AVS will remain free AFAIK

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by minacross, Oct 11, 2006.

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  1. minacross

    minacross Registered Member

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    I contected AVS's support and got this reply:

    Dear ***********, When the license key expires, the program will continue working, except that you will not be able to update threat signatures. As before, you will be able to scan your computer for viruses and use the protection components, but only using the threat signatures that you had when the license expired. We cannot guarantee that you will be protected from viruses that surface after your program license expires.

    To avoid infecting your computer with new viruses, we recommend extending your Active Virus Shield license. The program will notify you two weeks prior to the expiration of your license. For two weeks the program will display this message every time you open it. To extend your license, you must obtain a new activation code. To do so:

    1. Go to www.activevirusshield.com

    2. Activate the program using the activation code. To do so:

    a. Select the Tools section in the main window of the program and left-click anywhere in the License information section.

    b. If you have a program activation code, click the Activate button in the license manager window and activate the program with the Wizard. For any questions or concerns, please visit www.activevirusshield.info. If there is anything we can do to better assist you, please let us know. Best regards, AOL Support Team
    -----Original Message-----
    From: ******* To: AVSHelp@aol.com
    Subject: Re: 232066 : **********: License expiration

    Dear Sir,

    Affter the license expiration, will the program still be free or will go commercial?



    thanx in advance,

    Mina
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    Check out the new AOL. Most comprehensive set of free safety and security tools, free access to millions of high-quality videos from across the web, free AOL Mail and more.

    My comment:
    So even if you won't renew your registration, you can use kaspersky's db zip files. ;)
     
  2. Seishin

    Seishin Registered Member

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    I believe (let's hope I'm wrong) that after the expiration period you must pay a fee to continue using the product. Something similar to various AV (CA, McAfee...) and the Microsoft deal of one year use.

    AOL is not known for being charitable foundation :D
     
  3. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    I don't personally like AOL but they have changed the way they do business. They give away AVS but did you know that they also give away The full McAfee security suite and all it takes to get it is an aol email account which is free. info here http://daol.aol.com/safetycenter/virus It contains the following
     

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    19monty64 Registered Member

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    Wouldn't submitting another eMail address access another license key? Wishful thinking I suppose....
     
  5. dw2108

    dw2108 Registered Member

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    YES, it would!

    Dave

    Support software piracy: someone must!
     
  6. Firecat

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    I couldn't get this McAfee Security Suite for some reason. My account was not able to activate the security service. :doubt:
     
  7. minacross

    minacross Registered Member

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    no mention for McAfee SS, only AOL Security Suite o_O
     

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    I used the same e-mail address 2 or 3 times (but I installed AVS in a single PC)
     
  9. Firecat

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    AOL Security Suite uses McAfee Firewall, McAfee VirusScan and eTrust PestPatrol engines. :)
     
  10. Arin

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    AVS sometimes send two or three codes at a time. I haven't checked
    whether they re-activate the service or all of them expire at the same
    time.
     
  11. ccsito

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    I thought one of the earlier post said that AOL AVS uses the Kaspersky Antivirus scan engine? Did that change? Is this another program? o_O
     
  12. kdm31091

    kdm31091 Registered Member

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    AVS uses Kaspersky.

    The AOL Security Suite, totally different product (but free also), uses McAfee.
     
  13. rayoflight

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    I couldn't get it too:( I don't understand why because I have an AOL e-mail address but I see this:
     
  14. Firecat

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    I have noticed that if you get an AOL email account from www.aim.com rather than www.aol.com, then you are denied access to the AOL Safety and Security Center. I have tried this personally yesterday. So, you will need to create an account from aol.com if you need Safety and Security Center.
     
  15. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    You get your AOL e-mail account at aol. see screen shot
     
  16. rdsu

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    I would like to know, if someone knows if when the free license expire, we can have another one with the same email account?

    Thanks
     
  17. DaveD

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    Has anybody taken the time to read the EULA for AOL AVS?

    I did browse through it for about 15 minutes or so. To sum it all up it was pretty much "bend over and let us do as we please, when we please". Talking about how they could discontinue the software at any time or modify it and whatnot. All sorts of interesting stuff in there. I almost feel, after read that, that I really don't feel like using AVS anymore.

    Anybody else have any thoughts on their EULA?
     
  18. farmerlee

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    Yeah that pretty much sums up the deal. I'm actually likeing avs quite a lot at the moment, its light and with the kaspersky engine its effective. As long as it remains that way i'll keep using it. It didn't cost me nothing so if they decide to change things for the worse in the future i'll just drop it like its hot.
     
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    I can't seem to get the download to work. I created an email account. As I'm in the UK I keep getting automatically re-directed to the UK site so I'm wondering if this isn't available to UK.
     
  20. farmerlee

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    I'm from australia and i downloaded the setup file with no hassles. I didn't need to create an account or anything just registered my email address so i could get the activation key.

    Did you go here - http://www.activevirusshield.com/antivirus/freeav/index.adp
     
  21. q1aqza

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    I have been able to get AVS no problem, it was the AOL badged McAfee Security Suite that Bigc mentioned that I can't download.
     
  22. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    Here is what I discovered. you have to use Internet Explorer to download the security suite. but after the download you can use any browser. Bigc
     
  23. duke1959

    duke1959 Very Frequent Poster

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    AVS quickly became my favorite AV and there wasn't one thing I can think of that I didn't like about it, but as I have stated in the Kaspersky Chkdsk problem fact or fiction thread I started here in this forum, even a hint of what some people are claiming worries me a bit. I would appreciate it if anyone who already hasn't would post their feelings on this there. I want to install AVS again and use it, as it complimented my Comodo Firewall very well. I don't usually believe everything I read, but this Chkdsk thing seems very real. Thanks everyone.
     
  24. DaveD

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    The EULA also had a section about AOL being allowed to display advertising and popups and junk like that.

    Has anybody experienced that?
    Do you think AOL would do that?
     
  25. kdm31091

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    I'm not sure I could put it past them. That's kinda why I avoided AVS. I like it and everything but the EULA is just...no.
     
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