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ABOUT DATASTREAM CONNEXION
DataStream Connexion is a premier technology consulting and web application development agency. Formed in , they have built web applications for the Federal Government, USDA, FDA, the Department of Homeland Security, healthcare organizations, Fortune companies and small businesses looking for best-of-breed solutions. This small yet nimble team, led by Eric Hoffman, President and owner, provides services that range from product development and DevOps, to cloud security and compliance. DataStream Connexion excels at incorporating comprehensive security and compliance management into the innovative products they design, and thus have garnered the trust of many government agencies and healthcare organizations with maintaining their critical applications in the cloud.

BACKGROUND: AN EARLY CLOUD ADOPTER
In , Amazon opened the door to the cloud with Amazon Web Services (AWS), providing a more robust and resilient infrastructure solution. Seeing great potential, Eric made the strategic decision to migrate both compute and storage to Amazon EC2 and S3 respectively. In addition, as AWS matured, DataStream Connexion’s customers benefited from the evolving robust security controls as well as certifications such as FISMA, SAS, ISO and HIPAA that AWS has to offer.

LEVERAGING AWS GOVCLOUD
With the introduction of AWS GovCloud in the US region in , the team also recognized the great opportunity of the cloud when it came to hosting highly regulated workloads. This newly introduced Amazon GovCloud was a perfect fit for their customers, supporting the common AWS security controls and compliance standards, but in an isolated, dedicated region, designed specifically for sensitive government agency data. However, in the early days of the public cloud, there was still pushback from Datastream Connexion’s federal customer base who were unsure of securing their data in AWS.

During this early cloud adoption stage, Hoffman and his cloud operations team knew that the advantages of AWS were many. However, they also understood their part in the AWS shared responsibility model and that it presented a new set of challenges they would have to overcome to make their customers’ cloud adoption journey a successful one. They began to search for tools that would help them build out the visibility and compliance their customers depended on, in order to increase their customers’ trust in this new Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) model. It was the same year that Hoffman found CloudGuard Posture Management and they became one of CloudGuard Posture Management’s earliest adopters. Since then, as Hoffman states, “CloudGuard Posture Management has become our trusted partner in ensuring the security posture of all DataStream Connexion customers.”

NAVIGATING THE NETWORK SECURITY CHALLENGE
As with every new technology adoption scenario, there were challenges that had to be worked out along the way. With the CloudGuard Posture Management platform by their side, DataStream Connexion was able to address and mitigate each one of the following challenges.

Challenge 1: Effective and Efficient Security Management
DataStream Connexion has tens of VPCs and security groups, which end up creating an elastic cloud environment consisting of hundreds of inbound and outbound rules. They also have temporary rules that come and go as their Dev and Ops teams’ provision temporary access from different locations to allow their flexibility. The first priority was to simplify governance and policy implementation, to limit vulnerabilities and mitigate risk.

Challenge 2: Providing Access While Ensuring Integrity
DataStream Connexion’s small yet agile team of developers, database admins, network admins and generalized office staff all have different needs within AWS. The Ops team has to be able to provide access to various resources for development and specific environments for production, while enforcing strict segregation according to predefined user roles. This means running strict access policies for different security groups in order to avoid widespread administrative access to sensitive highly regulated environments.

Challenge 3: Allow The Broader Team Self-servicing and Flexibility
One facet separating DataStream Connexion from their peers is a bond of trust and accountability among the entire staff, including Ops, Dev and Test. The team practices continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) DevOps methodologies to move rapidly, without being bogged down with cumbersome legacy procedures that can hinder progress and agility.

This means allowing individuals remote access to their cloud environment at any time. However, providing remote access requires a change in network security rules, which includes security ports. This is a potential landmine, as enabling the broader team to change configurations is clearly prone to human errors.

Challenge 4: Implementing End-to-End Compliance Management
Adhering to compliance standards can be complex. This is especially true for DataStream Connexion, whose customer base is made up of federal agencies, which must adhere to standards such as FedRAMP and NIST. In addition, over the last year, AWS has expanded its offering for the healthcare market, and Datastream Connexion’s customer base has also grown in this segment with the customers’ focus on HIPAA compliance. Tracking compliance status is no small feat, and a complex cloud network must be consistent and reliable when it comes to different rules posed by various regulatory compliance standards requirements. When it came to validating compliance at scale, Hoffman realized that running manual checks was not an option and would eat up much of his team’s valuable time and resources.

Solution 1: Complete Visibility Over the Entire Infrastructure
Network security with CloudGuard Posture Management Clarity allows the team to visualize their cloud perimeter, network topology, security policies and configurations in real-time. It lets them see how the network changes, including configurations of different security groups, as well as being able to drill down to see each instance exposure and its security group assignment. CloudGuard Posture Management Clarity allowed them to quickly spot misconfigurations and eliminate vulnerabilities such as open ports or broken network links between different system tiers. Finally, CloudGuard Posture Management Clarity eased policy analysis, helping the team to enhance rules and strengthen their network security policies with quick links to edit relevant rules and components.

Solution 2: Implementing RBAC to Allow Work to Flow Unhindered
As mentioned above, together with CloudGuard Posture Management Clarity and CloudGuard Posture Management’s role- based access control (RBAC) capabilities, all Dev and Ops members have access, but only the team admin is able to adjust settings – such as opening user restrictions to a specific security group. The Ops team is able to provide developers the instant access they need to test out new processes, which helps them accomplish their goals faster and with greater ease.

While it is very important for Hoffman to trust his staff and allow them to be nimble and empowered to do their work, if a change has been generated, it is critical that he can oversee it to ensure that it has been implemented properly. CloudGuard Posture Management Alerts keep him aware of what is taking place at all times, and he can always inquire about events as needed. This allows for fast-paced innovation, enabling flexible access to the different environments without compromising their network security posture.

Solution 3: Controlled Temporary Access
CloudGuard Posture Management Dynamic Access Leases allow DataStream Connexion to schedule time- limited and on-demand access to services and ports, so that when the time allotted has ended, all ports are closed by default. Access is provided on an as-needed basis, reducing open port exposure, even via mobile device or with the Chrome Browser extension. With CloudGuard Posture Management Tamper Protection, the environment is continuously monitored for any changes to the last approved state. All changes are reverted back automatically, and the Ops team is immediately alerted to validate the policy change. Finally, the risk of open port exposure is dramatically reduced, and the DataStream Connexion staff has the access they need at the click of a button.

Solution 4: Automating Compliance with the Compliance Engine from CloudGuard Posture Management
One of Hoffman’s most important weekly tasks is reviewing the Compliance Engine’s policy reports from CloudGuard Posture Management. This comprehensive compliance and governance solution simplifies complicated procedures with automated data aggregation in real-time, and in-place remediation control which streamlines the analysis process, saving hours of complex work. The team can create and enforce custom policies unique to DataStream Connexion’s needs, while identifying risks and gaps using built-in test suites for common compliance standards such as HIPAA. In addition, the Compliance Engine from CloudGuard Posture Management continuously runs audits against their cloud deployment, and with it the team can validate its network security posture as well as report the current exposure status and vulnerabilities across their whole cloud network. Leveraging the easy to use dashboards and controls, the team benefits from this transparency and can enforce their established policies and be confident in their cloud compliance status at any point in time.

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Spyware

Malware that collects and transmits user information without their knowledge

Spyware is software with malicious behavior that aims to gather information about a person or organization and send it to another entity in a way that harms the user. For example, by violating their privacy or endangering their device's security. This behavior may be present in malware as well as in legitimate software. Websites may engage in spyware behaviors like web tracking. Hardware devices may also be affected.[1] Spyware is frequently associated with advertising and involves many of the same issues. Because these behaviors are so common, and can have non-harmful uses, providing a precise definition of spyware is a difficult task.[2]

History[edit]

The first recorded use of the term spyware occurred on October 16, in a Usenet post that poked fun at Microsoft's business model.[3]Spyware at first denoted software meant for espionage purposes. However, in early the founder of Zone Labs, Gregor Freund, used the term in a press release for the ZoneAlarm Personal Firewall.[4] Later in , a parent using ZoneAlarm was alerted to the fact that "Reader Rabbit," educational software marketed to children by the Mattel toy company, was surreptitiously sending data back to Mattel.[5] Since then, "spyware" has taken on its present sense.

According to a study by AOL and the National Cyber-Security Alliance, 61 percent of surveyed users' computers were infected with form of spyware. 92 percent of surveyed users with spyware reported that they did not know of its presence, and 91 percent reported that they had not given permission for the installation of the spyware.[6] As of [update], spyware has become one of the preeminent security threats to computer systems running Microsoft Windows operating systems. Computers on which Internet Explorer (IE) is the primary browser are particularly vulnerable to such attacks, not only because IE was the most widely used,[7] but because its tight integration with Windows allows spyware access to crucial parts of the operating system.[7][8]

Before Internet Explorer 6 SP2 was released as part of Windows XP Service Pack 2, the browser would automatically display an installation window for any ActiveX component that a website wanted to install. The combination of user ignorance about these changes, and the assumption by Internet Explorer that all ActiveX components are benign, helped to spread spyware significantly. Many spyware components would also make use of exploits in JavaScript, Internet Explorer and Windows to install without user knowledge or permission.

The Windows Registry contains multiple sections where modification of key values allows software to be executed automatically when the operating system boots. Spyware can exploit this design to circumvent attempts at removal. The spyware typically will link itself from each location in the registry that allows execution. Once running, the spyware will periodically check if any of these links are removed. If so, they will be automatically restored. This ensures that the spyware will execute when the operating system is booted, even if some (or most) of the registry links are removed.

Overview[edit]

Spyware is mostly classified into four types: adware, system monitors, tracking including web tracking, and trojans;[9] examples of other notorious types include digital rights management capabilities that "phone home", keyloggers, rootkits, and web beacons. These four categories are not mutually exclusive and they have similar tactics in attacking networks and devices.[10] The main goal is to install, hack into the network, avoid being detected, and safely remove themselves from the network.[10]

Spyware is mostly used for the stealing information and storing Internet users' movements on the Web and serving up pop-up ads to Internet users. Whenever spyware is used for malicious purposes, its presence is typically hidden from the user and can be difficult to detect. Some spyware, such as keyloggers, may be installed by the owner of a shared, corporate, or public computer intentionally in order to monitor users.

While the term spyware suggests software that monitors a user's computing, the functions of spyware can extend beyond simple monitoring. Spyware can collect almost any type of data, including personal information like internet surfing habits, user logins, and bank or credit account information. Spyware can also interfere with a user's control of a computer by installing additional software or redirecting web browsers.[11] Some spyware can change computer settings, which can result in slow Internet connection speeds, un-authorized changes in browser settings, or changes to software settings.

Sometimes, spyware is included along with genuine software, and may come from a malicious website or may have been added to the intentional functionality of genuine software (see the paragraph about Facebook, below). In response to the emergence of spyware, a small industry has sprung up dealing in anti-spyware software. Running anti-spyware software has become a widely recognized element of computer security practices, especially for computers running Microsoft Windows. A number of jurisdictions have passed anti-spyware laws, which usually target any software that is surreptitiously installed to control a user's computer.

In German-speaking countries, spyware used or made by the government is called govware by computer experts (in common parlance: Regierungstrojaner, literally "Government Trojan"). Govware is typically a trojan horse software used to intercept communications from the target computer. Some countries, like Switzerland and Germany, have a legal framework governing the use of such software.[12][13] In the US, the term "policeware" has been used for similar purposes.[14]

Use of the term "spyware" has eventually declined as the practice of tracking users has been pushed ever further into the mainstream by major websites and data mining companies; these generally break no known laws and compel users to be tracked, not by fraudulent practices per se, but by the default settings created for users and the language of terms-of-service agreements. In one documented example, on CBS/CNet News reported, on March 7, , on a Wall Street Journal analysis revealing the practice of Facebook and other websites of tracking users' browsing activity, linked to their identity, far beyond users' visits and activity within the Facebook site itself. The report stated: "Here's how it works. You go to Facebook, you log in, you spend some time there, and then you move on without logging out. Let's say the next site you go to is New York Times. Those buttons, without you clicking on them, have just reported back to Facebook and Twitter that you went there and also your identity within those accounts. Let's say you moved on to something like a site about depression. This one also has a tweet button, a Google widget, and those, too, can report back who you are and that you went there." The WSJ analysis was researched by Brian Kennish, founder of Disconnect, Inc.[15]

Routes of infection[edit]

Spyware does not necessarily spread in the same way as a virus or worm because infected systems generally do not attempt to transmit or copy the software to other computers. Instead, spyware installs itself on a system by deceiving the user or by exploiting software vulnerabilities.

Most spyware is installed without knowledge, or by using deceptive tactics. Spyware may try to deceive users by bundling itself with desirable software. Other common tactics are using a Trojan horse, spy gadgets that look like normal devices but turn out to be something else, such as a USB Keylogger. These devices actually are connected to the device as memory units but are capable of recording each stroke made on the keyboard. Some spyware authors infect a system through security holes in the Web browser or in other software. When the user navigates to a Web page controlled by the spyware author, the page contains code which attacks the browser and forces the download and installation of spyware.

The installation of spyware frequently involves Internet Explorer. Its popularity and history of security issues have made it a frequent target. Its deep integration with the Windows environment make it susceptible to attack into the Windowsoperating system. Internet Explorer also serves as a point of attachment for spyware in the form of Browser Helper Objects, which modify the browser's behaviour.

Effects and behaviors[edit]

A spyware rarely operates alone on a computer; an affected machine usually has multiple infections. Users frequently notice unwanted behavior and degradation of system performance. A spyware infestation can create significant unwanted CPU activity, disk usage, and network traffic. Stability issues, such as applications freezing, failure to boot, and system-wide crashes are also common. Spyware, which interferes with networking software commonly causes difficulty connecting to the Internet.

In some infections, the spyware is not even evident. Users assume in those situations that the performance issues relate to faulty hardware, Windows installation problems, or another malware infection. Some owners of badly infected systems resort to contacting technical support experts, or even buying a new computer because the existing system "has become too slow". Badly infected systems may require a clean reinstallation of all their software in order to return to full functionality.

Moreover, some types of spyware disable software firewalls and antivirus software, and/or reduce browser security settings, which opens the system to further opportunistic infections. Some spyware disables or even removes competing spyware programs, on the grounds that more spyware-related annoyances increase the likelihood that users will take action to remove the programs.[16]

Keyloggers are sometimes part of malware packages downloaded onto computers without the owners' knowledge. Some keylogger software is freely available on the internet, while others are commercial or private applications. Most keyloggers allow not only keyboard keystrokes to be captured, they also are often capable of collecting screen captures from the computer.

A typical Windows user has administrative privileges, mostly for convenience. Because of this, any program the user runs has unrestricted access to the system. As with other operating systems, Windows users are able to follow the principle of least privilege and use non-administrator accounts. Alternatively, they can reduce the privileges of specific vulnerable Internet-facing processes, such as Internet Explorer.

Since Windows Vista is, by default, a computer administrator that runs everything under limited user privileges, when a program requires administrative privileges, a User Account Control pop-up will prompt the user to allow or deny the action. This improves on the design used by previous versions of Windows. Spyware is also known as tracking software.

Remedies and prevention[edit]

See also: Computer virus §&#;Virus removal

As the spyware threat has evolved, a number of techniques have emerged to counteract it. These include programs designed to remove or block spyware, as well as various user practices which reduce the chance of getting spyware on a system.

Nonetheless, spyware remains a costly problem. When a large number of pieces of spyware have infected a Windows computer, the only remedy may involve backing up user data, and fully reinstalling the operating system. For instance, some spyware cannot be completely removed by Symantec, Microsoft, PC Tools.

Anti-spyware programs[edit]

See also: Category:Spyware removal

Many programmers and some commercial firms have released products dedicated to remove or block spyware. Programs such as PC Tools' Spyware Doctor, Lavasoft's Ad-Aware SE and Patrick Kolla's Spybot - Search & Destroy rapidly gained popularity as tools to remove, and in some cases intercept, spyware programs. On December, , Microsoft acquired the GIANT AntiSpyware software,[17] re&#x;branding it as Microsoft AntiSpyware (Beta 1) and releasing it as a free download for Genuine Windows XP and Windows users. In November, , it was renamed Windows Defender.[18][19]

Major anti-virus firms such as Symantec, PC Tools, McAfee and Sophos have also added anti-spyware features to their existing anti-virus products. Early on, anti-virus firms expressed reluctance to add anti-spyware functions, citing lawsuits brought by spyware authors against the authors of web sites and programs which described their products as "spyware". However, recent versions of these major firms home and business anti-virus products do include anti-spyware functions, albeit treated differently from viruses. Symantec Anti-Virus, for instance, categorizes spyware programs as "extended threats" and now offers real-time protection against these threats.

How anti-spyware software works[edit]

Anti-spyware programs can combat spyware in two ways:

  1. They can provide real-time protection in a manner similar to that of anti-virus protection: all incoming network data is scanned for spyware, and any detected threats are blocked.
  2. Anti-spyware software programs can be used solely for detection and removal of spyware software that has already been installed into the computer. This kind of anti-spyware can often be set to scan on a regular schedule.

Such programs inspect the contents of the Windows registry, operating system files, and installed programs, and remove files and entries which match a list of known spyware. Real-time protection from spyware works identically to real-time anti-virus protection: the software scans disk files at download time, and blocks the activity of components known to represent spyware. In some cases, it may also intercept attempts to install start-up items or to modify browser settings. Earlier versions of anti-spyware programs focused chiefly on detection and removal. Javacool Software's SpywareBlaster, one of the first to offer real-time protection, blocked the installation of ActiveX-based spyware.

Like most anti-virus software, many anti-spyware/adware tools require a frequently updated database of threats. As new spyware programs are released, anti-spyware developers discover and evaluate them, adding to the list of known spyware, which allows the software to detect and remove new spyware. As a result, anti-spyware software is of limited usefulness without regular updates. Updates may be installed automatically or manually.

A popular generic spyware removal tool used by those that requires a certain degree of expertise is HijackThis, which scans certain areas of the Windows OS where spyware often resides and presents a list with items to delete manually. As most of the items are legitimate windows files/registry entries it is advised for those who are less knowledgeable on this subject to post a HijackThis log on the numerous antispyware sites and let the experts decide what to delete.

If a spyware program is not blocked and manages to get itself installed, it may resist attempts to terminate or uninstall it. Some programs work in pairs: when an anti-spyware scanner (or the user) terminates one running process, the other one respawns the killed program. Likewise, some spyware will detect attempts to remove registry keys and immediately add them again. Usually, booting the infected computer in safe mode allows an anti-spyware program a better chance of removing persistent spyware. Killing the process tree may also work.

Security practices[edit]

To detect spyware, computer users have found several practices useful in addition to installing anti-spyware programs. Many users have installed a web browser other than Internet Explorer, such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Though no browser is completely safe, Internet Explorer was once at a greater risk for spyware infection due to its large user base as well as vulnerabilities such as ActiveX but these three major browsers are now close to equivalent when it comes to security.[20][21]

Some ISPs—particularly colleges and universities—have taken a different approach to blocking spyware: they use their network firewalls and web proxies to block access to Web sites known to install spyware. On March 31, , Cornell University's Information Technology department released a report detailing the behavior of one particular piece of proxy-based spyware, Marketscore, and the steps the university took to intercept it.[22] Many other educational institutions have taken similar steps.

Individual users can also install firewalls from a variety of companies. These monitor the flow of information going to and from a networked computer and provide protection against spyware and malware. Some users install a large hosts file which prevents the user's computer from connecting to known spyware-related web addresses. Spyware may get installed via certain shareware programs offered for download. Downloading programs only from reputable sources can provide some protection from this source of attack.[23]

Individual users can use cellphone / computer with physical (electric) switch, or isolated electronic switch that disconnects microphone, camera without bypass and keep it in disconnected position where not in use, that limits information that spyware can collect. (Policy recommended by NIST Guidelines for Managing the Security of Mobile Devices, ).

Applications[edit]

"Stealware" and affiliate fraud[edit]

A few spyware vendors, notably Solutions, have written what the New York Times has dubbed "stealware", and what spyware researcher Ben Edelman terms affiliate fraud, a form of click fraud. Stealware diverts the payment of affiliate marketing revenues from the legitimate affiliate to the spyware vendor.

Spyware which attacks affiliate networks places the spyware operator's affiliate tag on the user's activity – replacing any other tag, if there is one. The spyware operator is the only party that gains from this. The user has their choices thwarted, a legitimate affiliate loses revenue, networks' reputations are injured, and vendors are harmed by having to pay out affiliate revenues to an "affiliate" who is not party to a contract.[24]Affiliate fraud is a violation of the terms of service of most affiliate marketing networks. Mobile devices can also be vulnerable to chargeware, which manipulates users into illegitimate mobile charges.

Identity theft and fraud[edit]

In one case, spyware has been closely associated with identity theft.[25] In August , researchers from security software firm Sunbelt Software suspected the creators of the common CoolWebSearch spyware had used it to transmit "chat sessions, user names, passwords, bank information, etc.";[26] however it turned out that "it actually (was) its own sophisticated criminal little trojan that's independent of CWS."[27] This case is currently under investigation by the FBI.

The Federal Trade Commission estimates that &#;million Americans have been victims of identity theft, and that financial losses from identity theft totaled nearly $48&#;billion for businesses and financial institutions and at least $5&#;billion in out-of-pocket expenses for individuals.[28]

Digital rights management[edit]

Some copy-protection technologies have borrowed from spyware. In , Sony BMG Music Entertainment was found to be usingrootkits in its XCPdigital rights management technology[29] Like spyware, not only was it difficult to detect and uninstall, it was so poorly written that most efforts to remove it could have rendered computers unable to function. Texas Attorney GeneralGreg Abbott filed suit,[30] and three separate class-action suits were filed.[31] Sony BMG later provided a workaround on its website to help users remove it.[32]

Beginning on April 25, , Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications application[33] was installed on most Windows PCs as a "critical security update". While the main purpose of this deliberately uninstallable application is to ensure the copy of Windows on the machine was lawfully purchased and installed, it also installs software that has been accused of "phoning home" on a daily basis, like spyware.[34][35] It can be removed with the RemoveWGA tool.

Personal relationships[edit]

Stalkerware is spyware that has been used to monitor electronic activities of partners in intimate relationships. At least one software package, Loverspy, was specifically marketed for this purpose. Depending on local laws regarding communal/marital property, observing a partner's online activity without their consent may be illegal; the author of Loverspy and several users of the product were indicted in California in on charges of wiretapping and various computer crimes.[36]

Browser cookies[edit]

Anti-spyware programs often report Web advertisers' HTTP cookies, the small text files that track browsing activity, as spyware. While they are not always inherently malicious, many users object to third parties using space on their personal computers for their business purposes, and many anti-spyware programs offer to remove them.[37]

Spyware programs[edit]

Main article: List of spyware programs

These common spyware programs illustrate the diversity of behaviors found in these attacks. Note that as with computer viruses, researchers give names to spyware programs which may not be used by their creators. Programs may be grouped into "families" based not on shared program code, but on common behaviors, or by "following the money" of apparent financial or business connections. For instance, a number of the spyware programs distributed by Claria are collectively known as "Gator". Likewise, programs that are frequently installed together may be described as parts of the same spyware package, even if they function separately.

Rogue anti-spyware programs[edit]

See also: List of rogue security software, List of fake anti-spyware programs, and Rogue security software

Malicious programmers have released a large number of rogue (fake) anti-spyware programs, and widely distributed Web banner ads can warn users that their computers have been infected with spyware, directing them to purchase programs which do not actually remove spyware—or else, may add more spyware of their own.[38][39]

The recent[update] proliferation of fake or spoofed antivirus products that bill themselves as antispyware can be troublesome. Users may receive popups prompting them to install them to protect their computer, when it will in fact add spyware. It is recommended that users do not install any freeware claiming to be anti-spyware unless it is verified to be legitimate. Some known offenders include:

Fake antivirus products constitute 15 percent of all malware.[41]

On January 26, , Microsoft and the Washington state attorney general filed suit against Secure Computer for its Spyware Cleaner product.[42]

Legal issues[edit]

Criminal law[edit]

Unauthorized access to a computer is illegal under computer crime laws, such as the U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the U.K.'s Computer Misuse Act, and similar laws in other countries. Since owners of computers infected with spyware generally claim that they never authorized the installation, a prima facie reading would suggest that the promulgation of spyware would count as a criminal act. Law enforcement has often pursued the authors of other malware, particularly viruses. However, few spyware developers have been prosecuted, and many operate openly as strictly legitimate businesses, though some have faced lawsuits.[43][44]

Spyware producers argue that, contrary to the users' claims, users do in fact give consent to installations. Spyware that comes bundled with shareware applications may be described in the legalese text of an end-user license agreement (EULA). Many users habitually ignore these purported contracts, but spyware companies such as Claria say these demonstrate that users have consented.

Despite the ubiquity of EULAs agreements, under which a single click can be taken as consent to the entire text, relatively little caselaw has resulted from their use. It has been established in most common law jurisdictions that this type of agreement can be a binding contract in certain circumstances.[45] This does not, however, mean that every such agreement is a contract, or that every term in one is enforceable.

Some jurisdictions, including the U.S. states of Iowa[46] and Washington,[47] have passed laws criminalizing some forms of spyware. Such laws make it illegal for anyone other than the owner or operator of a computer to install software that alters Web-browser settings, monitors keystrokes, or disables computer-security software.

In the United States, lawmakers introduced a bill in entitled the Internet Spyware Prevention Act, which would imprison creators of spyware.[48]

Administrative sanctions[edit]

US FTC actions[edit]

The US Federal Trade Commission has sued Internet marketing organizations under the "unfairness doctrine"[49] to make them stop infecting consumers' PCs with spyware. In one case, that against Seismic Entertainment Productions, the FTC accused the defendants of developing a program that seized control of PCs nationwide, infected them with spyware and other malicious software, bombarded them with a barrage of pop-up advertising for Seismic's clients, exposed the PCs to security risks, and caused them to malfunction. Seismic then offered to sell the victims an "antispyware" program to fix the computers, and stop the popups and other problems that Seismic had caused. On November 21, , a settlement was entered in federal court under which a $&#;million judgment was imposed in one case and $&#;million in another, but the defendants were insolvent[50]

In a second case, brought against CyberSpy Software LLC, the FTC charged that CyberSpy marketed and sold "RemoteSpy" keylogger spyware to clients who would then secretly monitor unsuspecting consumers' computers. According to the FTC, Cyberspy touted RemoteSpy as a "% undetectable" way to "Spy on Anyone. From Anywhere." The FTC has obtained a temporary order prohibiting the defendants from selling the software and disconnecting from the Internet any of their servers that collect, store, or provide access to information that this software has gathered. The case is still in its preliminary stages. A complaint filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) brought the RemoteSpy software to the FTC's attention.[51]

Netherlands OPTA[edit]

An administrative fine, the first of its kind in Europe, has been issued by the Independent Authority of Posts and Telecommunications (OPTA) from the Netherlands. It applied fines in total value of Euro 1,, for infecting 22 million computers. The spyware concerned is called DollarRevenue. The law articles that have been violated are art. of the Decision on universal service providers and on the interests of end users; the fines have been issued based on art. taken together with art. of the Dutch telecommunications law.[52]

Civil law[edit]

Former New York State Attorney General and former Governor of New YorkEliot Spitzer has pursued spyware companies for fraudulent installation of software.[53] In a suit brought in by Spitzer, the California firm Intermix Media, Inc. ended up settling, by agreeing to pay US$&#;million and to stop distributing spyware.[54]

The hijacking of Web advertisements has also led to litigation. In June , a number of large Web publishers sued Claria for replacing advertisements, but settled out of court.

Courts have not yet had to decide whether advertisers can be held liable for spyware that displays their ads. In many cases, the companies whose advertisements appear in spyware pop-ups do not directly do business with the spyware firm. Rather, they have contracted with an advertising agency, which in turn contracts with an online subcontractor who gets paid by the number of "impressions" or appearances of the advertisement. Some major firms such as Dell Computer and Mercedes-Benz have sacked advertising agencies that have run their ads in spyware.[55]

Libel suits by spyware developers[edit]

Litigation has gone both ways. Since "spyware" has become a common pejorative, some makers have filed libel and defamation actions when their products have been so described. In , Gator (now known as Claria) filed suit against the website PC Pitstop for describing its program as "spyware".[56] PC Pitstop settled, agreeing not to use the word "spyware", but continues to describe harm caused by the Gator/Claria software.[57] As a result, other anti-spyware and anti-virus companies have also used other terms such as "potentially unwanted programs" or greyware to denote these products.

WebcamGate[edit]

Main article: Robbins v. Lower Merion School District

In the WebcamGate case, plaintiffs charged two suburban Philadelphia high schools secretly spied on students by surreptitiously and remotely activating webcams embedded in school-issued laptops the students were using at home, and therefore infringed on their privacy rights. The school loaded each student's computer with LANrev's remote activation tracking software. This included the now-discontinued "TheftTrack". While TheftTrack was not enabled by default on the software, the program allowed the school district to elect to activate it, and to choose which of the TheftTrack surveillance options the school wanted to enable.[58]

TheftTrack allowed school district employees to secretly remotely activate the webcam embedded in the student's laptop, above the laptop's screen. That allowed school officials to secretly take photos through the webcam, of whatever was in front of it and in its line of sight, and send the photos to the school's server. The LANrev software disabled the webcams for all other uses (e.g., students were unable to use Photo Booth or video chat), so most students mistakenly believed their webcams did not work at all. On top of the webcam surveillance, TheftTrack allowed school officials to take screenshots and send them to the school's server. School officials were also granted the ability to take snapshots of instant messages, web browsing, music playlists, and written compositions. The schools admitted to secretly snapping over 66, webshots and screenshots, including webcam shots of students in their bedrooms.[58][59][60]

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computer security software company of Germany

For other uses, see Avira (disambiguation).

Coordinates: 47°39′″N9°35′″E / °N °E / ;

Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG is a German multinational computer security software company mainly known for their antivirus softwareAvira Free Security (formerly known as Avira Free Antivirus and Avira AntiVir). Avira was founded in , but the antivirus application has been under active development since , through its predecessor company H+BEDV Datentechnik GmbH. As of [update], Avira is owned by NortonLifeLock, after being previously owned by Investcorp.

The company also has offices in the US, China, Romania, and the Netherlands.[2]

Technology[edit]

Virus Definition[edit]

Avira periodically "cleans out" its virus definition files, replacing specific signatures with generic ones for a general increase in performance and scanning speed. A 15&#;MB database clean-out was made on 27 October , causing problems to the users of the Free edition because of its large size and Avira's slow Free edition servers. Avira responded by reducing the size of the individual update files, delivering less data in each update. Nowadays there are 32 smaller definition files that are updated regularly in order to avoid peaks in the download of the updates.[3]

Advance Heuristic[edit]

Avira products contain heuristics that can proactively uncover unknown malware, before a special virus signature to combat the damaging element has been created and before a virus guard update has been sent.

Heuristic virus detection involves extensive analysis and investigation of the affected codes for functions typical of malware. If the code being scanned exhibits these characteristic features it is reported as being suspicious, although not necessarily malware; the user decides whether to act on or ignore the warning.

ProActiv[edit]

The ProActiv component uses rule sets developed by the Avira Malware Research Center to identify suspicious behavior. The rule sets are supplied by Avira databases. ProActiv sends information on suspicious programs to the Avira databases for logging.

Firewall[edit]

Avira removed their own firewall technology from onwards, with protection supplied instead by Windows Firewall (Windows 7 and after), because in Windows 8 and later the Microsoft Certification Program forces developers to use interfaces introduced in Windows Vista.[4]

Protection Cloud[edit]

Avira Protection Cloud (APC) was first introduced in version It uses information available via the Internet (cloud computing) to improve detection and affect system performance less. This technology was implemented in all paid products. APC was initially only used during a manual quick system scan; later it was extended to real-time protection. This improved Avira's score in the AV-Comparatives and Report from September [5]

Partners[edit]

Avira offers its antivirus engine in the form of a software development kit to implement in complementary products. Strategic and technology partners of Avira include Canonical, CYAN Networks, IBM, intelligence AG, Microsoft, novell, OPSWAT, Synergy Systems and others.

On 4 September , Avira announced a partnership with Dropbox, to combine Avira's security with Dropbox's "sync and share" capabilities.[6]

Tjark Auerbach, the founder of Avira sold almost % stakes of the company to the Investcorp Group of Manama (Bahrain) in April [7][8] The stakes were reportedly sold at a price of million dollars. The Investcorp Group has invested in several other firms from the cybersecurity sector in the past. The directors of Investcorp Group belong to several royal families of Middle East countries like Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, etc. However, 20% of its total ordinary and preferred shares are owned by the Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Group since The UAE also serves as the headquarter of a cybersecurity firm discredited for its involvement in human rights abuses against activists, dissidents arrested for criticizing the monarchy; conducting cyber offensives against FIFA officials, and the ruler of Qatar; and the surveillance over Jamal Khashoggi.[9] The chairman of the Mubadala Group owns an institute called ECSSR or the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies & Research, which allegedly influenced German academics to gain soft-power and impact policies in the conflict of interest of the UAE.[7]

In February , BullGuard joined Avira as part of NortonLifeLock.[10]

Products[edit]

Windows[edit]

Avira offers the following security products and tools for Microsoft Windows:[15][16]

  • Avira Free Antivirus: The free edition antivirus/anti-spyware, for non-commercial use, with promotional pop-ups.[17]
  • Avira Antivirus Pro: The premium edition antivirus/anti-spyware.[18]
  • Avira System Speedup Free: A free suite of PC tune-up tools.[19]
  • Avira System Speedup Pro: The premium edition of the suite of PC tune-up tools.[20]
  • Avira Internet Security Suite: Consists of Antivirus Pro + System Speedup + Firewall Manager.[21]
  • Avira Ultimate Protection Suite: Consists of Internet Security Suite + additional PC maintenance tools (e.g. SuperEasy Driver Updater).[22]
  • Avira Rescue System: A set of free tools that include a utility used to write a Linux-based bootable CD. It can be used to clean an unbootable PC, and is also able to find malware that hides when the host's operating system is active (e.g., some rootkits). The tool contains the antivirus program and the virus database current at the time of download. It boots the machine into the antivirus program, then scans for and removes malware, and restores normal boot and operation if necessary. It is updated frequently so that the most recent security updates are always available.[23]

OS X[edit]

  • Avira Free Mac Security for Mac: Runs on OS X and above.[24]

Android and iOS[edit]

Avira offers the following security applications for mobile devices running Android and iOS:

  • Avira Antivirus Security for Android: Free application for Android, runs on versions and above.[25]
  • Avira Antivirus Security Pro for Android: Premium edition for Android, runs on versions and above. Available as an upgrade from within the free application.
    it provide additional Safe browsing, Hourly update and free tech support.
Avira Mobile Security for iOS
Free edition for iOS devices, such as iPhone and iPad.[26]

Comprehensive solutions[edit]

  • Avira Phantom VPN: Avira's virtual private network solution for Android, iOS, macOS and Windows.
  • Avira Prime: In April Avira launched a single-user, multi-device subscription-based product designed to provide a complete set of all Avira products available for the duration of the license along with premium support.[27][28]

Avira Prime is compatible with Windows, OSX, iOS, and Android operating systems and related devices and is available to consumers in 5- and device editions, dubbed "Avira Prime" and "Avira Prime Unlimited" respectively.[28][29] Subscriptions are in day and 1-year increments.[28][29]

Discontinued platforms[edit]

Avira formerly offered free antivirus software for Unix and Linux. That was discontinued in , although updates were supplied until June [30]

Security vulnerabilities[edit]

In , Avira was hit by ACE archive buffer overflow vulnerability. A remote attacker could have exploited this vulnerability by crafting an ACE archive and delivering it via a malicious web page or e-mail. A buffer overflow could occur when Avira scanned the malicious archive. That would have allowed the attacker to execute arbitrary code on the affected system.[31]

In , Avira Management Console was hit by the use-after-free remote code execution vulnerability. The vulnerability allowed remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Avira Management Console. Authentication was not required to exploit the vulnerability.[32]

In , Avira engines were hit by a 0-day vulnerability that allowed attackers to get access to a customer's PC. The bug was found in the storycall.us driver file and allowed privilege escalation.[33]

Awards and Reviews[edit]

In January , Anti-Malware Test Lab gave Avira "gold" status for proactive virus detection and detection/removal of rootkits.[34]

AV-Comparatives awarded Avira its "AV Product of the Year" award in its "Summary Report "[35]

In April , PC Pro awarded Avira Premium Security Suite 9 the maximum six stars and a place on its A-list for Internet security software.[36]

In August , Avira performed at a % percent overall malware detection rate, and was the fastest for both on-demand scans and on-access scans conducted by PC World magazine, which ranked it first on its website.[37] Avira was among the first companies to receive OESIS OK Gold Certification,[38] indicating that both the antispyware and antivirus components of several of its security products achieved the maximum compatibility score with widespread network technologies such as SSL/TLSVPN and Network Access Control from companies including Juniper Networks, Cisco Systems, and SonicWALL.

In February , testing by firm AV-TEST, Avira tied for first place (with another German company) in the "malware on demand" detection test and earned a 99% score in the "adware/spyware on demand" test.[39]

AV-Comparatives gave Avira its Silver award (for % detection rate) in its "Summary Report "[40]

For , AV-Comparatives awarded Avira with "gold" status for its % performance in the "On-Demand Malware Detection" category and classified Avira as a "Top Rated" product overall for that year.[41]

In the AV-Comparatives August "Real-World Protection Test," with total test cases tried against various security products, Avira tied for first place.[42]

Avira has also received numerous VB awards.[43]

AV-Comparatives awarded Avira its "AV Product of the Year" award in its "Summary Report "[44]

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References[edit]

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What is Avast Mobile Security?

Avast Mobile Security for Android is a security app that secures mobile devices against unwanted phishing, malware, and spyware, as well as malicious viruses such as trojans. In addition, the embedded Anti-Theft feature allows you to locate and track your lost or stolen device on a map with our web-based mobile tracking that uses GPS and other triangulation methods.

Avast Mobile Security for iOS is an app designed to protect your privacy online, securely store your photos, block dangerous websites, and alert you if any of your personal data linked to your email address has been leaked online.

How does Avast Mobile Security protect my device?

Avast Mobile Security protects your Android device from known malware and threats, and monitors data going in and out according to your preferences. We do our best to protect your device against all possible threats, but no solution is % effective.

Like all products on the Android market, it is subject to limitations imposed by the operating system version that is running on the device. It cannot protect against exploits targeting specific vulnerabilities in the OS kernel, the network stack and other fundamental parts of the system. However, we take our role in the security industry seriously, and continuously work with Android vendors to develop future solutions to minimize the risk of attacks.

How is Avast Mobile Security for Android different from Avast Premium Security for desktop computers?

The Scan feature and the Shields included in Avast Mobile Security for Android use different definitions than the ones used in our antivirus software for PCs. The app is customized to run on mobile devices, and so the definitions are specific to malware that attacks mobile platforms. This saves your device from being overloaded by our PC antivirus engine, which includes an enormous amount of malware data that is not relevant to your mobile device.

How much battery does Avast Mobile Security use?

Avast Mobile Security for Android is designed to have minimal impact on battery life. Testing across multiple devices shows that all services by this app generally take up less than 5% of battery consumption (by comparison, the Launcher can take up about 15% and Gmail about 8%). Avast Mobile Security can reach maximally 20% battery usage at the peak of CPU use (about seconds).

Download and Installation

What are the system requirements for Avast Mobile Security?

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Avast Mobile Security supports both Android phones and tablets. The app is compatible with all ARM Android devices. However, each vendor or manufacturer makes slight changes in their devices, so some features may behave unexpectedly or, in rare cases, not work. Please note that Avast cannot cover all vendor customizations to the OS. However, we gladly accept feedback if you experience any compatibility issues on your Android device.

If you are using a custom ROM, the app may not work as expected. Report any feedback regarding this issue to Avast Support.

Avast Mobile Security is notsupported by and cannot be installed or run on:
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You can install and run the latest version of Avast Mobile Security on any iOS device capable of running iOS or later.

How do I download and install Avast Mobile Security?

  1. On your Android device, tap the button below to open the Avast Mobile Security for Android product page in Google Play Store. Go to Google Play Store
  2. Tap Install to download and install the app. When installation is complete, tap Open to open Avast Mobile Security.
  3. Tap Scan now to check your device for security issues. If prompted, grant Avast Mobile Security permission to access your files, photos, and other media.
  4. When the scan completes, follow the on-screen instructions to resolve any detected issues.
  5. If no issues are detected, the First scan complete screen appears. Optionally tap the gray (OFF) slider next to Automatic scanning so that it changes to green (ON) to enable scheduled scans.
  6. Select one of the options below:
    • Purchase: Tap Use advanced security and select your preferred plan, then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the purchase.
    • Use free version: Tap Use basic securityContinue as free.
    • Activate: If you purchased an Avast Mobile Security subscription before installation, tap Already purchased?. Then, select the relevant option to activate your paid subscription.
  1. On your iOS device, tap the button below to open the Avast Mobile Security for iOS product page in the App Store. Go to the App Store
  2. Tap Get to download and install the app. Alternatively, when reinstalling the app, tap the cloud icon.
  3. When installation is complete, tap Open, or tap the Avast Mobile Security icon on the Home screen of your device to open the app.
  4. Tap Next to continue through the welcome tutorial, or tap Skip.
  5. Tap Start with free to use the free version of the app.

Avast Mobile Security is now installed on your device. For detailed installation and activation instructions, refer to the following articles:

Subscription and Activation

What are the benefits of an Avast Mobile Security Premium subscription?

Avast Mobile Security Premium is the paid version of the app. With a paid Premium subscription, you can take advantage of the following premium features:

  • Remove ads: Eliminate third-party ads from your Avast Mobile Security experience.
  • App Lock: Protect access to your apps with a PIN.
  • Anti-Theft: Use additional options that help you protect and locate your lost or stolen device.
    • Camera trap: Capture a photo of the thief when an incorrect PIN is entered.
    • Audio recording: Secretly record the phone's surroundings at any time.
    • Last known location: Sends a location notification to your Avast Account when the device battery is dying.
    • PIN security: Locks your device and sounds an alarm after 8 failed unlock attempts.
  • Photo Vault: Secure storage of an unlimited number of photos.
  • Avast direct support: Receive prioritized responses to your support inquiries.
  • Wi-Fi Protection: Protect your privacy by using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to ensure no one can spy on your online activity.
  • Unlimited Identity Protection: Monitor multiple email accounts and immediately receive a notification if any of your personal data is found leaked online.
  • Unlimited Photo Vault: Lock an unlimited number of photos in an encrypted vault so that only you have access to them.

What features are included in the other paid versions of Avast Mobile Security for Android?

In addition to Avast Mobile Security Premium for Android, we also offer the following paid products:

Avast Mobile Pro Plus is only available as an upgrade from Avast Cleanup for Android.

How can I purchase a paid version of Avast Mobile Security?

  1. Tap Upgrade in the top-right corner of the main app screen.
  2. Select your preferred product, then tap Upgrade now.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the transaction.

When the transaction completes, your subscription activates automatically on the device used for purchase. Your purchased subscription is valid on all devices that are connected to your Google Account and have Avast Mobile Security installed.

The paid versions available for purchase may differ according to your region and certain regulatory restrictions. You may see some or all of the subscription packages offered by Avast.

How do I upgrade to Avast Mobile Security Premium?

  1. Tap the Avast Mobile Security icon on the Home screen of your device to open the app.
  2. Tap Upgrade in the top-right corner.
  3. Select your preferred subscription plan.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the purchase.

Avast Mobile Security Premium activates automatically on your iOS device.

Is my subscription for Avast Mobile Security Premium also valid for other paid Avast apps?

No. If you purchase Avast Mobile Security Premium, your subscription is valid only for this app. Avast Mobile Pro Plus and Avast Mobile Ultimate also include a subscription for other paid Avast Android apps.

No. If you purchase Avast Mobile Security Premium for iOS, your subscription is only valid for this app on an iOS device.

What happens if I upgrade from my current subscription to a different subscription?

When you upgrade from one paid version of Avast Mobile Security to another (for example, from Avast Mobile Security Premium to Avast Mobile Ultimate), Google Play Store automatically calculates how much of your original subscription was unused. To compensate you for the value of this unused subscription, you receive free access to the new paid product for a limited time period. This means that you are not immediately charged when you activate your new paid subscription. The length of your free access period depends on how much of your original subscription was unused. When the free access period ends, your new paid subscription automatically begins and you are charged for your chosen subscription plan (1 year or 1 month). The date of your first payment is displayed during the subscription upgrade.

How can I start using my Avast Mobile Security subscription on another Android device?

When you purchase a paid version of Avast Mobile Security via Google Play Store, your subscription activates automatically on the Android device you use to make the purchase. To start using your subscription on a new Android device:

  1. Sign in to Google Play Store on the new device, using the same Google Account you used to purchase Avast Mobile Security.
  2. Download and install the latest version of Avast Mobile Security from Google Play Store.
  3. After installation, open Avast Mobile Security and tap Scan now.
  4. After the scan completes, tap Already purchased?Restore from Google Play.

Avast Mobile Security automatically retrieves and activates your subscription from Google Play Store.

If you did not purchase your paid version of Avast Mobile Security via Google Play Store, you need to activate your subscription using either an activation code, or by signing in to the app with your Avast Account credentials. For detailed activation instructions, refer to the following article:

How can I cancel a paid Avast Mobile Security subscription?

Uninstalling Avast Mobile Security from your Android device does not cancel your paid subscription, and you will continue to be charged for the subscription until you cancel it. To cancel a subscription, ensure that you are signed into Google Play Store with the Google Account that you used to purchase the subscription, then follow these steps:

  1. On the Home screen of your device, tap the Google Play Store icon to open the store.
  2. Tap the user icon in the top-right corner, then select Payments & subscriptionsSubscriptions.
  3. Tap the subscription you want to cancel and select Cancel Subscription.

Google Play Store confirms the subscription is canceled. Your subscription is canceled and will stop at the end of the current billing cycle.

If you did not purchase your paid version of Avast Mobile Security via Google Play Store, you need to cancel the subscription via your Avast Account. For detailed instructions, refer to the following article:

Uninstalling Avast Mobile Security from your iOS device does not cancel your paid subscription, and you will continue to be charged for the subscription until you cancel it. To cancel a subscription purchased via the App Store, refer to the following instructions on the Apple Support site:

What can I do if Avast Mobile Security does not detect my paid subscription?

In rare cases, Avast Mobile Security does not detect your valid subscription and displays the No subscriptions found message when you try to restore your subscription. For instructions to resolve this issue, refer to the following article:

Is there a free-trial option for Avast Mobile Security Premium?

Yes. The free trial allows you to use all premium features for either 7 or 14 days free of charge. The 7-day free trial activates automatically when you select a monthly Avast Mobile Security Premium subscription, and the day free trial activates automatically when you select a yearly Avast Mobile Security Premium subscription. Once the free trial period ends, your Avast Mobile Security Premium subscription starts automatically.

How can I reactivate my subscription?

If you previously purchased an Avast Mobile Security Premium subscription via the App Store and want to reactivate your subscription, for example on a new or reset device, follow these steps:

  1. Ensure you are logged in to the App Store with the Apple ID that was used to purchase Avast Mobile Security Premium.
  2. Install Avast Mobile Security.
  3. Open Avast Mobile Security and tap Start with free.
  4. Tap Upgrade in the top-right corner.
  5. Tap Already purchased?, then select Restore from iTunes.

Avast Mobile Security connects to the App Store and automatically activates the subscription on your iOS device.

For more information about activating Avast Mobile Security for iOS, refer to the following article:

Features

What is Scan?

The Scan button on the main app screen scans all apps installed on your device and informs you about security risks caused by changes in default Android settings.

Avast Mobile Security automatically scans newly installed apps the first time they are run. If malware is detected, Avast Mobile Security offers to uninstall the app or to delete the file. If an app or file is incorrectly identified as malware, you can report the false-positive detection directly to Avast Threat Labs.

To schedule automatic scans, go to Menu (three lines) ▸ SettingsProtectionScheduled scan. Ensure the slider at the top of the screen is green (On), tap Scan time to set a specific time for the scan to run, and specify Scan days by ticking the box(es) next to the days when you want the scan to automatically run.

What is Boost RAM?

Tap the Boost RAM tile on the main app screen to kill any apps running in the background of your device. This action prevents apps from slowing down your device and draining your battery. When this process completes, the amount of freed space and the number of killed apps is displayed.

What is Clean junk?

When you tap the Clean junk tile on the main app screen, Avast Mobile Security analyzes your device and displays the amount of storage space that is being used by junk files. You can view the specific types of junk files on your device by tapping the Safe clean tile. Untick any items that you don't want to clean, then release space on your device by tapping Clean.

The Clean junk feature cleans three types of files:

  • Temporary app files: Temporary data that can be deleted with no impact on app functionality.
  • Advertisement cache: Data from folders where ad systems save their resources.
  • Used installation files: APK files used by sources other than Google Play.

To free more space, install the Avast Cleanup app directly from the Safe clean results screen.

What is Scan Wi-Fi / Wi-Fi Security?

The Scan Wi-Fi tile on the main app screen scans your network for problems with your router, encryption, Wi-Fi, and connection. When this action is complete, the app advises whether the network you are connected to is safe. Any detected issues are described, along with instructions to resolve the issues. After scanning, the Scan Wi-Fi tile changes to Check speed. You can also access the Scan Wi-Fi feature via Menu (three lines) ▸ Wi-Fi Security, or by tapping the Scan button on the main app screen.

What is Check Speed / Wi-Fi Speed?

Once the Wi-Fi network that you are currently connected to has been scanned for problems using Scan Wi-Fi, the Scan Wi-Fi tile becomes Check speed. When you tap Check speed, the app measures and rates your network's current download and upload speeds. This feature is also accessible via Menu (three lines) ▸ Wi-Fi Speed Test.

What is App Insights?

App Insights provides you with usage information about the apps on your device, data consumption details, and allows you to view which permissions are required by each of your installed apps. To access App Insights, go to Menu (three lines) ▸ App Insights.

