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#1 Juliasdream

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 03:22 AM

Hi

I'm using the free version of AVG and I am very satisfied with it

All except for the annoying pop up that persistently appears at the bottom right corner of my screen

Each time I click on the "X" to make it go away within minutes it's back again

The same for clicking "Remind me later"

Before I decide to abandon AVG altogether does anyone know of a way to stop this short of paying for the full version

I refuse to be coerced into paying through these tactics



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Posted 09 April 2016 - 06:44 AM

An offer of free free anti-virus or anti-malware software is essentially a marketing technique...a way of advertising and enticement to get folks to try a product and if they like it, to purchase the full (or Pro) version which typically provides more features. Marketing and promotional strategies are built into the vendor's business model as part of their operating costs. Bottom line...it's all about generating revenue and finding new and creative ways to do so. As such, users may have to deal with occasional nagging pop-ups or nuisance advertising and prompts to upgrade to the paid version.

By using such free programs, you are essentially agreeing to the terms of the vendor's service which includes those ads. In some cases you may be able to disable annoying pop-ups through the anti-virus settings if the vendor included an option to disable them. If the vendor does not have such an option listed, then your only alternative is to switch anti-virus software if the pop-up ads annoy you that much.

Also keep in mind that many anti-virus vendors are bundling toolbars and other software with their products as a cost recoup measure and revenue generator. In fact, all free Anti-virus programs now come with toolbars or other bundled software except Bitdefender Free, Sophos Home, Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows 8/10 Defender.
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Posted 09 April 2016 - 06:50 AM

I've been using AVG free for years without any problems until now

Their current aggressive marketing techniques are only going to succeed in driving me away 

If there is no way of blocking their annoying pop ups I shall change my AV to another provider such as Avira

First I'll try a pop up blocker

but thanks for the info


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Posted 09 April 2016 - 06:54 AM

As I said...all free Anti-virus programs now come with toolbars or other bundled software except Bitdefender Free, Sophos Home, Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows 8/10 Defender.

Sophos Home Free Antivirus would be a better choice than Avira.
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Posted 09 April 2016 - 07:40 AM

As I said...all free Anti-virus programs now come with toolbars or other bundled software except Bitdefender Free, Sophos Home, Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows 8/10 Defender.

Sophos Home Free Antivirus would be a better choice than Avira.

Thanks for your help

In the meantime I already downloaded Bitdefender and removed AVG

I'll see how that goes

Windows defender popped up while I was uninstalling AVG

Would it be advisable to disable it now?



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Posted 09 April 2016 - 10:45 AM

I guess if your using free version i pretty sure you can have those annoying pop up for there ads. Are you using a free version?



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Posted 09 April 2016 - 11:00 AM

@JosephPorter, if you read the thread you would see that she was using AVG free and never saw the ads until recently.



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Posted 09 April 2016 - 11:17 AM

...Windows defender popped up while I was uninstalling AVG
Would it be advisable to disable it now?

Since Windows 8/10 Defender includes anti-virus protection, it typically is disabled by the installation of a third-party anti-virus program. Windows Defender recognizes the install and automatically disables itself when other anti-virus products are used to avoid conflicts. If the third party anti-virus is uninstalled Windows Defender will enable itself.
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Posted 09 April 2016 - 11:41 AM

I guess if your using free version i pretty sure you can have those annoying pop up for there ads. Are you using a free version?

Like I said, I have used the free version on a variety of computers and recommended it to others over years. I and they were completely happy until recently

The pop up is for their own product so its not unrelated advertising. It's has been very recently introduced

Such a pop up on boot would be acceptable but every 3 or 4 minutes is a bit much. A large oblong box obscuring my browsing.

The option "Remind me later" should mean later not persistently over and over every few minutes

That is just harassment. It's certainly not the way to win over customers to the paid for version.

If anything it would drive them away......I'm gone



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Posted 09 April 2016 - 11:44 AM

 

...Windows defender popped up while I was uninstalling AVG
Would it be advisable to disable it now?

Since Windows 8/10 Defender includes anti-virus protection, it typically is disabled by the installation of a third-party anti-virus program. Windows Defender recognizes the install and automatically disables itself when other anti-virus products are used to avoid conflicts. If the third party anti-virus is uninstalled Windows Defender will enable itself.

 

Thanks again Quiet Man 7. You've been very helpful



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Posted 09 April 2016 - 05:22 PM

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