I use Avast as well and haven't had any of the popups that you've mentioned.
That's probably not Avast's doing. Avast takes money from a third party that hosts ads from who pays them. Probably.
I use the "Free" Avast. Had three Pop-ups today. None like that. Just the usual. @Wingnut @endicom @mrpotatohead
We blocked x number of virus world wide today...
Yes it was Avast's pop-up (I didn't think to take a screenshot but I did take great notice). I did a little research and this website is propped up somewhat by Avast. I will quote the bio of the author (Garry Kasporov) who works for Avast.
QUOTE "As a security ambassador for Avast Software, sponsor of The Parallax, ...." END QUOTEhttps://www.the-parallax.com/author/garry-kasparov/
So yes I a fully confident it was Avast that did this. It was not a paid advertisement either (I have never seen a 3rd party ad from them even once), it was their pop-up notification.... I get one about every 2 or 3rd days so they are not frequent. Glad others have not reported this happening to them, but it did happen to me. Also notice that Avast has ads all over the website they linked to. It is basically owned and operated by Avast. You can bet on it.
Notice the link I gave had stuff in it that read that it was linked. The regular URL is below... https://www.the-parallax.com/2017/01/16/kasparov-trump-putin-fake-news/
This is URL I linked that was linked from Avast (link below). https://www.the-parallax.com/2017/01/16/kasparov-trump-putin-fake-news/?utm_source=parallax&utm_campaign=q1parallax17&utm_medium=toaster-infoad&utm_content=Article-1-Trump
Both go to same article, but one has header information telling them just how much traffic was sent from Avast's pop-up ad.
Guess I just don't get what the issue is.@Cripplecreek
What I'm seeing isn't news at all but Gary Kasparov's opinion which he's entitled to, however nearly all media both for and against Trump is pure opinion now anyway so its all "fake news". In this case I happen to agree with Kasparov about the dangers of misinformation used to discredit real info. Its nothing new. Cass Sunstein wrote a paper at Columbia university about the value of conspiracy theories and misinformation.
After all, I see the Trumpers passing around a story from Alex Jones claiming that Roger Stone was poisoned with Polonium despite the obvious problems with such a claim.
The first two paragraphs set the tone, but yes later in his article he calmed down and started talking sense eventually. Personally we know him to be a Hillary supporter because he said he was. But to discard the first couple of paragraphs which he links in his defense to TIMES and BBC and NYTIMES for reference. He also references NBC and WashingtonPost in the next paragraphs. Just because they are usually liberal (in my opinion) does not in itself make one article bad, but in political matters they are rarely on target.
That said, I agree, I hate fake news. I have a buddy (good ole boy) that reposts every dang thing he sees on FB as fact. Drives me crazy. Even though he is conservative, he posts some of the most retarded outright lies as truth. I fact check him all the time and try to correct him, but he never seems to see that he is making conservatives look bad when he posts things that are not true. Most of it just requires a little common sense to see it is fake.
Link to where he said he was voting for Hillary Clinton below. http://www.newsmax.com/Newsmax-Tv/garry-kasparov-chess-hillary-clinton-vote/2016/09/09/id/747568/