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Windows 7: Why does www.avast.eu take me to the Avira website?

29 Mar 2010   #1
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 
Why does www.avast.eu take me to the Avira website?

I found this interesting...


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In this someone (or another company) uses the Avast name to sell their own products—real or fake. For example, a European might decide to download our product by going to www.avast.eu (.eu stands for the European Union). But if they do so, they will find themselves on the website for Avira—a completely different antivirus company. Of course there is nothing on the Avira website indicating to the user that they have been misled. While this is behavior one would expect from dodgy or fraudulent websites, Avira is actually a legitimate company and makes a very good antivirus product. Since Avira’s CEO and Attorney have ignored countless emails and phone calls, your guess is as good as mine as to why Avira is doing this. Maybe they are trying to irritate us. Maybe they believe the name is theirs. Or maybe they have found it profitable to mislead unsuspecting internet users.
more..


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29 Mar 2010   #2
z3r010

 

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29 Mar 2010   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

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29 Mar 2010   #4
WiFi Ed

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1, Ubuntu 11.04 x64
 
 

I would imagine that Avira would be happy to sell the .eu domain name to Avast for a _reasonable_sum.
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29 Mar 2010   #5
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 



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30 Mar 2010   #6
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

On a more serious note as Avast is the trading name of Alwil Software, the presence of the site may result in some interesting publicity for both companies and the issuing authority.

I have a ticket in with Avast support asking for their explanation [Lights blue paper and runs away].

If I get any interesting replies will keep everyone informed
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30 Mar 2010   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
On a more serious note as Avast is the trading name of Alwil Software, the presence of the site may result in some interesting publicity for both companies and the issuing authority.

I have a ticket in with Avast support asking for their explanation [Lights blue paper and runs away].

If I get any interesting replies will keep everyone informed


Yes Nigel, that would be interesting!
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30 Mar 2010   #8
jav

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by http://blog.avast.com/2010/03/29/why-does-www-avast-eu-take-me-to-the-avira-website%E2%80%A6-or-isn%E2%80%99t-security-built-on-trust/
History notes. Some may notice that we do use the domain www.antivir.cz here in the Czech Republic when Antivir is also the name of one of Avira’s products. “Antivir” is simply the Czech equivalent of “antivirus”. Similarly, www.antivirus.com is owned by Trend Micro. We registered the names www.antivir.com and www.antivir.cz in 1997 and for many years used these domain names. A couple of years ago Avira wanted the name www.antivir.com and we struck an agreement to transfer that name to them. However, we kept the www.antivir.cz as it is merely the Czech equivalent of www.antivirus.cz.
HA!
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30 Mar 2010   #9
smiths22

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Cause it has been hacked.

BTW avast forum is always infested with publicity bots, so...
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30 Mar 2010   #10
arkhi

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by psikofunkster View Post
Cause it has been hacked.

BTW avast forum is always infested with publicity bots, so...
/facepalm
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