to tell everyone that. All this talk about AVG taking it seriously is bull. This is a year later and this wasn't me clicking too fast through an install. I had AVG on my machine and it updated its own damn self.

      I work as network admin for a small company. We currently never used AVG for enterprise but you can rest assured I will never use them as a vendor now. Great work, AVG you have earned a malware status.

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    16. Jon,

      AVG anti-virus is a fine product. Shame on you for tarnishing it with this underhanded, gutter-level marketing drivel. The people responsible for this, and ALL surreptitious tool-bars, changes of default search engines and home pages should be rounded up, skinned alive, painted with rancid honey mixed with cayenne pepper and fed to rabid, starving weasels. We don't need to hear your oh so corporate excuses and backpedaling. I don't care what your program is, or your app. THOU SHALLEST NOT FUCK WITH MY DEFAULT SEARCH ENGINE, HOME PAGE OR ADD ANOTHER FUCKING USELESS TOOLBAR to my browser. Please shut up and die, worthless, time wasting CSR ass clown.

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    17. So then AVG - HOW do you get rid of there godforsaken nightly pop ups??? Uninstalled LOOOONG time ago!!!

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    18. I just went through the same crap. As this was on my business machine...I am really pissed! Apparently snuck in during a download...my bad I guess. But getting rid of unwanted software should not require a websearch remedy, only to find out tons of us are struggling with the same thing.Tried numerous removals from Chrome...no luck...finally decided to switch to another browser, Firefox. GUESS WHAT? During the installation, THERE IT WAS! THE FREAKING AVG TOOLBAR CHECKBOXES AGAIN. Safe to say Firfox installation was terminated. And here I thought Firefox was a trusted site. Oh and by the way, Jon Myer from AVG, your EULA letter is over a year old now. So I can safely call you a lying piece of pond scum! Fuck You Very Much...

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    19. Yeah this is to the guy who withholds his name for good reason. You know hot head you can get arrested by threatening people like that and by the way wash your mouth out with some soap because that filthy mouth of yours is going to get you in trouble ....and usually people who talk like that ONLINE can't back it up! Nobody wants to hear it, nobody wants to read it, get a life ...get a job get a new attitude!!! Just to be clear I hate AVG as well but I don't blame John for it!

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    20. There are a BUNCH of people here who need anger management training.

      To AVG though, thanks for offering free software which actually worked perfectly for me since 2005.

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    21. I actually agree with anonymous although I wouldn't put it the way he/she did. It's like having a burglar on sitting in your front garden - you know he's there and you take every step to make sure you lock the door when you leave. Lo and behold one day you leave that small window open and woosh he's in there. Pissed on the carpet, crapped in the sink and taken some food from the fridge. What did u do that for? What have you gained? I used to recommend AVG but not now. On the topic of threatening companies and staff it might be a legitimate way of raising the profile of the behaviour of such companies. I wouldn't mind an hour or so explaining to a jury why it made me so angry what they do.

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    22. I believe we got probably millions of people across the country that are very upset and angry about finding this thing installed on our browsers and I had never clicked on any buttons, I had clicked on the X in the upper right corner to click off, I never hit the install button, the sad thing about it and others mentioned the same. Since I don't like any ads or anything being installed on my computer from places like you, I had my professional computer repair person go to a competitive brand for Internet security and never to return to usage of AVG again. Felt like I was in a dictatorship company, no way do I do business with anybody a reputation like that shoving things done people's throats without no regard for them. In past I had highly recommended AVG but no more that will happen after this experience. There was another time or two something had shown up on my screen too and I detested that then. I hope AVG can get their act together having some respect for the consumer.

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  3. Hi Jon, thanks for taking the time for the comment. I appreciate that AVG appears to be taking the complaints seriously, and is resisting a "blame the victim" approach, which would be all too easy in this case (as both of us implied, I did click through the EULA without reading it -- guilty as charged. Please do not make me into a human centipede...! ;p ) I need to start remembering that my blog has just barely enough Google visibility these days that if I talk trash about an IT company, they are likely to notice. hahaha...

    I have altered the subject of the post and added an addendum to reflect the comments you have made. Adding an uninstall button would go a long ways towards addressing my concerns. In addition, taking into account both your comments and the fact that (as I mentioned in the original post) AVG Secure Search seems to be a legitimately useful product, I do believe you that the company had no intention of producing malware.

    The one question I have is that you seem to be under the impression that this was part of an AVG Express Install, but unless I had some kind of fugue state, I don't think that happened... I am not 100% certain -- I was installing a lot of software at once that day trying in an attempt to get a fresh laptop configured to build a particular open source product -- but I think it came in with WinZip, and some cursory googling seemed to support that hypothesis.

    For me, it was the combination between a) the tricky uninstall, and b) the apparent stealth bundling with WinZip that I had a problem with. I totally understand that when I do an express install of a comprehensive security package, it might want to add a secure search feature to my browser; I get that. What I am less cool with is doing an express install on a total unrelated product and getting a secure search feature on my browser.

    In any case, let me reiterate that I really appreciate that the company seems to be taking the user complaints seriously.

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    1. Hi James,

      Thanks for you comments and the adjustments. Yes, visibility is a big thing and we do our best to address customers concerns all over the net. The feedback can be tough to swallow sometimes, but it always ends up benefiting AVG and our customers.

      Nice to see you're Breaking Bad fan...still have to see the last episode. Brilliant show.

      Anyhoo, the Express Install suggestion is usually the case. Again most people click through pretty quick. But I will check about WinZip installation with our Engineer team and see if it has the same opt-out options.

      Thanks again for the honest communication and I'll check back here in a few days to see if you have any other questions.

