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    Norton, BullGuard, Avast, AVG, and Avira under the same ownership

    Norton, BullGuard, Avast, AVG, and Avira under the same ownership


    Posted: 30 Nov 2021
    McAfee’s consumer division has just been purchased by investors. NortonLifeLock, which produces the Norton Security consumer AV product, is taking over Avast. This means that the Norton, BullGuard, Avast, AVG, and Avira security products will be under the same ownership.

    Source: AV-Comparatives Explains the Implications of Takeovers in the IT-Security Industry - AV-Comparatives
    TairikuOkami's Avatar Posted By: TairikuOkami
    30 Nov 2021

  1. eLPuSHeR's Avatar
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       #1

    Interesting read. Thanks TairikuOkami.

    I think this is bad news because it means less choice for consumers.
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  2. ThrashZone's Avatar
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       #2

    Hi,
    Norton a wretched company surprised anyone still uses them frankly.
    Avast wise just bloated themselves up so badly guess norton owns ccleaner now too lol
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  3. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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       #3

    AVs are going extinct, similar to firewalls, there are currently 2-3 that are not based on windows firewall API. Within 5 years, 3rd party AVs will be mostly for companies and users, who need more granular control, everyone else will use Defender. I guess we will not see many free AVs either aside a few lost souls like Immunet or Chinese AVs, that are just front end banners for companies like Baidu, Tencent and Alibaba.

    Still paying for antivirus software? Experts say you probably don't need it
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  4. Cr00zng's Avatar
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       #4

    TairikuOkami said:
    AVs are going extinct, similar to firewalls, there are currently 2-3 that are not based on windows firewall API. Within 5 years, 3rd party AVs will be mostly for companies and users, who need more granular control, everyone else will use Defender. I guess we will not see many free AVs either aside a few lost souls like Immunet or Chinese AVs, that are just front end banners for companies like Baidu, Tencent and Alibaba.

    Still paying for antivirus software? Experts say you probably don't need it
    I agree 100%, but I am keeping my AV:

    Norton, BullGuard, Avast, AVG, and Avira under the same ownership-av.jpg

    At the moment, Vipre perfoms/rates well. If it goes South, Defender will take over, regardless of the long term license...
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  5. Posts : 588
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       #5

    Reminds me of all the brands GM has! (Where easily 4 of them, are part of the same company!)
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  6. cereberus's Avatar
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    ThrashZone said:
    Hi,
    Norton a wretched company surprised anyone still uses them frankly.
    Avast wise just bloated themselves up so badly guess norton owns ccleaner now too lol
    Where is your evidence or are you simply reiterating decade+ prejudices. Reviews I have seen do not support this view.
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  7. Compumind's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64, Various Linux Builds, Networking, Storage, Cybersecurity Specialty.
       #7

    cereberus said:
    Where is your evidence or are you simply reiterating decade+ prejudices. Reviews I have seen do not support this view.
    Strongly agree!

    Just remember my Mantra - "Security In Layers" - use different tools.
    You don't want to rely just on one vendor, if at all possible.

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  8. Posts : 280
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       #8

    It's sad to see these massive corps turn everything into a monopoly, destroy competition, and variety. Not to mention the incredible power they have over us, even going as far as to control what we're allowed to say.
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  9. cereberus's Avatar
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    CannonRebel said:
    It's sad to see these massive corps turn everything into a monopoly, destroy competition, and variety. Not to mention the incredible power they have over us, even going as far as to control what we're allowed to say.

    Well, it cannot be a monopoly by definition as there are many independents but who neeeds those anyway. Defender is fine.
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