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#1 BrainyTehBrain

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Posted 18 July 2010 - 07:39 PM

If it's free, why does it ask for a license key for the free version?

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Posted 18 July 2010 - 09:50 PM

When you register, you'll be issued a free license key, valid for 12 months. At the end of the 12 months when your registration is due again, you'll be prompted if perhaps you would like to subscribe to the paid version. If you decline, you will receive another free license key for the next 12 months.

The free AV is an advertisment for the paid one. Avast hope a proportion of users of the free version will be sufficiently impressed that they'll upgrade.

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 06:46 PM

Not that I use Avast, but what in the world is the difference between the free and paid versions? What more detections does the paid one have that the free one does not?

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 12:53 AM

Their comparison chart explains:

http://www.avast.com/comparison-chart

I believe there is not supposed to be any difference in the detections, the same database is used.

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 11:24 AM

This link has some additional details:

avast! Free vs Pro vs Internet Security comparison by features, use and technology
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Posted 22 July 2010 - 01:08 PM

Thanks for the link. And I do indeed apologize for not replying sooner. I've had a very flakey internet connection here in NC for a few days.

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