      Jon
      AVG Customer Care

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    2. I ran into the same probems... I was only able to remove AVG by doing ALL of the following: (1) uninstall the program in control panel, (2)uninstall all add-on to each and every browser installed on my system,(3)Delete the AVG Program directory (but discovered vprot.exe still in use and unable to delete), (4) Delete vprot.exe from startup file. (5) Kill vprot.exe process tree. (6) Delete vprot.exe (7) Searched the registry for "AVG Secur" and deleted all keys found. (I was careful to NOT search for just the word "avg" because there are other registry entries that contain "avg" to mean "average"). (8) System Reboot. and it seemed to work.

      My system now starts up in a third of the time it took before removing AVG and the system is not sluggish anymore!!!!

      Shame on the folks at AVG for causing all these problems... They just lost my business forever. Completely senseless on their part because it didn't have to be this way.

      The following are the registry entries I ended up deleting:
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{933B95E2-E7B7-4AD9-B952-7AC336682AE3}
      {C2AC8A0E-E48E-484B-A71C-C7A937FAAB94}
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{94496571-6AC5-4836-82D5-D46260C44B17}
      {13ABD093-D46F-40DF-A608-47E162EC799D}
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{B658800C-F66E-4EF3-AB85-6C0C227862A9}
      {74FB6AFD-DD77-4CEB-83BD-AB2B63E63C93}
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{BC9FD17D-30F6-4464-9E53-596A90AFF023}
      {9C049BA6-EA47-4ac3-AED6-A66D8DC9E1D8}
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{F25AF245-4A81-40DC-92F9-E9021F207706}
      {C2AC8A0E-E48E-484B-A71C-C7A937FAAB94}
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AVG Secure Search
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\AVG Secure Search
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\AVG Security Toolbar
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{F25AF245-4A81-40DC-92F9-E9021F207706}
      "C:\Program Files (x86)\AVG Secure Search\vprot.exe"
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\MozillaPlugins\@avg.com/AVG SiteSafety plugin,version=11.0.0.1,application/x-avg-sitesafety-plugin
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\vToolbarUpdater14.2.0
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\vToolbarUpdater14.2.0

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  4. I have a brother with downs syndrome whos computer is often full of viruses from downloading porn and stuff. I switch his AV from the free version of AVG to the free version of avast. He hasn't been using it very long but it seems to be doing a better job of catching virii.

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  5. I would argue with the guy from AVG. I have downloaded NOTHING on my computer in the past weeks, and today, *BINK*, AVG shows up on Chrome. Thank you SO MUCH for posting that link on how to remove it. I have bookmarked it for future reference as I'm sure I'll see AVG pop up again in the future.

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  6. If you still have it there as default service, you can follow these simple steps to uninstall AVG toolbar: How to uninstall AVG Secure Search.

    This article clearly explains how to do it in Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

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  7. Damn you, WinZip! I try to be careful but this AVG crap was so stealth I missed it. Now I have to waste time cleaning it out of IE and Firefox.

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  8. AVG uninstall does not clear all registry entries.
    Use regedit.exe then search on AVG security, then delete all related.

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  9. I deleted a comment on this thread because it really crossed a line. I think it's fair people are upset with AVG, and while I am more or less satisfied with their response, I understand why other people would not be. Nevertheless, let's stop short of graphically describing how people can die, mmm'kay?

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  10. What happened to AVG? It used to be a decent free antivirus. Now it's full blown malware. Something needs to be done. cnet and other download services should stop carrying it because, like I said before, it's no longer an antivirus. It's a scam.

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  11. I'm a lucky Explorer user stuck in AVG Toolbar hell. I've unistalled it 1/2 dozen times, just to have it reinstall itself again and again. Really bites.

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    1. I just called a professional computer repair, it will be costly to get computer back to running normal as about every thing is horrid now, this is awful craapp.... think AVG should have to financially pick up the bills for repairs or new computers....... i will never use AVG again , I'd have to be nuts if I did.

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  12. I have been annoyed by AVG repeatedly for years. The hilarious thing is that I might be using their software instead of competitors' if they behaved like responsible software developers. Perhaps they are more interested in people who can't work out how to get rid of the software.

    The point is that AVG aims to deceive targets (in this case I prefer this term to "potential customers") and MAKE IT DELIBERATELY EXCESSIVELY DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO REMOVE THEIR SOFTWARE .

    This makes it malware, by attempting to circumvent the reasonable wishes of targets.

    I have yet again been targeted, not sure how. I had disabled the AVG extension to Chrome and there is nothing relating to AVG anywhere in my startup configuration. Perhaps I have finally become of the unwilling victims that pass for AVG customers.

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  13. Yeah, I have to agree with the frustration here, though I do appreciate the apparent addressing of the issue. Still, this has left a bad taste in my mouth. I will now always look upon AVG and WinZip suspiciously, and will likely look for alternatives, knowing something unexpected may happen. It's a bad practice, plain and simple. Now I'll go chase some links and do what I need to do in order to uninstall it from the three browsers I use.

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  14. What the hell? I updated a videoplayer the other day, and unchecked all the boxes for installing AVG-things.

    So what do you think it does? Obviously, it installs itself as homepage and multiple(!) search-engines on every browser I have.

    That is after I already blocked all of the changes with Spybot Search & Destroy. So maybe it's time to do something about that, too.

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    1. Huh. This makes me wonder if Jon Meyer was blowing smoke, or if possibly there is some sort of weird disconnect between teams over there. Maybe there is some rogue marketing team trying to get as many installs as possible using whatever means necessary, and the rest of the company has no idea :D

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  15. Maybe it's got something to do with greed.
    Maybe they're making money off trolling and logging your internet search history, buying habits, frequency of use of web sites - even if you've long deleted them from your local history files, etc.
    Maybe their eula gives them fuzzy enough legaleze to allow them to commit what one would consider a digital criminal intrusion into other peoples computers, and use the fuzziness and corporate quagmire to make sure no one person would get hurt. While they raked in the dough.

