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Does Avast Antivirus Have Security Issues?

avast-wpFirst, let me say that I have been using Avast as my antivirus for the past few months and have had no problems with it. However, yesterday, the program invited me to view my monthly security report. The link took me to a web page that I could not view without enabling JavaScript in Firefox. I am no security expert, but disabling JavaScript is generally considered to be one of the best ways to block malware on the web. I visited Avast’s home page and main download page, and received the same message. Why does a security company require an insecure JavaScript-enabled browser to use their site? My guess is just poor site design – nothing sinister. However, when their entire web site encourages dangerous activity, I have to question how solid is their antivirus product. Out of curiosity, I visited the sites of two of the other big free antivirus programs, AVG and Avira, and found that JavaScript was not required on those sites.

While this information causes concern, I plan to continue using Avast and blocking JavaScript with NoScript on Firefox. Hopefully, the antivirus will continue to perform well and they will improve their site.

 

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