No More Free AVG

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  1. desertjon

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    I noticed Snapfiles.com has removed avg free version from their list..and emailed to ask why...Seems avg is no longer interested in offering the free version..

    we re-classified it as "Shareware". The latest version installs as 30 day
    trial. It appears that there is no longer a separate "free" version but only
    the one installer which gives you a 30 day trial along with promotional
    toolbars, browser modifications etc. The GUI no longer shows "Free version"
    either. There is an option to "revert to the free version" when you
    uninstall AVG, but as far as we can see AVG has little interest in offering
    the free version. They'd like to make people think that they are getting a
    free product when in fact they install a trial version.
     
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    Yes..I see where avg is offered everywhere..and FileHippo has the latest version..but supposedly after 30 days there is no option to revert to the free version..Thanks
     
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    Will AVG Linkscanner Free remain "Free"?
     
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    Thanks for the info :)
     
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    I've seen the Link Scanner offered separately on Tucows.com and Softpedia in the past..as well as the Rootkit scanner
     
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    Probably the trial was accepted by mistake? Probably you have been confused by the answer in that site? Have you checked yourself? Installed the right file? :)

    So you mean link scanner and not AVG antivirus?
    Link scanner download (free) its here: http://www.avg.com/eu-en/linkscanner
     
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    I asked snapfiles why it has been removed from the free list and I posted his response..Snapfiles is saying avg is no longer free after 30 days
     
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    Doesn't look like its true. Sorry :)
     
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    Could be...Just going with what I was told..Maybe it's just snapfiles dropping the free version..Thanks
     
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    You're welcome! :thumb:
     
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    What Cudni Said and to confirm it, I just installed it in Shadow Mode and its still free.Reboot and now its dust in the wind.;)
     
  14. RejZoR

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    There is still AVG free edition. It's just that installer now includes both versions, Free and Paid. And you decide what you want to use during installation itself.
    I've been installing AVG yesterday and it was like this.
     
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    We're official distributors of AVG products and have a relationship with some of the top guys who are based in the Czech Republic.

    I can assure you, AVG Free isn't going anywhere. Indeed, if anything, the next Free version will be even closer to Internet Security than the current version. You could argue that you don't need AVG AV now Free is so good. It will only get better.

    If anything, AVG might be trying to encourage other download sites to not host AVG Free as, frankly, AVG have an obsession with CNET Download.com (as do most free AV publishers). They all want to be at the top of the Download.com "most downloaded" chart. They are nuts over being number one. AVG, avast and others compete to be number one.

    So, the more traffic they can drive to Download.com, the more likely they'll be number one.
     
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    Thank you..Great news..It looks like snapfiles has dropped listing the free version
     
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    It appears that there are multiple variations of the latest AVG available. They offer a Cnet Installer which lets you choose between the Free and Paid version, then there is an "AVG Software Installer" which installs the 30 day trial version (free version offered upon uninstall), which was the one we installed. We now found an offline installer that appears to install the actual free version

    xttp://afdownload.avg.com/filedir/inst/avg_free_x86_all_2012_2171a4967.exe
     
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    Wow, AVG actually opted in for CNET download wrapper.
     
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    Yeah, that doesn't exactly excite me. Good to know though that the free version is still a go. Dropping it would be a hell of a hit to the company pretty quick.
     
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    It's just that many people are actually annoyed by CNET because of the wrapper, so they could lose some users. Although I doubt it.
     
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    I'm not sure where you got this info. Download.com still serves up AVG's installer (web installer but it's AVG's non the less).
     
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    I downloaded it a while ago and thought I saw cnet in the name of the installer. If it's false then I'm sorry with the wrong information. :D Damn my eyes, I need an upgrade with my glasses. lol
     
  23. RejZoR

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    They all have cnet attached with original installers. But that's just renamed installer.
     
  24. carat

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    I think it's time to close this thread - AVG Free is still there and there's nothing more to say :)
     
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    Or rather rename it to something like AVG free and paid integrated into one installer.
     
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