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    AVG Free nags to upgrade to ISS

    During the past few weeks several of my customers have complained that AVG Free has been nagging them to upgrade to AVG Internet Security.

    In fact, a couple of them mistakenly upgraded, then realised their mistake, but couldn't work out how to revert to AG Free.

    The nag prompt pops up from the notification area usually after AVG has updated its definitions. Problem is that the wording and layout of the prompt is such that Joe Bloggs average is too-easily "sucked in".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coochin View Post
    Problem is that the wording and layout of the prompt is such that Joe Bloggs average is too-easily "sucked in".
    Deliberately so!

    cheers, Paul

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    That's not good at all, the wording is misleading to say the least.

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    I noticed that also..
    Ever since installing AVG Free on my W7 machine a few months ago it has been driving me crazy with pop-ups about the same thing or similar like safe search and other toolbars I don't want.
    And the pop-ups are designed to make it seem your life depends on it.

    I have Avast on another machine and so far that seems to be O.k. and if it continues I will dump AVG and install Avast on my W7 machine.

    Screw them!
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    There are a few prior threads on this. Free software is never completely free. You have to be willing to deal with "invitations" to upgrade and messages telling you that you are a complete blithering idiot for ONLY using the free program when the FULL program only costs pennies a day.

    This is, in effect, advertising. It's no different than the advertising on the TV that constantly tells you that you are a blithering idiot for remaining with your current TV/Internet/Insurance/FillInTheBlank provider and you should call 1-800-Buy-Stuff in the next 15min for a free prize.
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    Well, it has always happened but it seems lately they are really getting in your face and it gets frustrating because they try to trick you into getting/trying something you really don't want..
    It's almost fooled me a few times and I'm pretty savvy to all this.
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    Sadly I figure the daily ad that does indeed try to trick people into upgrading ala Microsuck indicates a desperation to get new paying customers. Hard to complain about a free product.

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