I rewrote parts of this article based on information provided by . If Avast indeed gave up on monetizing data from extensions, this changes the situation considerably.

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Unfortunately, further communication here is muddying the waters. It now seems that doesn't give up on sharing data with after all, merely making it an opt-in thing for users of the free antivirus app. Still a lot better than before but not the same thing.

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