[German]The antivirus addons from AVG and AVAST, which has been removed from Mozilla addon store early this months are back now. It seems that the vendor has resolved the issues with Mozilla.
Early this months I’ve reported within the blog post Mozilla removed Firefox Addons from AVG/AVAST, that Mozilla’s developers have blocked (or removed) AVG and AVAST antivirus addons in Firefox from Mozilla addon store. The suspicion was, that it might have to do with an article by Wladimir Palant. Palant is the founder of Adblock-Plus. He had documented in October 2018 that AVAST antivirus products were spying on users.
In a statement I received from AVAST, the vendor claims: Mozilla has recently updated its store policy and we are liaising with them in order to make the necessary adjustments to our extensions to align with new requirements. The Avast Online Security extension is a security tool that protects users online, including from infected websites and phishing attacks. It is necessary for this service to collect the URL history to deliver its expected functionality. Avast does this without collecting or storing a user’s identification.
The Addon are back in store
Now AVAST informed me, that the AVG and AVAST antivirus addons for Firefox are back in Mozilla’s addon store. The browser extensions Avast Online Security and AVG Online Security are available again in both the Chrome Store and the Mozilla Store. In addition, Avast has send me their privacy statement: