question about shareware on sale

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by lucd, Nov 11, 2019.

  1. lucd

    lucd Registered Member

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    https://sharewareonsale.com/s/webroot-secureanywhere-antivirus-sale
    hej this is a question about webroot free plan

    this link gives 3 months free according to user reviews, can you tell me if its safe to install the program via their software (it downloads and install the software for you)
    I could circumvent this but for now I just want to ask if you know the site and trust it
    I have found threads that suggest the owner of that site has not a very good reputation and has past experience with hacking
     
  2. RioHN

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    Being upfront, I personally wouldn't use questionable third party websites for security software..
    If you're really keen on trying it I suggest you contact webroot directly and ask them if they have a relationship with sharewareonsale.com and whether the offer is legitimate:
    https://www.webroot.com/us/en/about/contact-us

    I've taken a quick look at the installer from SharewareOnSale and it appears the main reason they use the downloader is to push their "SharewareOnSale Daily Giveaway Notifier" software. I'm assuming this is an advertising service which runs in the system tray each time you boot. You can decline this install but it's likely easily missed if you're the type to click next without reading. I also imagine accidental installs are common given that:

    • The user has just clicked a link that said "Download Webroot SecureAnywhere 2019 Now"
    • They received a file called "SharewareOnSale_Giveaway_Webroot_SecureAnywhere_2019_hub.exe".

    If the webroot download fails at the end of the installer, a manual download link to the actual webroot package is displayed as follows:

    http://downloads.sharewareonsale.com/files/SharewareOnSale_Giveaway_Webroot_SecureAnywhere_2019.exe
    I can't vouch for it, I don't have a hash from webroot to compare it to, and I personally wouldn't install it until you hear back from webroot directly that the offer is legitimate.

    I will add though, the fact that SharewareOnSale seem to be misleading people into installing their own software instead of offering the direct download upfront ensures I will never use them.
     
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  3. bellgamin

    bellgamin Very Frequent Poster

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    You can get Webroot from Webroot's own website for just $19.99 -- go HERE. Before deciding, however, you might want to take a look at a recent report of tests made of antivirus apps, including Webroot. You can download the report in PDF format from .......

    https://selabs.uk/download/consumers/epp/2019/jul-sep-2019-home.pdf
     
  4. lucd

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    thx I wanted to ask because that offer is tempting, that raises a red flag, malware should be tempting to be effective
    will let you know after I email webroot
     
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  5. lucd

    lucd Registered Member

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    So in reply:

    "It is not – I would only trust our standard sites and distributors at www.webroot.com and authorized resellers.

    If you are in the US, you can also call our HQ in Colorado USA 1-866-350-6089. M-F 7am – 7pm MST and a representative will be able to assist you with our best current sale prices."
     
  6. Brummelchen

    Brummelchen Registered Member

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    after 6 month you need to renew the license - most times cheaper than buying a new one - or uninstall because it become limited or shareware (trial time) again. in worst case locked and unusable.

    this and similar are loss leaders - limited in time most offers. i wont take it, at least never with windows 10 and windows defender which had best notes at least.
     
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