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Avira Sold to Norton!
« on: December 07, 2020, 02:02:14 PM »
From NortonLifeLock buys Avira in $360 million cash deal | ZDNet:
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Cybersecurity firm NortonLifeLock (formerly Symantec) has agreed today to acquire German antivirus maker Avira from Bahrain-based Investcorp Technology Partners in a $360 million all-cash deal.

The acquisition is expected to close in Q1 2021, subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, the two companies said today in joint press release.

The press release does include the statement, "Brings freemium business model and 30M+ active devices to the Norton family." which implies the free version of Avira will remain available -- at least for the immediate future.


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Re: Avira Sold to Norton!
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2020, 10:54:40 PM »
Oh well.  I guess that I view this potential deal with wariness.  I have been a satisfied user of the Avira free antivirus now for perhaps a decade or more, ever since I shifted from the paid version of McAfee (always the free after rebate version!) way back when.  What were the big 3 free antivirus programs back then?:  (they all began with an "A") Avast, Avira, and (I am blanking out on the third one).  At any rate after a lot of research and comparison I chose Avira and have been satisfied ever since, at least on my pre-Windows 10 computers, of which I have two now (Windows XP and Windows 7).

For Windows 10 I have made do with what Windows 10 offers and so far it seems to work fair enough, although not as highly rated as some of the 3rd party programs.  I tried the free BitDender for a while with Windows 7 and10, but I did not like the lack of manual controls at that time.

But I guess the bottom line in this is that the free options seem to be dwindling or even if they remain somewhat free they are less "potent" in their free versions than they used to be.  So my concern here would be that Norton may begin to bring limitations to the free version in order to boost conversions to the paid product.  Why not I guess, isn't that what "business" is all about!  (Sigh)

[Edit:  AVG was the third one!]


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Re: Avira Sold to Norton!
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2020, 01:16:55 PM »
You probably had a hard time remembering AVG because it was purchased by Avast in 2016. I liked and used AVG until it was sold to another company, Checkpoint I think, many years earlier.  I eventually settled on MS Security Essentials, figuring that Malwarebytes Pro would protect me from a lot of evils.

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Re: Avira Sold to Norton!
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2020, 11:58:00 PM »
plodr,

Yes, now that you mention it I do remember the purchase of AVG by Avast.  I also remember Checkpoint buying something but I do not remember what it was that I had that they bought.  I just remember that after the Checkpoint purchase I abandoned that other product, whatever it was!

Ahhh, but Life is change and we surf its 'wave' as best we can, trying to avoid a 'wipeout!'  (Smile)
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