AVG antivirus pulled until investigation completed

Just a quick update to our story yesterday regarding the AVG antivirus app, which is claimed to be spyware by Justin Angel, Rafael Rivera and others. Evidently, the app has been pulled by Microsoft until further notice.

That doesn't mean they've necessarily found anything that violates the Marketplace, but they are erring on the side of caution.  Brandon Watson gave an update via Twitter stating:

"AVG app pulled from marketplace. Doing some investigations, but want functionality certainty. Thanks for headsup."

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Needless to say, AVG has a pretty bad PR problem now to overcome.

via: WPHome; Thanks, Sander G., for the link

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • I just started using MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) yesterday as a result of all of this. :)
  • Yeah, MSE is pretty boss for a free virus scanner. I decided to make the switch when someone recommended using MSE after I had a problem with my computer. I did a scan with AVG and it found nothing. Used MSE and it found the problem and took care of it without any hassle. I left AVG and never looked back. Glad it's been pulled from the Marketplace.
  • http://blogs.avg.com/product-news/avgs-response-community-feedback-windo...What a pile of tosh.
  • When did Brandon Watson come back to MS?