Select one of the tabs at the top of the screen:

  • Usage: Shows an overview of the amount of time you spend using each of your apps.
  • Data: Allows Avast Mobile Security to help manage your data consumption and avoid additional charges.
  • Permissions: Shows you which apps on your device require the most permissions. High Permission Apps appear at the top of the list. Tap any app to review the specific permissions required by the app. For non-system apps, you can tap Uninstall to permanently remove the app from your device. It is not possible to uninstall system apps, but you can tap Disable to prevent a system app from running in the background and occupying your device memory.

How can Avast Mobile Security help manage my data consumption?

You can configure Avast Mobile Security to monitor your data consumption and help you avoid additional charges by notifying you when you approach the limit. To set up data usage alerts:

  1. Go to Menu (three lines) ▸ App Insights.
  2. Select the Data tab.
  3. Tap Get started.
  4. Provide the following information:
    • Data limit: set your data package size.
    • Day of month to reset: select the day when your data is reset every month.
  5. Based on the information you provide, Avast Mobile Security calculates your recommended daily limit. Tap Start tracking.
  6. On the App Insights screen, ensure the Data tab is selected and tap Data Usage alerts.
  7. Specify when Avast Mobile Security notifies you about data consumption.

Avast Mobile Security now notifies you about data consumption according to your preferences.

What is Clipboard Cleaner?

Clipboard Cleaner clears your clipboard to prevent possible privacy leaks. If you are not interested in using Clipboard Cleaner, you can disable this feature via Menu (three lines) ▸ SettingsNotifications & alertsRealtime protection. Tap the slider next to Clipboard cleaner notification so that it changes to gray (OFF).

What is App Lock?

App Lock is a premium feature available in Avast Mobile Security Premium that protects your sensitive apps with a PIN or pattern. If you are able to unlock your device with a fingerprint, you can also use this option for App Lock. To enable this feature:

  1. Go to Menu (three lines) ▸ App Lock.
  2. If you are using App Lock for the first time, tap Set up now.
  3. If prompted, follow the on-screen instructions to Set a new PIN code and Grant necessary permissions. You can optionally define a swipe pattern or set up fingerprint unlocking.
  4. Tap Activate App Lock.
  5. To protect an app, tap the relevant slider so that it changes to green (ON). Locked apps appear under Protected apps. Unlocked apps appear under either Recommended to lock or Unprotected apps.

Once App Lock is enabled, you can modify your App Lock settings by tapping Settings (the gear icon) in the top-right corner of the main App Lock screen. The following options are available:

  • Select PIN & pattern to create or change your PIN, set a pattern, or set up fingerprint unlocking.
  • Select App Lock timeout to specify when apps are locked.

App Lock is now configured and ready to use. To disable this feature, tap the slider at the top of the main App Lock screen so that it changes to (Off).

What is Anti-Theft?

Anti-Theft protects your private mobile data and helps you retrieve a lost or stolen device by allowing you to control the device remotely via your Avast Account.

Before you can control your device remotely, Anti-Theft must be enabled on your device. It is not possible to enable Anti-Theft without access to your device. For detailed instructions to enable Anti-Theft, refer to the following article:

Once Anti-Theft is enabled, you can modify your Anti-Theft settings via Menu (three lines) ▸ Anti-Theft. For detailed instructions, refer to the following article:

When you upgrade to a paid version of Avast Mobile Security, you can use the following additional features:

  • Camera trap: captures a photo of the thief when an incorrect PIN is entered.
  • Audio recording: secretly records the phone's surroundings at any time.
  • Last known location: sends a location notification to your Avast Account when the device battery is dying.
  • PIN security: locks your device and sounds an alarm after 8 failed unlock attempts.

What is Photo Vault?

Photo Vault allows you to protect access to your photos with a PIN code. Photos that are moved to Photo Vault are encrypted and hidden. You can access Photo Vault via Menu (three lines) ▸ Photo Vault. To add a photo to Photo Vault, tap the + plus icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen and select one of the following options:

  • Recover old Vault: This option appears if you uninstalled Avast Mobile Security with photos stored in your Photo Vault, then reinstalled the app. When you select this option, photos from the previous Vault are added automatically to your new Vault.
  • Take new photo: Take photos and directly add them to Photo Vault.
    1. Take a photo with your camera.
    2. Tap OK to place the photo in the Vault, or tap Retry to take the photo again.
  • Import from gallery: Select photos from your existing gallery and add them to Photo Vault.
    1. Tick the photo(s) that you want to protect.
    2. Tap Hide now.

To remove photos from Photo Vault, tick the photo(s) you want to remove and tap the relevant icon at the top of the screen:

  • Export icon: Exports a photo back to the original location and makes it visible to others.
  • Trash icon: Removes a photo from the Vault and from the original location. This action cannot be undone.

If you forget your PIN:

  1. When you are asked to enter your PIN, tap More options (three dots) in the top-right corner and select Reset PIN.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to reset your PIN using your Google Account credentials.

In the free version of Avast Mobile Security, you can protect up to 10 photos. To secure an unlimited number of photos, upgrade to a paid version of Avast Mobile Security.

Why has the Firewall feature been removed from Avast Mobile Security for Android?

The Firewall feature in Avast Mobile Security for Android depended on access to several system features that required root privileges. Due to low usage of the Firewall feature, and the risks associated with using a rooted device, we have removed Firewall from Avast Mobile Security for Android version and higher.

If you have version or lower, you need to reset the original Firewall rules before upgrading to version or higher. If you already updated to or higher without restoring the Firewall rules, you need to uninstall , install , then reinstall

Avast does not recommend rooting. A rooted device is generally not as secure and users who choose to root their device are exposed to higher risks.

Rooting is a process that allows Android users to attain privileged control of their device (known as root access) within the Android system. Rooting allows the user to override limitations set by carriers and hardware manufacturers. This makes it possible to alter or replace system applications and settings, and run specialized apps that require administrator-level permissions.

What is Call Blocker?

Due to changes in the Google Play Developer Policy Center and Android policies, Call Blocker is not available in Avast Mobile Security version and higher, or on devices running Android 9and higher. For more information, refer to the following article:

Call Blocker enables you to block calls from the following numbers or contacts:

  • All unknown numbers.
  • All hidden numbers.
  • A chosen contact from your contacts list.
  • A chosen number that you have entered manually into the app.

To access Call Blocker, go to Menu (three lines) ▸ Call Blocker. When a call is blocked, the caller is automatically redirected to voice mail.

View a list of calls that have been blocked by tapping History in the Call Blocker menu.

What is Power Save?

Power Save is not available in Avast Mobile Security version and higher.

Power Save allows you to adjust a range of settings that may reduce your device's battery consumption. Access Power Save by tapping Menu (three lines) ▸ Power Save. Select Activate Power Save to enable Power Save. Tap Power Save Settings to configure how your device behaves when Power Save is enabled, or alternatively use the default configuration.

What is Wi-Fi Protection?

Wi-Fi Protection (previously called Secure Browsing) uses our VPN (Virtual Private Network) infrastructure to create a secured VPN connection. This protects the data you upload and download from the internet, secures data sent from your device, and keeps your internet activity completely private. Wi-Fi Protection is available as part of an Avast Mobile Security Premium subscription.

How do I activate Wi-Fi Protection?

Wi-Fi Protection is available with an Avast Mobile Security Premium subscription. The first time you activate Wi-Fi Protection, the app prompts you to add VPN Configurations. To activate Wi-Fi Protection, follow the steps below:

  1. Tap Turn on VPN on the Wi-Fi Protection tile.
  2. Review the Logging Policy and Use terms, then tap Accept.
  3. If prompted, tap Allow to add VPN Configurations.

Wi-Fi Protection is now activated, connecting you to the closest server we have in your location. To temporarily turn off the VPN, tap Pause VPN on the main Avast Mobile Security screen.

What is the difference between Wi-Fi Protection and the Avast SecureLine VPN app?

Wi-Fi Protection and the Avast SecureLine VPN app both give you a secure VPN connection to protect your online activities. Wi-Fi Protection connects you to the closest server we have in your location, whereas the Avast SecureLine VPN app allows you to choose which server you connect to.

What is Identity Protection?

Identity Protection keeps all of your online accounts safe by ensuring none of the passwords linked to your email address have been leaked online. If a leak is found, Identity Protection immediately notifies you and prompts you to change the password that was compromised.

How do I activate Identity Protection?

  1. Tap Add email on the Identity Protection tile.
  2. Tap Add email address.
  3. Enter your email address, then tap Add email.

Identity Protection immediately checks for any leaked data online connected to your email address. An alert notifies you if any data leaks are found. Identity Protection remains active and notifies you again if it detects any future data leaks connected to your email address.

How do I add more email addresses to Identity Protection?

Having more than one email address secured by Identity Protection is only possible with an Avast Mobile Security Premium subscription. Upgrade to Avast Mobile Security Premium then follow the instructions below:

  1. Tap the Identity Protection tile on the main Avast Mobile Security screen.
  2. Tap Add email address.
  3. Enter the email address you want to add, then tap Add email.

What is Photo Vault?

Photo Vault protects your photos and images from prying eyes by moving them to a passcode-protected, encrypted vault. Up to 40 photos or images from your device or camera can be added to the vault. With an Avast Mobile Security Premium subscription you can store an unlimited number of photos or images in Photo Vault.

If you uninstall Avast Mobile Security from your iOS device, any photos you have stored in the Photo Vault will be deleted along with the app and there is no option to restore them. We recommend exporting your files from Photo Vault before uninstalling the app.

How do I activate Photo Vault?

To activate Photo Vault, first you need to set up a passcode:

  1. Tap Open on the Photo Vault tile.
  2. Tap Set passcode.
  3. Enter a four-digit passcode, then enter your passcode again to confirm it.

Photo Vault is now active and you can add photos and images to the vault to protect them from being accessed by other people using your iOS device.

If your device has Touch or Face ID capability, you have the option to enable this functionality after you have set up a passcode. If you choose to enable Touch or Face ID, this will replace your passcode for accessing Photo Vault.

How do I add photos or images to Photo Vault?

You can add existing photos or images to your Photo Vault from the Photo Library on your device, or you can use the camera on your device to take a photo and import it directly into your Photo Vault.

To add photos or images to Photo Vault:

  1. Tap Open on the Photo Vault tile.
  2. Enter your passcode, then tap the + plus icon.
  3. Select either Photo Library or Camera, then follow the relevant steps below:

Photo Library

  1. If prompted, tap OK to give Avast Mobile Security permission to access your Photo Library.
  2. Tap a photo to select it, then tap Select.
  3. Optionally, tap Delete to remove the photo from your photo library.

Camera

  1. If prompted, tap OK to give Avast Mobile Security permission to access your camera.
  2. Take a photo then tap Use Photo or Retake.

Your photo is imported into Photo Vault.

If you uninstall Avast Mobile Security, any photos you have stored in the Photo Vault will be deleted along with the app and there is no option to restore them. We recommend exporting your files from Photo Vault before uninstalling the app.

Can I export my photos from Photo Vault?

Yes. We recommend exporting your photos from Photo Vault before uninstalling the app.

To export your photos from Photo Vault:

  1. Tap Open on the Photo Vault tile.
  2. Enter your passcode.
  3. Tap Select.
  4. Tap the photo(s) you want to export. A green border appears around the selected photo(s).
  5. Tap Share in the bottom-left corner.
  6. Select your preferred method for exporting or saving the files and follow the on-screen instructions.

How can I change my passcode for Photo Vault?

To change your Photo Vault passcode:

  1. Open the app and go to Settings.
  2. Under Photo Vault, tap Change passcode.
  3. Enter your current passcode.
  4. Enter a new 4-digit passcode.
  5. Enter your new passcode again to confirm it.

Your passcode for Photo Vault has been changed.

VPN Protection

What is VPN Protection?

The VPN Protection feature allows you to connect to the internet via secure Avast VPN servers, using an encrypted tunnel to protect your online activity from eavesdropping. VPN in Avast Mobile Security for Android offers:

  • Protection: when many people are connected to the same public network, attackers can capture sensitive data, such as logins and passwords. The encrypted VPN connection provides effective protection against these types of attacks.
  • Anonymization: with broadband connections, many people have fixed IP addresses, which can be tracked when browsing sensitive sites. With a VPN connection, the browsing session is effectively anonymized, as the IP address the remote server sees is the address of the VPN server, not the user.
  • Access content around the world: when you are connected to a VPN server in another location, you gain access to content that may be restricted in your location. This allows you to browse freely, even from countries with web censorship.

What is the difference between the VPN feature in Avast Mobile Security for Android and the Avast SecureLine VPN app?

Both the VPN Protection feature in Avast Mobile Security for Android and the Avast SecureLine VPN app allow you to connect to the internet via secure Avast VPN servers, protecting your personal data, and effectively anonymizing your online activity. When you connect to our VPN servers using the VPN Protection feature in Avast Mobile Security for Android, you can choose from the same list of server locations that is available in Avast SecureLine VPN.

The Avast SecureLine VPN app contains certain advanced settings options that are not available in Avast Mobile Security for Android, including Auto Connect and Split Tunneling. For more information, refer to the following article:

It is not possible to use the VPN Protection feature in Avast Mobile Security for Android without Avast Mobile Ultimate. These subscriptions allow you to use either the VPN Protection feature or Avast SecureLine VPN.

How can I add the VPN feature to Avast Mobile Security for Android?

The VPN feature in Avast Mobile Security is available for Android devices with an Avast Mobile Ultimate subscription.

Can I use my subscription for Avast SecureLine VPN to activate the VPN feature in Avast Mobile Security for Android?

No. In this case you would continue to use Avast SecureLine VPN as a separate app. However, the activation code from an Avast Mobile Ultimate subscription can be used to activate either the VPN feature in Avast Mobile Security or Avast SecureLine VPN (for use on up to 5 Android devices simultaneously).

Settings

How do I change the notifications I see in Avast Mobile Security?

Go to Menu (three lines) ▸ SettingsNotifications & alerts. Notifications and alerts are divided into the following sections:

  • Realtime protection
    • Permanent notification: Ensures complete protection by preventing Android stopping Avast Mobile Security from running in the background. It also ensures that App Lock works properly.
    • Clipboard cleaner notification: Notifies you if you have content copied to your clipboard and offers to clear it to prevent privacy leaks.
    • Sensitive app notification: Notifies you when a sensitive app is installed and prompts you to protect access to the sensitive app by using App Lock.
    • App Install Shield notification: Informs you if the app you are installing or updating is safe.
    • Scan complete popups: Displays a popup to inform you immediately when a scan completes and the results are ready to show.
    • Low battery ping: Prompts you to turn on Last Known Location so that you can locate your phone after the battery dies, or even after your phone is turned off. Last Known Location is a setting within the Anti-Theft feature.
    • Sensitive content detected: Detects when sensitive web content is displayed and recommends that you use a VPN.
    • Security stats notification: Notifies you about your monthly security statistics.
  • Performance
    • Task killing notification: Notifies you about apps running in the background and offers to stop them. This is connected to the Boost RAM tile on the main app screen.
    • Safe Clean: Notifies you when more than 50 MB of unnecessary files are found on your device and recommends that you clean your device.
  • Wi-Fi networking
    • Unknown network dialog: Offers to check security, test speed, and secure connection when connecting to an unknown network.
    • Security scan: Offers to scan your network for security threats.
    • Speed test: Offers to check your connection speed.
    • Auto-scan unknown networks: Automatically scans new Wi-Fi networks for security threats.
  • Data Usage alerts
    • Cycle usage reaches: Informs you when data usage reaches a percentage level that you specify.
    • Cycle limit is reached: Notifies you when your data cycle limit has been reached.
    • Daily limit is reached: Notifies you when your daily data limit has been reached.
    • Always show data usage in notifications: Always displays data usage in notifications.

How can I disable or customize the permanent notification?

The permanent notification ensures your device's complete protection by preventing Android from stopping Avast Mobile Security processes. On devices running Android or higher, disabling the permanent notification is not an option. However, the notification can be minimized or configured for minimal interruption via your device settings. For more information, refer to the following article:

How can I customize my protection settings?

Protection components in Avast Mobile Security monitor and scan your device to detect suspicious activity and protect you against malware and viruses.

Go to Menu (three lines) ▸ SettingsProtection to access the following options:

  • Scheduled scan: Allows you to set a schedule for scanning. Select a day of the week and time for the app to scan your device automatically.
  • Ignored issues: Shows a list of ignored issues, if you did not fix them after a scan.
  • App Install Shield: Scans apps after installation.
  • File Shield: Scans your device for malicious files.
  • Web Shield: Scans each URL that loads and warns you when the browser loads a malware-infected URL, while also protecting you against phishing and other malicious websites. To enable this setting, you must first grant Avast Mobile Security the Accessibility permission in your device settings.
  • Internal storage scanning: Scans files that are stored in your internal storage. Enabling this option may prolong the scanning process.
  • Low reputation apps: Scans apps then compares them to Avast user ratings, and warns you about apps with a low reputation.
  • PUP detection: Marks Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) as malware and handles them accordingly.

How can I change App Lock timeout settings?

To specify when apps will be locked by the App Lock feature, go to Menu (three lines) ▸ SettingsApp Lock and tap App Lock timeout. The following options are available:

  • Immediately: Locks an app immediately after you send it to the background.
  • 10 seconds: Locks an app 10 seconds after you send it to the background.
  • 30 seconds: Locks an app 30 seconds after you send it to the background.
  • 1 minute: Locks an app 1 minute after you send it to the background.
  • When screen turns off: Locks an app when your device screen turns off.

When this or another app managed by App Lock is launched within the selected timeout, the countdown stops and restarts. Regardless of the timeout settings, App Lock always locks your apps when your screen turns off.

When one app is unlocked, all other apps managed by App Lock are also automatically unlocked so you can access all your apps within the timeout period.

How do I verify which version of Avast Mobile Security is installed on my device?

  1. Open Avast Mobile Security and tap Menu (three lines).
  2. Tap SettingsAbout.
  3. Verify your current app version under AntiVirus.

To check the version number of your Avast Mobile Security app, open the app and go to Settings. The app version number is listed at the bottom of the screen under Current version.

Where can I find the Avast Mobile Security Activity Log?

The Activity Log is available via Menu (three lines) ▸ SettingsActivity Log.

The Activity Log allows you to see all activity performed by Avast Mobile Security for Android. This mainly includes updates and scans. You can clear the Activity Log by tapping the trash icon in the top-right corner.

How can I control which data I share with Avast and third parties?

When you use Avast Mobile Security, you share anonymous usage statistics and error reports with Avast and third parties to help improve the app. To manage your data sharing preferences, go to Menu (three lines) ▸ SettingsPersonal Privacy. Tap the slider next to one of the following options so that it changes to green (ON) to opt in, or gray (OFF) to opt out:

  • Improvements
    • Share threat data with Avast to improve the security of all Avast antivirus users (Community IQ).
    • Share app-usage data with Avast to help us with new product development.
    • Share app usage data with 3rd-party analytics tools to improve this app.
  • Offers
    • Share app-usage data with Avast so we may offer you upgrades or other products. In the free version of Avast Mobile Security, this option is enabled by default and does not appear.

Sharing app-usage data with Avast and third-party analytics tools is automatically enabled to help improve the app. You can disable these settings, go to SettingsData Settings and tap the green (ON) slider next to each option so that it changes to gray (OFF).

How can I check if my virus definitions are updated?

Virus definitions are updated automatically. Go to Menu (three lines) ▸ SettingsUpdates to check the current virus definitions version and the date when it was installed. You can also tap Check for update to make sure that you have the latest version installed. To prevent Avast Mobile Security from updating when you are using mobile data to connect to the internet, tap the slider next to Update over Wi-Fi only so that it changes to green (ON). We do not recommend keeping this setting enabled.

Troubleshooting

How can I uninstall Avast Mobile Security?

If you no longer want to use Avast Mobile Security, you need to cancel your subscription before uninstalling the app from your device.

For detailed uninstallation instructions, refer to the following article:

How can I disable third-party ads in Avast Mobile Security for Android?

To support the ongoing development of Avast Mobile Security, the free version of the app includes third-party ads that do not interfere with app usage. Paid versions of Avast Mobile Security are ad-free and include a range of additional premium features and benefits. Purchase a paid version of Avast Mobile Security by tapping Upgrade in the top-right corner of the main app screen.

Alternatively, you can purchase an Ad Free subscription. This option removes third-party ads from Avast Mobile Security, but does notinclude any additional premium features and benefits. An Ad Free subscription is only available after you have used the Free version of Avast Mobile Security for approximately days. When this subscription option is available, the 'Remove ads' panel appears on the main app screen. To purchase an Ad Free subscription, tap the gray (OFF) slider next to Remove ads and follow the on-screen instructions.

What should I do if the Accessibility permission is disabled repeatedly?

To improve performance, some Android devices force apps to stop when your device screen turns off. This often causes apps with the Accessibility permission to lose this permission.

To re-enable the Accessibility permission, open your device settings, search for , then grant this permission to Avast Mobile Security.

We recommend changing your system settings to prevent Avast Mobile Security from losing the permission. For detailed instructions, refer to the following article:

How can I reset the PIN for App Lock?

If you forget your App Lock PIN, reset it by following these steps:

  1. Go to Menu (three lines) ▸ SettingsPIN & patternChange PIN.
  2. Tap More options (three dots) in the top-right corner and select Reset PIN.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to reset the PIN using your Google Account credentials.

What should I do if Avast Mobile Security for Android crashes or stops running?

Try one of the following options:

  • Fully uninstall and then reinstall Avast Mobile Security.
  • Report the issue to Avast Support so that our support representatives can perform a deeper analysis of the issue.
  • Join the Avast Beta program to test the latest versions of Avast Android apps before public release. This means that you receive app updates and bug fixes earlier.
  • If you are running Android or lower, ensure that Permanent notification is enabled. If it is disabled, Android may kill the Avast Mobile Security process and stop the app. On Android 8 and higher it is not possible to disable the Permanent notification.

What can I do when Avast Mobile Security for Android cannot remove malware?

In rare cases, Avast Mobile Security detects malware but cannot uninstall it. This is usually caused by the level of permissions granted to the suspicious app, or by the app being installed as a system app. For more information, refer to the following article:

How can I report a false positive detection to Avast Threat Labs?

In rare cases, Avast Mobile Security may detect and mark a clean file as malware. You can report false detections to Avast Threat Labs directly from the scan results screen:

  1. Tap More options (three dots) next to the detected file that you want to report.
  2. Select the Report as false positive option.
  3. Type a description of the issue and enter your email address (if you want to be notified when the file analysis is finished).
  4. Tap Send.

How can I disable sound alerts for background notifications from Avast Mobile Security?

On some Honor or Huawei devices, a sound plays each time you receive a notification from Avast Mobile Security. To prevent this, follow the steps below on your Honor or Huawei device:

  1. Open your device Settings and go to Apps & notifications.
  2. Select Notifications management.
  3. Tap Avast Mobile Security for Android, then select Background services.
  4. Tap the blue (ON) slider next to Ringtone, so it changes to gray (OFF).

A sound no longer plays each time you receive a notification from Avast Mobile Security.

Why does Avast Mobile Security need so many permissions?

Avast Mobile Security for Android requires many permissions that may initially seem unnecessary. This is because permission classifications in Android are assigned a name based on the most common use case, but does not describe all the kinds of processes that require the permission. For example, the full internet access permission is required to receive updates to malware definitions, and Scan and Web Shield need permission to read phone data so the data can be scanned for threats.

We take your privacy very seriously. The permissions requested are the minimum set that are needed to implement the functionality of Avast Mobile Security for Android. For more information, refer to the following article:

How can I report an issue to Avast Support?

We offer many self-help articles on the Avast Support pages. However, some issues may require deeper investigation by Avast Support.

Report any issues to our support team using the instructions in the following article:

You can contact our technical or sales support, send us a message, or connect to a dedicated forum all via the Avast Mobile Security app. Go to SettingsContact Support, then select your preferred option.

How can I provide feedback about the app?

You can provide feedback about Avast Mobile Security for iOS in several ways:

  • Write a review in the App Store.
  • Tell your friends about our software on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Post reviews in iOS related forums.
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Network security with CloudGuard Posture Management Clarity allows the team to visualize their cloud perimeter, network topology, security policies and configurations in real-time. It lets them see how the network changes, including configurations of different security groups, as well as being able to drill down to see each instance exposure and its security group assignment. CloudGuard Posture Management Clarity allowed them to quickly spot misconfigurations and eliminate vulnerabilities such as open ports or broken network links between different system tiers. Finally, CloudGuard Posture Management Clarity eased policy analysis, helping the team to enhance rules and strengthen their network security policies with quick links to edit relevant rules and components.

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What is Avast Mobile Security?

Avast Mobile Security for Android is a security app that secures mobile devices against unwanted phishing, malware, and spyware, as well Blender 2.83 Portable Archives malicious viruses such as trojans. In addition, the embedded Anti-Theft feature allows you to locate and track your lost or stolen device on a map with our web-based mobile tracking that uses GPS and other triangulation methods.

Avast Mobile Security for iOS is an app designed to protect your privacy online, securely store your photos, block dangerous websites, and alert you if any of your personal data linked to your email address has been leaked online.

How does Avast Mobile Security protect my device?

Avast Mobile Security protects your Android device from known malware and threats, and monitors data going in and out according to your preferences. We do our best to protect your device against all possible threats, but no solution is % effective.

