Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Avira Wins Lawsuit Over Blocking Adware


The German antivirus company Avira has a lawsuit won so that a program of a German publisher simply as "potentially unwanted software" (PUP) can remain label. It is a download manager game Moorhuhn Remake publisher Freemium. Avira warned users to download manager, because the additional software could download.

It's common for software publishers programs and games with all sorts of bundling other software, including adware or test versions of other programs. Avira warns users before, but it does provide the ability to download and install the software. In this case it was a download manager posing as the game Moorhuhn Remake but was bundled with various other programs.

Freemium went to court in Berlin and demanded that Avira would stop alert, reports Computerworld . According to the business users themselves could determine whether additional programs were downloaded, but the two parties differed about the transparency of this process. Avira stated that there was no clear link between the game and the other bundled applications. It was in this case for applications such as PC Tuneup, Driver Finder and Super Easy Registry Cleaner.

The conditions for users would be unclear. Then Avira decided to classify the download manager as PUP. Freemium claims that revenues since February, bisected by the blockade of Avira. As a remedy, the publisher demanded a compensation of 250,000 euros for each offense and imprisonment for up to six months for the director of Avira. The German court was not here, and decided to dismiss the lawsuit. Additionally Freemium was sentenced to pay court costs of 500,000 euros.

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