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Most free anti-virus suites now bundle PUPs except Bitdefender Free?


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#1 midimusicman79

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 09:27 AM

Hi, all!

 

With interest I have read the Emsisoft Blog article about free anti-virus vendors that bundle PUPs with them. Here, 7 out of 8 tested free antivirus suites bundle with PUPs. A bit further down the article, an important fact is stated, and I quote:

 

...Bitdefender Free is one of the only clean antivirus vendors that does not come with any PUPs.

 

I therefore would like to know: Which more free anti-virus suites than Bitdefender Free do not bundle PUPs?

 

Thank you very much in advance!

 

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Edited by midimusicman79, 30 May 2015 - 09:27 AM.

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 09:41 AM

Well, Emsisoft Anti-Malware offers a 30 days trial of their program and doesn't bundle PUPs. Emsisoft doesn't bundle any PUPs at all in fact.

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 10:39 AM

Free antivirus, Aura... EAM isn't free at all.

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 10:39 AM

It's free for 30 days as a trial, hence why I specified it :)

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 10:58 AM

Hi,

 

First let me say I'm not affiliated with any AV company.

 

About Avast free, AFAIK during install it offers the installation of Google Chrome or Dropbox none of this programs is a PUP, the user can uncheck the box to skip the installation but if it misses that, there is no problem he can easily uninstall those programs. The computer with Google Chrome or Dropbox installed isn't infected at all, but I can't say the same with Ask toolbar or other similar offers.


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Posted 30 May 2015 - 04:56 PM

It's free for 30 days as a trial, hence why I specified it :)

Most paid for products offer 30 day trials so anyone of them could be listed as well.

By default Emsisoft Anti-Malware installs as a free fully functional 30-day trial version with real-time protection. After the trial period expires you can either choose to buy a full version license or continue to use it in limited freeware mode which still allows you to scan and clean infections. The freeware mode no longer provides any real-time protection to guard against new infections. However, at any time during the trial enabled period, you can easily turn off all real time protection and just use it as on-demand scanner only. Once the trial period expires nothing really changes except that the options to activate real-time protection are no longer available without purchasing the full version.
 
As such, I would only consider it a free on-demand scanner and not a free anti-virus which would continue to protect a system.

I agree with SleepyDude and see nothing wrong with using avast Free.
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Posted 31 May 2015 - 07:25 AM

Hi again, Aura., Alexstrasza, SleepyDude & quietman7!

 

Thanks to all of you for the prompt and informative replies!

 

Luckily, Unchecky is a free must-have program that generally can help when installing free anti-virus by unchecking the check-boxes enabled by default for inadvertently installing 3rd party software offers. :thumbup2:

 

Thank you very much for your help! :) The issue has been successfully resolved! :)

 

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Edited by midimusicman79, 01 June 2015 - 04:51 AM.

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Posted 31 May 2015 - 11:28 AM

No problem midimusicman, the pleasure is ours :)

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Posted 31 May 2015 - 02:21 PM

Glad to hear the issue has been resolved and you're welcome on behalf of the Bleeping Computer community.
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