Like all products on the Android market, it is subject to limitations imposed by the operating system version that is running on the device. It cannot protect against exploits targeting specific vulnerabilities in the OS kernel, the network stack and other fundamental parts of the system. However, we take our role in the security industry seriously, and continuously work with Android vendors to develop future solutions to minimize the risk of attacks.

How is Avast Mobile Security for Android different from Avast Premium Security for desktop computers?

The Scan feature and the Shields included in Avast Mobile Security for Android use different definitions than the ones used in our antivirus software for PCs. The app is customized to run on mobile devices, and so the definitions are specific to malware that attacks mobile platforms, Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code. This saves your device from being overloaded by our PC antivirus engine, which includes an enormous amount of malware data that is not relevant to your mobile device.

How much battery does Avast Mobile Security use?

Avast Mobile Security for Android is HUAWEI mobile connect crack serial keygen to have minimal impact on battery life. Testing across multiple devices shows that all services by this app generally take up less than 5% of battery consumption (by comparison, the Launcher can take up about 15% and Gmail about 8%). Avast Mobile Security can reach maximally 20% battery usage at the peak of CPU use (about seconds).

Download and Installation

What are the system requirements for Avast Mobile Security?

  • Google Android (Marshmallow, API 23) or later
  • Internet connection to download, activate, and maintain app updates

Avast Mobile Security supports both Android phones and tablets. The app is compatible with all ARM Android devices. However, each vendor or manufacturer makes slight changes in their devices, so some features may behave unexpectedly or, in rare cases, not work. Please note that Avast cannot cover all vendor customizations to the OS. However, we gladly accept feedback if you experience any compatibility issues on your Android device.

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Avast Mobile Security is notsupported by and cannot be installed or run on:
  • Devices running Google Android (Lollipop, API 22) or lower. However, if you are using an older version of Avast Mobile Security on those systems, you can still receive updates to the virus database.
  • Symbian, iOS, Microsoft Windows Phone/Mobile, Bada, WebOS, or any mobile operating system other than Android. This app does not work on iPhone or iPad devices.

You can install and run the latest version of Avast Mobile Security on any iOS device capable of running iOS or later.

How do I download and install Avast Mobile Security?

  1. On your Android device, tap the button below to open the Avast Mobile Security for Android product page in Google Play Store. Go to Google Play Store
  2. Tap Install to download and install the app. When installation is complete, tap Open to open Avast Mobile Security.
  3. Tap Scan now to check your device for security issues. If prompted, grant Avast Mobile Security permission to access your files, photos, and other media.
  4. When the scan completes, follow the on-screen instructions to resolve any detected issues.
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  6. Select one of the options below:
    • Purchase: Tap Use advanced security and select your preferred plan, then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the purchase.
    • Use free version: Tap Use basic securityContinue as free.
    • Activate: If you purchased an Avast Mobile Security subscription before installation, tap Already purchased?. Then, select the relevant option to activate your paid subscription.
  1. On your iOS device, tap the button below to open the Avast Mobile Security for iOS product page in the App Store. Go to the App Store
  2. Tap Get to download and install the app. Alternatively, when reinstalling the app, tap the cloud icon.
  3. When installation is complete, tap Open, or tap the Avast Mobile Security icon on the Home screen of your device to open the app.
  4. Tap Next to continue through the welcome tutorial, or tap Skip.
  5. Tap Start with free to use the free version of the app.

Avast Mobile Security is now installed on your device. For detailed installation and activation instructions, refer to the following articles:

Subscription and Activation

What are the benefits of an Avast Mobile Security Premium subscription?

Avast Remo Recover license key Archives Security Premium is the paid version of the app. With a paid Premium subscription, you can take advantage of the following premium features:

  • Remove ads: Eliminate third-party ads from your Avast Mobile Security experience.
  • App Lock: Protect access to your apps with a PIN.
  • Anti-Theft: Use additional options that help you protect and locate your lost or stolen device.
    • Camera trap: Capture a photo of the thief when an incorrect PIN is entered.
    • Audio recording: Secretly record the phone's surroundings at any time.
    • Last known location: Sends a location notification to your Avast Account when the device battery is dying.
    • PIN security: Locks your device and sounds an alarm after 8 failed unlock attempts.
  • Photo Vault: Secure storage of an unlimited number of photos.
  • Avast direct support: Receive prioritized responses to your support inquiries.
  • Wi-Fi Protection: Protect your privacy by using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to ensure no one can spy on your online activity.
  • Unlimited Identity Protection: Monitor multiple email accounts and immediately receive a notification if any of your personal data is found leaked online.
  • Unlimited Photo Vault: Lock an unlimited number of photos in an encrypted vault so that only you have access to them.

What features are included in the other paid versions of Avast Mobile Security for Android?

In addition to Avast Mobile Security Premium for Android, we also offer the following paid products:

Avast Mobile Pro Plus is only available as an upgrade from Avast Cleanup for Android.

How can I purchase a paid version of Avast Mobile Security?

  1. Tap Upgrade in the top-right corner of the main app screen.
  2. Select your preferred product, then tap Upgrade now.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the transaction.

When the transaction completes, your subscription activates automatically on the device used for purchase. Your purchased subscription is valid on all devices that are connected to your Google Account and have Avast Mobile Security installed.

The paid versions available for purchase may differ according to your region and certain regulatory restrictions. You may see some or all of the subscription packages offered by Avast.

How do I upgrade to Avast Mobile Security Premium?

  1. Tap the Avast Mobile Security icon on the Home screen of your device to open the app.
  2. Tap Upgrade in the top-right corner.
  3. Select your preferred subscription plan.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the purchase.

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No. If you purchase Avast Mobile Security Premium for iOS, your subscription is only valid for this app on an iOS device.

What Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code if I upgrade from my current subscription to a different subscription?

When you upgrade from one paid version of Avast Mobile Security to another (for example, from Avast Mobile Security Premium to Avast Mobile Ultimate), Google Play Store automatically calculates how much of your original subscription was unused. To compensate you for the value of this unused subscription, you receive free access to the new paid product for a limited time period. This means that you are not immediately charged when you activate your new paid subscription. The length of your free access period depends on how much of your original subscription You are unable to access this email address freeprosoftz.com unused. When the free access period ends, your new paid subscription automatically begins and you are charged for your chosen subscription plan (1 year or 1 month). The date of your first payment is displayed during the subscription upgrade.

How can I start using my Avast Mobile Security subscription on another Android device?

When you purchase a paid version of Avast Mobile Security via Google Play Store, your subscription activates automatically on the Android device you use to make the purchase. To start using your subscription on a new Android device:

  1. Sign in to Google Play Store on the new device, using the same Google Account you used to purchase Avast Mobile Security.
  2. Download and install the latest version of Avast Mobile Security from Google Play Store.
  3. After installation, open Avast Mobile Security and tap Scan now.
  4. After the scan completes, tap Already purchased?Restore from Google Play.

Avast Mobile Security automatically retrieves and activates your subscription from Google Play Store.

If you did not purchase your paid version of Avast Mobile Security via Google Play Store, you need to activate your subscription using either an activation code, or by signing in to the app with your Avast Account credentials. For detailed activation instructions, refer to the following article:

How can I cancel a paid Avast Mobile Security subscription?

Uninstalling Avast Mobile Security from your Android device does not cancel your paid subscription, and you will continue to be charged for the subscription until you cancel it. To cancel a subscription, ensure that you are signed into Google Play Store with the Google Account that you used to purchase the subscription, then follow these steps:

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  3. Tap the subscription you want to cancel and select Cancel Subscription.

Google Play Store confirms the subscription is canceled. Your subscription is canceled and will stop at the end of the current billing cycle.

If Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code did not purchase your paid version of Avast Mobile Security via Google Play Store, you need to cancel the subscription via your Avast Account. For detailed instructions, refer to the following article:

Uninstalling Avast Mobile Security from your iOS device does not cancel your paid subscription, and you will continue to be charged for the subscription until you cancel it. To cancel a subscription purchased via the App Store, refer to the following instructions on the Apple Support site:

What can I do if Avast Mobile Security MAZTERIZE not detect my paid subscription?

In rare cases, Avast Mobile Security does not detect your valid subscription and displays the No subscriptions found message when you try to restore your subscription. For instructions to resolve this issue, refer to the following article:

Is there a free-trial option for Avast Mobile Security Premium?

Yes. The free trial allows you to use all premium features for either 7 or 14 days free of charge. The 7-day free trial activates automatically when you select a monthly Avast Mobile Security Premium subscription, and the day free trial activates automatically when you select a yearly Avast Mobile Security Premium subscription. Once the free trial period ends, your Avast Mobile Security Premium subscription starts automatically.

How can I reactivate my subscription?

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  1. Ensure you are logged in to the App Store with the Apple ID that was used to purchase Avast Mobile Security Premium.
  2. Install Avast Mobile Security.
  3. Open Avast Mobile Security and tap Start with free.
  4. Tap Upgrade in the top-right corner.
  5. Tap Already purchased?, then select Restore from iTunes.

Avast Mobile Security connects to the App Store and automatically activates the subscription on your iOS device.

For more information about activating Avast Mobile Security for iOS, refer to the following article:

Features

What is Scan?

The Scan button on the main app screen scans all apps installed on your device and informs you about security risks caused by changes in default Android settings.

Avast Mobile Security automatically scans Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code installed apps the first time they are run. If malware is detected, Avast Mobile Security offers to uninstall the app or to delete the file. If an app or file is incorrectly identified as malware, you can report the false-positive detection directly to Avast Threat Labs.

To schedule automatic scans, go to Menu (three lines) ▸ SettingsProtectionScheduled scan, Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code. Ensure the slider at the top of the screen is green (On), tap Scan time to set a specific time for the scan to run, and specify Scan days by ticking the box(es) next to the days when you want the scan to automatically run.

What is Boost RAM?

Tap the Boost RAM tile on the main app screen to kill any apps running in the background of your device. This action prevents apps from slowing down your device and draining your battery. When this process completes, the amount of freed space and the number of killed apps is displayed.

What is Clean junk?

When you tap the Clean junk tile on the main app screen, Avast Mobile Security analyzes your device and displays the amount of storage space that is being used by junk files. You can view the specific types of junk files on your device by tapping the Safe clean tile. Untick any items that you don't want to clean, then release space on your device by tapping Clean.

The Clean junk feature cleans three types of files:

  • Temporary app files: Temporary data that can be deleted with no impact on app functionality.
  • Advertisement cache: Data from folders where ad systems save their resources.
  • Used installation files: APK files used by sources other than Google Play.

To free more space, install the Avast Cleanup app directly from the Safe clean results screen.

What is Scan Wi-Fi / Wi-Fi Security?

The Scan Wi-Fi tile on the main app screen scans your network for problems with your router, Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code, encryption, Wi-Fi, and connection. When this action is complete, the Itube studio registration code windows keygen,serial advises whether the network you are connected to is safe. Any detected issues are described, along with instructions to resolve the issues. After scanning, the Scan Wi-Fi tile changes to Check speed. You can also access the Scan Wi-Fi feature via Menu (three lines) ▸ Wi-Fi Security, or by tapping the Scan button on the main app screen.

What is Check Speed / Wi-Fi Speed?

Once the Wi-Fi network that you are currently connected to has been scanned for problems using Scan Wi-Fi, the Scan Wi-Fi tile becomes Check speed. When you tap Check speed, the app measures and rates your network's current download and upload speeds. This feature is also accessible via Menu (three lines) ▸ Wi-Fi Speed Test.

What is App Insights?

App Insights provides you with usage information about the apps on your device, data consumption details, and allows you to view which permissions are required by each of your installed apps. To access App Insights, go to Menu (three lines) ▸ App Insights.

Select one of the tabs at the top of the screen:

  • Usage: Shows an overview of the amount of time you spend using each of your apps.
  • Data: Allows Avast Mobile Security to help manage your data consumption and avoid additional charges.
  • Permissions: Shows you which apps on your device require the most permissions. High Permission Apps appear at the top of the list. Tap any app to review the specific permissions required by the app. For non-system apps, you can tap Uninstall to permanently remove the app from your device. It is not possible to uninstall system apps, but you can tap Disable to prevent a system app from running in the background and occupying your device memory.

How can Avast Mobile Security help manage my data consumption?

You can configure Avast Mobile Security to monitor your data consumption and help you avoid additional charges by notifying you when you approach the limit. To set up data usage alerts:

  1. Go to Menu (three lines) ▸ App Insights.
  2. Select the Data tab.
  3. Tap Get started.
  4. Provide the following information:
    • Data limit: set your data package size.
    • Day of month to reset: select the day when your data is reset every month.
  5. Based on the information you provide, Avast Mobile Security calculates your recommended daily limit. Tap Start tracking.
  6. On the App Insights screen, ensure the Data tab is selected and tap Data Usage alerts.
  7. Specify when Avast Mobile Security notifies you about data consumption.

Avast Mobile Security now notifies you about data consumption according to your preferences.

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Clipboard Cleaner clears your clipboard to prevent possible privacy leaks. If you are not interested in using Clipboard Cleaner, you can disable this feature via Menu (three lines) ▸ SettingsNotifications & alertsRealtime protection. Tap the slider next to Clipboard cleaner notification so that it changes to gray (OFF).

What is App Lock?

App Lock is a premium feature available in Avast Mobile Security Premium that protects your sensitive apps with a PIN or pattern. If you are able to unlock your device with a fingerprint, you can also use this option for App Lock. To enable this feature:

  1. Go to Menu (three lines) ▸ App Lock.
  2. If you are using App Lock for the first time, tap Set up now.
  3. If prompted, follow the on-screen instructions to Set Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code new PIN code and Grant necessary permissions. You can optionally define a swipe pattern or set up fingerprint unlocking.
  4. Tap Activate App Lock.
  5. To protect an app, tap the relevant slider so that it changes to green (ON). Locked apps appear under Protected apps. Unlocked apps appear under either Recommended to lock or Unprotected apps.

Once App Lock is enabled, you can modify your App Lock settings by tapping Settings (the gear icon) in the top-right corner of the main App Lock screen. The following options are available:

  • Select PIN & pattern to create or change your PIN, set a pattern, or set up fingerprint unlocking.
  • Select App Lock timeout to specify when apps are locked.

App Lock is now configured and ready to use. To disable this feature, tap the slider at the top of the main App Lock screen so that it changes to (Off).

What is Anti-Theft?

Anti-Theft protects your private mobile data and Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 PC Game Crack Highly Compressed you retrieve a lost or stolen device by allowing you to control the device remotely via your Avast Account.

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When you upgrade to a paid version of Avast Mobile Security, you can use the following additional features:

  • Camera trap: captures a photo of the thief when an incorrect PIN is entered.
  • Audio recording: secretly records the phone's surroundings at any time.
  • Last known location: sends a location notification to your Avast Account when the device battery is dying.
  • PIN security: locks your device and sounds an alarm after 8 failed unlock attempts.

What is Photo Vault?

Photo Vault allows you to protect access to your photos with a PIN code. Photos that are moved to Photo Vault are encrypted and hidden. You can access Photo Vault via Menu (three lines) ▸ Photo Vault. To add a photo to Photo Vault, tap the + plus icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen and select one of the following options:

  • Recover old Vault: This option appears if you uninstalled Avast Mobile Security with photos stored in your Photo Vault, then reinstalled the app. When you select this option, photos from the previous Vault are added automatically to your new Vault.
  • Take new photo: Take photos and directly add them to Photo Vault.
    1. Take a photo with your camera.
    2. Tap OK to place the photo in the Vault, or tap Retry to take the photo again.
  • Import from gallery: Select photos from your existing gallery and add them to Photo Vault.
    1. Tick the photo(s) that you want to protect.
    2. Tap Hide now.

To remove photos from Photo Vault, tick the photo(s) you want to remove and tap the relevant icon at the top of the screen:

  • Export icon: Exports a photo back to the original location and makes it visible to others.
  • Trash icon: Removes a photo from the Vault and from the original location. This action cannot be undone.

If you forget your PIN:

  1. When you are asked to enter your PIN, tap More options (three dots) in the top-right corner and select Reset PIN.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to reset your PIN using Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code Google Account credentials.

In the free version of Avast Mobile Security, you can protect up to 10 photos. To secure an unlimited number of photos, upgrade to a paid version of Avast Mobile Security.

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If you have version or lower, you need to reset the original Firewall rules before upgrading to version or higher. If you already updated to or higher without restoring the Firewall rules, you need to uninstallinstallthen reinstall

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Rooting is a process that allows Android users to attain privileged control of their device (known as root access) within the Android system. Rooting allows the user to override limitations set by carriers and hardware manufacturers. This makes it possible to alter or replace system applications and settings, and run specialized apps that require administrator-level permissions.

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    What is Power Save?

    Power Save is not available in Avast Mobile Security version and higher.

    Power Save allows you to adjust a range of settings that aomei partition assistant pro 8 reduce your device's battery consumption. Access Power Save by tapping Menu (three lines) ▸ Power Save. Select Activate Power Save to enable Power Save. Tap Power Save Settings to configure how your device behaves when Power Save is enabled, or alternatively use the default configuration.

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    Wi-Fi Protection (previously called Secure Browsing) uses our VPN (Virtual Private Network) infrastructure to create a secured VPN connection. This protects the data you upload and download from the internet, secures data sent from your device, and keeps your internet activity completely private. Wi-Fi Protection is available as part of an Avast Mobile Security Premium subscription.

    How do I activate Wi-Fi Protection?

    Wi-Fi Protection is available with an Avast Mobile Security Premium subscription. The first time you activate Wi-Fi Protection, the app prompts you to add VPN Configurations. To activate Wi-Fi Protection, follow the steps below:

    1. Tap Turn on VPN on the Wi-Fi Protection tile.
    2. Review the Logging Policy and Use terms, then tap Accept.
    3. If prompted, tap Allow to add VPN Configurations.

    Wi-Fi Protection is now activated, connecting you to the closest server we have in your location. To temporarily turn off the VPN, tap Pause VPN on the main Avast Mobile Security screen.

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    Wi-Fi Protection and the Avast SecureLine VPN app both give you a secure VPN connection to protect your online activities. Wi-Fi Protection connects you to the closest server we have in your location, whereas the Avast SecureLine VPN app allows you to choose which server you connect to.

    What is Identity Protection?

    Identity Protection keeps all of your online accounts safe by ensuring none of the passwords linked Resharper 2019.3 free download Archives your email address have been leaked online. If a leak is found, Identity Protection immediately notifies you and prompts you to change the password that was compromised.

    How do I activate Identity Protection?

    1. Tap Add email on the Identity Protection tile.
    2. Tap Add email address.
    3. Enter your email address, then tap Add email.

    Identity Protection immediately checks for any leaked data online connected to your email address. An alert notifies you if any data leaks are found. Identity Protection remains active and notifies you again if it detects any future data leaks connected to your email address.

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    Having more than one email address secured by Identity Protection is only possible with an Avast Mobile Security Premium subscription, Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code. Upgrade to Avast Mobile Security Premium then follow the instructions below:

    1. Tap the Identity Protection tile on the main Avast Mobile Security screen.
    2. Tap Add email address.
    3. Enter the email address you want to add, then tap Add email.

    What is Photo Vault?

    Photo Vault protects your photos and images from prying eyes by moving them to a passcode-protected, encrypted vault. Up to 40 photos or images from your device or camera can be added to the vault. With an Avast Mobile Security Premium subscription you can store an unlimited number of photos or images in Photo Vault.

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    To activate Photo Vault, first you need to set up a passcode:

    1. Tap Open on the Photo Vault tile.
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    Photo Vault is now active and you can add photos and images to the vault to protect them from being accessed by other people using your iOS device.

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    How do I add photos or images to Photo Vault?

    You can add existing photos or images to your Photo Vault from the Photo Library on your device, or you can use the camera on your device to take a photo and import it directly into your Photo Vault.

    To add photos or images to Photo Vault:

    1. Tap Open on the Photo Vault tile.
    2. Enter your passcode, then tap the + plus icon.
    3. Select either Photo Library or Camera, then follow the relevant steps below:

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    2. Tap a photo to select it, then tap Select.
    3. Optionally, tap Delete to remove the photo from your photo library.

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    1. If prompted, tap OK to give Avast Mobile Security permission to access your camera.
    2. Take a photo then tap Use Photo or Retake.

    Your photo is imported into Photo Vault.

    If you uninstall Avast Mobile Security, any photos you have stored in the Photo Vault will be deleted along with the app and there is no option to restore them. We recommend exporting your files from Photo Vault before uninstalling the app.

    Can I export my photos from Photo Vault?

    Yes. We recommend exporting your photos from Photo Vault before uninstalling the app.

    To export your photos from Photo Vault:

    1. Tap Open on the Photo Vault tile.
    2. Enter your passcode.
    3. Tap Select.
    4. Tap the photo(s) you want to export. A green border appears around the selected photo(s).
    5. Tap Share in the bottom-left corner.
    6. Select your preferred method for exporting or saving the files and follow the on-screen instructions.

    How can I change my passcode for Photo Vault?

    To change your Photo Vault passcode:

    1. Open the app and go to Settings.
    2. Under Photo Vault, tap Change passcode.
    3. Enter your current passcode.
    4. Enter a new 4-digit passcode.
    5. Enter your new passcode again to confirm it.

    Your passcode for Photo Vault has been changed.

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    What is VPN Protection?

    The VPN Protection feature allows you to connect to the internet via secure Avast VPN servers, using an encrypted tunnel to protect your online activity from eavesdropping. VPN in Avast Mobile Security for Android offers:

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    • Access content around the world: when you are connected to a VPN server in another location, you gain access to content that may be restricted in your location. This allows you to browse freely, even from countries with web censorship.

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    The Avast SecureLine VPN app contains certain advanced settings options that are not available in Avast Mobile Security for Android, including Auto Connect and Split Tunneling. For more information, refer to the following article:

    It is not possible to use the VPN Protection feature in Avast Mobile Security for Android without Avast Mobile Ultimate. These subscriptions allow you to use either the VPN Protection feature or Avast SecureLine VPN.

    How can I add the VPN feature to Avast Mobile Security for Android?

    The VPN feature in Avast Mobile Security is available for Android devices with an Avast Mobile Ultimate subscription.

    Can I use my subscription for Avast SecureLine VPN to activate the VPN feature in Avast Mobile Security for Android?

    No. In this case you would continue to use Avast SecureLine VPN as a separate app. However, the activation code from an Avast Mobile Ultimate subscription can be used to activate either the VPN feature in Avast Mobile Security or Avast SecureLine VPN (for use on up to 5 Android devices simultaneously).

    Settings

    How do I change the notifications I see in Avast Mobile Security?

    Go to Menu (three lines) ▸ SettingsNotifications & alerts. Notifications and alerts are divided into the following sections:

    • Realtime protection
      • Permanent notification: Ensures complete protection by preventing Android stopping Avast Mobile Security from running in the background. It also ensures that App Lock works properly.
      • Clipboard cleaner notification: Notifies you if you have content copied to your clipboard and offers to clear it to prevent privacy leaks.
      • Sensitive app notification: Notifies you when a sensitive app is installed and prompts you to protect access to the sensitive app by using App Lock.
      • App Install Shield notification: Informs you if the app you are installing or updating is safe.
      • Scan complete popups: Displays a popup to inform you immediately when a scan completes and the results are ready to show.
      • Low battery ping: Prompts you to turn on Last Known Location so that you can locate your phone after the battery dies, or even after your phone is turned off. Last Known Location is a setting within the Anti-Theft feature.
      • Sensitive content detected: Detects when sensitive web content is displayed and recommends that you use a VPN.
      • Security stats notification: Notifies you about your monthly security statistics.
    • Performance
      • Task killing notification: Notifies you about apps running in the background and offers to stop them. This is connected to the Boost RAM tile on the main app screen.
      • Safe Clean: Notifies you when more than 50 MB of unnecessary files are found on your device and recommends that you clean your device.
    • Wi-Fi networking
      • Unknown network dialog: Offers to check security, test speed, and secure connection when connecting to an unknown network.
      • Security scan: Offers to scan your network for security threats.
      • Speed test: Offers to check your connection speed.
      • Auto-scan unknown networks: Automatically scans new Wi-Fi networks for security threats.
    • Data Usage alerts
      • Cycle usage reaches: Informs you when data usage reaches a percentage level that you specify.
      • Cycle limit is reached: Notifies you when your data cycle limit has been reached.
      • Daily limit is reached: Notifies you when your daily data limit has been reached.
      • Always show data usage in notifications: Always displays data usage in notifications.

    How can I disable or customize the permanent notification?

    The permanent notification ensures your device's complete protection by preventing Android from stopping Avast Mobile Security processes. On devices running Android or higher, disabling the permanent notification is not an option. However, the notification can be minimized or configured for minimal interruption via your device settings. For more information, refer to the following article:

    How can I customize my protection settings?

    Protection components in Avast Mobile Security monitor and scan your device to detect suspicious activity and protect you against malware and viruses.

    Go to Menu (three lines) ▸ SettingsProtection to access the following options:

    • Scheduled scan: Allows you to set a schedule for scanning. Select a day of the week and time for the app to scan your device automatically.
    • Ignored issues: Shows a list of ignored issues, if you did not fix them after a scan.
    • App Install Shield: Scans apps after installation.
    • File Shield: Scans your device for malicious files.
    • Web Shield: Scans each URL that loads and warns you when the browser loads a malware-infected URL, while also protecting you against phishing and other malicious websites. To enable this setting, you must first grant Avast Mobile Security the Accessibility permission in your device settings.
    • Internal storage scanning: Scans files that are stored in your internal storage. Enabling this option may prolong the scanning process.
    • Low reputation apps: Scans apps then compares them to Avast user ratings, and warns you about apps with a low reputation.
    • PUP detection: Marks Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) as malware and handles them accordingly.