    It's clear they're trying to find a way in even if it's by accident.

    If they're trying so hard to get in, do you think there must be a reason for it?

    If it were clear their intentions were motivated by greed, do you think they'd go "Gee, how'd you figure it out?"

    Or, do you think they'd have people who say it ain't so while smoothing everything over with the "but, it's for your protection" bull shit?

    I'm just sayin'...

    Truth is, I've never had a virus that slowed me down more and gathered more personal information off my computer - than the anti-virus app that's supposed to protect me...

    Aren't you defeating the purpose of an anti-virus app?

    Now, what we need is the anti-anti-virus!

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  16. Yep, they are still at it. Installed WinZip 17 and - not being aware of this problem - I must have missed my usually careful inspection of what I'm installing because I saw no mention of AVG anywhere. Now I'm tasked with going through the hell that many other people have to get rid of it....
    AVG (and by association, WInZip) you SUCK big time. I will forever be badmouthing you wherever and whenever I can.

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  17. OK- so I've had AVG free installed for 2 months. Custom install, no toolbars, etc. Randomly this morning (after doing no installs of any software) I had AVG pop up saying "Please click 'relaunch browsers' to apply your security settings." I didn't click anything, and wasn't able to close the window, so I restarted. On restart, I opened firefox, and then a few seconds later, it just shut itself down, closed the tabs I had open without asking, and then an AVG window came up saying that it was installing updates, and not to open any browsers until it finished. Then when I opened FF it asked me to approve the plugin.
    I disabled the plugin, then removed AVG Secure Search via uninstaller. I'm very curious as to why this happened.

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  18. They haven't fixed the problem yet, that's for sure. It took me hours to get control of my search preferences back and clean out my registry. Moreover, the instructions posted by the AVG employee above didn't work for me.

    I do not recall AVG Safe Search asking me if I wanted Yahoo! to be my search provider, either.

    Also, Yahoo! is a big part of the problem, as they are constantly trying to shove their (low quality) products down your throat by bundling them with other software and using opt-out rather than opt-in boxes. Decent software companies should avoid partnering with Yahoo! altogether, if you ask me.

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  19. I am here because I Googled AVG Toolbar Update to see why Spybot had flagged it as malware and blocked it.
    I am horrified that what I thought was a good antivirus protection has stooped to the level of doing what it should be blocking, i.e. hijacking your home page.
    Thankfully Spybot stopped the update and my computer has not been corrupted.
    AVG Free was in the top 10 protectors, I expect them to fall from this position pretty soon now they have tried this stunt. Absolutely disgraceful!
    For the time being I have disabled AVG Automatic Updates but this is an unsatisfactory way to continue.
    I intend to remove AVG Free from my 2 PC's and laptop (if they haven't blocked that) and go for a reputable purchase package which is licensed for several home computers.
    I think I have had a close call so THANK YOU SPYBOT there are still some trustworthy free utilities out there.
    Note to AVG: I hope your marketing people are taking note. Goodbye.
    Your once loyal ex-customer.

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  20. ...and have you noticed how bloated avg is slowly becoming?

    its those stupid indian (cheap) programmers.... and a new version is produced weekly. And 2013 is fucked up, after destroying my installation, i had to ghost the machine and reinstall version 2012.

    i understand companies are trying to secure their own future and deliberately making things bloated with a dumb new version number....look at windows 8.....noticed firefox is also being updated on a daily basis. if only there were less wastepeople in the world, there wouldn't be viruses or any other bullshit. or maybe if more people used condoms or some waste companies and their dumb employees would just disappear life would have been just that much better. And adobes bloatware sucks. hope the recession claims them!

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  21. use IObit Uninstaller to remove the AVG Tool Bar/AVG Safe Search from your system and clean out all the registry entries that is related to AVG Tool Bar/AVG Safe Search and AVG Safe Search will be gone from your life.

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  22. AVG is malware, flat out. Just don't even bother downloading and installing it, it messes everything up. And the best part is you can't get rid of it unless you clear out the registry (do a search online, it is not too difficult, and will kill it for good).

    What kind of anti-virus company operates like a virus? Bizarre, and unethical.

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  23. Check this link, it will help to fix this

    squidoo.com/how-to-change-address-bar-search-on-firefox-chrome-internet-explorer

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  24. I have to say I agree with idea that AVG is malware.

    I recently updated GOM player, and I pretty much always make sure to avoid installing random add-ons and crap that these guys are trying to bundle with their stuff. So I read every step carefully and uncheck all the boxes.

    Well, I don't recall seeing a box for AVG anywhere, yet it got installed anyway. This is at least the 2nd, maybe the third time I've been through this with AVG.

    This time I removed it from firefox, but my PC was still running mad slow. I couldn't figure out why until I opened taskmgr and found out vprot.exe was hogging my CPU. Turns out, that's another part of the AVG package.

    I realized I had to uninstall AVG from it's folder in Program Files. Seems obvious, but then as original blog says, this thing installs itself in like 100 places, and it doesn't tell you about any of them.

    I decided to do some more PC cleaning since I'm already at it, and thanks to sequoiaview I found a 1 gig text file (?!) in my temp folder, toolbar_log.txt. A simple google search reveals this is also AVG's fault.

    I haven't read the posts on here from the AVG guy, but my guess would be that he works for the "good cop" division, while the bad cops create all the malware stuff. Point is, the police force is crooked. I don't get how they make money though, I mean all they're doing is messing up people's lives; where's the service? I guess they want you to think you need an antivirus, so they mess up your PC to create demand for their product.

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  25. SOLUTION:

    FIRST, go to control panel and uninstall the AVG toolbar/search engine, and there may be some other unwanted toolbars and search engines in the list, too. I doubt you have to mess with the Chrome Wrench Settings after that, but taking AVG out of the extensions and startup pages won't work unless you get it out of the control panel software installed program list. OK, Oscar Bay?

