AOL Offering “Free” Antivirus Software

AOL, in a bid to make itself relevant again, is offering up what appears to be a good deal… antivirus software by Kaspersky.  Now Kaspersky is a major player in antivirus circles, so nothing wrong there.  But what is wrong is what you have to agree to in order to use this supposed “free” software…

While AOL doesn’t ask for money, Active Virus Shield users have to agree to let AOL and its partners deliver ads to them. “As a condition for your use of the software, you agree to receive promotions and periodic e-mail messages from us and our affiliates,” according to the fine print in the license and user agreement of the software.

Active Virus Shield collects a host of information that may be used for marketing purposes, starting with the e-mail address required to download and run the product, according to the fine print. Other data collected include usage stats, responses to ads and details about the PC, according to the AOL agreement.

There are plenty of other free antivirus apps out there without having to sell your soul for advertising…AVG Antivirus by Grisoft, Antivir PE, or Clamwin.

Installing spyware for antivirus protection makes no sense.  DO NOT INSTALL THIS PRODUCT.


Greg DeMaderios

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