    How can I change App Lock timeout settings?

    To specify when apps will be locked by the App Lock feature, go to Menu (three lines) ▸ SettingsApp Lock and tap App Lock timeout. The following options are available:

    • Immediately: Locks an app immediately after you send it to the background.
    • 10 seconds: Locks an app 10 seconds after you send it to the background.
    • 30 seconds: Locks an app 30 seconds after you send it to the background.
    • 1 minute: Locks an app 1 minute after you send it to the background.
    • When screen turns off: Locks an app when your device screen turns off.

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    1. Open Avast Mobile Security and tap Menu (three lines).
    2. Tap SettingsAbout.
    3. Verify your current app version under AntiVirus.

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    Where can I find the Avast Mobile Security Activity Log?

    The Activity Log is available via Menu (three lines) ▸ SettingsActivity Log.

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    • Improvements
      • Share threat data with Avast to improve the security of all Avast antivirus users (Community IQ).
      • Share app-usage data with Avast to help us with new product development.
      • Share app usage data with 3rd-party analytics tools to improve this app.
    • Offers
      • Share app-usage data with Avast so we may offer you upgrades or other products. In the free version of Avast Mobile Security, this option is enabled by default and does not appear.

    Sharing app-usage data with Avast and third-party analytics tools is automatically enabled to help improve the app. You can disable these settings, go to SettingsData Settings and tap the green (ON) slider next to each option so that it changes to gray (OFF).

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    Virus definitions are updated automatically. Go to Menu (three lines) ▸ SettingsUpdates to check the current virus definitions version and the date when it was installed. You can also tap Check for update to make sure that you Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code the latest version installed. To prevent Avast Mobile Security from updating when you are using mobile data to connect to the internet, tap the slider next to Update over Wi-Fi only so that it changes to green (ON). We do not recommend keeping this setting enabled.

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    What should I do if the Accessibility permission is disabled repeatedly?

    To improve performance, some Android devices force apps to stop when your device screen turns off. This often causes apps with the Accessibility permission to lose this permission.

    To re-enable the Accessibility permission, open your device settings, search forthen grant this permission to Avast Mobile Security.

    We recommend changing your system settings to prevent Avast Mobile Security from losing the permission. For detailed instructions, refer to the following article:

    How can I reset the PIN for App Lock?

    If you forget your App Lock PIN, reset it by following these steps:

    1. Go to Menu (three lines) ▸ SettingsPIN & patternChange PIN.
    2. Tap More options (three dots) in the top-right corner and select Reset PIN.
    3. Follow the on-screen instructions to reset the PIN using your Google Account credentials.

    What should I do if Avast Mobile Security for Android crashes or stops running?

    Try one of the following options:

    • Fully uninstall and then reinstall Avast Mobile Security.
    • Report the issue to Avast Support so that our support representatives can perform a deeper analysis of the issue.
    • Join the Avast Beta program to test the latest versions of Avast Android apps before public release. This means that you receive app updates and bug fixes earlier.
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    1. Tap More options (three dots) next to the detected file that you want to report.
    2. Select the Report as false positive option.
    3. Type a description of the issue and enter your email address (if you want to be notified when the file analysis is finished).
    4. Tap Send.

    How can I disable sound alerts for background notifications from Avast Mobile Security?

    On some Honor or Huawei devices, a sound plays each time you receive a notification from Avast Mobile Security. To prevent this, follow the steps below on your Honor or Huawei device:

    1. Open your device Settings and go to Apps & notifications.
    2. Select Notifications management.
    3. Tap Avast Mobile Security for Android, then select Background services.
    4. Tap the blue (ON) slider next to Ringtone, so it changes to gray (OFF).

    A sound no longer plays each time you receive a notification from Avast Mobile Security.

    Why does Avast Mobile Security need so many permissions?

    Avast Mobile Security for Android requires many permissions that may initially seem unnecessary. This is because permission classifications in Android are assigned a name based on the most common use case, but does not describe all the kinds of processes that require the permission. For example, the full internet access permission is required to receive updates to malware definitions, and Scan and Web Shield need permission to read phone data so the data can be scanned for threats.

    We take your privacy very seriously. The permissions requested are the minimum set that are needed to implement the functionality of Avast Mobile Security for Android. For more information, refer to the following article:

    How can I report an issue to Avast Support?

    We offer many self-help articles on the Avast Support pages. However, some issues may require deeper investigation by Avast Support.

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Overview[edit]

Spyware is mostly classified into four types: adware, system monitors, tracking including web tracking, Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code, and trojans;[9] examples of other notorious types include digital rights management capabilities that "phone home", keyloggers, rootkits, and web beacons. These four categories are not mutually exclusive and they have similar tactics in attacking networks and devices.[10] The main goal is to install, hack into the network, Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code, avoid being detected, and safely remove themselves from the network.[10]

Spyware is mostly used for the stealing information and storing Internet users' movements on the Web and serving up pop-up ads to Internet users. Whenever spyware is used for malicious purposes, its presence is typically hidden from the user and can be difficult to detect. Some spyware, such as keyloggers, may be installed by the owner of a shared, corporate, or public computer intentionally in order to monitor users, Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code.

While the term spyware suggests software that monitors a user's computing, the functions of spyware can extend beyond simple monitoring. Spyware can collect almost any type of data, including personal information like internet surfing habits, user logins, and bank or credit account information. Spyware can also interfere with a user's control of a computer by installing additional software or redirecting web browsers.[11] Some spyware can change computer settings, which can result in Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code Internet connection speeds, un-authorized changes in browser settings, or changes to software settings.

Sometimes, Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code, spyware is included along with genuine software, Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code, and may come from a malicious website or may have been added to the intentional functionality of genuine software (see the paragraph about Facebook, below). In response to the emergence of spyware, a small industry has sprung up dealing in anti-spyware software, Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code. Running anti-spyware software has become a widely recognized element of computer security practices, especially for computers running Microsoft Windows. A number of jurisdictions have passed anti-spyware laws, which usually target any software that is surreptitiously installed to control a user's computer.

In German-speaking countries, spyware used or made by the government is called govware by computer experts (in common parlance: Regierungstrojaner, literally "Government Trojan"). Govware is typically a trojan horse software used to intercept communications from the target computer. Some countries, like Switzerland and Germany, have a legal framework governing the use of such software.[12][13] In the US, the term "policeware" has been used for similar purposes.[14]

Use of the term "spyware" has eventually declined as the practice of tracking users has been pushed ever further into the mainstream by major websites and data mining companies; these generally break no known laws and compel Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code to be tracked, not by fraudulent practices per se, but by the default settings created for users and the language of terms-of-service agreements. In one documented example, on CBS/CNet News reported, on March 7,on a Wall Street Journal analysis revealing the practice of Facebook and other websites of tracking users' browsing activity, linked to their identity, far beyond users' visits and activity within the Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code site itself. The report stated: "Here's how it works. You go to Facebook, you log in, you spend some time there, and then you move on without logging out. Let's say the next site you go to is New York Times. Those buttons, without you clicking on them, have just reported back to Facebook and Twitter that you went there and also your identity within those accounts. Let's say you moved on to something like a site about depression. This one also has a tweet button, a Google widget, and those, too, can report back who you are and that you went there." The WSJ analysis was researched by Brian Kennish, founder of Disconnect, Inc.[15]

Routes of infection[edit]

Spyware does not necessarily spread in the same way as a virus or worm because infected systems generally do not attempt to transmit or copy the software to other computers. Instead, spyware installs itself on a system by deceiving the user or by exploiting software vulnerabilities.

Most spyware is installed without knowledge, or by using deceptive tactics. Spyware may try to deceive users by bundling itself with desirable software. Other common tactics are using a Trojan horse, spy gadgets that look like normal devices but turn out to be something else, Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code, such as a USB Keylogger. These devices actually are connected to the device as memory units but are capable of recording each stroke made on the keyboard. Some spyware Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code infect a system through security holes in the Web browser or in other software. When the user navigates to a Web page controlled by the spyware author, the page contains code which attacks the browser and forces the download and installation of spyware.

The installation of spyware frequently involves Internet Explorer. Its popularity and history of security issues have made it a frequent target. Its deep integration with the Windows environment make it susceptible to attack into the Windowsoperating system. Internet Explorer also serves as a point of attachment for spyware in the form of Browser Helper Objects, which modify the browser's behaviour.

Effects and behaviors[edit]

A spyware rarely operates alone on a computer; an affected machine usually has multiple infections. Users frequently notice unwanted Win 11 Download Links and degradation of system performance. A spyware infestation can create significant unwanted CPU activity, disk usage, and network traffic. Stability issues, such as applications freezing, failure to boot, Arquivos Halo-Infinite-multiplayer-gratuito system-wide crashes are also common. Spyware, which interferes with networking software commonly Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code difficulty connecting to the Internet.

In some infections, the spyware is not even evident. Users assume in those situations that the performance issues relate to faulty hardware, Windows installation problems, or another malware infection. Some owners of badly infected systems resort to contacting technical support experts, or even buying a new computer because the existing system "has become too slow". Badly infected systems may require a clean reinstallation of all their software in order to return to full functionality.

Moreover, Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code, some types of spyware disable software firewalls and antivirus software, and/or reduce browser security settings, which opens the system to further opportunistic infections. Some spyware disables or even removes competing spyware programs, on the grounds that more spyware-related annoyances increase the likelihood that users will take action to remove the programs.[16]

Keyloggers are sometimes part of malware packages downloaded onto computers without the owners' knowledge. Some Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code software is freely available on the internet, while others are commercial or private applications. Most keyloggers allow not only keyboard keystrokes to be captured, they also are often capable of collecting screen captures from the computer.

A typical Windows user has administrative privileges, mostly for convenience. Because of this, any program the user runs has unrestricted access to the system. As with other operating systems, Windows users are able to follow the principle of least privilege and use non-administrator accounts. Alternatively, Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code, they can reduce the privileges of specific vulnerable Internet-facing processes, such as Internet Explorer.

Since Windows Vista is, by THE LAST OF US crack serial keygen, a computer administrator that runs everything under limited user privileges, when a program requires administrative privileges, a User Account Control pop-up will prompt the user to allow or deny the action. This improves on the design used by previous versions of Windows, Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code. Spyware is also known as tracking software.

Remedies and prevention[edit]

See also: Computer virus §&#;Virus removal

As the spyware threat has evolved, a number of techniques have emerged to counteract it. These include programs designed to remove or block spyware, as well as various user practices which reduce the chance Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code getting spyware on a system.

Nonetheless, spyware remains a costly problem. When a large number of pieces of spyware have infected a Windows computer, the only remedy may involve backing up user data, and fully reinstalling the operating system. For instance, some spyware cannot be completely removed by Symantec, Microsoft, PC Tools.

Anti-spyware programs[edit]

See also: Category:Spyware removal

Many programmers and some commercial firms have released products dedicated to remove or block spyware. Programs such as PC Tools' Spyware Doctor, Lavasoft's Ad-Aware SE and Patrick Kolla's Spybot - Search & Destroy rapidly gained popularity as tools to remove, and in some cases intercept, spyware programs. On December,Microsoft acquired the GIANT AntiSpyware software,[17] re&#x;branding it as Microsoft AntiSpyware (Beta 1) and releasing it as a free download for Genuine Windows XP and Windows users. In November,it was renamed Windows Defender.[18][19]

Major anti-virus firms such as Symantec, PC Tools, McAfee and Sophos have also added anti-spyware features to their existing anti-virus products. Early on, anti-virus firms expressed reluctance to add anti-spyware functions, citing lawsuits brought by spyware authors against the authors of web sites and programs which described their products as "spyware". However, recent versions of these major firms home and business anti-virus products do include anti-spyware functions, albeit Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code differently from viruses. Symantec Anti-Virus, for instance, categorizes spyware programs as "extended threats" and now offers real-time protection against these threats.

How anti-spyware software works[edit]

Anti-spyware programs can combat spyware in two ways:

  1. They can provide real-time protection in a manner similar to that of anti-virus protection: all incoming network data is scanned for spyware, and any detected threats are blocked.
  2. Anti-spyware software programs can be used solely for detection and removal of spyware software that has already been installed into the computer. This kind of anti-spyware can often be set to scan on a regular schedule.

Such programs inspect the contents of the Windows registry, operating system files, and installed programs, and remove files and entries which match a list of known spyware. Real-time protection from spyware works identically to real-time anti-virus protection: the software scans disk files at download time, and blocks the activity of components known to represent spyware. In some cases, it may also intercept attempts to install start-up items or to modify browser settings. Earlier versions of anti-spyware programs focused chiefly on detection and removal. Javacool Software's SpywareBlaster, one of the first to offer real-time protection, blocked the installation of ActiveX-based spyware.

Like most anti-virus software, many anti-spyware/adware tools require a frequently updated database of threats. As new spyware programs are released, anti-spyware developers discover and evaluate them, adding to the list of known spyware, which allows the software to detect and remove new spyware, Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code. As a result, anti-spyware software is of limited usefulness without regular updates. Updates may be installed automatically or manually.

A popular generic spyware removal tool used by those that requires a certain degree of expertise is HijackThis, which scans certain areas of the Windows OS where spyware often resides and presents a list with items to delete manually. As most of the items are legitimate windows files/registry entries it is advised for those who are less knowledgeable on this subject to post a HijackThis log on the numerous antispyware sites and let the experts decide what to delete.

If a spyware program is not blocked and manages to get itself installed, it may resist attempts to terminate or uninstall it. Some programs work in pairs: when an anti-spyware scanner (or the user) terminates one running process, the other one respawns the killed program. Likewise, some spyware will detect attempts to remove registry keys and immediately add them again. Usually, booting the infected computer in safe mode allows an anti-spyware program a better chance of removing persistent spyware. Killing the process tree may also work.

Security practices[edit]

To detect spyware, computer users have found several practices useful in addition to installing anti-spyware programs. Many users have installed a web browser other than Internet Explorer, such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Though no browser is completely safe, Internet Explorer was once at a greater risk for spyware infection due to its large user base as well as vulnerabilities such as ActiveX but these three major browsers are now close to equivalent when it comes to security.[20][21]

Some ISPs—particularly colleges and universities—have taken a different approach to blocking spyware: they use their network firewalls and web proxies to block access to Web sites known to install spyware. On March 31,Cornell University's Information Technology department released a report detailing the behavior of one particular piece of proxy-based spyware, Marketscore, and the steps the university took to intercept it.[22] Many other educational institutions have taken similar steps.

Individual users can also install firewalls from a variety of companies. These monitor the flow of information going to and from a malwarebytes license key free Archives computer and provide protection against spyware and malware. Some users install a large hosts file which prevents the user's computer from connecting to known spyware-related web addresses. Spyware may get installed via certain shareware programs offered for download. Downloading programs only from reputable sources can provide some protection from this source of attack.[23]

Individual users can use cellphone / computer with physical (electric) switch, or isolated electronic switch that disconnects microphone, camera without bypass and keep it in disconnected position where not in use, that limits information that spyware can collect. (Policy recommended by NIST Guidelines for Managing the Security of Mobile Devices, ).

Applications[edit]

"Stealware" and affiliate fraud[edit]

A few spyware vendors, notably Solutions, have written what the New York Times has dubbed "stealware", and what spyware researcher Ben Edelman terms affiliate fraud, a form of click fraud. Stealware diverts the payment of affiliate marketing revenues from the legitimate affiliate to the spyware vendor.

Spyware which attacks affiliate networks places the spyware operator's affiliate tag on the user's activity – replacing any other tag, if there is one. The spyware operator is the only party that gains from this. The user has their choices thwarted, a legitimate affiliate loses revenue, networks' reputations are injured, and vendors are harmed by having to pay out affiliate revenues to an "affiliate" who is not party to a contract.[24]Affiliate fraud is Hard Disk Sentinel 5.70.11973 Crack Plus License Key Free Download 2021 violation of the terms of service of most affiliate marketing networks. Mobile devices can also be vulnerable to chargeware, which manipulates users into illegitimate mobile charges.

Identity theft and fraud[edit]

In one case, spyware has been closely associated with identity theft.[25] In Augustresearchers from security software firm Sunbelt Software suspected the creators of the common CoolWebSearch spyware had used it to transmit "chat sessions, user names, passwords, bank information, etc.";[26] however it turned out that "it actually (was) its own sophisticated criminal little trojan that's independent of CWS."[27] This case is currently under investigation by the FBI.

The Federal Trade Commission estimates that &#;million Americans have been victims of identity theft, and that financial losses from identity theft totaled nearly $48&#;billion for businesses and financial institutions and at AnyDVD LICENSE KEY FREE DOWNLOAD Archives $5&#;billion in out-of-pocket expenses for individuals.[28]

Digital rights management[edit]

Some copy-protection technologies have borrowed from spyware. InSony BMG Music Entertainment was found to be usingrootkits in its XCPdigital rights management technology[29] Like spyware, not only was it difficult to detect and uninstall, it was so poorly written that most efforts to remove it could have rendered computers unable to function. Texas Attorney GeneralGreg Abbott filed suit,[30] and three separate class-action suits were filed.[31] Sony BMG later provided a workaround on its website to help users remove it.[32]

Beginning on April 25,Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications application[33] was installed on most Windows PCs as a "critical security update". While the main purpose of this deliberately uninstallable application is to ensure the copy of Windows on the machine was lawfully purchased and installed, it also installs software that has been accused of "phoning home" on a daily basis, like spyware.[34][35] It can be removed with the RemoveWGA tool.

Personal relationships[edit]

Stalkerware is spyware that has been used to monitor electronic activities of partners in intimate relationships. At least one software package, Loverspy, was specifically marketed for this purpose. Depending on local laws regarding communal/marital property, observing a partner's online activity without their consent may be illegal; the author of Loverspy and several users of the product were indicted in California in on charges of wiretapping and various computer crimes.[36]

Browser cookies[edit]

Anti-spyware programs often report Web advertisers' HTTP cookies, the small text files that track browsing activity, as spyware. While they are not always inherently malicious, many users object to third parties using space on their personal computers for their business purposes, and many anti-spyware programs offer to remove them.[37]

Spyware programs[edit]

Main article: List of spyware programs

These common spyware programs illustrate the diversity of behaviors found in these attacks. Note that as with computer viruses, researchers give names to spyware programs which may not be used by their creators. Programs may be grouped into "families" based not on shared program code, but on common behaviors, or by "following the money" of apparent financial or business connections. For instance, a number of the spyware programs distributed by Claria are collectively known as "Gator". Likewise, programs that are frequently installed together may be described as parts of the same spyware package, even if they function separately.

Rogue anti-spyware programs[edit]

See also: List of rogue security software, List of fake anti-spyware programs, and Rogue security software

Malicious programmers have released a large number of rogue (fake) anti-spyware programs, and widely distributed Web banner ads can warn users that their computers have been infected with spyware, directing them to purchase programs which do not actually remove spyware—or else, may add more spyware of their own.[38][39]

The recent[update] proliferation of fake or spoofed antivirus products that bill themselves as antispyware can be troublesome. Users may receive popups prompting them to install them to protect their computer, when it will in fact add spyware. It is recommended that users do not install any freeware claiming to be anti-spyware unless it is verified to be legitimate. Some known offenders include:

Fake antivirus products constitute 15 percent of all malware.[41]

On January 26,Microsoft and the Washington state attorney general filed suit against Secure Computer for its Spyware Cleaner product.[42]

Legal issues[edit]

Criminal law[edit]

Unauthorized access to a computer is illegal under computer crime laws, such as the U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the U.K.'s Computer Misuse Act, and similar laws in other countries. Since owners of computers infected with spyware generally claim that they never authorized the installation, a prima facie reading would suggest that the promulgation of spyware would count as a criminal act. Law enforcement has often pursued the authors of other malware, particularly viruses. However, few spyware developers have Why isn’t the game saving?: prosecuted, and many operate openly as strictly legitimate businesses, though some have faced lawsuits.[43][44]

Spyware producers argue that, Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code, contrary to the users' claims, users do in fact give consent to installations. Spyware that comes bundled with shareware applications may be described in the legalese text of an end-user license agreement (EULA). Many users habitually ignore these purported contracts, but spyware companies such as Claria say these demonstrate that users have consented.

Despite the ubiquity of EULAs agreements, under which a single click can be taken as consent to the entire text, relatively little caselaw has resulted from their use. It has been established in most common law jurisdictions that this type of agreement can be a binding contract in certain circumstances.[45] This does not, however, mean that every such agreement is a contract, or that every term in one is enforceable.

Some jurisdictions, including the U.S. states of Iowa[46] and Washington,[47] have passed laws criminalizing some forms of spyware. Such laws make it illegal for anyone other than the owner or operator of a computer to install software that alters Web-browser settings, monitors keystrokes, or disables computer-security software.

In the United States, lawmakers introduced a bill in entitled the Internet Spyware Prevention Act, which would imprison creators of spyware.[48]

Administrative sanctions[edit]

US FTC actions[edit]

The US Federal Trade Commission has sued Internet marketing organizations under the "unfairness doctrine"[49] to make them stop infecting consumers' PCs with spyware. In one case, that against Seismic Entertainment Productions, the FTC accused the defendants of developing a program that seized control of PCs nationwide, infected them with spyware and other malicious software, bombarded them with a barrage of pop-up advertising for Seismic's clients, exposed the PCs to security risks, and caused them to malfunction. Seismic then offered to sell the victims an "antispyware" program to fix the computers, and stop the popups and other problems that Seismic had caused. On November 21,a settlement was entered in federal court under which a $&#;million judgment was imposed in one case and $&#;million in another, Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code, but the defendants were insolvent[50]

In a second case, brought against CyberSpy Software LLC, the FTC charged that CyberSpy marketed and sold "RemoteSpy" keylogger spyware to clients who would then secretly monitor unsuspecting consumers' computers. According to the FTC, Cyberspy touted RemoteSpy as a "% undetectable" way to "Spy on Anyone. From Anywhere." The FTC has obtained a temporary order prohibiting the defendants from selling the software and disconnecting from the Internet any of their servers that collect, store, or provide access to information that this software has gathered. The case is still in its preliminary stages. A complaint filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) brought the RemoteSpy software to the FTC's attention.[51]

Netherlands OPTA[edit]

An administrative fine, the first of its kind in Europe, has been issued by the Independent Authority of Posts and Telecommunications (OPTA) from the Netherlands. It applied fines in total value of Euro 1, for infecting 22 million computers. The spyware concerned is called DollarRevenue. The law articles that have been violated are art. of the Decision on universal service providers and on the interests of end users; the fines have been issued based on art. taken together with art. of the Dutch telecommunications law.[52]

Civil law[edit]

Former New York State Attorney General and former Governor of New YorkEliot Spitzer has pursued spyware companies for fraudulent installation of software.[53] In a suit brought in by Spitzer, the California firm Intermix Media, Inc. ended up settling, by agreeing to pay US$&#;million and to stop distributing spyware.[54]

The hijacking of Web advertisements has also led to litigation. In Junea number of large Web publishers sued Claria for replacing advertisements, but settled out of court.

Courts have not yet had to decide whether advertisers can be held liable for spyware that displays their ads. In many cases, the companies whose advertisements appear in spyware pop-ups do not directly do business with the spyware firm. Rather, they have contracted with an advertising agency, which in turn contracts with an online subcontractor who gets paid by the number of "impressions" or appearances of the advertisement. Some major firms such as Dell Computer and Mercedes-Benz have sacked advertising agencies that have run their ads in spyware.[55]

Libel suits by spyware developers[edit]

Litigation has gone both ways. Since "spyware" has become a common pejorative, some makers have filed libel and defamation actions when their products have been so described. InGator (now known as Claria) filed suit against the website PC Pitstop for describing its program as "spyware".[56] PC Pitstop settled, agreeing not to use the word "spyware", but continues to describe harm caused by the Gator/Claria software.[57] As a result, other anti-spyware and anti-virus companies have also used other terms such as "potentially unwanted programs" or greyware to denote these products.

WebcamGate[edit]

Main article: Robbins v. Lower Merion School District

In the WebcamGate case, plaintiffs charged two suburban Philadelphia high schools secretly spied on students by surreptitiously and remotely activating webcams embedded in school-issued laptops the students were using at home, and therefore infringed on their privacy rights. The school loaded each student's computer with LANrev's remote activation tracking software. This included the now-discontinued "TheftTrack". While TheftTrack was not enabled by default on the software, the program allowed the school district to elect to activate it, and to choose which of the TheftTrack surveillance options the school wanted to enable.[58]

TheftTrack allowed school district employees to secretly remotely activate the webcam embedded in the student's laptop, Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code, above the laptop's screen. That allowed school officials to secretly Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code photos through the webcam, of whatever was in front of it and in its line of sight, and send the photos to the school's server. The LANrev software disabled the webcams for all other uses (e.g., students were unable to use Photo Booth or video chat), so most students mistakenly believed their webcams did not work at all. On top of the webcam surveillance, TheftTrack allowed school officials to Tag Archives: ableton download crack screenshots and send them to the school's server. School officials were also granted the ability to take snapshots of instant messages, web browsing, music playlists, and written compositions. The schools admitted to secretly snapping over 66, webshots and screenshots, including webcam shots of students in their bedrooms.[58][59][60]

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Avira

computer security software company of Germany

For other uses, see Avira (disambiguation).

