PC Tools free antivirus ??

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  1. acr1965

    acr1965 Registered Member

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    Has anyone used and/or tested the PC Tools free antivirus product? It looks like it is the same as the paid except, as stated on the PCTools site:

    "PC Tools AntiVirus 3.1 now offers complete anti-virus protection with a new free version, ensuring that everyone can afford to be using leading antivirus protection. The only restriction is that the message tags cannot be removed or edited, and that personalized support is not provided."

    Also, does anyone know which AV engine PC Tools uses for its AV?

    Thanks.

    http://www.pctools.com/anti-virus/features/
     
  2. btman

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    It doesn't matter, their anti-virus isn't great or anything amazing, no matter what engine.
     
  3. WSFuser

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    last i read, it uses the VirusBuster engine :thumbd:
     
  4. MalwareDie

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    I cannot remember what engine they use. i do remember however that they use a very weak engine and PCTools Antivirus is just not worth your time at all.
     
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    If we assume that pctools uses virusbuster engine than how pctools can release an antivirus that supports vista? virusbuster is yet to release an antivirus that supports vista. And i didn't find any freeantivirus offer on their website, i could only see a 30 days free trial offer. Please correct me if i am wrong.
     
  6. cheater87

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    I noticed that it has the same bug icon as Superantispyware Thats oddo_O o_O o_O
     
  7. Firecat

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    From first glance it seems that it is still using the VirusBuster engine. It does not yet support Windows Vista. There is a free version but it is nagware or so it seems. If you do not purchase the software within 30 days, it will work but have message tags saying that this is the unregistered version, register today blah blah. Also, the technical support services are not so good if you choose to use the "free" edition.

    I will try to get more information on this product. PC Tools AV was good when they used the KAV engine but now its just getting worse and worse.
     
  8. ashishtx

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    It may be an error but this is what i see on this website.


    pctools.JPG
     
  9. Firecat

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    Strange because their support pages do not mention Windows Vista support. :doubt:
     
  10. minacross

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    there is no free version. Only a trial one :thumbd:
     
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    there is a free version
     
  12. Big Apple

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    Have looked through the site, but all I can find is a 'free' trial. Perhaps you can post a link for the Free version?
     
  13. acr1965

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    Perhaps the free trial becomes the free version after the trial period if you decide not to purchase?
     
  14. Big Apple

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    But I can't find the text regarding the free version 3.1 Bigc posted!
     
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    It seems that the trial version reverts to the free version when the trial time is up
     
  17. metallicakid15

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    but is it worth installing?
     
  18. the Tester

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    An AV that uses the VirusBuster engine isn't worth installing.
     
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    I wouldn't use it at all in it's present form.
     
  20. C.S.J

    C.S.J Massive Poster

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    this forum is biased!
    i wouldnt use it even if it had kasperskys engine, think i'll stick to my doctor.
     
  21. lodore

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    maybe you need a second opinion:D
    lodore
     
  22. C.S.J

    C.S.J Massive Poster

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    this forum is biased!
    lol no,

    well, pc tools - if i dont trust it for spyware, no way would i trust it for viruses
     
  23. lodore

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    lol i wouldn't trust pc tools either.
    i use dr web cure it as my backup av scanner.
    lodore
     
  24. C.S.J

    C.S.J Massive Poster

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    this forum is biased!
    i love my dr.web wayyyyyy too much, just as you do with kaspersky, although it took you a bit longer to reach it. :D

    i await big things for version 5 just as you do with the advanced heuristics, its all good :D


    p.s. no pc tools software even comes into the equation :)

    oh, and lodore.. nothing on tele, at least speed is on ch4, just starting now. lol
     
  25. lodore

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    it did take me along time to get to have kaspersky on my main pc but its working great.
    i cant wait for the new heuristic engine in kaspersky.
    i also cant wait to see the new faster dr web engine,better heuristics and newer interface.
    lodore
     
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