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Arnoldbupe
06-23-2015,
While trying to update the "best free antvirus app for Android", I had to reinstall several apps to confirm all the changes they claim they did.

Truth is, some apps have kept pace with the updates and enhaced features, while others unfortunately didn't. Sadly, Avast Mobile Security is one of them. http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/images/smilies/frown.gif

Why? Well, the guys at avast have apparently changed their mind about keeping avast as a freeware app, turning it into a freemium security app instead, which means you have to perform those infamous "in-app" purchases to keep the app and its key components updated and running correctly. If you ever had avast installed, I'm sure you know that one of the best components avast had was the anti-theft, which is now sadly part of that scheme and it will stop working until you update avast to the latest version, meaning you cannot use the anti-theft if you have one of the good old (and fully free) previous avast versions. http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/images/smilies/mad.gif

I'm afraid avast has decided to follow a vainglorious path, telling its users "no more free goods for you guys". Luckily, there is a ton of free security apps there that will try to capture all those former (and now MAD) avast users and will give some great stuff for free (at least for some time) and then this cycle will start again.

For the time being, all I can say is "farewell" to avast, for I don't need it anymore, or at least not on its current state.

Are you a current or a former avast user? What are your thoughts about these recent changes? I'll wait for your comments.

Arnoldmap
06-24-2015,
I am a current Avast user, i use it both on my desktop and mobile. But, i am not aware of any such changes thanks for taking these in my notice. Anyways i am moving to TrustGo for my mobile in a day or two, but i think its a bad move for avast.
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arnonb
06-24-2015,
I use Avast on my Android tablet and Lookout on my phone. I was just getting ready to go with Avast on my phone. I also have not seen these changes with Avast?! When did this happen? I have not been notified of any changes?

Can you post a link that discusses these changes?
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ArnsGitde
06-25-2015,
I actually removed Avast to save RAM (100MB out of 1GB), since Google now provides all I need in the form of Android Device Manager and Verify apps.

With the scarcity of malicious apps in Google Play, PrivacyScanner (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.hobbyapplications.privacyscanner&hl=en) and VirusTotal (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.virustotal&hl=en) is more than enough. Only non-Play apps are Adblock Plus, Adobe Flash, and Opera Mobile Labs (w/ extensions).
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admin
06-26-2015,
Anupam, I think most people who don't realize about these recent changes are users who are just updating the app. However, users who are re-installing the app are becoming aware of this, as it gets a little bit more obvious because of the "welcome screen".

These are some of the screenshots I took from the welcome screen after I installed avast's new version. The comparison list between the "free" and "premium" versions is pretty clear (and it confirms what I said about the anti-theft).

This is the "upgrade to premium" screen...

http://s10.postimg.org/r6hrc5mft/sc0001.png

...and this is the comparison list (it was a bit long, so i had to take two screenshots)

http://s12.postimg.org/56b7at7u5/sc0002.png http://s12.postimg.org/6mmpsyar1/sc0003.png

I thought I'd see the upgrade to premium screen just once, but it showed up every once in a while - in fact, it always showed up after avast updated the malware definitions - even after I disabled the "go premium" button on the dashboard.

As a former avast user and fan, I can say the differences with this new version are easy to spot. However, I must admit avast has done a good job using the "let's-hope-they-don't-notice-until-it's-all-done" strategy. http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif

Still don't believe me? The now promoted "ad detector" was part of the app (truth is it worked under the radar, meaning there was no setting to enable or disable it) but it did a great detecting those sneaky adware apps, now you have to pay for that as it has become a newly "added" feature...

Is avast still free? Yes it is, although not in the same way it was before. As soon as an app goes commercial, it means you'll get less free stuff and more annoying ads asking you to upgrade the app. IMHO avast is now more similtar to Lookout (which is not a bad app at all) but it has lost its status as an app of reference for it has lost its 100% free previous scheme.

arprsplyuk
06-26-2015,
IO.Hazard, I have Avast on my mobile phone, but I haven't come across the changes that you are talking about.

The version on my phone is 3.0.6158.

It seems to be working fine without any problems, without asking for any in-app purchases.

I haven't installed the Anti-theft feature of it though, which requires to be installed manually. So, I don't know if installing that triggers any alerts, or pop-ups.

But, otherwise, it's working fine.

I also checked the latest comments on the Avast app page to see if similar comments as yours are there, but there are no comments which will suggest any changes made by Avast in the free version as you describe. Mostly, there are positive comments.

So, are you sure of the changes that you write about? Maybe uninstall and re-install Avast AV on your phone again, to be sure of these changes.

From what I have seen so far, Avast team won't make such a move. But, with recent trends, you never know.

But from what I see, I am yet to come across any of the changes you write about.

I also checked Google Play updates, and there is not a new version of Avast available yet.

They even provide a setting in Settings, to disable the "Go Premium" button shown on the dashboard.
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