Coordinates: 47°39′″N9°35′″E / °N °E / ;

Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG is a German multinational computer security software company mainly known for their antivirus softwareAvira Free Security (formerly known as Avira Free Antivirus and Avira AntiVir). Avira was founded inbut the antivirus application has been under active development sincethrough its predecessor company H+BEDV Datentechnik GmbH. As of [update], Avira is owned by NortonLifeLock, after being previously owned by Investcorp.

The company also has offices in the US, China, Romania, and the Netherlands.[2]

Technology[edit]

Virus Definition[edit]

Avira periodically "cleans out" its virus definition files, replacing specific signatures with generic ones PhotoInstrument 7.6 registration key Archives a general increase in performance and scanning speed. A 15&#;MB database clean-out was made on 27 Octobercausing problems to the users of the Free edition because of its large size and Avira's slow Free edition servers. Avira responded by reducing the size of the individual update files, delivering less data in each update. Nowadays there are 32 smaller definition files that are updated regularly in order to avoid peaks in the download of the updates.[3]

Advance Heuristic[edit]

Avira products contain heuristics that can proactively uncover unknown malware, before a special virus signature to combat the damaging element has been created and before a virus guard update has been sent.

Heuristic virus detection involves KJ Pirate Activator 1.11 Crack [2022] Download For Windows & Office analysis and investigation of the affected codes for functions typical of malware. If the code being scanned exhibits these characteristic features it is reported as being suspicious, although not necessarily malware; the user decides whether to act on or ignore the warning.

ProActiv[edit]

The ProActiv component uses rule sets developed by the Avira Malware Research Center to identify suspicious behavior. The rule sets are supplied by Avira databases. ProActiv sends information on suspicious programs to the Avira databases for logging.

Firewall[edit]

Avira removed their own firewall technology from onwards, with protection supplied instead by Windows Firewall (Windows 7 and after), because in Windows 8 and later the Microsoft Certification Program forces developers to use interfaces introduced in Windows Vista.[4]

Protection Cloud[edit]

Avira Protection Cloud (APC) was first introduced in version It Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code information available via the Internet (cloud computing) to improve detection and affect system performance less. This technology was implemented in all paid products. APC was initially only used during a manual quick system scan; later it was extended to real-time protection. This improved Avira's score in the AV-Comparatives and Report from September [5]

Partners[edit]

Avira offers its antivirus engine in the form of a software development kit to implement in complementary products. Strategic and technology partners of Avira include Canonical, CYAN Networks, Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code, IBM, intelligence AG, Microsoft, novell, OPSWAT, Synergy Systems and others.

On 4 SeptemberAvira announced a partnership with Dropbox, to combine Avira's security with Dropbox's "sync and share" capabilities.[6]

Tjark Auerbach, the founder of Avira sold almost % stakes of the company to the Investcorp Group of Manama (Bahrain) in April [7][8] The stakes were reportedly sold at a price of million dollars. The Investcorp Group has invested in several other firms from the cybersecurity sector in the past. The directors of Investcorp Group belong to several royal families of Middle East countries like Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, etc. However, 20% of its total ordinary and preferred shares are owned by the Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Group since The UAE also serves as the headquarter of a cybersecurity firm discredited for its involvement in human rights abuses against activists, dissidents arrested for criticizing the monarchy; conducting cyber offensives against FIFA officials, and the ruler of Qatar; and the surveillance over Jamal Khashoggi.[9] The chairman of the Mubadala Group owns an institute called ECSSR or the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies & Research, which allegedly influenced German academics to gain soft-power and impact policies in the conflict of interest of the UAE.[7]

In FebruaryBullGuard joined Avira as part of NortonLifeLock.[10]

Products[edit]

Windows[edit]

Avira offers the following security products and tools for Microsoft Windows:[15][16]

  • Avira Free Antivirus: The free edition antivirus/anti-spyware, for non-commercial use, with promotional pop-ups.[17]
  • Avira Antivirus Pro: The premium edition antivirus/anti-spyware.[18]
  • Avira System Speedup Free: A free suite of PC tune-up tools.[19]
  • Avira System Speedup Pro: The premium edition of the suite of PC tune-up tools.[20]
  • Avira Internet Security Suite: Consists of Antivirus Pro + System Speedup + Firewall Manager.[21]
  • Avira Ultimate Protection Suite: Consists of Internet Security Suite + additional PC maintenance tools (e.g. SuperEasy Driver Updater).[22]
  • Avira Rescue System: A set of free tools that include a utility used to write a Linux-based bootable CD. It can be used to clean an unbootable PC, and is also able to find malware that hides when the host's operating system is active (e.g., Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code, some rootkits). The tool contains the antivirus program and the virus database current at the time of download. It boots the machine into the antivirus program, then scans for and removes malware, and restores normal boot and operation if necessary. It is updated frequently so that the most recent security updates are always available.[23]

OS X[edit]

  • Avira Free Mac Security for Mac: Runs on OS X and above.[24]

Android and iOS[edit]

Avira offers the following security applications for mobile devices running Android and iOS:

  • Avira Antivirus Security Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code Android: Free application for Android, runs on versions and above.[25]
  • Avira Antivirus Security Pro for Android: Premium edition for Android, runs on versions and above. Available as an upgrade from within the free application.
    it provide additional Safe browsing, Hourly update and free tech support.
Avira Mobile Security for iOS
Free edition for iOS devices, such as iPhone and iPad.[26]

Comprehensive solutions[edit]

  • Avira Phantom VPN: Avira's virtual private network solution for Android, iOS, macOS and Windows.
  • Avira Prime: In April Avira launched a single-user, multi-device subscription-based product designed to provide a complete set of all Avira products available for the duration of the license along with premium support.[27][28]

Avira Prime is compatible with Windows, OSX, iOS, and Android operating systems and related devices and is available to consumers in 5- and device editions, dubbed "Avira Prime" and "Avira Prime Unlimited" respectively.[28][29] Subscriptions are in day and 1-year increments.[28][29]

Discontinued platforms[edit]

Avira formerly offered free antivirus software for Unix and Linux. That was discontinued inalthough updates were supplied until June [30]

Security vulnerabilities[edit]

InAvira was hit by ACE archive buffer overflow vulnerability. A Tag: zonealarm mobile security activation code attacker could have exploited this vulnerability by crafting an ACE archive and delivering it via a malicious web page or e-mail. A buffer overflow could occur when Avira scanned the malicious archive. That would have allowed the Edraw Max 9.4.1 torrent Archives to execute arbitrary code on the affected system.[31]

InAvira Management Console was hit by the use-after-free remote code execution vulnerability. The vulnerability allowed remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Avira Management Console. Authentication was not required to exploit the vulnerability.[32]

InAvira engines were hit by a 0-day vulnerability that allowed attackers to get access to a customer's PC. The bug was found in the storycall.us driver file and allowed privilege escalation.[33]

Awards and Reviews[edit]

In JanuaryAnti-Malware Test Lab gave Avira "gold" status for proactive virus detection and detection/removal of rootkits.[34]

AV-Comparatives awarded Avira its "AV Product of the Year" award in its "Summary Report "[35]

In AprilPC Pro awarded Avira Premium Security Suite 9 the maximum six stars and a place on its A-list for Internet security software.[36]

In AugustAvira performed at a % percent overall malware detection rate, and was the fastest for both on-demand scans and on-access scans conducted by PC World magazine, which ranked it first on its website.[37] Avira was among the first companies to receive OESIS OK Gold Certification,[38] indicating that both the antispyware and antivirus components of several of its security products achieved the maximum compatibility Category Archives: VPN with widespread network technologies such as SSL/TLSVPN and Network Access Control from companies including Juniper Networks, Cisco Systems, and SonicWALL.

In Februarytesting by firm AV-TEST, Avira tied for first place (with another German company) in the "malware on demand" detection test and earned a 99% score in the "adware/spyware on demand" test.[39]

AV-Comparatives gave Avira its Silver award (for % detection rate) in its "Summary Report "[40]

ForAV-Comparatives awarded Avira with "gold" status for its % performance in the "On-Demand Malware Detection" category and classified Avira as a "Top Rated" product overall for that year.[41]

In the AV-Comparatives August "Real-World Protection Test," with total test cases tried against various security products, Avira tied for first place.[42]

Avira has also received numerous VB awards.[43]

AV-Comparatives awarded Avira its "AV Product of the Year" award in its "Summary Report "[44]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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ABOUT DATASTREAM CONNEXION
DataStream Connexion is a premier technology consulting and web application development agency. Formed in , they have built web applications for the Federal Government, USDA, FDA, the Department of Homeland Security, healthcare organizations, Fortune companies and small businesses looking for best-of-breed solutions. This small yet nimble team, led by Eric Hoffman, President and owner, provides services that range from product development and DevOps, to cloud security and compliance. DataStream Connexion excels at incorporating comprehensive security and compliance management into the innovative products they design, and thus have garnered the trust of many government agencies and healthcare organizations with maintaining their critical applications in the cloud.

BACKGROUND: AN EARLY CLOUD ADOPTER
In , Amazon opened the door to the cloud with Amazon Web Services (AWS), providing a more robust and resilient infrastructure solution. Seeing great potential, Eric made the strategic decision to migrate both compute and storage to Amazon EC2 and S3 respectively. In addition, as AWS matured, DataStream Connexion’s customers benefited from the evolving robust security controls as well as certifications such as FISMA, SAS, ISO and HIPAA that AWS has to offer.

LEVERAGING AWS GOVCLOUD
With the introduction of AWS GovCloud in the US region in , the team also recognized the great opportunity of the cloud when it came to hosting highly regulated workloads. This newly introduced Amazon GovCloud was a perfect fit for their customers, supporting the common AWS security controls and compliance standards, but in an isolated, dedicated region, designed specifically for sensitive government agency data. However, in the early days of the public cloud, there was still pushback from Datastream Connexion’s federal customer base who were unsure of securing their data in AWS.

During this early cloud adoption stage, Hoffman and his cloud operations team knew that the advantages of AWS were many. However, they also understood their part in the AWS shared responsibility model and that it presented a new set of challenges they would have to overcome to make their customers’ cloud adoption journey a successful one. They began to search for tools that would help them build out the visibility and compliance their customers depended on, in order to increase their customers’ trust in this new Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) model. It was the same year that Hoffman found CloudGuard Posture Management and they became one of CloudGuard Posture Management’s earliest adopters. Since then, as Hoffman states, “CloudGuard Posture Management has become our trusted partner in ensuring the security posture of all DataStream Connexion customers.”

NAVIGATING THE NETWORK SECURITY CHALLENGE
As with every new technology adoption scenario, there were challenges that had to be worked out along the way. With the CloudGuard Posture Management platform by their side, DataStream Connexion was able to address and mitigate each one of the following challenges.

Challenge 1: Effective and Efficient Security Management
DataStream Connexion has tens of VPCs and security groups, which end up creating an elastic cloud environment consisting of hundreds of inbound and outbound rules. They also have temporary rules that come and go as their Dev and Ops teams’ provision temporary access from different locations to allow their flexibility. The first priority was to simplify governance and policy implementation, to limit vulnerabilities and mitigate risk.

Challenge 2: Providing Access While Ensuring Integrity
DataStream Connexion’s small yet agile team of developers, database admins, network admins and generalized office staff all have different needs within AWS. The Ops team has to be able to provide access to various resources for development and specific environments for production, while enforcing strict segregation according to predefined user roles. This means running strict access policies for different security groups in order to avoid widespread administrative access to sensitive highly regulated environments.

Challenge 3: Allow The Broader Team Self-servicing and Flexibility
One facet separating DataStream Connexion from their peers is a bond of trust and accountability among the entire staff, including Ops, Dev and Test. The team practices continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) DevOps methodologies to move rapidly, without being bogged down with cumbersome legacy procedures that can hinder progress and agility.

This means allowing individuals remote access to their cloud environment at any time. However, providing remote access requires a change in network security rules, which includes security ports. This is a potential landmine, as enabling the broader team to change configurations is clearly prone to human errors.

Challenge 4: Implementing End-to-End Compliance Management
Adhering to compliance standards can be complex. This is especially true for DataStream Connexion, whose customer base is made up of federal agencies, which must adhere to standards such as FedRAMP and NIST. In addition, over the last year, AWS has expanded its offering for the healthcare market, and Datastream Connexion’s customer base has also grown in this segment with the customers’ focus on HIPAA compliance. Tracking compliance status is no small feat, and a complex cloud network must be consistent and reliable when it comes to different rules posed by various regulatory compliance standards requirements. When it came to validating compliance at scale, Hoffman realized that running manual checks was not an option and would eat up much of his team’s valuable time and resources.

Solution 1: Complete Visibility Over the Entire Infrastructure
Network security with CloudGuard Posture Management Clarity allows the team to visualize their cloud perimeter, network topology, security policies and configurations in real-time. It lets them see how the network changes, including configurations of different security groups, as well as being able to drill down to see each instance exposure and its security group assignment. CloudGuard Posture Management Clarity allowed them to quickly spot misconfigurations and eliminate vulnerabilities such as open ports or broken network links between different system tiers. Finally, CloudGuard Posture Management Clarity eased policy analysis, helping the team to enhance rules and strengthen their network security policies with quick links to edit relevant rules and components.

Solution 2: Implementing RBAC to Allow Work to Flow Unhindered
As mentioned above, together with CloudGuard Posture Management Clarity and CloudGuard Posture Management’s role- based access control (RBAC) capabilities, all Dev and Ops members have access, but only the team admin is able to adjust settings – such as opening user restrictions to a specific security group. The Ops team is able to provide developers the instant access they need to test out new processes, which helps them accomplish their goals faster and with greater ease.

While it is very important for Hoffman to trust his staff and allow them to be nimble and empowered to do their work, if a change has been generated, it is critical that he can oversee it to ensure that it has been implemented properly. CloudGuard Posture Management Alerts keep him aware of what is taking place at all times, and he can always inquire about events as needed. This allows for fast-paced innovation, enabling flexible access to the different environments without compromising their network security posture.

Solution 3: Controlled Temporary Access
CloudGuard Posture Management Dynamic Access Leases allow DataStream Connexion to schedule time- limited and on-demand access to services and ports, so that when the time allotted has ended, all ports are closed by default. Access is provided on an as-needed basis, reducing open port exposure, even via mobile device or with the Chrome Browser extension. With CloudGuard Posture Management Tamper Protection, the environment is continuously monitored for any changes to the last approved state. All changes are reverted back automatically, and the Ops team is immediately alerted to validate the policy change. Finally, the risk of open port exposure is dramatically reduced, and the DataStream Connexion staff has the access they need at the click of a button.

Solution 4: Automating Compliance with the Compliance Engine from CloudGuard Posture Management
One of Hoffman’s most important weekly tasks is reviewing the Compliance Engine’s policy reports from CloudGuard Posture Management. This comprehensive compliance and governance solution simplifies complicated procedures with automated data aggregation in real-time, and in-place remediation control which streamlines the analysis process, saving hours of complex work. The team can create and enforce custom policies unique to DataStream Connexion’s needs, while identifying risks and gaps using built-in test suites for common compliance standards such as HIPAA. In addition, the Compliance Engine from CloudGuard Posture Management continuously runs audits against their cloud deployment, and with it the team can validate its network security posture as well as report the current exposure status and vulnerabilities across their whole cloud network. Leveraging the easy to use dashboards and controls, the team benefits from this transparency and can enforce their established policies and be confident in their cloud compliance status at any point in time.

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Spyware

Malware that collects and transmits user information without their knowledge

Spyware is software with malicious behavior that aims to gather information about a person or organization and send it to another entity in a way that harms the user. For example, by violating their privacy or endangering their device's security. This behavior may be present in malware as well as in legitimate software. Websites may engage in spyware behaviors like web tracking. Hardware devices may also be affected.[1] Spyware is frequently associated with advertising and involves many of the same issues. Because these behaviors are so common, and can have non-harmful uses, providing a precise definition of spyware is a difficult task.[2]

History[edit]

The first recorded use of the term spyware occurred on October 16, in a Usenet post that poked fun at Microsoft's business model.[3]Spyware at first denoted software meant for espionage purposes. However, in early the founder of Zone Labs, Gregor Freund, used the term in a press release for the ZoneAlarm Personal Firewall.[4] Later in , a parent using ZoneAlarm was alerted to the fact that "Reader Rabbit," educational software marketed to children by the Mattel toy company, was surreptitiously sending data back to Mattel.[5] Since then, "spyware" has taken on its present sense.

According to a study by AOL and the National Cyber-Security Alliance, 61 percent of surveyed users' computers were infected with form of spyware. 92 percent of surveyed users with spyware reported that they did not know of its presence, and 91 percent reported that they had not given permission for the installation of the spyware.[6] As of [update], spyware has become one of the preeminent security threats to computer systems running Microsoft Windows operating systems. Computers on which Internet Explorer (IE) is the primary browser are particularly vulnerable to such attacks, not only because IE was the most widely used,[7] but because its tight integration with Windows allows spyware access to crucial parts of the operating system.[7][8]

Before Internet Explorer 6 SP2 was released as part of Windows XP Service Pack 2, the browser would automatically display an installation window for any ActiveX component that a website wanted to install. The combination of user ignorance about these changes, and the assumption by Internet Explorer that all ActiveX components are benign, helped to spread spyware significantly. Many spyware components would also make use of exploits in JavaScript, Internet Explorer and Windows to install without user knowledge or permission.

The Windows Registry contains multiple sections where modification of key values allows software to be executed automatically when the operating system boots. Spyware can exploit this design to circumvent attempts at removal. The spyware typically will link itself from each location in the registry that allows execution. Once running, the spyware will periodically check if any of these links are removed. If so, they will be automatically restored. This ensures that the spyware will execute when the operating system is booted, even if some (or most) of the registry links are removed.

Overview[edit]

Spyware is mostly classified into four types: adware, system monitors, tracking including web tracking, and trojans;[9] examples of other notorious types include digital rights management capabilities that "phone home", keyloggers, rootkits, and web beacons. These four categories are not mutually exclusive and they have similar tactics in attacking networks and devices.[10] The main goal is to install, hack into the network, avoid being detected, and safely remove themselves from the network.[10]

Spyware is mostly used for the stealing information and storing Internet users' movements on the Web and serving up pop-up ads to Internet users. Whenever spyware is used for malicious purposes, its presence is typically hidden from the user and can be difficult to detect. Some spyware, such as keyloggers, may be installed by the owner of a shared, corporate, or public computer intentionally in order to monitor users.

While the term spyware suggests software that monitors a user's computing, the functions of spyware can extend beyond simple monitoring. Spyware can collect almost any type of data, including personal information like internet surfing habits, user logins, and bank or credit account information. Spyware can also interfere with a user's control of a computer by installing additional software or redirecting web browsers.[11] Some spyware can change computer settings, which can result in slow Internet connection speeds, un-authorized changes in browser settings, or changes to software settings.

Sometimes, spyware is included along with genuine software, and may come from a malicious website or may have been added to the intentional functionality of genuine software (see the paragraph about Facebook, below). In response to the emergence of spyware, a small industry has sprung up dealing in anti-spyware software. Running anti-spyware software has become a widely recognized element of computer security practices, especially for computers running Microsoft Windows. A number of jurisdictions have passed anti-spyware laws, which usually target any software that is surreptitiously installed to control a user's computer.

In German-speaking countries, spyware used or made by the government is called govware by computer experts (in common parlance: Regierungstrojaner, literally "Government Trojan"). Govware is typically a trojan horse software used to intercept communications from the target computer. Some countries, like Switzerland and Germany, have a legal framework governing the use of such software.[12][13] In the US, the term "policeware" has been used for similar purposes.[14]

Use of the term "spyware" has eventually declined as the practice of tracking users has been pushed ever further into the mainstream by major websites and data mining companies; these generally break no known laws and compel users to be tracked, not by fraudulent practices per se, but by the default settings created for users and the language of terms-of-service agreements. In one documented example, on CBS/CNet News reported, on March 7, , on a Wall Street Journal analysis revealing the practice of Facebook and other websites of tracking users' browsing activity, linked to their identity, far beyond users' visits and activity within the Facebook site itself. The report stated: "Here's how it works. You go to Facebook, you log in, you spend some time there, and then you move on without logging out. Let's say the next site you go to is New York Times. Those buttons, without you clicking on them, have just reported back to Facebook and Twitter that you went there and also your identity within those accounts. Let's say you moved on to something like a site about depression. This one also has a tweet button, a Google widget, and those, too, can report back who you are and that you went there." The WSJ analysis was researched by Brian Kennish, founder of Disconnect, Inc.[15]

Routes of infection[edit]

Spyware does not necessarily spread in the same way as a virus or worm because infected systems generally do not attempt to transmit or copy the software to other computers. Instead, spyware installs itself on a system by deceiving the user or by exploiting software vulnerabilities.

Most spyware is installed without knowledge, or by using deceptive tactics. Spyware may try to deceive users by bundling itself with desirable software. Other common tactics are using a Trojan horse, spy gadgets that look like normal devices but turn out to be something else, such as a USB Keylogger. These devices actually are connected to the device as memory units but are capable of recording each stroke made on the keyboard. Some spyware authors infect a system through security holes in the Web browser or in other software. When the user navigates to a Web page controlled by the spyware author, the page contains code which attacks the browser and forces the download and installation of spyware.

The installation of spyware frequently involves Internet Explorer. Its popularity and history of security issues have made it a frequent target. Its deep integration with the Windows environment make it susceptible to attack into the Windowsoperating system. Internet Explorer also serves as a point of attachment for spyware in the form of Browser Helper Objects, which modify the browser's behaviour.

Effects and behaviors[edit]

A spyware rarely operates alone on a computer; an affected machine usually has multiple infections. Users frequently notice unwanted behavior and degradation of system performance. A spyware infestation can create significant unwanted CPU activity, disk usage, and network traffic. Stability issues, such as applications freezing, failure to boot, and system-wide crashes are also common. Spyware, which interferes with networking software commonly causes difficulty connecting to the Internet.

In some infections, the spyware is not even evident. Users assume in those situations that the performance issues relate to faulty hardware, Windows installation problems, or another malware infection. Some owners of badly infected systems resort to contacting technical support experts, or even buying a new computer because the existing system "has become too slow". Badly infected systems may require a clean reinstallation of all their software in order to return to full functionality.

Moreover, some types of spyware disable software firewalls and antivirus software, and/or reduce browser security settings, which opens the system to further opportunistic infections. Some spyware disables or even removes competing spyware programs, on the grounds that more spyware-related annoyances increase the likelihood that users will take action to remove the programs.[16]

Keyloggers are sometimes part of malware packages downloaded onto computers without the owners' knowledge. Some keylogger software is freely available on the internet, while others are commercial or private applications. Most keyloggers allow not only keyboard keystrokes to be captured, they also are often capable of collecting screen captures from the computer.

A typical Windows user has administrative privileges, mostly for convenience. Because of this, any program the user runs has unrestricted access to the system. As with other operating systems, Windows users are able to follow the principle of least privilege and use non-administrator accounts. Alternatively, they can reduce the privileges of specific vulnerable Internet-facing processes, such as Internet Explorer.

Since Windows Vista is, by default, a computer administrator that runs everything under limited user privileges, when a program requires administrative privileges, a User Account Control pop-up will prompt the user to allow or deny the action. This improves on the design used by previous versions of Windows. Spyware is also known as tracking software.

Remedies and prevention[edit]

See also: Computer virus §&#;Virus removal

As the spyware threat has evolved, a number of techniques have emerged to counteract it. These include programs designed to remove or block spyware, as well as various user practices which reduce the chance of getting spyware on a system.

Nonetheless, spyware remains a costly problem. When a large number of pieces of spyware have infected a Windows computer, the only remedy may involve backing up user data, and fully reinstalling the operating system. For instance, some spyware cannot be completely removed by Symantec, Microsoft, PC Tools.

Anti-spyware programs[edit]

See also: Category:Spyware removal

Many programmers and some commercial firms have released products dedicated to remove or block spyware. Programs such as PC Tools' Spyware Doctor, Lavasoft's Ad-Aware SE and Patrick Kolla's Spybot - Search & Destroy rapidly gained popularity as tools to remove, and in some cases intercept, spyware programs. On December, , Microsoft acquired the GIANT AntiSpyware software,[17] re&#x;branding it as Microsoft AntiSpyware (Beta 1) and releasing it as a free download for Genuine Windows XP and Windows users. In November, , it was renamed Windows Defender.[18][19]

Major anti-virus firms such as Symantec, PC Tools, McAfee and Sophos have also added anti-spyware features to their existing anti-virus products. Early on, anti-virus firms expressed reluctance to add anti-spyware functions, citing lawsuits brought by spyware authors against the authors of web sites and programs which described their products as "spyware". However, recent versions of these major firms home and business anti-virus products do include anti-spyware functions, albeit treated differently from viruses. Symantec Anti-Virus, for instance, categorizes spyware programs as "extended threats" and now offers real-time protection against these threats.

How anti-spyware software works[edit]

Anti-spyware programs can combat spyware in two ways:

  1. They can provide real-time protection in a manner similar to that of anti-virus protection: all incoming network data is scanned for spyware, and any detected threats are blocked.
  2. Anti-spyware software programs can be used solely for detection and removal of spyware software that has already been installed into the computer. This kind of anti-spyware can often be set to scan on a regular schedule.

