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Avast, there, AV vendors …

Posted by on March 21, 2015.

I noticed, recently, that some of my email was going out bearing the message:

> This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software.

I use Avast, so I wasn’t too worried.  It’s (generally) a decent product, and has a “turn off temporarily” feature, even in the free version, which I find handy.  It’s a bit noisy, and sometimes annoying, but it’s saved my bacon a couple of times when I’ve been careless, so I allow it some leeway.

I’ve never been impressed with those “checked for viruses” attachements to email.  They mean nothing to the recipient, since it’s easy enough to add them to the bottom of spam or infected messages.  It’s simply advertising for the AV vendor, and it can misleading, to boot.  So I turned it off on the desktop machine some time ago.

But things have been a but frenetic around here, recently.  I’ve been using the new laptop a lot, and figured that I might have forgotten to correct that setting on it.

Except that today, I came across the legend added to a message that I knew I had sent from the desktop.  So I drilled down into Avast (which has started hiding things in sub-menus, which is annoying), and, lo and behold, the “email checked” addition has been turned back on.  Probably in a recent update, Avast decided that it’s need for advertising outweighed my preferences, as well as my considered opinion about “we cleaned your email” footers.

-1, Avast.  Maybe even -2.

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