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    1. nice advice- BUT:
      uninstalling other software works without any issue.
      But this kind of a thing does not uninstall on my machine. It asks me: do you really want to .... YES but there is no yes. instead a script tries to ´get access on the internet.

      YES it is malware!!!!

      who is paying our wasted time?.

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    2. Once I had Chrome browser and didn't care for it, so went into control panel uninstalled it, thinking everything was out of there. HO HO..I saw a whole bunch of stuff it left behind of which was slowing down the computer that a computer repair person cleaned out of it.

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  26. AVG customer service guy. You sound like a nice person. But a previously reputable company that begins dropping malware willy nilly upon unsuspecting people like this routinely, and defends it so that it is resistant to powerful software removal tools can be nothing short of evil. It takes enormous restraint not to use profanity when describing the offenses inherent in this product.

    AVG is unquestionably malware. It is a viral pest which returns again and again after removal. This suggests that it's creating hidden registry keys which are missed by both its own removal tool and by removing tools such as the usually reliable Revo Uninstaller.

    I used the AVG remover tool provided at the page suggested by James Sweet, who said: "Side note: For uninstalling this little leech from Chrome, there are excellent instructions here."

    Results:

    The AVG program fails to run at first with error messages saying a remover cannot be created...blah, blah, blah. However, it does apparently run eventually and removes evidence of the installation. However, it comes back. Recreates itself like a fracking cyborg.

    I also removed it with Revo Uninstaller. And again it came back.

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  27. I also never installed and it keeps coming back, as far as the simple unistall that is Bull S***, my window does not have a settings button the bottom right corner of the screen. When I delete from search engine manager it keeps coming back. It sneaked in when I installed a program to assign keys but there was no prompt for install tool bar so sorry avg, I dont believe you. I will never ever intentionally use any of your products. This practice is totally unethical.

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  28. I just bought a brand new computer its pretty and my first brand new computer !!! So I say to myself let's keep this baby safe...I go to my fallback free anti virus buddy AVG download the new one install 2 games and my computer starts to get bitchy. Freezes slow start ups...remember I have not searched the web except to get avg.....now its always going to system repair windows is taking an hour to load so alas I call my support team from alienware and we do some tests....hey cool my entire hard drive is fried completly dead in the water.....why avg is a malware!!! It insinuated itself into everything then changed system files popped up everywhere wouldn't stop updating it was horrible!! I have always used avg and had no problems but this is a bit much to take so fuck you avg!!!!

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  29. Let me be clear. I'm an attorney. You can call the AVG Toolbar malware, as it clearly is. However, that's beside the point. It's also clear that AVG is engaged in a deceptive marketing practice in violation of the FTC Act. This is all you need to know: (i) there's a stealth install, (ii) the EULA hide notice in the fine print, and (iii) most important, it's almost impossible to delete (it regenerates itself). So, if you're really upset at AVG for engaging in this illegal activity, then report them to the FTC. This is the Complaint form. https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/ A few complaints may get AVG's attention.

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  30. Proper malware no doubt. I would have thought AVG would have provided some software that could be used to detect and remove such malware? right.

    Though now that I think about it I suspect it also would have installed some unwanted toolbar.

    I know it's my fault and I have done this before once on a clean install; however, this one seemed to just sneak in after they pushed a major update in. Perhaps I was just not paying attention this time.

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  32. http://www.revouninstaller.com/

    Look, I know it "looks" like bot spam, but it's not. I'm a REAL guy who got the AVG STD, and am sharing my "how I killed it" story. It's a serious uninstaller that put on armor, ran into the fray and slayed the dragon that is AVG, which was running rampant in my village, killing the villagers and hanging flags up on every house under the guise of "useful service".

    And not only did this Revo uninstaller (found after exhaustive searches for LEGIT solutions to the AVG scourge) slay the viral dragon, but it chopped up the corpse, removed all traces of it, washed the streets of said village, replanted ALL the foliage, put a new roof on every cottage, and then febreezed each, individually and with love. And thus, nary a TRACE of AVG was left. Not even a slight bloodstain visible only with luminol and black lights.

    I mean, really. What do you have to lose? Not a damn thing. So.

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  33. All of you dumbasses need to Stop showing how fucking dumb you are I Work in IT and AVG Is the Best Antivirus There is It is not malware i have no trouble removing secure search from anything it takes 5 seconds to remove and it does not replace on updates i have recommended AVG for years and always will as it has protected me from countless viruses that i have tested with other Anti Virus companies more well known and they couldnt detect them but AVG did. I rest my case before you start talking shit please get educated

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    1. Brian,I am probably very bad at IT but most people in this world are like me and still need to use a PC. Expensive long distance calls to the AVG customer service did not solve anything. So if AVG is not able to get the toolbar out of my PC, AVG is not in good faith. Full stop

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    2. So why dont you tell - showing how genious you are?????

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    3. @Brian Quite correct, me and my dad and my family have used AVG for years. We had no trouble, my dad liked AVG Secure Search, So those who say it is malware - fuck off.

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    4. Yet your public account shows you working at a lawn mowing company, like whoa those sick IT skills at use. It's fking malware, it's painfully obvious that it is because its hiding in directories and still functioning even after hard resets and "official" uninstalls. I'd think someone who actually studied IT would understand the ethical problem with creating a multilayer rootkit and packaging it with dozens of programs that have nothing to do with AVG. To top it off, I never even agreed to install it, I literally unchecked the box and it still installed anyway. You might wanna actually think before you type, you're making yourself look "fucking dumb". Nice selfie btw douche

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  34. I've been lucky thus far in that I haven't encountered this problem yet. But I did want to comment on the nonsense that clicking through a EULA means the customer has willingly agreed to anything. James Sweet, the author of the main article here, wrote, "I did click through the EULA without reading it -- guilty as charged."