Such programs inspect the contents of the Windows registry, operating system files, and installed programs, and remove files and entries which match a list of known spyware. Real-time protection from spyware works identically to real-time anti-virus protection: the software scans disk files at download time, and blocks the activity of components known to represent spyware. In some cases, it may also intercept attempts to install start-up items or to modify browser settings. Earlier versions of anti-spyware programs focused chiefly on detection and removal. Javacool Software's SpywareBlaster, one of the first to offer real-time protection, blocked the installation of ActiveX-based spyware.

Like most anti-virus software, many anti-spyware/adware tools require a frequently updated database of threats. As new spyware programs are released, anti-spyware developers discover and evaluate them, adding to the list of known spyware, which allows the software to detect and remove new spyware. As a result, anti-spyware software is of limited usefulness without regular updates. Updates may be installed automatically or manually.

A popular generic spyware removal tool used by those that requires a certain degree of expertise is HijackThis, which scans certain areas of the Windows OS where spyware often resides and presents a list with items to delete manually. As most of the items are legitimate windows files/registry entries it is advised for those who are less knowledgeable on this subject to post a HijackThis log on the numerous antispyware sites and let the experts decide what to delete.

If a spyware program is not blocked and manages to get itself installed, it may resist attempts to terminate or uninstall it. Some programs work in pairs: when an anti-spyware scanner (or the user) terminates one running process, the other one respawns the killed program. Likewise, some spyware will detect attempts to remove registry keys and immediately add them again. Usually, booting the infected computer in safe mode allows an anti-spyware program a better chance of removing persistent spyware. Killing the process tree may also work.

Security practices[edit]

To detect spyware, computer users have found several practices useful in addition to installing anti-spyware programs. Many users have installed a web browser other than Internet Explorer, such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Though no browser is completely safe, Internet Explorer was once at a greater risk for spyware infection due to its large user base as well as vulnerabilities such as ActiveX but these three major browsers are now close to equivalent when it comes to security.[20][21]

Some ISPs—particularly colleges and universities—have taken a different approach to blocking spyware: they use their network firewalls and web proxies to block access to Web sites known to install spyware. On March 31, , Cornell University's Information Technology department released a report detailing the behavior of one particular piece of proxy-based spyware, Marketscore, and the steps the university took to intercept it.[22] Many other educational institutions have taken similar steps.

Individual users can also install firewalls from a variety of companies. These monitor the flow of information going to and from a networked computer and provide protection against spyware and malware. Some users install a large hosts file which prevents the user's computer from connecting to known spyware-related web addresses. Spyware may get installed via certain shareware programs offered for download. Downloading programs only from reputable sources can provide some protection from this source of attack.[23]

Individual users can use cellphone / computer with physical (electric) switch, or isolated electronic switch that disconnects microphone, camera without bypass and keep it in disconnected position where not in use, that limits information that spyware can collect. (Policy recommended by NIST Guidelines for Managing the Security of Mobile Devices, ).

Applications[edit]

"Stealware" and affiliate fraud[edit]

A few spyware vendors, notably Solutions, have written what the New York Times has dubbed "stealware", and what spyware researcher Ben Edelman terms affiliate fraud, a form of click fraud. Stealware diverts the payment of affiliate marketing revenues from the legitimate affiliate to the spyware vendor.

Spyware which attacks affiliate networks places the spyware operator's affiliate tag on the user's activity – replacing any other tag, if there is one. The spyware operator is the only party that gains from this. The user has their choices thwarted, a legitimate affiliate loses revenue, networks' reputations are injured, and vendors are harmed by having to pay out affiliate revenues to an "affiliate" who is not party to a contract.[24]Affiliate fraud is a violation of the terms of service of most affiliate marketing networks. Mobile devices can also be vulnerable to chargeware, which manipulates users into illegitimate mobile charges.

Identity theft and fraud[edit]

In one case, spyware has been closely associated with identity theft.[25] In August , researchers from security software firm Sunbelt Software suspected the creators of the common CoolWebSearch spyware had used it to transmit "chat sessions, user names, passwords, bank information, etc.";[26] however it turned out that "it actually (was) its own sophisticated criminal little trojan that's independent of CWS."[27] This case is currently under investigation by the FBI.

The Federal Trade Commission estimates that &#;million Americans have been victims of identity theft, and that financial losses from identity theft totaled nearly $48&#;billion for businesses and financial institutions and at least $5&#;billion in out-of-pocket expenses for individuals.[28]

Digital rights management[edit]

Some copy-protection technologies have borrowed from spyware. In , Sony BMG Music Entertainment was found to be usingrootkits in its XCPdigital rights management technology[29] Like spyware, not only was it difficult to detect and uninstall, it was so poorly written that most efforts to remove it could have rendered computers unable to function. Texas Attorney GeneralGreg Abbott filed suit,[30] and three separate class-action suits were filed.[31] Sony BMG later provided a workaround on its website to help users remove it.[32]

Beginning on April 25, , Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications application[33] was installed on most Windows PCs as a "critical security update". While the main purpose of this deliberately uninstallable application is to ensure the copy of Windows on the machine was lawfully purchased and installed, it also installs software that has been accused of "phoning home" on a daily basis, like spyware.[34][35] It can be removed with the RemoveWGA tool.

Personal relationships[edit]

Stalkerware is spyware that has been used to monitor electronic activities of partners in intimate relationships. At least one software package, Loverspy, was specifically marketed for this purpose. Depending on local laws regarding communal/marital property, observing a partner's online activity without their consent may be illegal; the author of Loverspy and several users of the product were indicted in California in on charges of wiretapping and various computer crimes.[36]

Browser cookies[edit]

Anti-spyware programs often report Web advertisers' HTTP cookies, the small text files that track browsing activity, as spyware. While they are not always inherently malicious, many users object to third parties using space on their personal computers for their business purposes, and many anti-spyware programs offer to remove them.[37]

Spyware programs[edit]

Main article: List of spyware programs

These common spyware programs illustrate the diversity of behaviors found in these attacks. Note that as with computer viruses, researchers give names to spyware programs which may not be used by their creators. Programs may be grouped into "families" based not on shared program code, but on common behaviors, or by "following the money" of apparent financial or business connections. For instance, a number of the spyware programs distributed by Claria are collectively known as "Gator". Likewise, programs that are frequently installed together may be described as parts of the same spyware package, even if they function separately.

Rogue anti-spyware programs[edit]

See also: List of rogue security software, List of fake anti-spyware programs, and Rogue security software

Malicious programmers have released a large number of rogue (fake) anti-spyware programs, and widely distributed Web banner ads can warn users that their computers have been infected with spyware, directing them to purchase programs which do not actually remove spyware—or else, may add more spyware of their own.[38][39]

The recent[update] proliferation of fake or spoofed antivirus products that bill themselves as antispyware can be troublesome. Users may receive popups prompting them to install them to protect their computer, when it will in fact add spyware. It is recommended that users do not install any freeware claiming to be anti-spyware unless it is verified to be legitimate. Some known offenders include:

Fake antivirus products constitute 15 percent of all malware.[41]

On January 26, , Microsoft and the Washington state attorney general filed suit against Secure Computer for its Spyware Cleaner product.[42]

Legal issues[edit]

Criminal law[edit]

Unauthorized access to a computer is illegal under computer crime laws, such as the U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the U.K.'s Computer Misuse Act, and similar laws in other countries. Since owners of computers infected with spyware generally claim that they never authorized the installation, a prima facie reading would suggest that the promulgation of spyware would count as a criminal act. Law enforcement has often pursued the authors of other malware, particularly viruses. However, few spyware developers have been prosecuted, and many operate openly as strictly legitimate businesses, though some have faced lawsuits.[43][44]

Spyware producers argue that, contrary to the users' claims, users do in fact give consent to installations. Spyware that comes bundled with shareware applications may be described in the legalese text of an end-user license agreement (EULA). Many users habitually ignore these purported contracts, but spyware companies such as Claria say these demonstrate that users have consented.

Despite the ubiquity of EULAs agreements, under which a single click can be taken as consent to the entire text, relatively little caselaw has resulted from their use. It has been established in most common law jurisdictions that this type of agreement can be a binding contract in certain circumstances.[45] This does not, however, mean that every such agreement is a contract, or that every term in one is enforceable.

Some jurisdictions, including the U.S. states of Iowa[46] and Washington,[47] have passed laws criminalizing some forms of spyware. Such laws make it illegal for anyone other than the owner or operator of a computer to install software that alters Web-browser settings, monitors keystrokes, or disables computer-security software.

In the United States, lawmakers introduced a bill in entitled the Internet Spyware Prevention Act, which would imprison creators of spyware.[48]

Administrative sanctions[edit]

US FTC actions[edit]

The US Federal Trade Commission has sued Internet marketing organizations under the "unfairness doctrine"[49] to make them stop infecting consumers' PCs with spyware. In one case, that against Seismic Entertainment Productions, the FTC accused the defendants of developing a program that seized control of PCs nationwide, infected them with spyware and other malicious software, bombarded them with a barrage of pop-up advertising for Seismic's clients, exposed the PCs to security risks, and caused them to malfunction. Seismic then offered to sell the victims an "antispyware" program to fix the computers, and stop the popups and other problems that Seismic had caused. On November 21, , a settlement was entered in federal court under which a $&#;million judgment was imposed in one case and $&#;million in another, but the defendants were insolvent[50]

In a second case, brought against CyberSpy Software LLC, the FTC charged that CyberSpy marketed and sold "RemoteSpy" keylogger spyware to clients who would then secretly monitor unsuspecting consumers' computers. According to the FTC, Cyberspy touted RemoteSpy as a "% undetectable" way to "Spy on Anyone. From Anywhere." The FTC has obtained a temporary order prohibiting the defendants from selling the software and disconnecting from the Internet any of their servers that collect, store, or provide access to information that this software has gathered. The case is still in its preliminary stages. A complaint filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) brought the RemoteSpy software to the FTC's attention.[51]

Netherlands OPTA[edit]

An administrative fine, the first of its kind in Europe, has been issued by the Independent Authority of Posts and Telecommunications (OPTA) from the Netherlands. It applied fines in total value of Euro 1,, for infecting 22 million computers. The spyware concerned is called DollarRevenue. The law articles that have been violated are art. of the Decision on universal service providers and on the interests of end users; the fines have been issued based on art. taken together with art. of the Dutch telecommunications law.[52]

Civil law[edit]

Former New York State Attorney General and former Governor of New YorkEliot Spitzer has pursued spyware companies for fraudulent installation of software.[53] In a suit brought in by Spitzer, the California firm Intermix Media, Inc. ended up settling, by agreeing to pay US$&#;million and to stop distributing spyware.[54]

The hijacking of Web advertisements has also led to litigation. In June , a number of large Web publishers sued Claria for replacing advertisements, but settled out of court.

Courts have not yet had to decide whether advertisers can be held liable for spyware that displays their ads. In many cases, the companies whose advertisements appear in spyware pop-ups do not directly do business with the spyware firm. Rather, they have contracted with an advertising agency, which in turn contracts with an online subcontractor who gets paid by the number of "impressions" or appearances of the advertisement. Some major firms such as Dell Computer and Mercedes-Benz have sacked advertising agencies that have run their ads in spyware.[55]

Libel suits by spyware developers[edit]

Litigation has gone both ways. Since "spyware" has become a common pejorative, some makers have filed libel and defamation actions when their products have been so described. In , Gator (now known as Claria) filed suit against the website PC Pitstop for describing its program as "spyware".[56] PC Pitstop settled, agreeing not to use the word "spyware", but continues to describe harm caused by the Gator/Claria software.[57] As a result, other anti-spyware and anti-virus companies have also used other terms such as "potentially unwanted programs" or greyware to denote these products.

WebcamGate[edit]

Main article: Robbins v. Lower Merion School District

In the WebcamGate case, plaintiffs charged two suburban Philadelphia high schools secretly spied on students by surreptitiously and remotely activating webcams embedded in school-issued laptops the students were using at home, and therefore infringed on their privacy rights. The school loaded each student's computer with LANrev's remote activation tracking software. This included the now-discontinued "TheftTrack". While TheftTrack was not enabled by default on the software, the program allowed the school district to elect to activate it, and to choose which of the TheftTrack surveillance options the school wanted to enable.[58]

TheftTrack allowed school district employees to secretly remotely activate the webcam embedded in the student's laptop, above the laptop's screen. That allowed school officials to secretly take photos through the webcam, of whatever was in front of it and in its line of sight, and send the photos to the school's server. The LANrev software disabled the webcams for all other uses (e.g., students were unable to use Photo Booth or video chat), so most students mistakenly believed their webcams did not work at all. On top of the webcam surveillance, TheftTrack allowed school officials to take screenshots and send them to the school's server. School officials were also granted the ability to take snapshots of instant messages, web browsing, music playlists, and written compositions. The schools admitted to secretly snapping over 66, webshots and screenshots, including webcam shots of students in their bedrooms.[58][59][60]

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When you purchase a paid version of Avast Mobile Security via Google Play Store, your subscription activates automatically on the Android device you use to make the purchase. To start using your subscription on a new Android device:

  1. Sign in to Google Play Store on the new device, using the same Google Account you used to purchase Avast Mobile Security.
  2. Download and install the latest version of Avast Mobile Security from Google Play Store.
  3. After installation, open Avast Mobile Security and tap Scan now.
  4. After the scan completes, tap Already purchased?Restore from Google Play.

Avast Mobile Security automatically retrieves and activates your subscription from Google Play Store.

If you did not purchase your paid version of Avast Mobile Security via Google Play Store, you need to activate your subscription using either an activation code, or by signing in to the app with your Avast Account credentials. For detailed activation instructions, refer to the following article:

How can I cancel a paid Avast Mobile Security subscription?

Uninstalling Avast Mobile Security from your Android device does not cancel your paid subscription, and you will continue to be charged for the subscription until you cancel it. To cancel a subscription, ensure that you are signed into Google Play Store with the Google Account that you used to purchase the subscription, then follow these steps:

  1. On the Home screen of your device, tap the Google Play Store icon to open the store.
  2. Tap the user icon in the top-right corner, then select Payments & subscriptionsSubscriptions.
  3. Tap the subscription you want to cancel and select Cancel Subscription.

Google Play Store confirms the subscription is canceled. Your subscription is canceled and will stop at the end of the current billing cycle.

If you did not purchase your paid version of Avast Mobile Security via Google Play Store, you need to cancel the subscription via your Avast Account. For detailed instructions, refer to the following article:

Uninstalling Avast Mobile Security from your iOS device does not cancel your paid subscription, and you will continue to be charged for the subscription until you cancel it. To cancel a subscription purchased via the App Store, refer to the following instructions on the Apple Support site:

What can I do if Avast Mobile Security does not detect my paid subscription?

In rare cases, Avast Mobile Security does not detect your valid subscription and displays the No subscriptions found message when you try to restore your subscription. For instructions to resolve this issue, refer to the following article:

Is there a free-trial option for Avast Mobile Security Premium?

Yes. The free trial allows you to use all premium features for either 7 or 14 days free of charge. The 7-day free trial activates automatically when you select a monthly Avast Mobile Security Premium subscription, and the day free trial activates automatically when you select a yearly Avast Mobile Security Premium subscription. Once the free trial period ends, your Avast Mobile Security Premium subscription starts automatically.

How can I reactivate my subscription?

If you previously purchased an Avast Mobile Security Premium subscription via the App Store and want to reactivate your subscription, for example on a new or reset device, follow these steps:

  1. Ensure you are logged in to the App Store with the Apple ID that was used to purchase Avast Mobile Security Premium.
  2. Install Avast Mobile Security.
  3. Open Avast Mobile Security and tap Start with free.
  4. Tap Upgrade in the top-right corner.
  5. Tap Already purchased?, then select Restore from iTunes.

Avast Mobile Security connects to the App Store and automatically activates the subscription on your iOS device.

For more information about activating Avast Mobile Security for iOS, refer to the following article:

Features

What is Scan?

The Scan button on the main app screen scans all apps installed on your device and informs you about security risks caused by changes in default Android settings.

Avast Mobile Security automatically scans newly installed apps the first time they are run. If malware is detected, Avast Mobile Security offers to uninstall the app or to delete the file. If an app or file is incorrectly identified as malware, you can report the false-positive detection directly to Avast Threat Labs.

To schedule automatic scans, go to Menu (three lines) ▸ SettingsProtectionScheduled scan. Ensure the slider at the top of the screen is green (On), tap Scan time to set a specific time for the scan to run, and specify Scan days by ticking the box(es) next to the days when you want the scan to automatically run.

What is Boost RAM?

Tap the Boost RAM tile on the main app screen to kill any apps running in the background of your device. This action prevents apps from slowing down your device and draining your battery. When this process completes, the amount of freed space and the number of killed apps is displayed.

What is Clean junk?

When you tap the Clean junk tile on the main app screen, Avast Mobile Security analyzes your device and displays the amount of storage space that is being used by junk files. You can view the specific types of junk files on your device by tapping the Safe clean tile. Untick any items that you don't want to clean, then release space on your device by tapping Clean.

The Clean junk feature cleans three types of files:

  • Temporary app files: Temporary data that can be deleted with no impact on app functionality.
  • Advertisement cache: Data from folders where ad systems save their resources.
  • Used installation files: APK files used by sources other than Google Play.

To free more space, install the Avast Cleanup app directly from the Safe clean results screen.

What is Scan Wi-Fi / Wi-Fi Security?

The Scan Wi-Fi tile on the main app screen scans your network for problems with your router, encryption, Wi-Fi, and connection. When this action is complete, the app advises whether the network you are connected to is safe. Any detected issues are described, along with instructions to resolve the issues. After scanning, the Scan Wi-Fi tile changes to Check speed. You can also access the Scan Wi-Fi feature via Menu (three lines) ▸ Wi-Fi Security, or by tapping the Scan button on the main app screen.

What is Check Speed / Wi-Fi Speed?

Once the Wi-Fi network that you are currently connected to has been scanned for problems using Scan Wi-Fi, the Scan Wi-Fi tile becomes Check speed. When you tap Check speed, the app measures and rates your network's current download and upload speeds. This feature is also accessible via Menu (three lines) ▸ Wi-Fi Speed Test.

What is App Insights?

App Insights provides you with usage information about the apps on your device, data consumption details, and allows you to view which permissions are required by each of your installed apps. To access App Insights, go to Menu (three lines) ▸ App Insights.

Select one of the tabs at the top of the screen:

  • Usage: Shows an overview of the amount of time you spend using each of your apps.
  • Data: Allows Avast Mobile Security to help manage your data consumption and avoid additional charges.
  • Permissions: Shows you which apps on your device require the most permissions. High Permission Apps appear at the top of the list. Tap any app to review the specific permissions required by the app. For non-system apps, you can tap Uninstall to permanently remove the app from your device. It is not possible to uninstall system apps, but you can tap Disable to prevent a system app from running in the background and occupying your device memory.

How can Avast Mobile Security help manage my data consumption?

You can configure Avast Mobile Security to monitor your data consumption and help you avoid additional charges by notifying you when you approach the limit. To set up data usage alerts:

  1. Go to Menu (three lines) ▸ App Insights.
  2. Select the Data tab.
  3. Tap Get started.
  4. Provide the following information:
    • Data limit: set your data package size.
    • Day of month to reset: select the day when your data is reset every month.
  5. Based on the information you provide, Avast Mobile Security calculates your recommended daily limit. Tap Start tracking.
  6. On the App Insights screen, ensure the Data tab is selected and tap Data Usage alerts.
  7. Specify when Avast Mobile Security notifies you about data consumption.

Avast Mobile Security now notifies you about data consumption according to your preferences.

What is Clipboard Cleaner?

Clipboard Cleaner clears your clipboard to prevent possible privacy leaks. If you are not interested in using Clipboard Cleaner, you can disable this feature via Menu (three lines) ▸ SettingsNotifications & alertsRealtime protection. Tap the slider next to Clipboard cleaner notification so that it changes to gray (OFF).

What is App Lock?

App Lock is a premium feature available in Avast Mobile Security Premium that protects your sensitive apps with a PIN or pattern. If you are able to unlock your device with a fingerprint, you can also use this option for App Lock. To enable this feature:

  1. Go to Menu (three lines) ▸ App Lock.
  2. If you are using App Lock for the first time, tap Set up now.
  3. If prompted, follow the on-screen instructions to Set a new PIN code and Grant necessary permissions. You can optionally define a swipe pattern or set up fingerprint unlocking.
  4. Tap Activate App Lock.
  5. To protect an app, tap the relevant slider so that it changes to green (ON). Locked apps appear under Protected apps. Unlocked apps appear under either Recommended to lock or Unprotected apps.

Once App Lock is enabled, you can modify your App Lock settings by tapping Settings (the gear icon) in the top-right corner of the main App Lock screen. The following options are available:

  • Select PIN & pattern to create or change your PIN, set a pattern, or set up fingerprint unlocking.
  • Select App Lock timeout to specify when apps are locked.

App Lock is now configured and ready to use. To disable this feature, tap the slider at the top of the main App Lock screen so that it changes to (Off).

What is Anti-Theft?

Anti-Theft protects your private mobile data and helps you retrieve a lost or stolen device by allowing you to control the device remotely via your Avast Account.

Before you can control your device remotely, Anti-Theft must be enabled on your device. It is not possible to enable Anti-Theft without access to your device. For detailed instructions to enable Anti-Theft, refer to the following article:

Once Anti-Theft is enabled, you can modify your Anti-Theft settings via Menu (three lines) ▸ Anti-Theft. For detailed instructions, refer to the following article:

When you upgrade to a paid version of Avast Mobile Security, you can use the following additional features:

  • Camera trap: captures a photo of the thief when an incorrect PIN is entered.
  • Audio recording: secretly records the phone's surroundings at any time.
  • Last known location: sends a location notification to your Avast Account when the device battery is dying.
  • PIN security: locks your device and sounds an alarm after 8 failed unlock attempts.

What is Photo Vault?

Photo Vault allows you to protect access to your photos with a PIN code. Photos that are moved to Photo Vault are encrypted and hidden. You can access Photo Vault via Menu (three lines) ▸ Photo Vault. To add a photo to Photo Vault, tap the + plus icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen and select one of the following options:

  • Recover old Vault: This option appears if you uninstalled Avast Mobile Security with photos stored in your Photo Vault, then reinstalled the app. When you select this option, photos from the previous Vault are added automatically to your new Vault.
  • Take new photo: Take photos and directly add them to Photo Vault.
    1. Take a photo with your camera.
    2. Tap OK to place the photo in the Vault, or tap Retry to take the photo again.
  • Import from gallery: Select photos from your existing gallery and add them to Photo Vault.
    1. Tick the photo(s) that you want to protect.
    2. Tap Hide now.

To remove photos from Photo Vault, tick the photo(s) you want to remove and tap the relevant icon at the top of the screen:

  • Export icon: Exports a photo back to the original location and makes it visible to others.
  • Trash icon: Removes a photo from the Vault and from the original location. This action cannot be undone.

If you forget your PIN:

  1. When you are asked to enter your PIN, tap More options (three dots) in the top-right corner and select Reset PIN.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to reset your PIN using your Google Account credentials.

In the free version of Avast Mobile Security, you can protect up to 10 photos. To secure an unlimited number of photos, upgrade to a paid version of Avast Mobile Security.

Why has the Firewall feature been removed from Avast Mobile Security for Android?

The Firewall feature in Avast Mobile Security for Android depended on access to several system features that required root privileges. Due to low usage of the Firewall feature, and the risks associated with using a rooted device, we have removed Firewall from Avast Mobile Security for Android version and higher.

If you have version or lower, you need to reset the original Firewall rules before upgrading to version or higher. If you already updated to or higher without restoring the Firewall rules, you need to uninstall , install , then reinstall

Avast does not recommend rooting. A rooted device is generally not as secure and users who choose to root their device are exposed to higher risks.

Rooting is a process that allows Android users to attain privileged control of their device (known as root access) within the Android system. Rooting allows the user to override limitations set by carriers and hardware manufacturers. This makes it possible to alter or replace system applications and settings, and run specialized apps that require administrator-level permissions.

What is Call Blocker?

Due to changes in the Google Play Developer Policy Center and Android policies, Call Blocker is not available in Avast Mobile Security version and higher, or on devices running Android 9and higher. For more information, refer to the following article:

Call Blocker enables you to block calls from the following numbers or contacts:

  • All unknown numbers.
  • All hidden numbers.
  • A chosen contact from your contacts list.
  • A chosen number that you have entered manually into the app.

To access Call Blocker, go to Menu (three lines) ▸ Call Blocker. When a call is blocked, the caller is automatically redirected to voice mail.

View a list of calls that have been blocked by tapping History in the Call Blocker menu.

What is Power Save?

Power Save is not available in Avast Mobile Security version and higher.

Power Save allows you to adjust a range of settings that may reduce your device's battery consumption. Access Power Save by tapping Menu (three lines) ▸ Power Save. Select Activate Power Save to enable Power Save. Tap Power Save Settings to configure how your device behaves when Power Save is enabled, or alternatively use the default configuration.

What is Wi-Fi Protection?

Wi-Fi Protection (previously called Secure Browsing) uses our VPN (Virtual Private Network) infrastructure to create a secured VPN connection. This protects the data you upload and download from the internet, secures data sent from your device, and keeps your internet activity completely private. Wi-Fi Protection is available as part of an Avast Mobile Security Premium subscription.

