What free antivirus s/w still only detects? That you have to upgrade to a paid version to get removal?

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Subject: What free antivirus s/w still only detects? That you have to upgrade to a paid version to get removal?
Posted by:  RayLopez99 (raylopez…@gmail.com)
Date: Wed, 9 Oct 2013

It's been a while since I caught a virus on my system.  So for two of my sy=
stems I use freeware (Panda and Avast); the other I use MSFT Security Essen=
tials which is pretty lame but gets 80% of the stuff, which for me is good =
enough since the remaining 20% seems pretty rare these days.  I might switc=
h to a better AV program however, but I don't catch many viruses (malware, =
whatever you want to call it) even though I surf a lot.=20

The point of this thread is that I recall years ago a trick, I think Comodo=
did it, and others, is that if their free version catches (detects on your=
HD, not blocks from the web) a virus on your system, a nag screen will com=
e up and say "buy the premium version to remove this malware".  I don't thi=
nk this is scareware either, but legitimate software.

I think the free version of Malwarebytes does this still (not sure, I'm usi=
ng their freeware version and it's good for detection but I think to remove=
stuff like tracking cookies and other minor annoyances it asks for you to =
upgrade to the paid version), but free version of Avast! does not do this n=
ow, since already it has blocked and quarantined a false positive (a progra=
m I wrote, but the point being it blocked and quarantined this program and =
did not just detect it and ask for an upgrade to remove it).

Anybody else with freeware know about this policy?

RL

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