People typically ask me which antivirus I like to recommend, and whereas I counsel Windows Defender (and uBlock Origin) for most individuals on Windows 10, I’ve puzzled how different packages fare.
Earlier this week, I put in Avast Free Antivirus on my Windows 7 laptop computer, intending to write a evaluation about it right here. But a number of days later, I nearly really feel disinclined to achieve this.
Aside from the annoying pop-ups that it throws every now and then, issues have been fairly in any other case. Except for one minor annoyance, the email signature.
You may inform me that is my fault, I will need to have enabled it. I did not, and on day one or perhaps two, I bought the following pop-up which reads “Earn rewards along with your emails. Turn on our pleasant email signature, sit again and acquire rewards.” I instantly took a screenshot of it, which I needed to embrace in my evaluation. I distinctly keep in mind choosing the “flip this off” possibility.
A few days later, once I was typing an email to Martin, I observed that my earlier message to him contained an email signature included by Avast.
I do not like my emails getting used for adverts, no one does. I used to be perplexed on how this occurred, since I had declined the possibility to allow the signature. Naturally, I opened the settings web page in Avast to disable the possibility, solely I did not discover one. Well, that is getting odd. Upon additional digging, I discovered it. But it wasn’t the place I assumed it could be.
How to disable the email signature in Avast Free Antivirus
- Open the Avast person interface by double-clicking its icon on the taskbar.
- Click the menu button in the top-right nook of the UI.
- The pop-up web page has a side-panel, and one in all the choices right here says “Protection”. Open it.
- Click on the “Core Shields” possibility on this web page.
- Scroll down until you see the “Configure defend settings”.
- Click on the “Mail Shield” tab and you will see an possibility which says “Add a signature to the finish of despatched mails.” This was pre-enabled for me.
- Toggle the check-box subsequent to the possibility. Close the antivirus’ interface (and your web-browser).
This ought to disable the email signature, whereas nonetheless permitting you to use the antivirus.
Here is a video of the complete course of
Tip: You can disable Mail Shield utterly if you’d like to.
Is this the worth we pay for a free product? The pop-ups asking you to subscribe I can tolerate, barely. The undeniable fact that this is not an apparent place, to have the possibility for an email signature is what’s questionable. It will not be by any means a safety characteristic in any respect, so it should not be hidden in this fashion. I discover this to be an unethical apply by Avast. Speaking of which, Martin has written a pleasant PSA about CCleaner’s shady new settings.
Avast ye, scallywag!
I had been utilizing Kaspersky Free Antivirus on my laptop computer, since the program’s debut in 2017. Never as soon as did it annoy me with pop-ups, aside from an occasional “News” pop-up as soon as per week or so. And it stored my laptop spotless, even blocking malicious pages at instances.