How do I activate Wi-Fi Protection?

Wi-Fi Protection is available with an Avast Mobile Security Premium subscription. The first time you activate Wi-Fi Protection, the app prompts you to add VPN Configurations. To activate Wi-Fi Protection, follow the steps below:

  1. Tap Turn on VPN on the Wi-Fi Protection tile.
  2. Review the Logging Policy and Use terms, then tap Accept.
  3. If prompted, tap Allow to add VPN Configurations.

Wi-Fi Protection is now activated, connecting you to the closest server we have in your location. To temporarily turn off the VPN, tap Pause VPN on the main Avast Mobile Security screen.

What is the difference between Wi-Fi Protection and the Avast SecureLine VPN app?

Wi-Fi Protection and the Avast SecureLine VPN app both give you a secure VPN connection to protect your online activities. Wi-Fi Protection connects you to the closest server we have in your location, whereas the Avast SecureLine VPN app allows you to choose which server you connect to.

What is Identity Protection?

Identity Protection keeps all of your online accounts safe by ensuring none of the passwords linked to your email address have been leaked online. If a leak is found, Identity Protection immediately notifies you and prompts you to change the password that was compromised.

How do I activate Identity Protection?

  1. Tap Add email on the Identity Protection tile.
  2. Tap Add email address.
  3. Enter your email address, then tap Add email.

Identity Protection immediately checks for any leaked data online connected to your email address. An alert notifies you if any data leaks are found. Identity Protection remains active and notifies you again if it detects any future data leaks connected to your email address.

How do I add more email addresses to Identity Protection?

Having more than one email address secured by Identity Protection is only possible with an Avast Mobile Security Premium subscription. Upgrade to Avast Mobile Security Premium then follow the instructions below:

  1. Tap the Identity Protection tile on the main Avast Mobile Security screen.
  2. Tap Add email address.
  3. Enter the email address you want to add, then tap Add email.

What is Photo Vault?

Photo Vault protects your photos and images from prying eyes by moving them to a passcode-protected, encrypted vault. Up to 40 photos or images from your device or camera can be added to the vault. With an Avast Mobile Security Premium subscription you can store an unlimited number of photos or images in Photo Vault.

If you uninstall Avast Mobile Security from your iOS device, any photos you have stored in the Photo Vault will be deleted along with the app and there is no option to restore them. We recommend exporting your files from Photo Vault before uninstalling the app.

How do I activate Photo Vault?

To activate Photo Vault, first you need to set up a passcode:

  1. Tap Open on the Photo Vault tile.
  2. Tap Set passcode.
  3. Enter a four-digit passcode, then enter your passcode again to confirm it.

Photo Vault is now active and you can add photos and images to the vault to protect them from being accessed by other people using your iOS device.

If your device has Touch or Face ID capability, you have the option to enable this functionality after you have set up a passcode. If you choose to enable Touch or Face ID, this will replace your passcode for accessing Photo Vault.

How do I add photos or images to Photo Vault?

You can add existing photos or images to your Photo Vault from the Photo Library on your device, or you can use the camera on your device to take a photo and import it directly into your Photo Vault.

To add photos or images to Photo Vault:

  1. Tap Open on the Photo Vault tile.
  2. Enter your passcode, then tap the + plus icon.
  3. Select either Photo Library or Camera, then follow the relevant steps below:

Photo Library

  1. If prompted, tap OK to give Avast Mobile Security permission to access your Photo Library.
  2. Tap a photo to select it, then tap Select.
  3. Optionally, tap Delete to remove the photo from your photo library.

Camera

  1. If prompted, tap OK to give Avast Mobile Security permission to access your camera.
  2. Take a photo then tap Use Photo or Retake.

Your photo is imported into Photo Vault.

If you uninstall Avast Mobile Security, any photos you have stored in the Photo Vault will be deleted along with the app and there is no option to restore them. We recommend exporting your files from Photo Vault before uninstalling the app.

Can I export my photos from Photo Vault?

Yes. We recommend exporting your photos from Photo Vault before uninstalling the app.

To export your photos from Photo Vault:

  1. Tap Open on the Photo Vault tile.
  2. Enter your passcode.
  3. Tap Select.
  4. Tap the photo(s) you want to export. A green border appears around the selected photo(s).
  5. Tap Share in the bottom-left corner.
  6. Select your preferred method for exporting or saving the files and follow the on-screen instructions.

How can I change my passcode for Photo Vault?

To change your Photo Vault passcode:

  1. Open the app and go to Settings.
  2. Under Photo Vault, tap Change passcode.
  3. Enter your current passcode.
  4. Enter a new 4-digit passcode.
  5. Enter your new passcode again to confirm it.

Your passcode for Photo Vault has been changed.

VPN Protection

What is VPN Protection?

The VPN Protection feature allows you to connect to the internet via secure Avast VPN servers, using an encrypted tunnel to protect your online activity from eavesdropping. VPN in Avast Mobile Security for Android offers:

  • Protection: when many people are connected to the same public network, attackers can capture sensitive data, such as logins and passwords. The encrypted VPN connection provides effective protection against these types of attacks.
  • Anonymization: with broadband connections, many people have fixed IP addresses, which can be tracked when browsing sensitive sites. With a VPN connection, the browsing session is effectively anonymized, as the IP address the remote server sees is the address of the VPN server, not the user.
  • Access content around the world: when you are connected to a VPN server in another location, you gain access to content that may be restricted in your location. This allows you to browse freely, even from countries with web censorship.

What is the difference between the VPN feature in Avast Mobile Security for Android and the Avast SecureLine VPN app?

Both the VPN Protection feature in Avast Mobile Security for Android and the Avast SecureLine VPN app allow you to connect to the internet via secure Avast VPN servers, protecting your personal data, and effectively anonymizing your online activity. When you connect to our VPN servers using the VPN Protection feature in Avast Mobile Security for Android, you can choose from the same list of server locations that is available in Avast SecureLine VPN.

The Avast SecureLine VPN app contains certain advanced settings options that are not available in Avast Mobile Security for Android, including Auto Connect and Split Tunneling. For more information, refer to the following article:

It is not possible to use the VPN Protection feature in Avast Mobile Security for Android without Avast Mobile Ultimate. These subscriptions allow you to use either the VPN Protection feature or Avast SecureLine VPN.

How can I add the VPN feature to Avast Mobile Security for Android?

The VPN feature in Avast Mobile Security is available for Android devices with an Avast Mobile Ultimate subscription.

Can I use my subscription for Avast SecureLine VPN to activate the VPN feature in Avast Mobile Security for Android?

No. In this case you would continue to use Avast SecureLine VPN as a separate app. However, the activation code from an Avast Mobile Ultimate subscription can be used to activate either the VPN feature in Avast Mobile Security or Avast SecureLine VPN (for use on up to 5 Android devices simultaneously).

Settings

How do I change the notifications I see in Avast Mobile Security?

Go to Menu (three lines) ▸ SettingsNotifications & alerts. Notifications and alerts are divided into the following sections:

  • Realtime protection
    • Permanent notification: Ensures complete protection by preventing Android stopping Avast Mobile Security from running in the background. It also ensures that App Lock works properly.
    • Clipboard cleaner notification: Notifies you if you have content copied to your clipboard and offers to clear it to prevent privacy leaks.
    • Sensitive app notification: Notifies you when a sensitive app is installed and prompts you to protect access to the sensitive app by using App Lock.
    • App Install Shield notification: Informs you if the app you are installing or updating is safe.
    • Scan complete popups: Displays a popup to inform you immediately when a scan completes and the results are ready to show.
    • Low battery ping: Prompts you to turn on Last Known Location so that you can locate your phone after the battery dies, or even after your phone is turned off. Last Known Location is a setting within the Anti-Theft feature.
    • Sensitive content detected: Detects when sensitive web content is displayed and recommends that you use a VPN.
    • Security stats notification: Notifies you about your monthly security statistics.
  • Performance
    • Task killing notification: Notifies you about apps running in the background and offers to stop them. This is connected to the Boost RAM tile on the main app screen.
    • Safe Clean: Notifies you when more than 50 MB of unnecessary files are found on your device and recommends that you clean your device.
  • Wi-Fi networking
    • Unknown network dialog: Offers to check security, test speed, and secure connection when connecting to an unknown network.
    • Security scan: Offers to scan your network for security threats.
    • Speed test: Offers to check your connection speed.
    • Auto-scan unknown networks: Automatically scans new Wi-Fi networks for security threats.
  • Data Usage alerts
    • Cycle usage reaches: Informs you when data usage reaches a percentage level that you specify.
    • Cycle limit is reached: Notifies you when your data cycle limit has been reached.
    • Daily limit is reached: Notifies you when your daily data limit has been reached.
    • Always show data usage in notifications: Always displays data usage in notifications.

How can I disable or customize the permanent notification?

The permanent notification ensures your device's complete protection by preventing Android from stopping Avast Mobile Security processes. On devices running Android or higher, disabling the permanent notification is not an option. However, the notification can be minimized or configured for minimal interruption via your device settings. For more information, refer to the following article:

How can I customize my protection settings?

Protection components in Avast Mobile Security monitor and scan your device to detect suspicious activity and protect you against malware and viruses.

Go to Menu (three lines) ▸ SettingsProtection to access the following options:

  • Scheduled scan: Allows you to set a schedule for scanning. Select a day of the week and time for the app to scan your device automatically.
  • Ignored issues: Shows a list of ignored issues, if you did not fix them after a scan.
  • App Install Shield: Scans apps after installation.
  • File Shield: Scans your device for malicious files.
  • Web Shield: Scans each URL that loads and warns you when the browser loads a malware-infected URL, while also protecting you against phishing and other malicious websites. To enable this setting, you must first grant Avast Mobile Security the Accessibility permission in your device settings.
  • Internal storage scanning: Scans files that are stored in your internal storage. Enabling this option may prolong the scanning process.
  • Low reputation apps: Scans apps then compares them to Avast user ratings, and warns you about apps with a low reputation.
  • PUP detection: Marks Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) as malware and handles them accordingly.

How can I change App Lock timeout settings?

To specify when apps will be locked by the App Lock feature, go to Menu (three lines) ▸ SettingsApp Lock and tap App Lock timeout. The following options are available:

  • Immediately: Locks an app immediately after you send it to the background.
  • 10 seconds: Locks an app 10 seconds after you send it to the background.
  • 30 seconds: Locks an app 30 seconds after you send it to the background.
  • 1 minute: Locks an app 1 minute after you send it to the background.
  • When screen turns off: Locks an app when your device screen turns off.

When this or another app managed by App Lock is launched within the selected timeout, the countdown stops and restarts. Regardless of the timeout settings, App Lock always locks your apps when your screen turns off.

When one app is unlocked, all other apps managed by App Lock are also automatically unlocked so you can access all your apps within the timeout period.

How do I verify which version of Avast Mobile Security is installed on my device?

  1. Open Avast Mobile Security and tap Menu (three lines).
  2. Tap SettingsAbout.
  3. Verify your current app version under AntiVirus.

To check the version number of your Avast Mobile Security app, open the app and go to Settings. The app version number is listed at the bottom of the screen under Current version.

Where can I find the Avast Mobile Security Activity Log?

The Activity Log is available via Menu (three lines) ▸ SettingsActivity Log.

The Activity Log allows you to see all activity performed by Avast Mobile Security for Android. This mainly includes updates and scans. You can clear the Activity Log by tapping the trash icon in the top-right corner.

How can I control which data I share with Avast and third parties?

When you use Avast Mobile Security, you share anonymous usage statistics and error reports with Avast and third parties to help improve the app. To manage your data sharing preferences, go to Menu (three lines) ▸ SettingsPersonal Privacy. Tap the slider next to one of the following options so that it changes to green (ON) to opt in, or gray (OFF) to opt out:

  • Improvements
    • Share threat data with Avast to improve the security of all Avast antivirus users (Community IQ).
    • Share app-usage data with Avast to help us with new product development.
    • Share app usage data with 3rd-party analytics tools to improve this app.
  • Offers
    • Share app-usage data with Avast so we may offer you upgrades or other products. In the free version of Avast Mobile Security, this option is enabled by default and does not appear.

Sharing app-usage data with Avast and third-party analytics tools is automatically enabled to help improve the app. You can disable these settings, go to SettingsData Settings and tap the green (ON) slider next to each option so that it changes to gray (OFF).

How can I check if my virus definitions are updated?

Virus definitions are updated automatically. Go to Menu (three lines) ▸ SettingsUpdates to check the current virus definitions version and the date when it was installed. You can also tap Check for update to make sure that you have the latest version installed. To prevent Avast Mobile Security from updating when you are using mobile data to connect to the internet, tap the slider next to Update over Wi-Fi only so that it changes to green (ON). We do not recommend keeping this setting enabled.

Troubleshooting

How can I uninstall Avast Mobile Security?

If you no longer want to use Avast Mobile Security, you need to cancel your subscription before uninstalling the app from your device.

For detailed uninstallation instructions, refer to the following article:

How can I disable third-party ads in Avast Mobile Security for Android?

To support the ongoing development of Avast Mobile Security, the free version of the app includes third-party ads that do not interfere with app usage. Paid versions of Avast Mobile Security are ad-free and include a range of additional premium features and benefits. Purchase a paid version of Avast Mobile Security by tapping Upgrade in the top-right corner of the main app screen.

Alternatively, you can purchase an Ad Free subscription. This option removes third-party ads from Avast Mobile Security, but does notinclude any additional premium features and benefits. An Ad Free subscription is only available after you have used the Free version of Avast Mobile Security for approximately days. When this subscription option is available, the 'Remove ads' panel appears on the main app screen. To purchase an Ad Free subscription, tap the gray (OFF) slider next to Remove ads and follow the on-screen instructions.

What should I do if the Accessibility permission is disabled repeatedly?

To improve performance, some Android devices force apps to stop when your device screen turns off. This often causes apps with the Accessibility permission to lose this permission.

To re-enable the Accessibility permission, open your device settings, search for , then grant this permission to Avast Mobile Security.

We recommend changing your system settings to prevent Avast Mobile Security from losing the permission. For detailed instructions, refer to the following article:

How can I reset the PIN for App Lock?

If you forget your App Lock PIN, reset it by following these steps:

  1. Go to Menu (three lines) ▸ SettingsPIN & patternChange PIN.
  2. Tap More options (three dots) in the top-right corner and select Reset PIN.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to reset the PIN using your Google Account credentials.

What should I do if Avast Mobile Security for Android crashes or stops running?

Try one of the following options:

  • Fully uninstall and then reinstall Avast Mobile Security.
  • Report the issue to Avast Support so that our support representatives can perform a deeper analysis of the issue.
  • Join the Avast Beta program to test the latest versions of Avast Android apps before public release. This means that you receive app updates and bug fixes earlier.
  • If you are running Android or lower, ensure that Permanent notification is enabled. If it is disabled, Android may kill the Avast Mobile Security process and stop the app. On Android 8 and higher it is not possible to disable the Permanent notification.

What can I do when Avast Mobile Security for Android cannot remove malware?

In rare cases, Avast Mobile Security detects malware but cannot uninstall it. This is usually caused by the level of permissions granted to the suspicious app, or by the app being installed as a system app. For more information, refer to the following article:

How can I report a false positive detection to Avast Threat Labs?

In rare cases, Avast Mobile Security may detect and mark a clean file as malware. You can report false detections to Avast Threat Labs directly from the scan results screen:

  1. Tap More options (three dots) next to the detected file that you want to report.
  2. Select the Report as false positive option.
  3. Type a description of the issue and enter your email address (if you want to be notified when the file analysis is finished).
  4. Tap Send.

How can I disable sound alerts for background notifications from Avast Mobile Security?

On some Honor or Huawei devices, a sound plays each time you receive a notification from Avast Mobile Security. To prevent this, follow the steps below on your Honor or Huawei device:

  1. Open your device Settings and go to Apps & notifications.
  2. Select Notifications management.
  3. Tap Avast Mobile Security for Android, then select Background services.
  4. Tap the blue (ON) slider next to Ringtone, so it changes to gray (OFF).

A sound no longer plays each time you receive a notification from Avast Mobile Security.

Why does Avast Mobile Security need so many permissions?

Avast Mobile Security for Android requires many permissions that may initially seem unnecessary. This is because permission classifications in Android are assigned a name based on the most common use case, but does not describe all the kinds of processes that require the permission. For example, the full internet access permission is required to receive updates to malware definitions, and Scan and Web Shield need permission to read phone data so the data can be scanned for threats.

We take your privacy very seriously. The permissions requested are the minimum set that are needed to implement the functionality of Avast Mobile Security for Android. For more information, refer to the following article:

How can I report an issue to Avast Support?

We offer many self-help articles on the Avast Support pages. However, some issues may require deeper investigation by Avast Support.

Report any issues to our support team using the instructions in the following article:

You can contact our technical or sales support, send us a message, or connect to a dedicated forum all via the Avast Mobile Security app. Go to SettingsContact Support, then select your preferred option.

How can I provide feedback about the app?

You can provide feedback about Avast Mobile Security for iOS in several ways:

  • Write a review in the App Store.
  • Tell your friends about our software on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Post reviews in iOS related forums.
  • Send us a message via the app by selecting SettingsContact SupportSend us a message.
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Avira

computer security software company of Germany

For other uses, see Avira (disambiguation).

Coordinates: 47°39′″N9°35′″E / °N °E / ;

Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG is a German multinational computer security software company mainly known for their antivirus softwareAvira Free Security (formerly known as Avira Free Antivirus and Avira AntiVir). Avira was founded in , but the antivirus application has been under active development since , through its predecessor company H+BEDV Datentechnik GmbH. As of [update], Avira is owned by NortonLifeLock, after being previously owned by Investcorp.

The company also has offices in the US, China, Romania, and the Netherlands.[2]

Technology[edit]

Virus Definition[edit]

Avira periodically "cleans out" its virus definition files, replacing specific signatures with generic ones for a general increase in performance and scanning speed. A 15&#;MB database clean-out was made on 27 October , causing problems to the users of the Free edition because of its large size and Avira's slow Free edition servers. Avira responded by reducing the size of the individual update files, delivering less data in each update. Nowadays there are 32 smaller definition files that are updated regularly in order to avoid peaks in the download of the updates.[3]

Advance Heuristic[edit]

Avira products contain heuristics that can proactively uncover unknown malware, before a special virus signature to combat the damaging element has been created and before a virus guard update has been sent.

Heuristic virus detection involves extensive analysis and investigation of the affected codes for functions typical of malware. If the code being scanned exhibits these characteristic features it is reported as being suspicious, although not necessarily malware; the user decides whether to act on or ignore the warning.

ProActiv[edit]

The ProActiv component uses rule sets developed by the Avira Malware Research Center to identify suspicious behavior. The rule sets are supplied by Avira databases. ProActiv sends information on suspicious programs to the Avira databases for logging.

Firewall[edit]

Avira removed their own firewall technology from onwards, with protection supplied instead by Windows Firewall (Windows 7 and after), because in Windows 8 and later the Microsoft Certification Program forces developers to use interfaces introduced in Windows Vista.[4]

Protection Cloud[edit]

Avira Protection Cloud (APC) was first introduced in version It uses information available via the Internet (cloud computing) to improve detection and affect system performance less. This technology was implemented in all paid products. APC was initially only used during a manual quick system scan; later it was extended to real-time protection. This improved Avira's score in the AV-Comparatives and Report from September [5]

Partners[edit]

Avira offers its antivirus engine in the form of a software development kit to implement in complementary products. Strategic and technology partners of Avira include Canonical, CYAN Networks, IBM, intelligence AG, Microsoft, novell, OPSWAT, Synergy Systems and others.

On 4 September , Avira announced a partnership with Dropbox, to combine Avira's security with Dropbox's "sync and share" capabilities.[6]

Tjark Auerbach, the founder of Avira sold almost % stakes of the company to the Investcorp Group of Manama (Bahrain) in April [7][8] The stakes were reportedly sold at a price of million dollars. The Investcorp Group has invested in several other firms from the cybersecurity sector in the past. The directors of Investcorp Group belong to several royal families of Middle East countries like Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, etc. However, 20% of its total ordinary and preferred shares are owned by the Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Group since The UAE also serves as the headquarter of a cybersecurity firm discredited for its involvement in human rights abuses against activists, dissidents arrested for criticizing the monarchy; conducting cyber offensives against FIFA officials, and the ruler of Qatar; and the surveillance over Jamal Khashoggi.[9] The chairman of the Mubadala Group owns an institute called ECSSR or the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies & Research, which allegedly influenced German academics to gain soft-power and impact policies in the conflict of interest of the UAE.[7]

In February , BullGuard joined Avira as part of NortonLifeLock.[10]

Products[edit]

Windows[edit]

Avira offers the following security products and tools for Microsoft Windows:[15][16]

  • Avira Free Antivirus: The free edition antivirus/anti-spyware, for non-commercial use, with promotional pop-ups.[17]
  • Avira Antivirus Pro: The premium edition antivirus/anti-spyware.[18]
  • Avira System Speedup Free: A free suite of PC tune-up tools.[19]
  • Avira System Speedup Pro: The premium edition of the suite of PC tune-up tools.[20]
  • Avira Internet Security Suite: Consists of Antivirus Pro + System Speedup + Firewall Manager.[21]
  • Avira Ultimate Protection Suite: Consists of Internet Security Suite + additional PC maintenance tools (e.g. SuperEasy Driver Updater).[22]
  • Avira Rescue System: A set of free tools that include a utility used to write a Linux-based bootable CD. It can be used to clean an unbootable PC, and is also able to find malware that hides when the host's operating system is active (e.g., some rootkits). The tool contains the antivirus program and the virus database current at the time of download. It boots the machine into the antivirus program, then scans for and removes malware, and restores normal boot and operation if necessary. It is updated frequently so that the most recent security updates are always available.[23]

OS X[edit]

  • Avira Free Mac Security for Mac: Runs on OS X and above.[24]

Android and iOS[edit]

Avira offers the following security applications for mobile devices running Android and iOS:

  • Avira Antivirus Security for Android: Free application for Android, runs on versions and above.[25]
  • Avira Antivirus Security Pro for Android: Premium edition for Android, runs on versions and above. Available as an upgrade from within the free application.
    it provide additional Safe browsing, Hourly update and free tech support.
Avira Mobile Security for iOS
Free edition for iOS devices, such as iPhone and iPad.[26]

Comprehensive solutions[edit]

  • Avira Phantom VPN: Avira's virtual private network solution for Android, iOS, macOS and Windows.
  • Avira Prime: In April Avira launched a single-user, multi-device subscription-based product designed to provide a complete set of all Avira products available for the duration of the license along with premium support.[27][28]

Avira Prime is compatible with Windows, OSX, iOS, and Android operating systems and related devices and is available to consumers in 5- and device editions, dubbed "Avira Prime" and "Avira Prime Unlimited" respectively.[28][29] Subscriptions are in day and 1-year increments.[28][29]

Discontinued platforms[edit]

Avira formerly offered free antivirus software for Unix and Linux. That was discontinued in , although updates were supplied until June [30]

Security vulnerabilities[edit]

In , Avira was hit by ACE archive buffer overflow vulnerability. A remote attacker could have exploited this vulnerability by crafting an ACE archive and delivering it via a malicious web page or e-mail. A buffer overflow could occur when Avira scanned the malicious archive. That would have allowed the attacker to execute arbitrary code on the affected system.[31]

In , Avira Management Console was hit by the use-after-free remote code execution vulnerability. The vulnerability allowed remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Avira Management Console. Authentication was not required to exploit the vulnerability.[32]

In , Avira engines were hit by a 0-day vulnerability that allowed attackers to get access to a customer's PC. The bug was found in the storycall.us driver file and allowed privilege escalation.[33]

Awards and Reviews[edit]

In January , Anti-Malware Test Lab gave Avira "gold" status for proactive virus detection and detection/removal of rootkits.[34]

AV-Comparatives awarded Avira its "AV Product of the Year" award in its "Summary Report "[35]

In April , PC Pro awarded Avira Premium Security Suite 9 the maximum six stars and a place on its A-list for Internet security software.[36]

In August , Avira performed at a % percent overall malware detection rate, and was the fastest for both on-demand scans and on-access scans conducted by PC World magazine, which ranked it first on its website.[37] Avira was among the first companies to receive OESIS OK Gold Certification,[38] indicating that both the antispyware and antivirus components of several of its security products achieved the maximum compatibility score with widespread network technologies such as SSL/TLSVPN and Network Access Control from companies including Juniper Networks, Cisco Systems, and SonicWALL.

In February , testing by firm AV-TEST, Avira tied for first place (with another German company) in the "malware on demand" detection test and earned a 99% score in the "adware/spyware on demand" test.[39]

AV-Comparatives gave Avira its Silver award (for % detection rate) in its "Summary Report "[40]

For , AV-Comparatives awarded Avira with "gold" status for its % performance in the "On-Demand Malware Detection" category and classified Avira as a "Top Rated" product overall for that year.[41]

In the AV-Comparatives August "Real-World Protection Test," with total test cases tried against various security products, Avira tied for first place.[42]

Avira has also received numerous VB awards.[43]

AV-Comparatives awarded Avira its "AV Product of the Year" award in its "Summary Report "[44]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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