I've been a long time user of Avast as it has little impact on the system's performance and I found its protection pretty effective, apart from e-mail attachment infections.
Last year it displayed an ad about its VPN service and why I should avail of it if I'm using public Wi-Fi zones, etc. It gave me a free trial of the service and that seemed fine.
Later on, another pop-up appeared saying I've a vulnerable version of Flash and strongly suggested turning on automatic updates. So I click the button and up comes a large pop-up about its Premier product and that I need to upgrade to avail of this update feature. So I updated Flash and a few hours later it flashed another pop-up about WinRAR. The same sort of thing went on for about a week with it finding another out of date product and kept reminding me that I should Activate automatic updates, which again fails as it asks me to upgrade.
Over the Christmas period it displayed a handful of pop-ups about its Christmas specials as well as reminders about the offers about to run out, etc.
Now today, here we go again with another product. This time I captured screenshots as I knew it was up to something when this popped up:
The message seemed to be persistent, so I went ahead to click on it and got:
I've a paid Avast Internet Security subscription, so let's give this a try:
Now Avast is turning into another "PC Optimiser" like product, at least an Adware product anyway.
At this stage, I'm seriously thinking of changing to another Antivirus product, even if it means ditching the rest of the subscription period. If this was the free version, I would have changed to something else several months ago, just like I did with my mobile Antivirus.
Is there anyone else with a virus checker acting like this? If so, please mention it here, so we can hopefully help others avoid the adware products.