Been worried about the program ever since 5.42: Hell, even since the security issue where somehow someone infiltrated their servers to change the programs to be malware infested. Seems like ever since Piriform joined Avast, they've fast gone downhill. Well, suppose we can be glad this program is designed in a way in which we can add our own filter cleaning rules and not get force updated.. but still, never a good sign when yet another company starts to fall over because they get so big.
Did they just add in-app advertising to the program that's been free from advertising all this time? I can't see a way to see this as not advertising unless it's something like "your AV appears to be disabled" vs "your av sucks, get this one instead".