    James - there's NOTHING TO FEEL GUILTY ABOUT. I recently attended a memorial gathering for Aaron Swartz, the activist who helped kill SOPA, and who was driven to commit suicide by U.S. District Attorneys Carmen Ortiz and Stephen Heymann. I can already hear most of the readers here muttering, "What the hell does any of this have to do with Aaron Swartz?" So, let me explain.

    One of the speakers at the gathering, someone from demandprogress.org, the organization Aaron founded, asked everyone there who'd ever clicked through a EULA without reading it to raise their hand. Every single hand went up. Then he told us that, based on simple arithmetic, he knew we all had done so. He said demandprogress.org had done an estimate of 1) how many applications the average computer user installs in a year and 2) the average length of a EULA. Combining these with the average person's reading speed, they calculated that it would take the average person SEVENTY-THREE DAYS, TWENTY-FOUR HOURS A DAY to read through every word in all the EULAs they're required to agree to in a single year in order to install the software they want. And that estimate assumes a reading speed appropriate to reading a novel, not the speed required by complicated technical writing like the legalese you encounter in a EULA!

    Bottom line -- it's mathematically impossible for any human to read and understand all the EULAs they have to agree to, and to also have time to eat, sleep, and maintain a job!

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    1. To be clear, I was using the phrase "guilty as charged" as idiomatically -- as in, "Yeah, I did that, are you even remotely surprised?" :)

      I really appreciate the story, though, that's fascinating! And the prosecution of Swartz was a real travesty indeed.

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  35. Used to LOVE AVG and recommend them to everyone, but no longer. This taking over browser and putting on an unremovable toolbar crap is inexcusable. Uninstalling ALL AVG products from ALL machines I come into contact with.

    Utterly infuriating.

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  36. Actually that's a bullshit claim about them taking care of it. I actually had it removed yesterday, I had the regular "New Tab" page back and everything. Now? It's back to the fucking AVG Secure Search and I don't even have the damn extension installed. That, IS malware... they should be given charges for this crap. One, I don't have WinZIP, AVG or anything related to them, the AVG Secure Search is just THERE... WITHOUT MY CONSENT! If that's not malware, then they've just made a legal way to barely have it avoid being labled as malware. If I get this shit removed and it comes back again, I'll be taking legal action... So, yeah.

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  37. As of 5/24/13 AVG secure search is still bullshit malware that still reinstalls itself periodically.

    I took the registry approach mentioned above...hope it takes this time.

    Never going to even touch a product by these assholes again.

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  38. The AVG guy LIED. They didn't provide an uninstall button or any such thing. I still have no idea where in the hell I got it, but it was a PITA to remove. They're assholes.

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  39. Since AVG allows unscrupulous software companies to sneak install their useless toolbar without notice or an opt out, I will boycott all AVG products for life. If AVG had any brains, they would sue GOM and other companies for ruining their reputation. Unless AVG entered into a conspiracy with them, and AIDED them in installing the toolbar without an opt out. Where are the FTC multi-million dollar fines when they're needed the most? Why are companies like AVG given a license to waste the valuable time of millions of people who have to remove their unwanted crapware? Did they manage to legally bribe a key politician who controls the FTC via a campaign contribution?

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  40. I installed free trial AVG antivirus then I decided to remove it because it created problem, after the removal the screen faded and then the blue screen showed with a wide black line in a middle , since then I had tried everything possible to solve the problem but no luck so far, I have done disk check, memory check, software .... Everything is OK, and still my notebook is not functioning. F.... AVG

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  41. I don't even HAVE AVG and found this crap on my computer this morning! The same thing happened with some conduit crap. I updated Adobe and stuff just appeared as my new search engine.

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  42. hello I just installed AVG Antivirus but it keep told my game file , or any exe on my pc as virus . it's avg error or anything else ?

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  43. After AVG Secure Search hijacked my Google browser today, I spent several hours trying to uninstall it. I used the 'Uninstall' executable downloadable from AVG, but that didn't work. Finally, I contacted, by chat, a technician representing AVG. He took remote control of my PC, and tried several times to uninstall. He was finally able to do so, but it took a lot of “trial and error” on his part.

    This is ridiculous. As a Windows user, I should be able to simply go to the Control Panel and remove the program. It should never take an entire afternoon to uninstall.

    AVG needs to be taken to task for this.

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  44. AVG is unequivocally malware. The software installs when a typical user did not intend it and IT people spend valuable time helping people restore basic functionality, that was altered by AVG without the user's intent or permission.

    If it smells like...

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  45. I have already contacted an attorney friend of mine about a class action lawsuit. He think we have a great chance of winning and beating this slimeball of a company. Will keep you posted

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  46. Forgot to mention that there are many here who have paid for IT consultants to remove this malware and so there is real financial harm being done. How desperate does a company have to be to do something like this. I presume that it attracts only those who cannot make it in a legitimate company to work for them. I am pursuing a legal remedy and I think that they will end up paying.

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  47. F@CKING AVG... It's not annoying....

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  48. F@CKING AVG... It's SO annoying....

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  49. I used to use AVG when it was owned by a different group. The second that damn company sold itself to another group their program started to stink to high heavens. I used to have a site license in the old days, covering 5 computers at $75 every two years. They can blow chow as far as I am concerned these days.

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  50. Avg secure search toolbar is malware and spyware and can Fuck off your head.

    I very hate AVG company.

    If you have problem can't uninstall avg secure search you can use adwcleaner.exe

    download from
    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/

    It's small tool and can Fix AVG and don't request install on your computer

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  51. Interesting that it is 6 months later and AVG is still being stealth installed. I guess the person from AVG has no problem continuing their deceptive marketing practices. Here is a clue: If people don't set out to download and install your software, don't install your software. Don't bundle it with completely unrelated software and make people opt of you changing their browser settings...

