Deal Closed – Avast Acquires AVG
In July Avast publicly announced plans to acquire AVG. And the deal is officially closed…
UPDATE August 14, 2015: Looks like the issue has been solved and both Avast apps Free Mobile Security and Cleanup are now back in Google Play Store.
UPDATE August 11, 2015: Official statement from the company COO was posted on the Avast Forum. Two Avast apps has been really suspended/banned from the Play Store directly by Google. The reason is that the way Avast is distributing those apps doesn’t comply with the Google policies.
Avast didn’t provide more information about the details but confirmed the virus definitions are still being delivered to all current users. So there is no risk in using the apps if you have them on your device already. Both apps should return to Google Play and will be available for download in a couple of days.
In the meantime Avast Forum readers provided some safe alternative links for a free download of Avast Free Mobile Security
Numerous people on Avast Forum and Avast Facebook reported that the Android mobile apps Avast Free Mobile Security and Avast Cleanup are no longer available to download on Google Play Store. Unfortunately it seems to be true.
When you search for Avast on Google Play, there are still various Avast apps like Anti-Theft or Battery Saver available but the free antivirus app is missing. When you go directly to the official Avast Free Mobile Security product page and click on Download, the desired URL https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.avast.android.mobilesecurity doesn’t exists.
Apparently current users who have Avast mobile antivirus already on their devices can still use the app without any hassle.
So far there is no official response from any side and it looks like a mystery. We don’t know yet if the Avast app has been banned by Google, removed on purpose by Avast or it’s just a terrible technical issue. We will definitely keep you posted.
This is currently how it looks when you search for “avast” on Google Play Store:
Search for “avast” on the Google Play Store – Avast Free Mobile Security is Missing
And this it what you get when you click on Download on the official Avast Free Mobile Security product page:
Avast Free Mobile Security Product Page on Google Play Store Doesn’t Exist