Avast Online Security, AVG Online Security, Avast SafePrice, AVG SafePrice- If your Firefox and Chrome browsers have these four extensions installed, then you should remove them as soon as possible.
Why? Because these AVG and Avast extensions have been caught recording user browsing data and some technical details about the computer system.
Most of you might not even remember downloading and installing these extensions on your web browser, and that’s likely because when users install Avast or AVG antivirus on their PCs, the software automatically installs their respective add-ons on the users’ browsers.
And these online security extensions have been made to warn users when they visit a malicious or phishing website.
The malicious behaviour of Avast and AVG extensions was discovered almost a month ago by Wladimir Palant, who detailed how the extensions are sending a large amount of data about users’ browsing habits, to the company’s servers — “far beyond what’s necessary for the extension to function.”
All Chrome’s and Mozilla’s users are advised to stay away from these plug-ins as some might still be available on the official Google Chrome web store. Mozilla removed these four extensions from its online gallery following reports from Wladimir Palant. If you have already found these apps in your browser, we recommend removing them to stop the data recording process.
What users’ data is being sent to Avast?
- 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
We hope both the browser makers will take immediate action by removing the extensions from its Firefox Add-on store and Google Chrome Web Store.