    If nothing else it is dishonest and no way to run a security company (or any company).

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  52. Agree with Matt... and I guess it should come as no surprise that a company installs software behind your back would lie to you on the phone.

    I had my system hijacked by AVG today...

    I will be proclaiming Microsoft Security Essentials as loud and long as I can.

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    1. August 27 2013 and I just got an AVG pop-up that can't be removed from my desktop and its interfering with the use of my computer. It takes up approximately 1/5th of my screen. I believe that is grounds for a lawsuit. The only option this pop-up give me is "Relaunch Browsers" which I( will not click on. I am writing my congressman to complain and will discuss this with my lawyer.

      Apparently everything "Jon" stated 8 months ago is just PR. AVG has a lot of gumption to operate as both a legitimate company and as malware.

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    2. Sept 7 and I've been hit the same way. The fact that a year ago "John" at AVG was claiming they've fixed this thing is galling. Also, I haven't installed any software of any kind in weeks, so it appears they've found another way in, attaching to lord knows what.
      AVG, what are you? You can't be a legitimate business.

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  53. Dear AVG, AVG Secure Search is the reason that I no longer use AVG. The toolbar/search engine/browser extension fits the definition of malware (albeit rather benign) and it acts as a browser hijacker. I applaud the step of providing an uninstall button but I would go further and give updates of AVG the ability to detect the unfortunate AVG malware and offer to remove it.

    I recently installed a DivX player. I unchecked three boxes for various trial softwares and services and not one was for Secure search. The next time i used the web browser, I was greeted by Secure Search. I am OK with a browser extension that can help me make safe choices on the web but I would like the choice whether to install it or not.

    On another note, To all who offer death threats and personal attacks against "Jon" or AVG; Please take a step back and reflect on whether such a response is helpful or even healthy. This type of extreme outburst leads nowhere good. I take it on good faith that AVG is getting the message and am hopeful that they will be responsive to disappointed users like me, but if they do not, i will continue to take my business elsewhere and will encourage others to do the same.

    Thank you,
    A Disappointed AVG User

    PS: I must be a robot! I had to click through several phrases before I could find one I could read!

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    1. A lot of people, probably tens of thousands, have suffered financial loss and emotional upset as a result of the fraudulent and malicious actions of AVG. Don't call them names. Call a friggin' class action lawsuit lawyer. A real sleazebag. Internet fraud same as wire fraud. PUNITIVE DAMAGES!!!!! Ask the court for enough $$ to put AVG in bankruptcy. Lawyer can do fishing expeditions (called "discovery") to get names of companies that pay to have S. Search steer them your business. BANKRUPT THEM TOO! Get list of AVG stockholders and email them if they want to get rich, short their stock before it becomes WORTHLESS! Get list of OFFICERS & DIRECTORS! Fraud "pierces the corporate veil." Bankrupt them too; make 'em live in tents & drive mopeds.

      Don't make threats. Make money. And do God's work as you do. And tell your grandchildren that you made a difference.

      A little sarcasm here. Sorry. But the law stuff is sound.

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    2. Dear Anonymous: You are right. We should not be mad at Jon Myer of AVG. After all, that's not even his (or her) name.
      So...Dear "Whomever" at AVG: I am very sorry for calling you a "lying piece of pond scum". I now realize that in the 13 months since your posting, there just wasn't quite enough time to include an "UNINSTALL" OPTION IN YOUR WORTHLESS SOFTWARE!. So fuck you very much!
      Oh dear, I've done it again...

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  55. Don't be so credulous! Jon Meyer and AVG are exploiters and public relation specialists, they deserve to die for this and need to killed ASAP!

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    for those of you who might need its help' he is so accomodating.

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    1. Perhaps you could give AVG the priests phone number?

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  58. I made the GOD FORSAKEN mistake of the AVG 30 day free trial. F'n IDIOTS!!! What a trap! I have unistalled but this F'n 'TUNEUP UTILITIES' + another nuisance pops up EVERY FRIGGIN day!!! They rub it in to be able to go on. You HAVE to click on 'continue with errors' or they will NOT let you shut your computer. May this Company go broke like no one else. One year+! I am so SO tired. If you are a layman like me you're screwed. Looks like not all are on this thread. CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FOLKS???????

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  59. AVG, I will NEVER EVER buy anything with your name on it! NEVER!

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  60. Any "self uninstall" AVG comes up with is still the fox in the hen house. I used Revo to uninstall AVG and what a pile of leftovers it found buried within. They are corrupt. Plain and simple.

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  61. Way too many people here are blaming AVG for things that are either A) out of AVGs control or B) the person themselves fault.

    Way too many people don't just click past the EULA, they click yes on every single thing that pops up in front of them on an install. I will bet that 90% of these people blaming AVG have a ton of other crap installed on their computer that they don't think they installed.

    If you all are having a problem with WinZip trials automatically installing this stuff then you need to be going and complaining and blaming WinZip not AVG. WinZip is the one that makes their install program; AVG does not make WinZip's installer.

    Also for the one guy trying to blame AVG about the "pile of leftovers" you get that with pretty much any antivirus progrom; or even any program that makes a lot of use of the Registry. The program might be allowed to add certain things but that doesn't mean the OS will allow it to remove them all. Also with respect to AV programs they generally will leave the virus vault in place in case for whatever reason you need to retrieve something from it.

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    1. Nonsense! It's not outside AVG's control to create malware with their name slapped on it. They bring the reputation on themselves.

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    2. You sir are an IDIOT. Sorry but it is true. Any responsible Software company would make their product easy to remove NOT impossible to remove. I am an IT professional and I STILL have not been able to remove their stupid home page off of one of our employees computers.

