Solved How long do freebies last?

November 21, 2014 at 18:38:51
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium 4 256 RAM
I recently installed a freebie version of Malwarebytes as recommended on here after asking another question. I had no sooner installed and tried to have one go than they wanted money. Is that what posters do - i.e. just have one free go then uninstall?

Also soon my AVG paid version (with firewall) comes to an end. Already I have been badgered to renew now. If I am going to renew I would rather do it in advance as I will have problems in installing it past the date, plus there is a slight price advantage as I am a past customer.
Techies might have ideas of a better anti virus
package than AVG. I am worried that they will have changed it. I am generally happy with AVG as it is.

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November 22, 2014 at 12:28:47
What antivirus is best, among other things, is a matter of opinion and what you see in current reviews. It is a competitive market so at any given time one or other might take the overall lead. What one AV will find another will miss and this is a variable. There is no particular brand that anyone can say everyone should have, although Avast often appears near the top of the list. Some AV's will work better than others with any given computer or software mix. The above is why there is no unanimous answer to the "which one" question.

Proper free versions are not trials so they go on for as long as the proprietors decide, often for many years. Avast (unlike most freebies) has to be renewed annually but it still remains free.

As for MalwareBytes, the free version is useful to find and fix what AV's can miss (broadly speaking malware rather than viruses). It is a good program to have on board to use "on demand". If you can't get out of your dilemma with the trial then uninstall it completely and go here:
http://filehippo.com/download_malwa...
Get the free version using the green button top right - it was not a trial the last time I downloaded it. EDIT: It has the option checked now - see responses #13 & #14.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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November 21, 2014 at 20:58:09
When you installed Malwarebytes, you did not uncheck the Trial for the 'Pro' version so it now wants you to pay for it. You can simply click "End Trial' button and it will revert to the free version. This is a trick that is slightly obscured by the wording to trick many into paying. This is not something that is supported here. While it is a good program so it is recommended here, thinks like that are not appreciated. It would be better if the vendor would trust that people happy with the product (or a portion of them) might want to get the upgrade and be willing to spend a bit of money to do so.

If you want to continue with AVG then go for it.
Many here recommend Avast free version which is also good (possibly better), but they are running similar tricks to get you to purchase the 'upgraded' pay for version.
I personally prefer Webroot Secure Anywhere (pay for) for my family's computers. They have a nice discount for 3 or 5 machines and even for a second year for those who want to forget about it for quite a while. I have occasionally seen it pop up really cheap on Newegg's daily emails if you want to look into that. I even have the free app on my android phone and I am happy with that as well.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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#2
November 21, 2014 at 21:03:56
" i.e. just have one free go then uninstall?"
No.

You have installed the Premium version, if you don't want to buy it, do this to avoid the purchase nag screens.
Open Malwarebytes, on the Dashboard, click on ‘End Free Trial’ link which, then will be instantly converted to the free version.


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#3
November 22, 2014 at 06:30:04
Are these your specs?? -- "Windows XP, Pentium 4 256 RAM".

Your system needs more RAM, lots more RAM. 1GB should be the minimum for decent XP performance.

BTW, there's little reason to pay for any software except maybe the OS & even that's not absolutely necessary (Linux). And there are better AV choices than AVG for low spec systems. BitDefender AV Free Edition, for example.

http://www.bitdefender.com/solution...

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#4
November 22, 2014 at 06:39:46
Thanks for the thought, riider. I had more RAM added - can't remember what off-hand - in 2013 when it was obvious I had to do that. I had a tech guy add more than I'd ever need! I am a light home user.

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#5
November 22, 2014 at 06:43:59
The free version of AVG does not include a firewall. It used to include that up to about 2 years ago.
I will follow up on bit defender but I do believe in a firewall. I want that included.

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#6
November 22, 2014 at 06:48:13
Thanks I have had it with Malwarebytes I think. I am marked down as having had the "freebie" shortlived as it was, as the message flashed up to pay when I tried to download the free version....

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#7
November 22, 2014 at 06:59:28
Fingers - I will look at Avast. I hope it includes a firewall. My question is how long freebies are in operation. One month? Two? More?
Also should I disable AVG whilst I try out Avast and Bit Defender (recommended by riider) ? My trouble is that there is always something else to do, like now!
I will wait and see what answers come in over the weekend.
To be honest so far I haven't had a clear "best answer" as I am still confused.
Everyone has an own favourite whereas I was hoping for a clear leader anti-virus.

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#8
November 22, 2014 at 10:11:45
..."I will look at Avast. I hope it includes a firewall."

The free version of avast! does not include a firewall. If you're running XP Pro (you don't state whether it's XP Pro or XP Home), then use the firewall that comes with the OS.

"Also should I disable AVG whilst I try out Avast and Bit Defender..."

Having more than one anti-virus package on a single machine will drag the performance of that machine down to its' knees. Even disabling one of them may cause problems. If you're through with AVG, then completely uninstall it. But don't connect to the internet again until you have another completely installed.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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#9
November 22, 2014 at 11:15:49
Completely remove AVG with their own removal tool.

Orphaned files and registry entries can often play havoc with your machine after a regular uninstall when trying to install a new antivirus program.

Select the correct removal tool which matches your current AVG product and operating system:

http://www.avg.com/au-en/utilities

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November 22, 2014 at 12:28:47
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What antivirus is best, among other things, is a matter of opinion and what you see in current reviews. It is a competitive market so at any given time one or other might take the overall lead. What one AV will find another will miss and this is a variable. There is no particular brand that anyone can say everyone should have, although Avast often appears near the top of the list. Some AV's will work better than others with any given computer or software mix. The above is why there is no unanimous answer to the "which one" question.

Proper free versions are not trials so they go on for as long as the proprietors decide, often for many years. Avast (unlike most freebies) has to be renewed annually but it still remains free.

As for MalwareBytes, the free version is useful to find and fix what AV's can miss (broadly speaking malware rather than viruses). It is a good program to have on board to use "on demand". If you can't get out of your dilemma with the trial then uninstall it completely and go here:
http://filehippo.com/download_malwa...
Get the free version using the green button top right - it was not a trial the last time I downloaded it. EDIT: It has the option checked now - see responses #13 & #14.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#11
November 22, 2014 at 14:24:54
Thank you Derek for that full answer.
And thanks also to Fingers, Johnw, riider, T-R-A and btklwl for taking the trouble to reply. All of you have put me on the saving-money road!

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#12
November 22, 2014 at 14:54:14
Yeah, we all like saving hard earned cash on this forum if it's at all possible.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#13
November 22, 2014 at 19:51:32
Derek:
The last time I installed Malwarebytes on a machine, there was a pre-checked box that would begin the trial of the paid for version during the install and only by unchecking this was the free only version installed. I also came across someone who long after I installed it for them happened to check off the free trial button during an update and that is how I found out about the 'End Trial' button that is worded so you think that you are ending the program but you are only reverting back to the free version.
Getting a little tricksey there now. I hope it does not ruin a good program and a good reputation.

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#14
November 23, 2014 at 07:41:57
Well, I guess it's possible that I unchecked a trial box instinctively - I tend to do that. If I find time I might uninstall MWB and re-install it from FileHippo. If I get around to it I'll report back my findings (unless someone beats me to it).

EDITS FOLLOW:
Tried it and yes it gave a fairly obvious pre-checked trial option (together with launch) in the final stage of install.

beetroot
See the way around it given by Fingers in #1 or re-install and uncheck the trial.

I think that is the way of life with freebies these days. Always use custom install when available and uncheck anything you don't want or need.

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