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Grisoft AVG 7.5 update not upgrade


I had a moment of panic over the weekend when the good folks at Grisoft informed me that my AVG Anti-Virus software was not going to be supported in a month or so. They offered to update and upgrade me to AVG 7.5 for a mere $30. I thought, great I have to find a new free anti-virus application.

But it turns out that Grisoft was just taking the opportunity to sell me a version of their software while leaving out the fact that I could download a free copy of version 7.5 if I was so inclined. It's not that I don't think Grisoft should get some compensation for their fine application, but I have become so accustomed to getting it for free that paying for it just seems wrong somehow.

Besides, I could get by without an anti-virus application if I had to -- I don't surf to unknown places very often. But I have been hit with a malware bomb before, and I want to make sure that doesn't happen again. So I will happily continue to use AVG, current version 7.5, and will confidently recommend it to anyone who asks me for advice on such matters.

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

14 comments
admin
admin

As other people already pointed out there is still a free version available they just aren't updating 7.1 after this. I am a reseller for Grisoft and I promote them to home users(free) and businesses(not free but cheaper than others). After the nightmares I've had with Norton and McAfee either not detecting viruses and partial uninstalls I'd use just about anything.

wmlundine
wmlundine

...so thanks for the post. I recommend AVG a lot...I imagine folks will ask me...or just pay the $30 bucks.

jdw242
jdw242

stay there; don't deviate!

Hendry_Betts
Hendry_Betts

I am torn. I used to be an avid "free" software user. And loved AVG. Still do. So much so that I bought a license and update... There are some things in the world that should be free... air is one of them... software is not. AVG does a fantastic job of having an up-to-date product that is worth the minor fiscal output. As for those NFP or educational institutions that need but can't afford-- they can contact AVG and get special licensing.

kmatlackcmpsvcs
kmatlackcmpsvcs

About a week or so ago, I received a message similar to the one you encountered, basically telling me that AVG 7.1 would no longer be supported after January 15, 2007. The message actually was sent just prior to and along with my daily antivirus update. After a similar moment of concern, I went to the included link to the AVAST website and there too found the offer that you are talking about. At first, there is absolutely nothing "that stands out on the page" indicating that there is any option other than the one you found. Pay for version 7.5 and download it. However, if you go to the pricing section of that link or to the product offering for Avast 7.5 off of the main website, scroll to the bottom, and look at one of the lowest lines of the page, there is the link to the free version of Avast 7.5. I absolutely agree with you as I believe that all internet threat control products should be reasonably priced at least and wherever possible free given the fact that it is a product that people who make it or a product that companies sell which allows someone to make a living and a profit. After all, it is a right of a person or a company to create, make, and sell a product at a reasonable and realistic price in order to generate an income or run a business. However, there are many people who are computing on a budget, community organizations who are trying operate on very low budgets, and last but not least people who get a computer who could otherwise not afford one, then need to protect it and their personal information as much as is possible to do so. Having products such as Avast 7.5 Antivirus Software being free or at least at very low cost, helps people in ways that the general public doesn't always know or understand. As many people who have lost their jobs and/or are having to work second jobs or start their own home based businesses just to keep a roof over their heads find that they cannot always afford the better known antivirus products at $29.99 to $59.99 each, having products like the free Avast 7.5 afford them a level of protection whereas they might not otherwise have it. As a result of this and other similar experiences, I have come to know that if one wants to find free or reduced cost software (again not to cheat or deny people or companies the right to earn a reasonable living or a reasonable profit from what they do in doing so,) then it is increasingly necessary to "read the fine print" to hopefully find what they need.

wmlundine
wmlundine

I am sure you meant no disrespect to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King...an outstanding American Hero who paid the ultimate price. His personal sacrifice is still fresh enough in this old admins heart as to be held in awe. (And probably allways will.)

turnier
turnier

their multi-year multi-computer licensing deal -- I recently paid I think around $65 for two years on two computers... which works out to what? around 4 cents a day? For what you get, close enough to free for me.

viruser
viruser

Looks like jdw242 has the best answer here!! There's a listed version of AVG7.5 free available for download!!

dogk468
dogk468

The product Avg is free ware and its illegal to charge money for all you non computer friendly people. the reason i know this is the simple fact ive bin useing Avg for a while and i have every verson. I love this product but im verry displeased about this. Now im in the process of a law sute agenst Avg and i suggest all my fellow users do the same.

eking
eking

Although they have similar names, AVG and Avast are two different antivirus products. Both have a "free for home/personal use" versions available for download. :-)

Hobbits
Hobbits

AVG 7.5 free isn't the whole program you purchased. it is only a small part of it. if you bought it you purchased the Pro version which means you have other protection built in 7.5 free will not support . its not a fact thaat you think you got taken it is that you need to be a bit more wary when you decide to get a freebie program. many of them are the same way. avg zone alarm win patrol and i could go on and on but i wont till you read a few dozen more articles on web freebies and what they lack. Panic will always lead you in to the world of irrational thought if not action...

Hendry_Betts
Hendry_Betts

GEEBUS PEOPLE! Let's not get SO PC that we can't even make a tounge-in-cheek reference to a famous quote... yes.. I am wearing my asbestos underwear so "flame away McGurk"

Benevolence
Benevolence

I am pretty sure everyone here new all that already... perhaps you should read posts a little more thoroughly before trying to be clever, or even rude?

wmlundine
wmlundine

...can do or say whatever you like. For my part...I will comment as I see fit.

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