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  62. I made a complete recovery of my pc to get rid of it and it was the last time for me to ever use an avg product!!!

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  63. I just got through getting rid of the AVG search toolbar from my system. It left a REALLY bad taste in my mouth as far as the company is concerned. I will certainly not be a customer.

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  65. I heard that AVG malware is not actually from AVG but all of you guys say it is. So what is the true?

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  66. My formal complaint to AVG - Brief Summary * Stop forcing your MALWARE on unsuspecting users
    Suggestion/Feedback * I'm very upset at AVG for taking such a backdoor, uninvited approach to installing what is essentially MALWARE onto my computer.

    It took not one or two, but THREE uninstalls to get this stupid "AVG search" thing to go away, and that was AFTER googling how to do so from a few sites. I might add none of those helpful sites were AVG. I didn't rapidly click through installs of other programs your company maliciously piggybacks on to install your crap "browser search protector" - I paid attention and unclicked the boxes for your bloat/junk/malware, yet it STILL made it on to my computer.

    You need to know this is DESTROYING your reputation as a leader in fighting the very thing you are doing to your own customers. It's backward, wrong and frustrating to those less computer savvy that cannot uninstall this shit on their own. They will NEVER be customers of yours in the future and they will NEVER talk good of AVG. See the link below for hundreds of comments from angry users...and that's just ONE SITE!

    http://nojesusnopeas.blogspot.com/2012/08/sorry-but-avg-secure-search-is-malware.html

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  67. I am trying to get AVG off a friends computer. I killed the extension on Chrome, the search engine and the new tab takeover. It is still there or my friend reinstalled it from an annoying popup.

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  68. this small FREE program works really well in seconds and cleans up at least these 3 browsers in seconds Chrome IE Firefox

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  69. I am so pissed right now. I have spent hrs trying to figure out how to get rid of this crap. I will be getting rid of AVG altogether. I don't care if there was a box to check. It's deceptive. I now hate AVG!!!!

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  70. This just popped up on my system also. WTF? Hey man, nice shot AVG. Explain to the board why customers are suddenly leaving in droves...you popped the trust bubble.

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  73. When I try to uninstall the AVG malware, I get an error that says that I must be logged on as an administrator. I AM logged on as an administrator. The ONLY ACCOUNT ON THAT COMPUTER is an administrator account. I agree that AVG is pure malware.

    I have tried uninstalling it both through the Windows uninstaller and the AVG toolbar uninstaller. I will be posting warnings on Facebook and Twitter to try help people avoid adding this malware to their computers.

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  74. Jon Please fix it. We would like a reliable virus and security product. AVG not only holds my stuff hostage; I have to reinstall it because it holds the firewall hostage also. It also installed winzip copied my files and sent them somewhere; no im having idneity theft issues. Please take some resposniblity for your product. We would love to use it. If it would stop screwing us over. Its cost me thousands of dollars and I am a business of one owner trying to succeed. Shame on you guys; some of your techs and partners are dirty and you guys need to get them out.. Once I unistalled it or I thought it made everything availbe in the firewall and that is when winzip took over and copied my files then sent them out. Try to have integrity over corporate ego. A good product will pay off in the long run. Everytime I try to get away from the victmization, avg punishes me more. What a load of corporate non sense Not only have I wiped my machines clean twice. I plan now just to get rid of them and get new ones...............avg ocourse will not be a part of the new ones. I do give your company the benefit of the doubt because you let anyone any criminal become a partner and that is your down fall............eventually it will catch up with the bs

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  75. the bigger question is why are you using Winzip? 7 zip is far better and not bloated.

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    1. Your stupid little dick head. flick off to a website that cares idiot.

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  77. I disagree with this post. I've used AVG for years since 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
    Fuck off if you say this is malware. I've even scanned vprotect.exe with VirusTotal and all the antiviruses say it is safe.

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    1. If I have to go into safe mode to get rid of it, it's malware.

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    2. Good for you, it still works for you. I had been using AVG for perhaps 10 year without a glitch. Now it turned malware. AVG Nation is hidden everywhere, using invisible files and files with unrelated names. Even after removing it with Revo Uninstaller, it was still there! Finally, Adwclearer finished the job I had started. Now, AVG itself took me 10 hours of hard work -- tricky work -- to get rid of. Even so, I still have about a 12 files that I have not been able to remove. If this is not malware, nothing is.

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    3. Many formerly upstanding companies have sold their names to malware/spyware. Just because something used to be legit, doesn't mean it is now.

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  78. I've used AVG for years and hadn't seen this until yesterday. I haven't downloaded any of the other software that it is said to be responsible carrier of this malignancy. I have been scrubbing lots of Yahoo! malware from my system several times each day and I resent the fact that I pay AT&T monthly for Yahoo abuse of my account. Just found out that China's Peoples Liberation Army front -- Alibabba -- is a proud owner of Yahoo and I hugely resent their intrusion into my system and my life!

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  79. Holy flick!!!! How do I get rid of this malware AVG Secure Search. They are all ass holes.

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  80. WTF. over a year and this company still exists out in the open?
    Just uninstalled this crap, still everywhere in the machine.
    Went into safe mode and deleted dozens of AVG files AFTER the uninstall. Hope this works

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  81. Winzip is garbage, and their company produces malware. What started as the go-to compression tool has turned into a launching board for malware such as "Winzip registry optimizer". The exit button doesn't work! The program boots up every time I start my computer, and since I used to use winzip, I just found it annoying rather than worrying about any phishing or keylogging, so I left it, and opted to click the "Stop scan" button and then Quit (next to buy now in the middle of the window. Who hides a quit button on a program? The programmers of malware.)

