by Steven Haninger - 2/24/12 10:34 AM
Looks like the option to opt out of installing Google Chrome is gone with this version. I received the cnet update email and attempted to get the newer version through the program's maintenance tab. It did not offer a radio button or even mention Google Chrome but, after the shut down and restart, the program continued saying "this could take a while". The next thing I noticed was the Google Chrome icon. I was able to uninstall the program but Avast also installed an add in to Firefox and IE. It did not enable the add on but nagged me to do it. I've nothing against Google Chrome or the Avast add on other than the possible suspicion that these things may be data gathering machines. I really like Avast but didn't care for the unannounced surprises.