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Free AV Software All Download from Cnet?


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#1 LittleGreenDots

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 02:42 PM

I just got a new computer and want to install free AV software. I already use Avast on my desktop but want to try AVIRA. The only problem is when I try to down it, I am taken to a Cnet sit that wants to install a Cnet Tech Tracker on my computer. I don't think I want that addition.

Actually, I tried to download AVG, AVAST, and AVIRA and all three took me to the same location, same conditions. Is it mandatory for these free programs to have Cnet sitting on my hard drive watching my software?

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 03:02 PM

Did you try this Avira link?

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 03:03 PM

You can't download from? http://www.avira.com/en/support-download-free-antivirus

EDIT: to add the zip package from AVIRA:

http://dlce.antivir.com/package/wks_avira/win32/en/pecl/avira_antivir_personal_en.zip

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 03:49 PM

I got to the AVIRA start screen but when I clicked on the download link, I was redirected to a cNet download page. This is a brand new computer and I see that even without my consent, I now have a BING search box on the browser! I recall some years ago having similar problems when I fired up a brand new computer, getting redirected to some BING websites.

This link looks good (from my desktop, at least.) I'll try it from the new laptop and if it messes up...I'll post back.

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 04:30 PM

BING is now the default search engine for IE.

MS sponsors\crated it so only natural to push it out to the consumer in that manner.

Many\most AV`s are now pushing their d\l`s via Cnet. It takes a bit of caution once on Cnet to make sure you do not click the wrong button and d\l something other then your originally intended program.

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 08:58 PM

Bing is from my experience a good search engine.

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 09:13 PM

You can download most of the Anti-malware programs from here : http://www.filehippo.com/software/antimalware/

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 11:44 PM

Not to go off topic ,but bing has been proven to use google search results to bolster there results http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/microsofts-bing-uses-google-search.html .




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