    I forget which program I fast-tracked the installation of that auto-installed this trashware. Probably AVG... To make things worse, since it starts scanning automatically on boot, it causes all 8-cores of my processor to chug along very slowly while also booting Steam and Origin (Origin is practically malware too. Online-only DRM for offline games, forced to use Origin, EA's servers get hacked, hackers get my password, I have to change passwords for 10 different websites. Screw you EA!)

    Registry problems? Reformat: install OS again. Simple solution, works every time.

    Need a new compression tool? Try 7-zip or winrar.

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  82. This is malware, pure and simple. The second post, back in 2012, from an alleged AVG employee said they were going to fix it and they haven't. I have tried several different methods of removing this POS from my computer, but no luck. I even got suckered into downloading AVG's own "removal tool" for 2014, and this crap is still on my computer. I remember actually trusting AVG and using them. NEVER. This is total crap...total takeover of my system and that's not malware???? Riiight.

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  83. You know what John Meyer of AVG? I don't buy it. It's bullocks. I did NOT go through the process willy nilly. I very specifically chose NOT to install Secure Search, clicking the appropriate button and you know what, it installed it anyway. Eventually I got it un-installed after much trial and error and scanning web forums. NOW, a year later I am trying to un-install AVG so I can downgrade to a free version because, frankly, I don't want to spend another $50.00. And the bloody thing won't let me un-install. So I have been on YOUR customer line for 1/2 hour listening to the same tripe light jazz song and I am ready to butcher someone...

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  84. ogbefispell@gmail.com have helped me in more ways than you know. Thank you for putting your heart into each spell and wanting only the best outcome. what impresses me most about you is your level of commitment. I found you at the lowest part of my life. your help uplifted me and gave me faith in myself again. You are a blessing to have in my life because, You work from a place of love... thats why i feel the way i feel.
    Suzan Van De Berg Pretoria

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    1. AVG Nation is a malware. And hard to extirpate, for that matter. Now, what is worse, after this plague invaded my domains, it could not even uninstall AVG itself (the antivirus that I used to trust. No MORE!). In fact, I have had to do dozens of workarounds to remove it. From using the WIndows 8 uninstaller, foi to revo uninstaller and several others, for no avail. Even hand-picking the files to be removed, it does not work. Some files are invisible; other can not be removed even if you see them under plain light. Somehow, it manages to keep several files open, even thou officially it is not running! Last time I succeeded in removing it, had to resort to Linux. I booted up the machine under ubuntu, hunted down every avg* file and removed most of them. I still have some left because I find them with a software that see and show them, but can not remove them (search everything), On the other hand, the softwares that I used to remove them to not find those I had to leave behind.

      Simples solution: AVG, no more. I am sick and tired of them (I spent about 10 hours hunting then down, booting up, shuting down, puting the machine in safe mode, starting linux, and repeating it again and again, until I had enough.

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  85. One more thing I have just found out about this AVG crap: the .DLL files I managed to remove are now in my trash can... but I can not remove them with "empty my trash can". I had to select them and delete them instead.

    Too much for me.

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  86. Folks,

    After i uninstalled AVG Nation, it hijacked my Firefox newtab settings!

    It took me hours to fix it!

    Eventually, i found the following setting, and changed it to True, and it reset my newtab setting.
    avg.userPreferences.newtabDisabledByUser

    Still need to find out how to remove it entirely from my PC though!

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  87. I installed the free trial version for 30 days and uninstalled at the end of the period - I then installed the free version - A few days later a debit card withdrawal was taken from my bank account from avg and an email sent to me stating I had purchased the product for a year and it would be renewed automatically each year thereafter - At no time was any banking info given to them during installation - My concern is, how did they access my bank info when I never entered it during download or installation of their program - Is their installation capable of accessing my bank info on my computer without my permission? I have contacted AVG and they claim I must now request a refund, but I am concerned that by doing so I would be admitting their was permission given by me in the first place - I am also in contact with my bank and they have begun an investigation into the transaction.

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    1. I think maybe your window firewall has allowed the program to access your computer. Try navigate to the system and security in control panel, click allow program through window firewall and see if AVG is listed there. I uninstalled AVG long time ago, but it still has traces in my laptop. Unable everything related AVG.

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  88. Same thing here - start page rubbish appeared on all my browsers even tho I unchecked that box during installation. So I removed those screens manually (as if I don't have anything better to do) - and guess what - two days later avg start screens reappeared. This is official start of smearing campaign on my behalf against AVG antivirus.

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  90. It is easy to remove, I had no problem. Try uninstalling the software it came with first. lol

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  91. I uninstalled all AVG products; searched my whole drive and straight deleted everything with the letters [avg] in it; I uninstalled the Chrome extension, I unistalled Chrome and reinstalled it and the AVG virus (yes it's a virus) installed its self again. When I uninstall you, I want you gone; all of you, not just the short cut; I want it gone, deleted, sterilised, no evidence of it ever being there. If I install it on a new clean computer and unistall it straight away, I want a new clean computer when I finish. How annoyed am I? You lost me for good.

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  92. If you are still having trouble with this "program" after uninstalling it, try manually searching for all avg files in your drive and deleting them all, specifically avgMozXPCOM if you're using Firefox, this seemed to be the offending file that kept hijacking my tabs. Also download adwcleaner and run the program if you have further issues. Don't forget to reset your browser

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  93. fuck you avg and your lack of support to uninstall your shitty-assed virus infected maleware product AVG Secure Search from hijacking my new tabs in firefox.

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  94. To help others out, I hired a computer repair man and they removed all that off my computer and all the AVG things; I am now using a much trustworthy brand from another company.
    I also asked if there are ones that put ads on peoples computers, he said yes there are and AVG is one of them. I told him get me one that does not does that.

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    1. AVG is one of the brands that uses ads in their anti-virus and internet security soft wares. There are other brands out there that don't do that. Glad I asked this computer repair person. I hope this helps you all. I never knew that before. I had never asked that before or even thought of it.

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