Security software maker AVG reportedly entertaining acquisition-driven suitors

By Shawn Knight
Nov 8, 2014
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  1. Security software maker AVG Technologies is reportedly being courted by suitors for a potential acquisition. Among those interested are private-equity firms and at least one other technology company according to people familiar with the matter as reported by The Wall Street...

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  2. Eh I stopped using avg once they bloated it.
    wildrage, learninmypc and zareen007 like this.
  3. JohnCB

    JohnCB TS Booster Posts: 118   +62

    AVG is a tarnished brand in my books. The day they started hijacking your browser to redirect it to their "Secure Search" was the last time I bothered trusting or recommending them for anything.

    I'd love to of been in that meeting.... "Hey guys what can we do to bolster our anti-virus/anti-malware sales?, Oh I know, lets bundle malware with it!"

    As far as I'm concerned, nothing of value would be lost if AVG just shut down operations.
    wildrage and learninmypc like this.
  4. hubzee

    hubzee TS Rookie

    yeah that safesearch crap really pissed me off
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  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,552   +332

    IMO AVG is Aint Very Good :)
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    I tried AVG 5 years ago and could only tolerate a week of usage. From the sounds of all the comments, AVG has joined the likes of McAfee and Norton.
  7. chip igmo

    chip igmo TS Member Posts: 51

    187 million people disagrees.
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,462   +1,760

    Actually 187 million and one, me!

    I certainly pray that this wouldn't be the end of AVG Free as we know it..:eek::oops:
  9. JohnCB

    JohnCB TS Booster Posts: 118   +62

    There will never be a consensus, and I honestly did try to find any historical data, but there was a point in time when AVG was the king of free Anti-Virus. After the bloatware and malware they pulled in the last few years, I can honestly say I don't know anyone who's still using their garbage.

    Just keep in mind in 2012 there was 8.7 Billion connected devices, forecasting 15 billion by 2015. 187 Million is pretty insignificant in the macro view.
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,462   +1,760

    Well, no you can't, since I just told you I was, in the post directly above this.

    As far as bloatware or, "malware" goes, I think you just have to untick a check box. AVG Free doesn't install "Safe Search" on me.Either that, or it doesn't function in the presence of "NoScript".

    As far as AVG's efficacy goes, I visit some of the internet's, "black holes of Calcutta", without any issues.

    As far as I'm concerned, the people who are badmouthing AVG, are the same ones saying, "oo, don't visit porn sites, you'll get infected even with an anti-virus solution". And with the next breath saying, "xxx" AV is much better than AVG". To which I say, "if you don't lead your horse to water, how do you know whether or not he'll drink"?
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2014
  11. Avira Free Antivirus user here, so happy with this.

    I tried AVG like 6-7 years ago, didn't last long.
  12. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    I don't use it and Norton because you can no longer disable all popups.
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,462   +1,760

    These threads always deteriorate to, "my free AV is better than your free AV". But as a former, (short term), user of Avira Free, I can tell Avira's advertising is non stop. The splash screen is outrageously annoying. It's also the only free solution that ever let anything pass, without the benefit of a bad click on my part. :shrugshoulders:
  14. MJ Moreno

    MJ Moreno TS Rookie

    Hey guys! Base in your comments it seems that you don't know how to use or install AVG. Wew! GG! Im a big fan of AVG and I'm using it more than 15 years!
  15. Avira is going the same way as AVG.
  16. Hexic

    Hexic TS Addict Posts: 272   +127

    Use Avast and call it a day. Bickering over.
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,462   +1,760

    Sez U.

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