Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Avast & AVG browser extensions

Some more "data collecting" going on without our knowledge. This one, this time around is from and anti-virus maker to boot!

Avast & AVG - their respective browser extensions, apparently are doing some data mining.  The following 4 extensions:

  • Avast Online Security
  • AVG Online Security
  • Avast SafePrice
  • AVG SafePrice 
Have been noted as collecting our personal information without our consent, including a detailed browser history! The data that is being collected is being listed as:

  • Full URL of the page you are on, including query part and anchor data,
  • A unique user identifier (UID) generated by the extension for tracking,
  • Page title,
  • Referrer URL,
  • How you landed on a page, e.g., by entering the address directly, using a bookmark or clicking a link,
  • A value that tells whether you visited a page before,
  • Your country code
  • Browser name and its exact version number,
  • Your operating system and its exact version number
These extensions have apparently been removed from the FireFox extension website, but remain on the Google chrome store.

So, if you have AVG or Avast anti-virus, you more than likely have those extensions added on, as the installer automatically adds the browser extension.  If you need to check, if you are using FireFox open a new tab, click on the little gear in the top right corner, then click on 'extensions and themes' , you will see a list of all the extensions that are active on your browser. From there, it is just a matter of clicking on the 3 ...  and it will give you the option to disable. 

For our Chrome users, click on the 3 vertical ... , and click on 'more tools', then simply 'extensions'. You will see a screen with all your extensions, with a little sliding button to enable/disable them, and also the option to remove.

If you don't disable these extensions, they will continue to collect and send your data to Avast.

I would like to credit The Hacker News for this article. Feel free to head over there for more info!

Once again, Stay safe fellow Internetters!


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